Post # 32
All I can say is I am so sorry. I love photography, I have an amazing camera and my photos are usually pretty awesome, with that said I would never take on a wedding. I would not dream of photographing something so special, I am not a pro and it would bother me so much to dissapoint a bride. I think he should have said something to you about not really being qualified to do this type of photography, there is some personal accountability with the photographer.
Post # 33
Thanks for your understanding. When we had our Chicago engagement shots, he seriously took about 200 shots, we could only use about 10 because they were blurry, bad lighting, our heads were turned, eyes closed, ect. We had paid him 80% of the money he charged us and couldn’t come up with another $1200 to hire someone else in two months. There was just no way we could have come up with that.
We had a list, he made up the list and we went over it together. He had it with him on the day of just never pulled it out to go over everything.
His attitude has been shitty lately. The day before when we were getting ready for rehearsal he text me to tell me his car was broke and in the shop and he didn’t think he would make it to the rehearsal and how he hated his life and wanted jump off a bridge, yeah that’s what I want to hear the day before I marry my love.
That burned and made things a little uneasy too. My husband apologized for being uptight around him and the photographer brushed it off like it was nothing and ignored him.
I know that I did wrong by hiring a friend, I soooooo wish I could rewind time and hire someone else. But our wedding was two weeks ago and we’re just thankful for the pictures that we do have from family.
Post # 34
Our photographer also said they will try to complete any ‘must have’ photos, but it is clearly in our contract that they make no promises.
The fact that you too didn’t speak up our your mom to say that no pic had been taken also speaks volumes. Not everyone wants those pics. Though it sucks you didn’t get them, I think you are ultimately responsible for the posed pics. I know there are some people I absolutely cannot not get photos with. List or no list, I will make sure those get done.
But it still sucks that you were dissatisfied. Hopefully others will learn from your mistakes.
Post # 35
@xshellx2003: Oh dear, you see, that is NOT a lot of wedding experience, it’s barely any experience at all. Taking photos isn’t clicking a button. This is why when people post their hiring a friend, or a friend who mainly shoots photos of children, or a student whose work is in a photo lab, one of the pros steps in and tries to steer the bride in the right direction… and usually we’re told to be quiet or the bride KNOWS it’s all going to be okay. Well, what we want to avoid is the situation you are in right now. But no one ever listens, I swear. And I’ve never seen a pro photog pull out the list of photos… this is something pros know in their head.
I feel very bad for you, I truly do. But your expectations were too high for a student newbie.
Brides, please remember, this isn’t like well, I hired my friend who is going to cooking school… and she forgot the crab cakes. These are your photos, the only way you can remember the whirlwind that is your wedding.
Post # 36
Hopefully this story will help people will understand that we are just trying to help them when we comment on their images and see major issues.
Post # 37
I, for one, love when the pros comment on pictures. Without those comments, I wouldn’t know what to look for when my OWN photographer gets our engagement shots back to me this week. Because of comments I’ve read on here by pros, I know to be worried if I see too much angling, or basic things like forearms being cut off at the bottom of the picture. I knew to watch her and make sure she was doing things like taking test pictures to read the light before getting any of us in a certain area, and to tell us when our faces were too dark and to lean out some or whatever. It has really done a world of good, and I feel a lot more confident that I can judge our pictures with some amount of knowledge knowing even just a few things to look for now.
OP, I’m sorry you didn’t get photographs you wanted. Maybe your guests will come through and post some surprisingly good ones on Facebook or something.
Post # 38
I know what you mean because my Photog was awesome, but when he asked us if there were any extra shots we wanted on our wedding day our minds just went blank. That’s why it’s really important to hire someone with a lot of experience who remembers for you and thinks of things to suggest. The photog not only has to have professional equipment and an artistic style, he has to have experience. That’s why new photographers give big discounts.
Post # 39
@blu77: love you! haha
That’s great! I really do think most of the pros here mean well. We sometimes give advice unsolicited and that gets folks upset, but aside from a bit of snobbery here and there it really is with the aim of educating and helping people avoid some of the horror stories here. I definitely think we all have to try to make sure our comments are constructive and helpful rather than just “that looks like shit!” haha. I’m trying more now to ask myself if the comments I make will help the OP/others who may read it. If they’re bad photos and the wedding is over and nothing can be done, I try to just keep my mouth shut. I do think it’s difficult for most pros here to do that, though, when we see SO much of it now that DSLRs are more affordable and folks are out of jobs and starting up photography businesses with no idea what they’re doing. Good to hear that feedback has helped someone!
Post # 40
Everyone in the Internet with a DSLR and Photoshop is suddenly a “photographer” these days. Building a website and slapping “Photography” after your name does not make you a professional!
Post # 41
@ohheavenlyday: Preach it! I think this sums it up quite nicely. http://fatpita.net/?i=8895
Post # 42
@ohheavenlyday: Can I kiss you??? 🙂 Thank you.
right back at ya.
and yes, I think that’s all we want. I don’t want to be rude to anyone or make them feel bad, EVER! But if I can save someone from making a huge mistake, I want to say something. If it’s a wedding that’s already done, I’m not going to say “oooh, you f’d up hiring THAT dolt!” I feel bad. I just saw another wedding (people looooove to show me their wedding photos) and I had to be quiet about the bad bad exposure issues. The bride is gorgeous… too bad she has raccoon eyes and we can’t see that. That always drives me insane, when they can’t even get the lighting for the bride’s portrait before the ceremony right. The girl has on a pricey dress, hair done perfectly, makeup done, and…. no lighting. I can even see the flash they used reflected in little pinpoints in her eyes, but obviously they photog didn’t know how to dial it up or, i don’t know, use those little buttons on the top to change the aperture? Or lower the shutter speed? Or God foribid, turn her to the light coming in from the window? Jeeeez.