(Closed) Pics different from the samples?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

what about the engagement photos were completely different?

i haven’t experienced this because we used different photographers for our engagement and wedding, but do you think it’s worth bringing it up nicely with your photographer? i know that seems pretty direct, but perhaps they’d be able to explain why the quality of the pictures are different.


Post # 5
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think you have two options. A) Make an appointment with her to sit down and discuss the situation. Give her the chance to reshoot the engagement session. If you’re happy with the re-shoot, move forward.  B) Move on and find a new photographer. Clearly you’re not happy with the quality of her work, and I agree, that’s a big risk to take. I spent a lot on our photographer and Fiance wasn’t terribly happy about it, but when I asked married friends what they would have changed about their wedding or for any advice, I’d say 75% of them said they would have spent more photography/gotten a better photographer.

Post # 6
14185 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Ask for a reshoot. It sounds like a quality issue. My first instinct says “she’s a bad photographer showcasing the BEST of the BEST”.

I can’t believe she even gave you poorly exposed photos. I did a session for a friend a few weeks ago and when i pulled them up in photoshop i thought “man this looks bad!” on about a dozen of them, so I fixed them before i gave them to her.

Post # 7
98 posts
Worker bee

I don’t know if I would trust her with the wedding.  It’s also not professional of her to take down the photos.  Did she offer the reshoot for free?  If she did, redo the shoot.  If the pictures come out bad again, get rid of her and find someone else.  If you do choose to keep her (and even if you don’t), I would also set up a photo sharing site so guests can upload photos.  That way, you’ll be sure to get some great shots.  There are tons of posts on here about different sites to use and how to do it.  I hope everything works out! 

Post # 8
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I also think it’s a little strange that she only gave you 20 photos..that doesn’t seem like a lot at all. I agree with @bakerella and @ejs and ask for a reshoot if you’re unhappy.

Post # 10
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You would need to prove that there is difference in quality from the work you booked her off of to your photos…. 

However, as she also stood you up, I would get a new photog asap. Do NOT proceed forward. Do you have any lawyer friends? Sometimes, all it may take is a letter from X lawyer and firm saying that you are looking to settle and get a refund of deposit. It may or may not go to small claims, but if you have other “mistakes” from her, your chances are better.

You are already frustrated, and it’s not even your wedding yet. You will be in close proximity with her for 8+ hrs probably. Can you handle that? Don’t let her ruin your awesome day, or not give you the images you deserve. 

Post # 12
5 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

Wow, reading your story I am apalled the photographer would pull something like that! I am truely sorry all of this happened to you, I may not know you but everyone can tell this was a very stressful and chaotic situation and I wouldnt wish that on ANY bride. Good luck with everything

lady B

Post # 13
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you don’t mind me asking, what is the name of the photographer or company? I’d like to see her website. Can you post the 2 “ok” ones on here that you got?

I would go for the reshoot (as long as its free). Did she ever explain why she didn’t show up that 1st time? Or explain what happened with your engagement pics?

If there’s a chance you may stay with her, ask to see a wedding album of 1 specific wedding. Not just her portfolio of “the best of”… every wedding has at least a few amazing shots & the rest are either great, good, or really bad. If the rest of the wedding is bad, than see if there’s anything you can do to get the money back.

However, it sounds like its best you just not work with her if you’re not comfortable with her.

Post # 14
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If there’s any chance you may stay with her or bring her to court, please don’t post her name or info for your own protection….

However, a sample of what you were expecting and got would be OK. If you only got 20 proofs that’s ridiculous that only 2 are “good” enough.

Also, I’m a photographer, so if you have any questions or wish to talk feel free to PM me. 

Post # 15
34 posts

Hey, I just wanted to make the same offer KLP2010 did.  I’m a photographer also, and would be up for looking at your engagement shots vs. her portfolio to see if I can tell what she did differently.  I’m so sorry, that totally sucks all around.

Post # 16
2186 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

is there any way you could PM me the person? my photog works in your area too and im starting to freak out ….

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