Post # 1
I just wanted to give all of you a heads up to avoid Bella Vita Photography. We were initially impressed with Angela and booked her for our wedding. Then it was all downhill.
After our engagement session in early October, she became very unorganized and unprofessional, repeatedly stringing us along about when our pictures would be ready and giving one lame excuse after another. Our gallery of engagement photos wasn’t completed until MID-JANUARY. During those months, we heard that the pictures would be ready "this Thursday/next Tuesday/by Sunday/ etc." none of which ever turned out to be true because "my daughter is sick/my kids are sick/I’m sick/my grandfather’s in the hospital/I’m soooo swamped right now."
Needless to say, we were very nervous about having her flake out on our wedding or having to spend the months after it chasing her down to get our pictures, so we wisely decided to find another photographer. Angela agreed to refund half of our deposit at the end of January. I spent two months calling and emailing her to find out where the check was and just received it a couple of days ago, at the end of MARCH.
I’m telling all of you this so you can learn from my experience and find another photographer who will be reliable and professional. Feel free to pm me if you have any questions or would like a recommendation for a photographer.
Post # 3
wow, thanks for the warning.
Post # 4
@jennifera: I was just looking through the internet trying to see if anyone else had written a bad review of Bella Vita Photography or if I was the only one who felt I had been wronged. I have never written a bad review of anyone before, but I just can’t hold back anymore. I completely agree with you. I got married in 2008 and we used angela as our photographer. I thought she was very nice and we used her for both my bridal portraits and the wedding. I thought the bridal session went well, but she did miss a few shots that my mother had specifically asked for, that didn’t turn out as expected. I only saw them posted on her blog and wasn’t expecting any prints until after the wedding so I didn’t know it would turn out to be such a horrible experience. She was very unorganized at the wedding. Her assistant didn’t look like she knew what she was doing and they missed a lot of pictures. My mother was VERY dissapointed…and of course it took her a long time to get me any of my pictures. She gave me all kinds of excuses, just like you, about why they weren’t done…and I being a nice person forgave her and just kept saying to please get them to me as quickly as possible. I just received my 4×6’s, flush mount album, and cd of pics earlier this year and I still don’t have my 5×7’s or 8×10’s!! We just celebrated our second anniversary this week!! We were only supposed to receive 100 4×6’s but because of the wait she ended up giving us a lot of extra shots…but they aren’t edited very well so most of them look like pictures any of my family could have taken. I wish I had known beforehand what a horrible experience this would turn out be so I could have picked a different photographer. It is just a shame because I think she still is a nice person…and good photgrapher by the looks of her website, but she obviously needs a better work ethic.
PLEASE HEED THE WARNING IN THIS POST! DON’T USE BELLA VITA PHOTOGRAPHRY FOR YOU WEDDING!!
Post # 5
You guys should totally use JCZ Photography out of Tallahassee. She does good work and will work with any budget. Just tell her what you are looking for! http://www.facebook.com/jczphotography
Her name is Jennifer Zidak. If you contact her PLEASE tell her I sent you!!!!
There are several pics on her facebook page so you can see her work. I was thrilled with my e-pics. You can see them here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150165883013716.295556.672873715