(Closed) Photography crisis, need help!!!

posted 6 years ago in August 2013
  • poll: What would you do if you weren't thrilled with your e-photos?
    Cancel and start anew - it's vital to love your photos : (16 votes)
    76 %
    Discuss your concerns with the photographer, but give her another try : (5 votes)
    24 %
    Lower your expectations and look for the good in the photos : (0 votes)
    Scrap photos altogether! (Just kidding) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    307 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Sounds to me like if photorgaphy is a massive priority for both of you, you need to get someone whose work you love. I’d make up the difference to get someone you prefer.

    With regards to the current photographer, you can always be honest, she might come up with some solutions or offer to re-edit some pictures, but if you still don’t want to go ahead just be blunt. On the other hand I guess you can always say you are postponing the wedding and need to cancel!

    You need to keep in mind that if your belt might be twisted, or maybe your makeup looks odd when she auto-fixed the images and there won’t be much you can do a lot of the time, but I guess with a really good photographer they would be able to edit it to take the problem away or make it less noticeable, but you will always pinpoint a flaw with a picture of yourself!

    Post # 4
    1876 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I think this is one area that is (justifyably) very important to you and Fiance, then you need to basically be willing to put your money where you mouth is. Explain to your parents your unhappiness, and move forward with finding a photographer you like and pay for it yourself. Maybe you could speak with the photographer about your unhappiness and offer to pay her for the engagement photos but ask for the deposit back since you are unhappy with the quality.

    Post # 5
    8145 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    it’s your wedding. you only do it once. Make sure you are happy the day off. That being said i was also concerned about my photographer/friend doing our photos for e-pics AND wedding. there are a TON of unflattering ones from our wedding, and blurry and messed up. she gave us everything though. we got what we paid for, but we LOVE a ton of the pics. we have blurry  “walking down the aisle” pics but we LOVE the ones she capured at sunlight. she was more in her element there. Talk to her and show her example of what you want. it helped us. We couldnt afford to change photographers.. so we made do!

    Post # 6
    1606 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Pony up the extra cash to get the photog.

    Tell your parents you will pay any price above and beyond what this woman is charging.

    Post # 7
    464 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    The engagement shoot is the trial, and you and your Fiance both didn’t like it. Don’t move forward.

    Tell your parents that you’ll reimburse them for whatever deposit you’re going to lose and offer to hire & pay for the photographer yourselves.  Be nice and thank them for being willing to cover the expenses in this area, but you’re both not happy and are willing to take it all on yourselves to get the photography you want.  Have the money to pay them back for the deposit in hand when you have this conversation so that they understand you’re serious. Don’t expect anything more than their understanding that this is your day, not theirs.

    As for the photographer–be frank and honest. Give her specific examples from the shoot illustrating what you don’t like.  Point out a picture with the belt, another with the necklace, and one with the bad makeup and lighting.  You are NOT doing her any favors in the long run sugarcoating your dissatisfaction, and explain that you have no hard feelings and will not go on a Yelp flame fest.  Be professional.  Try to give her concrete examples for each of your misgivings.  If there are aspects of the photos you like, be sure to point those out as well.

    You said your parents were paying for her, and they loved the photos. Be sure to tell her that they did please the paying customer, but in your case, that was not going to work out for the big day. Try to sandwich in some other positive feedback as well.

    Good luck!

    Post # 9
    425 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    My Fiance is a photographer so I completely agree with you how important photography is, especially when that is what you will have to remember your day years down the road. That is reallly unfortunate they didn’t come out but I would first talk to her and maybe she can do a free shoot to try again? And if that doesn’t work, then I would definitely look for someone else. I agree that you should repay your parents the deposit and just hire somone yourself. AND it doesn’t have to be $6K, you just need to find the right person, just because they charge more doesn’t mean they are better. Good Luck and when you are looking make sure to check out ALOT of their previous work to get a feel on how they take pictures.

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