Post # 1
I’m getting married on June 20, 2009. My Fiance and I just had our engagement photo session done last Sunday by our photographer; which he did for free. He sent us 2 teaser shots tonight and I think they are awful. My eyes are half closed in one of them and we are doing the exact same boring pose just with different backgrounds. I would think he would have sent us the "best" ones. I think I’m going to be so worried the next 8 months that our wedding photography is going to be horrible. Is it time to look for a new photographer? Is it too late to look for a new photographer? Are all the good ones taken in Pittsburgh?
Post # 3
Honestly, pictures are so important. Especially if you don’t have a videographer. I was fairly disappointed with the variety of our pictures. I discussed locations with my photographer the week before and said I wasn’t really sure and she said "Well, I know lots of places we can go" I knew of two locations so we did do that. And the variety of poses and such were not that great. I found I almost looked crossed eyed in some of the pictures because of the way she wanted me to tilt my head. So if you’re not satisfied, I would cut your losses regarding deposits etc and try to find someone you really mesh with. I’m so tempted to have my mother ship my dress (it’s 3000 kms away!) to where I live and have a 3 month after shoot!
Post # 4
I firmly believe in going with your gut instinct. That being said, you might want to hold off on severing all ties until you make sure that the final proofs are not want you want, if possible. If not, piece of mind is a very valuable commodity, probably worth it.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2018 - St. Charles Borromeo Church/Jefferson-Orleans North
I agree with the PP’s….photos are memories, which are priceless. If you feel that you would worry about this for the next 8 months, I would definitely book a different photog. I’m sorry you are having to make this decision right now, and I hope it all works out!
Post # 6
When will the rest of the pics arrive? Maybe the "teasers" weren’t good, but if you’re getting the rest of the pics soon, wait for them. You’re right, "teasers" are usually some of the best pictures.
Can you discuss with your photographer what you didn’t like? I assume you’ve seen his portfolio. Can you pick from his portfolio the style of pics you were hoping to see?
But, I agree, pics are important. If you need to break the contract, you may have to pay for the engagement session … but it’ll be worth it so you can get the wedding photos you love.
Do you have any photographers in mind? If not, now’s the time to look around, while you’re waiting for the rest of the engagement shots!
Post # 7
I would wait until you have seen the rest of your engagement shoot pics before severing ties. Two photos is not enough to make a decision. In the meantime though, research other potential photographers.
Post # 8
It’s definately not to late. I got cold feet with my photographer only a couple months before my wedding. My situation worked out really well, we ended up finding a photographer who was great, available only on the day of our wedding and who cut his costs because he wanted to book the shoot. He was flying in for a wedding the day after ours… but wasn’t booked for the day of. Ask around now, even if you don’t change photographers. Knowledge is power.
Post # 9
We changed our photographer 3 months before the wedding and I could not be happier! I had some doubts with our original photog but I didn’t think I’d find anyone within our budget with the time we had. 8 months is plenty! Take that time to really research and compare; I didn’t the first time around and then realized there are so many great photogs out there that fit our budget!
Post # 10
Part of the reason why I always encourage others to have an engagement session or SOME type of session with the photographer before the big day is because of this.
You figure out whether your personalities click more (even after the interview!) and whether their shooting style meshes well with you and your Dear Fiance as well as your vision.
Clearly, this photographer is disappointing you. Before it gets too late to find another photographer you like on your date, I say drop this photographer and start checking out new ones.
Post # 11
I have the same wedding date as you and I haven’t even booked a photographer yet! I agree with chelsemorning. Start looking in the mean time.
Post # 12
Thank you so much for all of your advice! I’ve decided to wait until I get the final proofs for the engagement photos and then make a move from there. In the meantime, I will start doing some research!
Post # 13
Good idea to start researching your options while you wait for the rest of the photos. I’m a pro photog and I can tell you there is time to find a new photographer for your wedding. Cutting your losses early is much cheaper than waiting until closer to the date, not to mention the stress. The last wedding that I photographed, the couple did the same thing. They let go their original photographer because they were disappointed with the engagement photos and hired me one month before their wedding date.
Start getting yourself ready for a let down just in case. If you end up liking most of the photos and decide to stay with your photographer then discuss your initial reaction with him or her. That will help them to understand your expectations on the wedding day.
If they’re all bad to you, or they’re just not as good as what was shown in their portfolio, find yourself a new photographer and after you’ve hired them, let the first one go.