Terrible photographer – Should I leave a review or stay out if it?

posted 1 month ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
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6370 posts
Bee Keeper

So the issue with leaving a “review” is that vendors can get them removed if you aren’t a client. It is a way to protect themselves from smear campaigns and people posting fake reviews. Since you aren’t his client, have no contract, etc he could probably pretty easily get them taken down. 

But I’d probably still do it. Can you get screen shots of the stock photos he is using and post them side by side or something? 

Post # 18
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484 posts
Helper bee

I’d yelp that shit ASAP

And I thought the one my cousin used for his wedding was bad… blurry photos or with things like the stand up fan in the images.. like photoshop that out!

Post # 19
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6999 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Arg, as a wedding photographer this kind of stuff grates my nerves. At the same time it breaks my heart because SO SO SO many couples just don’t know any better. They don’t know to do their research, or ask to see FULL wedding galleries. They hire based on an online portfolio of “the best” and don’t cross reference. Honestly? Yeah I’d probably leave the review. I would state you were a guest of the wedding, and review his behavior as well as the finished product. 

Although now I’m actually really curious because I literally JUST had a conversation with a fellow wedding vendor about almost an idential situation just this week. The behavior of the photographer and the finished photos are honestly some of the worst I’ve seen. If I was the client I would be mortified but they love them. And I don’t say that speaking badly about another photographer’s work but they are really that bad, so bad the fellow won’t even post any to showcase their work. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

theweddingunplanner :  Leave a Google review, but be advised it will show whatever name is on your gmail (if you are signed in). I do believe if you leave it as a general user you can put any name in though. 

With my job, I monitor Google reviews from the public and you cannot remove them, you can only reply. So… just saying that would ensure your review would stay public and the photographer couldn’t remove it. Leaving a google review is pretty painless and simple, just see if the photographer has his business listed by doing a simple google search. 

Could you leave a review on a wedding website anonymously? Here on the bee for example, theKnot, etc.? Facebook? Facebook won’t obviously be anonymus but its still a review nonethless, I would just worry about my friends also seeing it. That could cause problems. Also, FB reviews can be removed and pages can turn off the option to leave reviews (speaking from experience, lol). 

 

Post # 22
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3712 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

theweddingunplanner :  Have you asked your friends how they feel about you leaving a bad review? I’d be really tempted to leave one, but I’d be upset if my friends saw it and were angry about it. You’d hate for them to feel like you went behind their back to leave the review. BUT this guy sounds super shady and it would be good if you could warn potential customers about him!

Post # 23
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6370 posts
Bee Keeper

kmbumbee190618 :  What? You absolutely can remove google reviews. Well, technically google would remove them. The business can flag them and give google whatever documentation they have to remove it. 

eta – I’ve had to do this for fake reviews and we were able to prove this person wasn’t a customer and google support removed it. 

Post # 24
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228 posts
Helper bee

I don’t see any issue with you leaving some short and well-worded reviews. You can’t really comment on the photos, since you weren’t the client… however, you can certainly comment on the unprofessional behaviour and how it negatively effected you as a wedding guest. 

Post # 26
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469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

jellybellynelly :  Yes, you are correct. I was meaning under your “My Business” account. Unlike Facebook reviews, Google reviews you have to flag and report and so on like you mentioned to get removed. Most of the time our reviews are fake or absurd and we don’t bother reporting, we just respond accordingly. 

Just a suggestion because unless you know how to report it or flag it, I would say most of the time people don’t bother trying to remove them. Just since it is somewhat of a hassle to go through the formality of removing it.. I feel like the Google reviews are sometimes a little more concrete since any admin/editor on a FB page can remove a review there. 

Post # 27
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381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2020 - City, State

I would leave a review about your experince of seeing him being rude. This could save MANY couples from suffering awful photos.

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