- 6 years ago
- Wedding: April 2012
Well, as I previously posted the wedding is over and the knot is tied. I’m a happy Mrs.! 🙂
I would like some advice as to what you would do in the situation I am faced with… get ready, this is a long one…
<<Rewind to January>> One of my bridesmaids and I are talking on the phone about plans and I vented to her about my budget. Because Darling Husband and I had a wedding separate from the reception and they are 4.5 months apart, it’s almost like budgeting for 2 weddings! I was sad to say that I would not be hiring a professional photographer for the wedding and was going to rely on a couple of my guests to capture moments with digital cameras.
At this point, she tells me her sister is a photography student in college who she could talk to, saying I could get her for next to nothing. Well, this got me excited as I am sure you can imagine! It was sort of a leap of faith, though. The girl is a student with no portfolio to show and this would be her first wedding (which as any photographer knows is a whole new beast compared to other photo opps). I took the leap and was ecstatic to pay $200 (half her plane ticket) and get someone to capture some memorable moments!
<<Fast Forward 2 weeks>> My bridesmaid calls and says that the photog (her sis) is now bringing her boyfriend. Great, I have no problem with that. However, he is broke, not working, and cannot afford to pay for a plane ticket. Now, they want me to pay ANOTHER $200 for half HIS ticket. I tell my bridesmaid I have to think about it and I will call her back. I don’t want to shell out $400 to a gamble on a photographer. Plus, as I mentioned, we were on a strict budget and $200 is what we set aside.
I called the wedding company at the Falls and let them know that I was set with the amount of bouquets, videography, etc… at which point she offered a photo package to me for $180! I got to see some of the shots that were done for other weddings and they were nice. I was really saving the big bucks for reception photography since that’s where all our friends and family would be attending anyhow. I came to the conclusion to call my bridesmaid back and break the news (this was a couple days later and after debating with DH).
At this point, she freaked out because I was backing out and going with the unknown when at least I knew who I’d be hiring with her sister (I never had met her sister… so either way would have been the unknown for the record.. and I still had not received any contact from her sister at all regarding the wedding photo plans). She then reveals to me that she has led her sister to believe it was a done deal and she was so excited to go to the Falls with her boyfriend, and her boyfriend already went and rushed his passport card… UGH! So, my bridesmaid already had paid for both of their plane tickets and they were coming regardless. She said if I still wanted her to do the pictures, then I could just give her $175 the weekend of the wedding. **ROCK IN A HARD SPOT**
So after all of this, I called the wedding company back who said that they don’t allow you to cancel part of the package, however because I was near hysteria they made the exception.
<<FAST FORWARD TO WEDDING WEEKEND>>
The photographer and her boyfriend’s plane was delayed so they arrived 9 hours late the night before the wedding, missing the rehearsal dinner they were supposed to shoot. Already starting off poorly.
Day of the wedding… they decided to go to lunch as a group and spend family time instead of coming to the hair salon to photo us ladies getting our up-do’s.
T-30 minutes until wedding… photographer, my bridesmaid, and their boyfriends make it to my hotel room where everyone is rushing around trying to get ready due to the delayed elevators in the hotel. I don’t even recall how many photos were snapped off, but I know for sure it’s not all the ones I would have wanted. Oh well.
Wedding… I have no idea what was taken before and during the ceremony.
Post-wedding… My bridesmaid had to stand up and direct photography since her sister felt overwhelmed and was being timid trying to gather the group for pics. She had never made contact with me to find out what pictures I wanted, group shots, etc. and at that moment was trying to coordinate it all on the fly making everything completely hectic.
After-dinner at the casino… She took a couple pics outside the casino and then a few inside (us feeding each other cake… and I think that is it)…
One week after wedding.. my bridesmaid gets tagged in 12 pictures with her boyfriend at the casino.
2.5 weeks after wedding.. I get one sample picture from my batch.
Yesterday, get a call from my bridesmaid letting me know there is a problem. CRAP!
This week, her sister (the photographer) is prepping for finals and is still editing the pictures. She took 1,000 and has 500 really good ones to work with. She calls my bridesmaid to complain about the amount of editing time and effort she is putting forth into these pictures, particularly because she didn’t bring the proper indoor photo equipment since the wedding was supposed to be outdoors (weather permitting)… It’s the 1st of April in Canada, people! Ugh!
Now, the photographer says she is un-willing to sink any more time and effort into my wedding pictures unless I send more money!!
All of this was told to her sister then passed to me. She has made no attempt to contact me directly.
Now, I paid $200 and may not get any photos except for the one sneak she sent?!? Because she doesn’t FEEL like editing any more unless I give her more money!??!
OMG.. I’m about to flip a lid over this. Ladies, what would you do?!?? There was no contract in place, it was amateur work, and I don’t even know how all the pics look!! 🙁
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