Post # 1
I need some advice bees! I hired a photographer VERY early in planning and my decision was pretty much based on the cheapest person I could find who had still photographed a number of weddings (ie. most weekends of the year for 1+ years). I found someone who would do my whole wedding and all the raw images for $1250– a great deal for my area. I only had to put down a 30% non-refundable deposit.
Now that I’m further along in planning, have a sense of the feel that my wedding with be, and have looked at lots of other wedding photos, i REALLY don’t like this photographer’s style. Everything is very washed out, all the photos are in the same focal plane, and they use all sorts of heavy post-processing filters that I don’t like. It looks pretty good if you want a very vintage feel for all your photos, but that doesn’t fit at all with my wedding.I want crisp, bright photos.
So… I haven’t put very much money down and so I’m considering telling them I want to back out and losing my deposit. BUT, I’m worried that I won’t be able to find someone I like in the next four months. Is this doable? Should I stick with who I have and just give them directions on what I want? HELP! I’m also not someone who can easily say no or tell people I don’t like them and I feel really bad about backing out of this contract– the photographer has been really responsive, professional, etc. and I’m sure they are a good person, I just don’t like the style.
Post # 3
Miss Great Dane,
I would try finding a couple of photographer’s that you really like and fit into your budget range. Give them a call and see who is available for your date. If you are ok with losing the deposit, I would go with a photography that you really like. You cannot change a photographer’s style. So it’s always best to go with someone who’s style speaks to you at the start. Some photographer’s are available on short notice. It’s worth a shot! If you wind up booking someone else, just be honest with your current photographer, while extending the same courtesy she has given you. Your wedding photos are the one thing that you will always have to look back on. You have to be happy with them!
I hope that helps.
Post # 4
Yeah, that’s what I’m leaning towards. Even if I give the current photographer a detailed list of *what* photos I want, I can’t change their style for lighting, exposure, etc. so I feel like they still won’t look how I want. I’ve started contacting a few other photographers I like and will see how it goes. I still feel horrible cancelling on the first one but I think I have to suck it up and do it!
Post # 5
Have you spoken to your photographer about your ideas? I told my photog that I wanted less black and whites, and only maybe use those for very intimate pictures…I don’t care for them..
Usually a photog can make sure they steer clear of this, it may be good for them to add a different style to their portfoilio.
Post # 6
As I’m becoming more and more of a (self proclaimed) photograhy expert I would say yes cancel out on that photographer because every year after your wedding and for infinity it’s only the photos that will be what you have and if you don’t like – scratch that, if you don’t LOVE how the photographer shoots, that’s it. That’s all you end up with. Pictures you don’t like so much. Who wants to end up like that? Not worth it to keep that photographer for the sake of some money, you know what I mean? Because you can always make more money, and unless you plan on never making another dollar, you will. But you can’t make more wedding pictures. That’s what I believe.
Post # 7
I’m getting married the same day and just found a photographer last week. We are having a small wedding and I’m paying about what your original photographer is charging you and they are very professional and well recommended. They gave me a great deal for being a small wedding plus they wanted to fill their last open day.
Post # 8
Thanks guys. I’ve contacted a few photographers and already found some who I like that are available, so it’s not as dire a situation as I thought! I’m waiting to sign a contract with one until I cancel on the first (I hope that’s the appropriate order to do things in). I really didn’t want to be stuck with photographer regret after the wedding and I really don’t think I cna make it work with the original photographer. I stil feel bad though 🙁