Post # 1
I’m in New England and the weather here has been pretty crummy. We were supposed to do them today but rescheduled for next week hoping the weather will be better. Now we see that it’s also supposed to rain all of next week. My photog is busy for the rest of July and suggested that we wait until August. I specifically told him when we booked that I need them done by the end of July. I’ll be starting school again in August and won’t have the time or the patience. Right now I’m working so I can easily take a half day off, but once school starts I won’t have that luxury.
At this point, I kind of want to cut him loose. He hasn’t helped us work on a back up plan for the rain, and he’s not returning my phone calls. I get an email from him last night that he’s on a business trip and won’t be able to call back until he’s back next week. So if he’s on a business trip, how in the world did he plan to do our e-pics today when it was planned?! FWIW, we were still on for today until this Tuesday. Business trip planned in two days? I don’t think I can believe that.
I asked him if we can take out the e-pics from our contract and of course, he hasn’t gotten back to me. I feel that I rather find someone else to do e-pics this month instead of waiting for him to drag me along. Am I being irrational here? He’s known about my time constraint since I booked back in early May, and he assured that it’ll be fine.
Has anyone else used different photographers for their e-pics and wedding? Did it bother any of your photogs?
Post # 3
I don’t know, some photographers are just super picky like that and want really specific conditions to insure that their work is going to come out great, particularly with e-pics because the scheduling is *usually* more flexible than wedding scheduling. For instance, I want my epics done in San Francisco, and my photog told me that he won’t do epics in San Fran unless it’s in the fall because he finds that it’s just too foggy in the summer to get great pics.
I don’t think you’re being irrational, but I do think you need to be firm with your photographer. I would probably keep calling and if he doesn’t bend, you need to ask him to take those epics out of your contract and probably get someone else to do it, that should be fine.
Good luck. it sounds like a tricky vendor situation.
Post # 4
I just PM you regarding your e-pics.
Post # 5
I have had such a hard time scheduling engagement sessions because of this incessant rain too! If you don’t mind shooting in the cloudy weather, you’ll get great photos (the cloud cover is a great big diffuser). Maybe you can schedule a day when it’s just cloudy and not rainy?
The bigger problem seems to be that your photographer isn’t helpful. In addition to taking great photos, your photographer is supposed to guide you through the process up to the wedding, reassuring you of their reliability. Engagement photos are a time for you to get a sense of your photographer and how he’ll act on the wedding day, and get comfortable with him. When you do connect with him, let him know that you are disappointed. It’s good to give him the benefit of the doubt before you talk to him, and after you do, make the decision whether or not to go with someone else. You’re definitely not being irrational.
Post # 6
We used a different photographer for our e-pics. We’d wanted our e-pic photographer to be our wedding photographer, but she’s pregnant and due in September, so that’s not going to happen.
I would say that your photographer probably is busy since it’s wedding season, and since your wedding isn’t until next year, you’re probably not ranking really high on the priority list, which could be why he isn’t being as responsive as you’d like. Vendors tend to focus on what’s coming up soon. If you LOVE his work, I’d maybe stick it out. But in all honesty, there are so many wedding photographers around you probably could find a more attentive photographer in plenty of time for your wedding.
Post # 7
We had to reschedule our e-pics because of rain too (and we haven’t had a free weekend since)!
My main concern with the photographer would be the lag in communication. It looks like you reach out to him with little response. I would wait to see what he says about taking the e-pics out of the contract, but if you don’t hear back, I would consider looking for someone new.
Best of luck!
Post # 8
Thanks for the replies. Our e-pics have officially been rescheduled twice and now it’s TBD. *sigh* He’s reached out to me by e-mail but hasn’t answered my question about taking the e-pics out of the contract. He promised to call me by the end of this week, so we’ll see. We’re giving him just this one last chance. Then we may be onto Plan B.
Post # 9
I used a different engagement photog from my wedding photog.
The wedding photog had no problem with me using another one; however, my situation is different, I knew I was using two before I chose which package/contract I wanted. Surely if you can’t schedule something with your current it won’t be a problem to take that part out of your package.
Best of luck!
Post # 10
as a photographer, I have no problems with another photographer taking engagement sessions. our packages either include an engagement session, or there is a separate price just for engagement sessions. Obviously, it is cheaper if you want both to pick te package with the e-session in it.
We have also done engagement sessiions for couples who have another photographer doing the wedding. We have no problem with this either, but we do insist that we can place a little business card in the corner of the picture frame at the reception if thats what they are doing with the pictures. After all, you would assume at the reception if you were a guest that the wedding photographer also took the engagement unless it was clear that it wasnt. Would not want another photographer inadvertently taking credit for our engagement work.
Post # 11
Any news on if he was able to schedule your eSession for you?
As a photographer also, I don’t mind if the client goes changes it up if they want someone else to shoot their eSession and vice versa.