Post # 1
Hi Bees, we got our proofs of the engagement photo session couple weeks ago. They turned out nothing like we expected!!! 🙁 I showed our photographer 4 to 5 pictures to show him what looks we were interested in, and he said it was not hard to do at all. So we went for the shoot, the entire shoot only took 30 mins, the whole process was rushed by him. Me and my Fiance both brought 2 outfits, but we only used 1 and shot at one location. All the pictures look exactly the same. I have to say he sucks!! And he is not cheap! We pay $4000+ for photography. We are thinking of switching to another one, but we are not sure if we can still get our deposit back. We paid $500 for deposit, and signed a contract. The thing is he never made us a copy of the contract, so he is only one has that contract. Bees, what would you do if you were me? And are you happy with your photographer?
Post # 3
I would tell him that you’re unhappy first, and see what he can do. Maybe he will offer a reshoot for free. Most photographers rely on referrals, so the last thing he should want is an unhappy customer. Talk to him and see what he is willing to do.
Post # 4
@Bichon Frise: The thing is we feel that he is more specializing the city modern look, while we are having an outdoor vintage summer wedding. He said he would work with us, but all those pictures turned out to be his styles still… We just feel he doesn’t really get what we want, and not willing to work with us.
Post # 5
Is there a reason that you chose a photographer whose style you do not like? Did he have photos in his portfolio that were the style that you wanted? If not, I do not think it is reasonable to expect him to change his style to accomidate you. I think you should start looking for a photographer that better suites your vision.
Post # 6
@missapis: I agree with this. It may be worth eating your $500 deposit to find a photographer whose style is more in line with what you have in mind.
Post # 7
I agree with missapis.
If I were you, I would consider the deposit a sunk cost and move on. Find a photographer who better suits your style.
This is a crappy situation, but be greatful that you figured this out now, as oppose to after the wedding..
Post # 8
I would suck up the deposit loss and look for a new photographer. Make sure you look through their blog pages and find one that suits your style and has done weddings in the style that you are looking for.
Post # 9
So sorry to hear that, but I would def tell him you’re not happy and if he isn’t providing you with the service you requested then he isn’t holding up his end of the contract. I would see if he can fix the photos and if not I would ask for my money back. If he won’t give you the deposit back, just move on. Make sure you see a person’s photo portfolio before you book them.
Post # 10
Eep! That’s my worst nightmare!
If you feel comfortable doing so maybe post a few of the photos he took to gauge the wedding bee boards opinion?
Maybe it’s not really that bad?? I hope!
Post # 11
Same thing happened to us. I really wanted to go with another photographer. However, I wrote him an e-mail explaining what I was looking for and didn’t get. So we’re having another e-session and if I hate it again, we’ll move on. Maybe try to let him make it up?
Post # 12
Just happened to me with family photots. We’re moving on and looking for a new photographer.
Post # 13
@emilyekk: We have only seen proofs so far. We have to talk to him and decide what photos we want to buy so that we have have the copyright of that photo. I don’t think we will purchase any of those pictures
Post # 14
I would absorb the deposit and then look for a photographer whose work reflects the style you already love 🙂
Post # 15
I was in a similar situation…I’m sorry! We decided to forfeit the deposit (only $200) and move on to a photographer we both loved. We just received our e-pics and love them to death. We are now so excited to have them shoot our wedding and never looked back on the lost money. Not worth risking your wedding day pics with a photographer you dont like. On a side note, our 1st photographer was very nice and not a bad photographer at all. She just wasnt our style so we moved on to someone who was and it was the best wedding planning decision yet. Follow your gut and good luck!!
You can see my post about this and the advice I got below:
Want to change Photographers…help please!
Post # 16
Im surprised noboby has said it but the first thing you need to do is get a copy of the contract you signed… why did this photographer not give you a copy if you signed a legal document… red flag number one.
Secondly, I am a wedding photographer and engagement sessions normally last at least 1.5-3 hours for any professional photographer I know. The first 30 minutes are normally great for warming up to the camera and for you to get to know the photographer and vice versa, I cant imagine being done in 30 minutes, red flag number 2.
Mistake #3, is choosing a photographer whose style does not match your own. I know this photographer said they would be willing accomodate you but Im sure people say a lot of things when they want a job and unfortunately I feel this happened to you.
My advice would be once you recieve a copy of the contract, which he legally owes to you, I would look over their cancelation policy… this was in the contract right, it should have been. Most photographers do not offer back the retainer amount youpaid, so like others have said it will be something you will lose BUT you did have an engagement session and I would be sure to recieve what products are included in that and then part ways afterwards simply stating your difference in photography taste. Hopefully there will be no hurt feelings.
I wish you luck in finding a new photographer and again hate this happened to you but now you will know exactly what you need in a wedding photographer!