- 2 years ago
- Wedding: June 2018
Sorry this is a bit long. I’m nto good at being concise here.
I just had my engagement shoot, and I’m seriously debating dumping my photographer. I don’t think I trust her anymore. Apparently I didn’t confirm, and she sent me an email 10:30an the day of for a 5:45 pm shoot. Not attempt to call or message. She also knew that it was the only day we had to shoot as my Fiance and I don’t live in town and it would be the last time we where in town together until the wedding. So, we ended up starting the shoot at 6:20, missed all the light and rushed through the shoot.
We got the pictures back and I hate them. I had asked for pictures of us with the sunset (the whole reason we picked that time of day) and the sunset looks totally washed out. My mom used to be a wedding photographer, and she got gorgeous vivid pictured of the sunset. My mom also rushed over and took pictures of us, and she got more flattering shots of me working through my tears than the photographer had me happy and smiling. She posted one of our pictures on her FB page, but it was taken down withing a few days, when other people’s engagement photo’s stay up for a really long time! I cried when I saw engagement shots she had done just a few days after.
My mom thinks that she just had an off day, but I’m worried that she only photographs traditionally good looking couples well. I’m 1/4inch taller than my Fiance, and I’m definitely chubby, and he’s in decent (thought not great) shape. He looks great in all the photos, but I look ugly. She even sent me a picture that showed all of the cellulite in my legs! She’s really popular right now, and takes great pinterest worthy pictures, but most of her best pictures seems to be of skinny brides. She’s also really new and popular right now. She’s been booking up weddings like crazy but she’s only been working a few years. She’s charging 4500 for photo and video compared to the 3000 she charge a family friend just 2 years ago. I’m worried she can’t handle all of this work. I don’t want my wedding to be her off day.
There is another photographer who is only 2000 and does photo and video. I didn’t like his portfolio because he’s very traditional, but he does get great shots of people. He’s been in business for 30 years, and my mom suggested that since I don’t take many pictures of anything, let alone myself, it might be better to go with a more traditional experience photographer who can manually pose me to look my best. I’m really depressed about it because I LOVE her style, but it might just nto be a right fit. I also don’t want to go through the whole photographer search process again. It was so hard finding one that Fiance, Mom, and I all agreed on.
I’m having my mom call the original photographer to talk about the situation and figure out a solution. We’re having one of our good friends who is an amazing hobby photographer redo our engagement shots. We should still be able to get the Save-The-Date Cards out with our Christmas cards is we rush, but I’m getting some moles removed from my face on October 13th and I’m so worried and stressed out about everything. After this trip was supposed to take a much needed wedding break, but now we’re in scramble mode.
I really don’t know what to do. I’m just crushed. We took an extra day off of work to get these done. I paid to have my hair and nails done. I’m just crushed.
Also, I’m not posting the pictures here, it’s just a bit too raw. I know my friend will get great shots, I showed her work to my mom and she approved, I’m just so disappointed I didn’t get to have that great experience with this great photographer we’re paying so much money for.