Wedding Photographer – Second thoughts!!

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

Hi, bee! I had to double check your post and make sure I wasn’t commenting on an old one of mine because I had almost the exact same situation! After we got engaged we booked our photographer fairly quickly because they book SO far in advance and I wanted to get a jump on things. I was a fan of a lot of the work he’d put out on his social media pages up to when we met with him, but over the next few months after we’d booked, any time I saw other pictures of his I just was…not excited about them. He was getting into more dramatic effects/editing that weren’t my taste. It’s not that they looked bad, it just wasn’t what I wanted.

My fiance and I had a lot of discussions about it and ultimately ended up booking a different photographer. I did more research, looked at full galleries of weddings/engagements that she’d shot, and had a really long consultation call with her before booking, but ultimately now I feel much more excited and comfortable with my choice. She did engagement photos with us and I absolutely adore them and couldn’t be more excited to have her shoot our wedding.

Did it suck to lose our deposit? Yes. Did I feel a little embarrassed at having to cancel on our first photographer? You bet. But your wedding photos are something you’ll look back on so much and I just don’t think it’s a choice worth regretting. 

I hope this helps! 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Before I canceled and lost the deposit, I’d talk to the photographer and see how flexible his style is. If it is a specific type of editing, he may not have to do it on yours. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

Do you dislike all of his work, or just some? If you like some of his work, you can always go through his portfolio and show him what kind of poses and editing styles you prefer, and which ones you definitely don’t want him to do (no adding vignettes etc.) 

But if you don’t actually like any of his work then I would try to see if there’s someone else whose style you like that’s still free. Don’t let the current photographer go until you have another lined up obviously. 

It would suck to lose the $900, but it would probably suck even more to pay thousands of dollars for photos you don’t like that you’ll be looking at the rest of your life. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Show the photographer the work that you like from them and what you donʻt like. Explain what you like and dislike between the styles. Photography is an art, so theyʻre creatives and probs experimented with different styles for different clients, Iʻm sure they will work with you!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

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schmayne :  we ended up losing about $400 from the deposit and our new photographer was slightly more expensive than our original (by a couple hundred dollars I believe) so all in all probably a $800-900 difference

 

Post # 9
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Newbee

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schmayne :  I am having the same problem but our deposit is over twice as much :/ what did you end up deciding?

Post # 10
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Newbee

I was in the same boat! I booked one photographer for our wedding but then I read reviews about best banff wedding photographers and changed my mind. I lost the deposite but booked Andrea Belcher for our wedding and I don’t have any regrets.I’m sure it was the right choice, now I have trully amazing wedding photos.

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Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2019

As a second time bride who didn’t love how the photos turned out from my first wedding, I would definitely recommend finding a photographer whose style you love. 

My photographer for this wedding offers engagement photos as part of her wedding package as she thinks it’s important to get to know each other ahead of time and make sure styles match up with expectations.  We had our engagement shoot earlier this year and I LOVED how the pictures turned out – night and day from my first wedding. 

Would your photographer let you use a portion of your deposit towards an engagement shoot? If so, you could see if you like the way the pictures turn out and make a decision from there.  If not, I agree with showing the photographer specifically which pictures you like and which you don’t.  Communication is key!

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