I’ve got one!
I found a photographer through Craigslist and loved his website. His pictures were beautiful and the color in them was amazing. We set up a meeting with him and drove a half hour to his neighborhood to meet with him at a Starbucks.
He was a bit odd on the phone but we still went through with it. He showed up late. And then tried to blame it on me because I was supposed to call him when we were getting close. (I had specified I would call him ONLY IF we got lost or ran intro traffic.)
His books looked great and we had a decent, though slightly awkward conversation with him. I chalked it up to it being a first meeting.
We decided to book him and met up with him one day for our free engagement shoot. He had suggested a few locations and we chose Union Station in downtown L.A. He was late to that as well.
On top of that, he hadn’t secured permission to shoot there so we were forced to shoot outside in the garden and then do a few on-the-sly shots indoors.
He was awward the whole time. Very odd personality. Almost confrontational. He had no idea how to get us to relax or get good shots. Most of his go-to poses were of us kissing which was just weird.
After this experience, we were really starting to get an uneasy feeling about him. Which was made worse by the fact that it took him forever to even get any previews of the shoot up on his website, let alone send us the disc he promised. We wanted to fire him but didn’t want to lose our $600 deposit. So we went ahead with the plan. But we were worried that his socially awkward/confrontational personality would put a damper on our big day.
A WEEK AND A HALF BEFORE THE WEDDING, he e-mailed (!) me to tell me he just realized he had accidentally double-booked our date and tried to recommend a couple of other photographers he had worked with on occasion. RIGHT! Like I’m going to trust anything out of his mouth at that point.
So we parted ways. And while most brides would freak out having to find a new photographer a week and a half before the wedding, I looked at it as a blessing in disguise. I found another photographer who was FABULOUS. And it all worked out in the end.
Luckily, the original photog did send us our deposit back. But weeks after the wedding, I still hadn’t received the disc of e-pics. I send him several e-mails and called, leaving messages about how after what he had put us through, it was the right thing to do.
He responded all snotty about how he had tried to rectify the situation for us and in his whole career as a wedding photog, this double-booking thing had only happened a few times. (Really?!?! It has happened more than once?!?!)
Anyway, like I said…the photographer we ended up with on our wedding day was amazing so it all worked out.