Post # 1
Had our engagement session done last month.
Beyond her lying about sending emails that she clearly never sent…
Not really happy with the product, however, I’m not sure if it’s the photographer or the fact that I didn’t like my hair or clothes that I chose to wear. I did send her an extensive email detailing what I wanted out of the photos, so it’s not like I didn’t direct her.
It does seem like she photographed us from the most unflattering angles and worried more about the lighting than the way we actually looked. She didn’t direct us very much with posing and she kept making us do the same things which included:
-kissing. lots and lots of kissing.
-walking toward the camera
-walking away from the camera
-variations of the last two with stopping to kiss in between
She was at ground level for most of the pictures, which I thought was the most unflattering angle if the subject is standing? However, I don’t know much about photography so I’m not sure if I am overreacting.
If I dismiss her before Decemeber, it will only be a loss of $50. I just don’t know if that’s the right choice. If I do get rid of her, I’m not ensured that my second choice will be any better.
Anyone been in this position before? How can you tell if a photographer is “good” or not?
Post # 2
Lose the $50, I wouldn’t want to risk being unhappy with wedding photos. Don’t worry about being able to tell if she is good, because you didn’t like her work I just wouldn’t feel comfortable at my wedding then.
Post # 3
Get rid of her. $50 is nothing in the grand scheme of things and if you aren’t happy now you likely wont be later either. You are right that shooting from the ground is the worst possible angle, so it doesn’t sound like she knows what she’s doing. You know a photographer is good by the samples you see before you hire them!
Post # 4
For a second when I read this I thought I had posted it and forgotten about it. This sounds EXACTLY like my photographer for our engagement session. She was awful, only cared about the background, we look like hell in almost all of the pictures, and she took the pictures at unflattering angles too. UGH I feel your pain!! With that being said there is no way I’d let the same photographer do our wedding. I’d let her go, losing 50 dollars stinks, but you don’t want that to happen again. Do some research and read reviews. Does your state/area have a local wedding page on facebook or something? Those sites are the best because a lot of the girls are totaly willing to recommend their photographers if they did a good job.
Post # 5
Out of curiosity, how much were you paying her? That could tell you a lot. Also, I do a lot of photography (by far the hardest decision for our wedding, took over a week of searching though hundreds of portfolios after I found out my top choice was already booked, though the guy we got is amazing!!) and the best way to tell if a photographer is “good” or not is to look at several full albums of recent event shoots that they did- not just the highlights that end up on blog posts or websites. Lighting is a big deal in photography (bad lighting can ruin an otherwise fine picture), but fixating on it shouldn’t happen since it’s simple enough to either move or change camera settings. It’s also possible that because you didn’t like your hair/clothes that you simply wouldn’t have liked the pictures regardless? I know there are certain pictures that I absolutely hate of myself moreso because of how I look than what the photographer did- they don’t know your insecurities.
Post # 6
I got rid of my original photographer even though id be out $350. Her communication was bad, she wasnt professional..i could go on and on. I think my first two posts on weddingbee were about her and all her crap.
I am so relieved to be going forward with someone much better.
Post # 7
Absolutely lose the $50 and get a new photographer.
Post # 8
Our package is $2095 for the following:
10 hours coverage
Photographer and assistant/second shooter
password protected web gallery
proof disc/drive with printing release
I did NOT realize that the engagement session included the gallery BUT NO RIGHTS TO THE PHOTOS. So I had to pay an extra $150 (she took off $50 for the miscommunication) for rights to the engagement photos.
I originally chose her because her photos online looked pretty good and her equine photography was great. Because horses will be included in my photos (both engagement and wedding), I needed a photographer that could photograph horses well.
Her communication is subpar and I’m missing the photography experience other people have. She hasn’t been posting “sneak peaks” on her page. Also was not impressed when she posted some GORGEOUS photos of her daughter while it had already been 4 weeks of me waiting for our engagement pictures….
Post # 9
As a professional photographer for over 6 years, this is a hude red flag. Take the $50 loss and find a professional that knows what they are doing.
Post # 10
I fired her and I am happy about it.
Going with a photographer named Kevin Ferguson. More expensive but he looks like much better quality. I hope that’s true!