Post # 47
@PizzutiStudios: I think some of your suspicions may be correct… this makes me very apprehensive for my final product. Particularly, I did get the impression that she cares about what SHE cares about shooting, and not about making the bride happy. As far as I’m concerned, regardless of how beautiful some of her images may be, she is not a good wedding photographer. Since this is someone who is so well respected in the industy… I just shake my head. She doesn’t deserve it.
***That is, if my fears about my results are correct. I still, in spite of the evidence to the contrary, hope that I am worrying for nothing. If her results are terrible… I can write a negative review, I can blog about it, I can use the experience to make my own results better… but I can’t get back those moments. So I very much hope that I am wrong.
I also know that in my 10 year career I have NEVER taken a 45min dinner break or 15 min phone call break.
Omg seriously?! Thanks for justifying my compliant about this!! I can’t believe how many people on this thread are acting like this is ok!!!! This is not a regular job…. We don’t work under a boss’s control M-F 9-5 where needing to take extra breaks might be understandable. We are on the clock 8 hours of ONE day for these brides. We are documenting the most precious moments for them. As far I’m concerned… there is NO EXCUSE for what she did.
To the wedding photographers in this thread that think this is ok…. Shame on you. I wouldn’t be surprised if you get judged for your professionalism if you were to do this, regardless of how good your final product.
And now I really think I need to step away from this thread for now… I can’t let myself continue to get upset before I actually see my results. I’ll be back to update everyone once I get my CD.
Post # 48
@seAprilbride: I feel your pain. There are quite a few similarities between your story and mine although my issue is more about after care and I HAVE seen my pics. It really is very disappointing to have negative feelings around your wedding pics, particularly when it could so easily have been avoided. But on the bright side, you may still LOVE your pics!
Here’s my story http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/huge-issues-with-photographer-ignoring-us-how-to-handle-this#axzz2TM3JhOU6
Post # 49
@seAprilbride: After thoroughly reading the detailed responses from everyone including yourself–I feel that you ARE absolutely justified to feel angry with her behavior.
I don’t know her work considering her business is not mentioned (which I completely understand your doing. I actually really admire you demonstrating that type of respect among the wedding photography community). On that note, I really wanted this particular husband and wife team to shoot our wedding but they’re starting prices were at the same rate as yours–which was way out of our budget, unfortunately. Although it was 4,000 and up–the photos were absolutely breathtaking–though we did end up using them for our engagement pictures!). They were simply amazing to work with, which was a bonus and I’d do a one year anniversary shoot with them down the line. So if you’re paying that amount of money for photography, she darn well better show it in her work! And it wouldn’t kill her to respect your wishes pertaining to shooting a particular guest 50 times. I’d be outraged and so would my Fiance!
As with what other fellow bees suggested, I would wait to leave a review after you’ve received your wedding photos. I’d give her credit where it’s due such as with pre-ceremony and ceremony shots, however, if she didn’t take a lot of the shots you wanted or she should have taken during the reception, then make sure you address it in the review–more like reviews. I’m not a confrontational person either so this would be a very difficult situation for me. My fiance on the other hand, would speak up and demand some of the money back if the photos weren’t what we expected–particularly if our photographer acted unprofessionally.
I really hope the photos turn out to be above and beyond what you anticipated, for your sake. Please keep us informed when you do receive the photos back and all. I’m so sorry you’re going through this. 🙁
Post # 50
Did you finally end up seeing your pictures? I am curious to if the photographer might have actually managed to pull her weight and took good shots. I am sure the pictures will be better than expected. 🙂
Post # 51
I would wait until you receive the pics, and as others have said, give a balanced review – mention what she did right, but also what you were unhappy with.
One thing I would NOT do is mention that you are a professional photographer in your review, as this could lead to people drawing one of two conclusions:
– Your expectations were too high based on your profession
– You’re leaving negative reviews on other vendors’ sites to make your own business look better. (Obviously this isn’t what you’re doing but some people may think it comes off that way).