Post # 1
When I first got engaged, I jump on a photographer, who I felt was really good for her price. I was able to book her for 8 hours of wedding coverage for $750, which was a special price.
At the time, I didn’t know what I wanted in a photographer and was trying to keep it as cheap as possible. Her work was, and honestly is, WAY better than anyone else in that price range. However, I was a little disappointed in a few of my engagement shots and now many of the wedding recap she posts. I honestly feel like her work is getting worse.
On the weddings, I notice a lot of “junk” in the background of the getting ready shots and even in many of the dad first look photos. During the ceremony shots, ive picked up on a lot of her photos where no depth has been used to help focus on the subject… there’s no blurring. Everything is in focus and it’s hard to focus on the subject with so many random faces, parts of arms, hands, or shoulders in the shot.
Over all, I’ve just been unimpressed and stressing out about it. How do I go about breaking up with my old photographer? I’ve already found a new one I love!
Post # 2
$750 is cheap as dirt for a wedding photographer, so I’m not surprised. However, most wedding photographers have a contract, so if you opt for someone else, you will probably be out a huge chunk of money. First, I would read your contract and then decide if it’s worth eating the cost of getting a new one. You should be planning to spend at least $2,000 on a wedding photographer that’s any good, and that’s on the more inexpensive end.
Post # 3
I had this same problem! I jumped right on one and found a new one I loved! If you are okay losing your deposit (if you put one down) message her and say…. (this is what I said) “Hey, I am very sorry but we are running so short on money and we are going to have to end up having my moms friend do our wedding photography to help us save. I really wanted professional pictures done, but at this time we just won’t able to afford it. I appreciate all the help, and will make sure I pass on your name for all my engaged friends! I’m really sorry, but thank you!”
I really hated lying but at least I got out of it without feeling bad and thinking I didn’t like her work.
Best of luck!
Post # 4
carrotqueen : she advertised the $750 as a “half off” special for being the first on to book in the month. Luckily, I’d only be out the retainer, which was half, so $375.
I’ve found out the hard way that you really get what you pay for, not only for photography but for all wedding stuff. My new photographer would run about $2500 with bridals and wedding coverage.
Post # 5
Honestly, if it were me, I’d eat the $350 and go with the photographer that I really wanted if I had the money for it. The half off special makes more sense.
Post # 6
txOutdoorBride : Just because she advertised $750 as being “half Off” doesn’t mean it really is half off. 😉 Here’s the thing – anyone running a legit business with experience and regular booking is NOT running a “half off” special….no matter what their price. That’s red flag #1. Even still, $1500 for 8 hours of wedding coverage is still HALF of what is considered industry standards for wedding photography. That’s red flag #2.
Sadly like most things in life you get what you pay for….especially when it comes to something like photography where you need way more than just a nice camera.
At this point if you’ve found someone new alread you just need to be honest with your photographer. Something like “Dear photographer, thank you so much for your time but we have decided to go another direction with our wedding photography and will be canceling your services.”
Post # 8
Thanks guys! I am SO ready to seal the deal on a new photographer now!
The old photographer is not bad, by any means, she’s just not great.