- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
So my Darling Husband and I were suuuper picky when we chose our photgrapher. We ended up choosing someone, who, based on her website and blog, had consistent good composition and her photojournalism was solid. She always had amazing shots on her blog. She seemed to have no problems ever capturing the “moments” and candids. We met her, totally jived with her and thought we were set. She was expensive… the package we chose cost about $7500. We live in LA, and photography here starts at about $3500. We had heard so many you-get-what-you-pay-for horror stories, and again, her blog was solid, so we had literally zero worry that we would get what we wanted.
We sent her a shot list and anythiing outside of poey-posey shots, we were told that she could not guarantee… Okay, I’m still not alarmed at this point.
Cut to wedding day, it was her and TWO second shooters. At one point during the first look, she walks away and says, she’s not “feeling it”. Um, what? She took bridal party pics where one person is waay off to the side. She did a special edit of a photo where I am super hunched over and have about three fat rolls! Seriously??! You thought this photo was worth a special edit?
The special edits (100) were getting ready, posey shots, ceremony, and detail photos. NO reception, dancing, 1st kiss, 1st dance, father daughter dance, speeches, speech reactions, or cake cutting. No “moments” were edited. Yes, there were photos included of those on our online gallery (only two of the 1st kiss, non edited and from waaay far away, 1st dance were from weird angles, or there is a chandeleier looking like it is coming out of my head). The lack of special edits during the reception, tells me that she didn’t think there were any amazing shots of those. I also know she submitted our wedding to a national wedding blog, which I assume accounts for all of the edited detail edits.
Bottom line, the real-life photojournalistic shots were mediocre. I am heartbroken. We paid SO MUCH money for photos and we did not get her best work. And we thought with three photographers, that a lot of angles and perspectives would get covered. That did not happen.
I asked her if it were possible that there were more shots of certain moments and she ADDED about 20 really nice photos to our online gallery. Like a photo of my dad kissing me after the speech. About 5 more really good 1st dance photos. While I was so glad to know these shots existed, now I am wondering “What else does she have that we would like??”
She insists that her team did a great job, and to her credit, there were a fair amount of good shots. But sub par from what she represents on her website. I made a respectful request for her to give us ALL of the photos her and her team took and she declined, saying she fulfilled our contract, and gave us way more special edits than the contract called for. Which is true, but I felt the photos she chose to edit were self serving, as wedding blogs love detail shots. And getting her photos on a wedding blog is major press for her. She denied my request to give me all of the shots. I fail to see how she is damaged by giving those to us. I am livid and heartbroken, and so upset that this person is basically holding our memories hostage. I just want my photos. I paid A LOT of money. I realize I probably won’t ever see them, but I am wondering, from you ever resourceful bees… do you have an suggestions? do I have any recourse? I just want my photos.