- 3 years ago
- Wedding: May 2015 - Aloft Hotel
So about a month ago I was putting together a website for my engagement party, which is supposed to be a little nicer than usual to have the opportunity to celebrate with friends and family on the west coast who won’t be able to travel to our Iowa wedding. I realized we don’t have many pictures together, and those that we do are from years ago. Our engagement shoot with our wedding photographer was cutting it a little too close to the party for comfort and we couldn’t move it up since she’s in Iowa and we’re in Kansas. Plan A was to have a friend snap some pictures of us at a park and hope we got a few keepers. Plan B was to see if we could find an affordable and timely photographer. I started calling around and seeing how much an engagement photo session would cost and how quickly we could receive the photos. I found a woman whose pictures looked nice enough and who said she could get the pictures back to us in a week and a half while sending us a few sneak peaks as she finished up edits, and she’d do it for $50! Score!
We took the pictures a month ago. She didn’t ask us about what we liked and she put us in boring posed pictures which I hate and I eventually had to take over directing so that we got at least a few that felt more like us. After 2 weeks she has sent us 4 pictures, only 2 of which were useable. I put them on the invites and got them out since when I contacted her she said she was putting the disc in the mail the next day. I thought I would have time to quickly swap out the old pictures for the professional ones. Well, the last time she got in contact with me was 10 days ago. Now my guests are looking at old college pictures and Facebook selfies. I’m beyond frustrated but I guess you get what you pay for! At least our real engagement shoot is coming up and we only spent $50 for a practice run. Here’s a warning to all frugal brides and myself as well: if it’s important, pay for quality. If you have to pinch pennies, at least give yourself enough time and money to go with a back up plan if necessary.