Post # 16
HeartsandSparkles: Did you see a full wedding shot by them, a gallery of the same wedding start to finish? That is the only way to get a feel for how a photographer captures a full day.
Some photographers are detail heavy and take tons of photos of your ceremony/reception details in various different ways. Others are more about capturing moments and might take a few overall shots of the setup, but not more than that.
Same for posed photos. Every photographer is different. We all take formals because its a necessary evil – but some spend more time on it than others. Many photographers capture the standard formal groupings, but don’t go overboard with them, because they are photojournalistic and focus on capturing real moments…aka the candids.
FWIW, as a wedding photographer I don’t accept a shot list. I do take a family formal list, because I find it more efficient. NOT because I need a list of the groupings, but because i make my couples list out each grouping by those needing to be included – saves times so we aren’t standing around yelling for “the brides extended family”.
Anyway, there could be any number of reasons why there are missing moments. I would reach out to them and ask them about it.
Post # 17
melonseeds: I definitely did my homework when looking for photographers- I looked at a couple full weddings and thought they were great. They have years of experience here and did wedding photography for several years before they moved here. They do other kinds of photography, but mainly weddings. My wedding planner recommended them and they had only 5 star reviews on everything. I did want photojournalistic photos too, especially all the detail shots! And I wanted candid photos also, just not so many. 🙁
Everdeen: Hmm… what do I have. I have a lot of unattractive candids of myself- yay? I have some of my hair being done (none of my makeup being done), 1 posed photo of me and my BMs in our getting robes (that’s it), having my dress put on (all candid), my expression during our first look (which I didn’t care about- I wanted DH’s- and it’s not cute), some detail shots of the ceremony and recption space (0 of cocktail hour area which makes me sad because I had lawn games set up!), maybe 2 photos of my in my dress head to toe, a handful of photos of bride and groom together, 1 photo of bridal party (missing the flower girls), 2 posed photos of me and my BMs, 2 of groom with GMs and Round Brilliant, I have a kiss photo from the ceremony, there is one of Darling Husband during his vows that is kinda sweet, a photo that was supposed to be an artistic night photo (that ended up taking 30 mins that I lost from the reception AND it didn’t even turn out), I have a handful of photos from the photo booth but wish I had more (but we were outside doing the night photo and missed our chance- nothing with my sister, family, BMs, and just 3 with Darling Husband and a couple with H/S friends), they managed to get photos of our cake but our cake cutting photos are pretty ugly (we were on the stage and the photog stayed on the ground- bad angles), I do like some of the photos from our first dance, but mostly candid pictures of people dancing at the reception (that’s seriously half of my photos).
DancinDarlin: Thanks, I JUST got the USB with my photos, so I am working on drafting an email. I am also disappointed because multiple BMs talked to me after the wedding about how rude the photographer was to them.
Post # 18
starfish0116: I most definitely did before I hired them and they have glowing reviews! Even looking at other weddings they have done recently, I feel like they just did a crappy job on mine. This is what they say about shot lists:
“The only list of shots we require are for family photographs, and we’ll send you a questionnaire to fill out for that a few weeks before your wedding. If your photographer needs a checklist to remember to be photographing important moments and details during the day then you’ve hired the wrong photographer. Furthermore if we have a clipboard in our hands checking things off then we don’t have a camera in our hands which means less things will be checked off the list. It’s a whole catch 22 sorta thing. We’ve shot a lot of weddings, and we know that weddings are organic – they follow a formula, but things happen on their own. The less forced we make it, the more amazing the photographs will be.”
Post # 19
HeartsandSparkles: 🙁 I’m really dissapointed for you. I can’t believe that half your photos are of people dancing at the reception!
Post # 20
Everdeen: It felt like half, but to be fair, I counted to check so it’s actually 1/3. :-/ Some dancing photos are fun, but I don’t need hundreds- plus I’m all sweaty and my hair is fallen so it’s not like they look good! I’m working on an email to the photographers but I am just so sad and angry about the whole thing!
Post # 21
I really didn’t like my collection of photos right off the bat. I think that’s totally normal. There were some shots I didn’t get, like the back of my dress. Or the front of my dress actually. In fact I only got two full length bridals and I’m at three-quarters turn. And they’re not that great. The more I looked at them, the more I started to like them tho. Some I absolutely love. But the vast majority r just eh. They r great quality, I can tell because of their composition, but I just didn’t fall in love with them. I’m just starting to like them now, and it’s been over a year.
I’d say give ur self some time and after a few months see if they don’t grow on u. The ones that got missed, we’ll there just nothing u can do about that.
Also, my photog did not edit out things like stray hairs, bug bites, sweat beads, so I had to do all the photoshopping for stuff like that myself. For 600 pics. But once I did, it improved my feelings toward them.
Post # 22
UPDATE! Well, I took my time writing the photographers an email (didn’t want to seem too angry) and I sent it 2 weeks ago. They have sent no response at all. I sent them a follow-up email to confirm they received the message in case it was lost in their inbox. I realized today that they took down our wedding photos from their website and facebook account (so 1. I’m pretty sure they received the message and 2. how passive aggressive is that?!) I was hoping we could work something out amicably but now I am at a loss. 🙁 Anyone have any advice? Better Business Bureau? Reviews?
Post # 23
I would write negative reviews. I checked a ton of sites (WeddingWire, TheKnot, WeddingBee, ETC) before booking ANY vendor, and I always look at the negative reviews first! I missed a bullet with a BAD (nationwide) photog company that posed as a small business in our area!
Post # 24
Can I ask, how is it you got no picture with your entire bridal party?? Or your MOH? Did you not say anything during the picture time? You can be DAMN sure before we are done, I will say “Wait I want a picture with ___”.
Also, agree with the PP who said ask for your pictures photoshopped, like your hair down your chest. My photographer gave us an engagement picture like this:
I asked for her to photoshop out his umbrella and hand – and I LOVE it! The backround blends perfectly, even with trees. Photoshopped pic:
Post # 25
OH MY GOSH I JUST READ YOUR UPDATE. PLEASE WRITE A BAD REVIEW ON YELP, WEDDING WIRE, ETC. AND TELL US THEIR BUSINESS NAME RIGHT NOW.
Post # 26
HeartsandSparkles: Sorry to hear about your update! That’s a very shitty response from them. I’d definitely leave bad reviews.
I’m not 100% thrilled with out pictures. We chose an up and coming photographer, and only paid $910 for 6 hours, so I definitely cant complain about the cost, but even we got almost all the pictures we wanted. The only ones I can really complain about are the walk down the aisle pictures, but that wasnt her fault at all.
Post # 27
HeartsandSparkles: Oh no. Do you have your pictures in hand? Because I wouldn’t do anything drastic if they’re still holding your photos hostage.
Post # 28
I am so sorry that you aren’t happy with your pics 🙁 Could you post a few on here to let us look at them?? I know that I am overly critical of pictures of my self and it helps to have other peoples opinons! As for what to do, I would leave an honest review of your photographer. You dont want another bride to go through the same thing.
Post # 29
HeartsandSparkles: Oh no 🙁 I’m so sad for you.
Maybe you can post a few pics here, I find the Bees do a great job about making others feel better about their pics, because you will always be your own worst critic. Also, since they’re not responding to email, do you have a phone number or know their studio location?
Post # 30
SaraJeanQ: We took more than one photo of the bridal party- I just didn’t realize the flower girls weren’t in it later (oops) and they were at the venue so there is no reason they couldn’t have been in it. We took a handful of photos with everyone else, but I only received one picture. I didn’t say anything at the time bc we still had a 1.5 hour cocktail hour and I thought we were taking more bridal party photos then. It is a husband wife team and they actually have a weddingbee account- it doesn’t look like they have used it much lately, but how awkward is that?!
P.S> Your photo is WAY better without the umbrella!!
allyfally: I would have to look at our contract again but I believe we paid 4K+ so I think wanting pictures of our wedding rings in our wedding album isn’t outrageous.
melonseeds: I have the photos they edited for us, but I would REALLY like more than one photo with the BMs and GMs. And I know they took other ones so I asked them to consider giving us additional photos even if they may not be up to their artistic standards… crickets…
sonyazach87: I will have to do that- I’m moving right now so I need to unpack the box with our wedding photo USB. We are definitely going to leave honest reviews- including their failure to do anything to improve the situation! I am just so blindsided because they had nothing but glowing reviews on all the sites I checked and they were recommended by wedding professionals who use them all the time.
CanadianBride456: I’ll definitely try to call their studio, though I guess I would have the best luck reaching them next week after the holiday is over. They are usually on top of emails (respond within an hour) and I was worried I would burst into tears on the phone, so I emailed them. Looks like I will ahve to call on Tuesday though! I will post some pictures soon- the ones they took are okay- the main problem is that so many “must-have” photos don’t exist because they didn’t bother to take them.