(Closed) Mixed Feelings About Our E-Shoot Yesterday :(

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Wow! That’s not right at all. And you have every right to feel the way you do. I would feel the same way if it was me. But just try relex and think happy thoughts about the hole thing “if you can” maybe try tell your photographer that you really was looking forward to seeing the pictures from that shoot, and get they to show you the others.

Post # 4
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Wait, so your photographers wanted to cancel for rain even when the venue has indoor locations?  If so, that’s BS.

They should not have made you feel rushed.  I would be livid if a photographer made me feel like ‘the problem’ when I’m paying them for a service and would probably cancel my contract.  There were a lot nicer ways the photographer could have handled a rainy day and you should be 100% comfortable with whoever you choose.

Post # 5
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The photographer sounds unreasonable to me! They have no right to withold those pictures from you til the second session.

Post # 6
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

There’s absolutely no reason that you should have had to cancel a shoot because of rain when the location had indoor options. Ours was in an outdoor park, and we still managed to do our shoot even though it was raining on and off. We got some excellent photos! My photographer even said that he loves the photos they are able to capture in the rain!

I would be pretty upset if my photog was trying to rush and dismissing my ideas. I think you should have an honest conversation with them about how you feel and see if they can remedy the situation.

Post # 7
2105 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would consider switching photographers.  I wouldn’t want to risk having a photographer that’s upset over rain on my wedding day, isn’t going to put 100% into it because they don’t like the weather or are upset with the venue, and makes you feel like you can’t relax because they’re causing tension.  

Post # 8
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

You said the situation was no one’s fault…but it seems to me that the photographer is at fault.  It’s the photographer’s JOB to take pictures, even if it is lightly raining.  They could have said, “The rain will mean that the photos we take are not the same as the ones we would have taken in sun.  Is that okay?  Great!  Let’s go!”


Post # 9
6743 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I agree with PP, your photographer is so wrong.  A good photographer would have seen this as an opportunity to showcase their work even in the worst conditions (and it’s not even the worst – overcast and drizzle?).  While I think it’s nice that your photographer wants to give you a second session free of charge, I think it’s ridiculous that they didn’t consider this first session your main session, despite the bad weather.  I honestly don’t get it.  It seems like there’s something else going on.  I wish you would post the one picture that they did give you and I would suggest telling them that you may not even want a second session until you see the pictures from the mansion, first.  And honestly, Iw ould have been pissed and asked the same question but to the photog – what happens if it rains on my wedding day?  Then what?  No pictures?  You’ve got to be kidding me!

Post # 10
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Does your contract state that they can withold pictures? That is horrible that they treated you that way. I can understand them being unfamiliar with the mansion and how to find locations with good lighting in bad weather, but they should have looked at it as a small challenge to overcome and prove how amazing and talented they are- not a major issue and dealbreaker. If they refuse to give you the images, I’d walk away and find others who are more willing to work with you without holding the proofs hostage.

Post # 11
2589 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Cloud cover actually makes for better lighting conditions than sun.  And if they were upset about getting their heads sprinkled on – thats a problem. If they are pros, they should have protective equipment for the cameras, and uhh, hoods? – for themselves.  They handled this very unprofessionally. I’d get your e pics and then find another photog for the wedding. Sorry that happened πŸ™  I’d be upset too.

Post # 12
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@sugarpea:  I’m so sorry you’re feeling this way! A similar situation happened to me yesterday too! My Fiance and I scheduled our e-shoot but it rained all wknd and was still sprinkling lightly. Our photographer was very nice and asked if we wanted to continue with the shoot. She said the rain won’t bother her one bit but she suggested rescheduling bc most brides prefer sunny pictures and we’ll get more poses if the ground wasn’t wet. After a little debate, we agreed to reschedule (we didn’t have to pay anything like you so that was no biggie) but I was amazed at her professionalism. She could tell I was disappointed that I spent that much time on prep and wasted my summery dress so she took about 15 min of free shots of us just so we can have a memory. And she even emailed me later profusely apologizing that we couldn’t have a shoot. As if it was her fault! 


I think this is what a TRUE professional should do. Not make you feel guilty for circumstances out of your control. I agree with PPs and think you need to have a talk with your photogs. You probably don’t want to switch at this point or you’ll lose your deposit, but let them know you’re disappointed in the way they acted. 

Post # 13
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

As a photographer I would of done the shoot with no problems.. Specially since you paid money for the location and there was sheltered areas to shoot.. I have shot in rain several times.. I photograph from under a huge umbrella. The rain actually gives such a romantic look. Pro cameras are built to take some abuse, not that we should just do anything with them but I hope you get my point..

I wouldn’t want a down poor but some sprinkle/drizzle does not scare me, I do what I have to protect the gear and well I love a challange! lol IMO is great lighting on overcast more gloomy days, no fighting with the sun or squinting. We have lighting to fill the light when needed.

I also do not understand why they wont show you photos and are holding them hostage till the next shoot. I think thats weird..

I hope these dont get flagged Im not a vendor here only a bride. Its the one place I can just be a bride! πŸ˜€ I just wanted to show some rain shots, it can so be done! πŸ˜‰ It was a prom shoot. I did this whole shoot in the rain.

Post # 14
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Yeah, this was not handled professionally at all. What do these photographers do if it rains on a wedding day?

Post # 15
5405 posts
Bee Keeper

@MadameTussaud:  this. 

OP I can understand how this would be really frustrating and upsetting. And sometimes in those situations its hard to know what to do, but I think you’ve got to stand up for yourselves and if they aren’t receptive and willing to remedy the situation to your satisfaction, I would look elsewhere. 

Post # 16
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

You said this situation was no one’s fault, but it was clearly the photographer’s!  They were completely unreasonable in refusing to shoot yesterday, especially when they knew you still had to pay for the mansion.  They were very unprofessional.  What would they do if it rained on your wedding day – ask you to switch it to another day? 

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