(Closed) Regretting my choice of photographer :(

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3954 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

So you want to fire your photographer and have your bridesmaid do it? Or look for a new one?

Post # 5
424 posts
Helper bee

Make sure to hire a photographer with images that are like the ones you love not just good photos. Style plays an important part. However, the images you posted were amateur at best.

Good photography is very expensive to produce so go for the most talent for as many hours as you can afford them and worry about the stuff like prints, files and album after the wedding.

Post # 6
476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014 - South Bonson Pier & Community Centre

Are the first two your bridesmaid? And the second are the new photographer?

Post # 7
9 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m having the same problem. My mother has pretty much commandeered my wedding from the get go and found a photographer without me. She chose him due to the fact that a friend of mine recently got married and had him as their photographer. Then about a week ago I ran into that friend and we got to talking about her wedding. The first thing out of her mouth was that she hated the photographer because she didn’t get any shots she liked at all! It gets worse. Apperantly she had to get additional bridal portraits complete with renting tuxes for the men and getting the girls back in their dresses… Needless to say I am paying a photographer friend behind my mom’s back so that I get the shots. 


Oh and apperantly his camera went dead during THE BRIDE’S WALK and didn’t getting it working until just before the kiss. Yikes yikes yikes…. 

Post # 9
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I booked this woman for my engagement shoot as a test because I was considering her for my wedding. I’m so glad I got her for the engagement photos because I hated the way the photos turned out! She obviously didn’t know how to work with certain lighting, and she did some pretty weird editing. Needless to say, I didn’t book her for the wedding.

Something you could do it contact the photographer saying how disappointed you were with you engagement photos and ask him to redo them for free. I don’t know how legit this is, but it’s the advice I got when I didn’t like how my photos turned out. I personally didn’t even want to bother with her redoing the shoot because I was already so discouraged with her skills. 

I hope you’re alble to figure something out!

Post # 11
189 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Oh, so sorry.  This is my worse nightmare. Hope the second set look better for you.

Post # 12
437 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

9 out of 10 times the deposit/retainer will not be refundable. Check your contract. You can quit the photographer anytime and find a new one but you will have to face you are out that money. Take the loss, as much as it sucks to be out money… and get someone you love are are comfortable with. The loss wont feel so bad knowing you have a competent photographer.

Post # 13
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@LuckyInMyLife:  Needless to say I am paying a photographer friend behind my mom’s back so that I get the shots. 

Excellent idea!  The other photog sounds like a nightmare!!  I just wanted to check though… you know you absolutely cannot have two photographers show up on the day right???  You definitely do NOT want that… and their contracts should legally prevent it.  You need to fire the photog your mom picked.

Post # 14
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013


He said he will retake them free of charge this Friday which is good of him.
I don’t have a lot of faith though, I honestly think the problem was lack of knowledge and skill, and that won’t be fixed in a week.

I want to share your story with all the brides on here looking into photographers that are cheap but don’t know what they are doing!  Your story is the reason why it’s not a good idea!

The photos you shared are terrible.  Fire him.  Don’t let him shoot your wedding.  If you signed a contract that said the deposit is not refundable, it’s not refundable regardless of why you cancelled. 

The only thing you might be able to do is make a case for how the way your photos turned out is very different than the ones he has in his portfolio.  Legally, you can’t force him to return your deposit because of this, but you might be able to get him to anyway, if you can get him to admit that he didn’t do a very good job.  Do NOT threaten him, that would be terrible, but if he thinks you might leave him bad reviews because of this, he might return your deposit. But he doesn’t have to.

And if you have to lose the $500… I know that really sucks.  But which is worse? Losing $500 or hating all the photos from your wedding day?

Post # 15
520 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Idk, the OP only showed us his two worst photos versus her friends two best photos… which don’t appear sharp btw. I’d have to see more photos AND his portfolio before I would recommend leaving this guy bad reviews. The focus is on the ring in the first pic, but overall he does seem to edit with WAY too much (that’s going to look blobby in print). Unfortunately, this is just what happens with budget photographers. Be lucky that $500 is a really low retainer and you still have time to find someone else.

Post # 16
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@PassionatePhotoLady:  Yeah I would have to agree – 2 photos isn’t solid evidence of anything – but ultimately it doesn’t matter.  If you don’t like a photographer’s work or feel comfortable with them then go your separate ways.  You’re not entitled a refund of the retainer though, even if you don’t like the engagement photos he/she did do a shoot for you and most of us charge around $500 for engagement photos.  

You seem like your mind is pretty set, so I don’t see what the point is for a second shoot.

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