Post # 1
We booked our photographers about a year before our wedding when we were in Europe. We booked them cos 1. their pictures looked good 2. they gave us a significant discount 3. After the discount, for the same price as other photographers for just a shoot, they came as a couple + engagement shoot + album + “guest book”
We’re not about 2 months away from the day. And in between – i’ve browsed… and browsed… and regret choosing our photographers cos i feel their style is a bit more old fashioned, and i’d like something more sharp and fresh and softer…
We’ve not yet paid – cos they were so nice about it. They’re really really nice and i feel so bad about this, but i also feel like, heck, its only once we do this…
We haven’t checked if other photographers are still available. And the one who’s pictures i like – we both felt a bit uncomfortable with him but in restrospect, i wonder if it was cos it was so late, and all 3 of us were tired.
I’m so confused if i should explore or not to find others… (or am i being silly about all this!!). I do know its because i’ve browsed these wonderful blogs that I see the difference in the pictures – the softness, the capturing of hte light, and so on… i’m in general a very indecisive person … so this is very confusing…
Thank you all!!!
Post # 3
I am confused – did you already do the engagement session with the photographer?
Post # 4
the same thing happened to me. I was a little further out. (six months) but it worked out. I lost an 800 dollar deposit, but my new photographer knew the situation and was super nice about it and gave me a really good price.
If you have used any of the package- i.e. engagement pictures or bridal portraits you might have to pay him (maybe not all of it depends on the his policies) Did you sign a contract?
Post # 5
@maggiemay0811: @aheavel: thanks girls! no we didn’t use ANYthing yet! but they did ask us to pay and we still haven’t, and we havn’et reall yexplored gettign another one cos we feel too obliged and not sure if we can fidn another one in th esame budget…. argh i hate my indecisive nature!
Post # 6
@zhibride: Here’s an idea – why don’t you look for inspirational pictures and see if they can recreate them with your engagement photos? It seems really close to try and find someone different. Not trying to be a downer but, if the date you have listed really is your date the chances are that the really good photographers are already booked.
Post # 7
If you really do not want to use them, please let them know asap and politely, it’s probably best to call. Since it seems you did not sign anything, I do not think you owe them. It’s a bad situation, but they should have given you a contract if they wanted to protect themselves.
ETA, go with a new photographer if you are having these feelings. It seems to me that this is usually the largest regret brides have (when it goes wrong). We splurged on ours since it was so important to us, so start searching for a new one and see if you fall in love with a new photographer! Good luck!
Post # 8
After my engagement shoot, I decided that even though I liked my photographer, he was NOT the photographer for me. Not my style, and there wasn’t even one good one of the two of us. Finally 2 months out I’ve decided to find some one new. I am SOO happy with my decision. I’m paying more but so worth it, you only do it once!!
Post # 9
@zhibride: The fact that you “booked” them but haven’t paid means they aren’t professionals. I don’t know a single pro photographer who would consider a wedding booked or a date reserved without payment for a YEAR. Do you have a contract? It’s the photographer’s bad business practices here that will get them in trouble.
I will say that you should probably look around and make sure you can secure someone two months out before leaving this photographer. Two months out even the least experienced photographers will be booked during the busy summer months and you don’t want to find yourself without a photographer at all.
Post # 10
Honestly, photography is the one thing that you will have to look back on your day many years from now. I was in a very similar situation to you– found a photographer early in planning because I found someone cheap whose work looked ok and paid a small deposit. I ended up having a lot of regrets the more of their work I saw (and honestly, also because I was spending a lot of time on wedding blogs with great photos). But whatever the cause, I was having huge amounts of stress about ending up with photos I didn’t like. Five months out from the wedding, I cancelled them and booked a new photographer. It was a HUGE load off my mind and I have no stress or concerns about ending up with great photos now. I say if you can find someone still available within your budget, go for it!
Post # 11
Find someone else. At best you are out your retainer. Most contracts don’t have a cancellation penalty until at least 30 days before the wedding, and even then unless you’ve actually sent them money there isn’t much they can do. You’d be in breach of contract perhaps, but no photographer I know of would have any interest in forcing someone to use them for their wedding. It would be unfortunate if one of our clients backed out, but I’d rather not shoot a wedding where my clients don’t trust my vision or think there is someone better out there for them. All is not necessarily lost, even a super busy photographer might have your date open. But you better get on it ASAP.
And for everyone else- remember that it’s not about the deal, or how great a discount or package you got. None of the “stuff” matters if you don’t absolutely love the photos. People get soooo caught up in dollar signs. I’m not saying that the OP was just concerned about money, I’m just speaking generally. I understand your budget is your budget, but if you have a certain amount to spend on photography, don’t try and find a photographer who you can stretch the amount to get everything in their product arsenal, use it to get the person you want there to do the actual photography. Just my humble opinion as a photographer!