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Super October 2019

Engagement photos- Love or hate?

Cassi, on June 18, 2019 at 2:13 PM Posted in Community Conversations 0 29
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Personally I wanted engagement photos. We got engaged 14 months before our wedding date. Pretty early on we booked our photographer (but shes local to where we are getting married) knowing very well we weren't able to get our engagement session in with her we looked for other options local to us to get them done. I had a family friend that has done lots of pictures for me including athletic shoots for recruiting websites and my senior pictures. I never had any complaints.

We went out to the agreed upon meeting area (about an hour from where we live) and were all ready to take pictures when bam her camera broke. No big deal we rescheduled this time we picked a closer park to FH and I. That day comes her camera is all fixed (or so she said) and we start taking pictures. the setups for all were great I had no complaints and I was super excited to get them back. She got us our first round of photos at our year mark from our date so we could post them as an announcement and to be honest.... they weren't great. I liked them, but didn't love them. Quality just seemed crappy and you can see a black line on the right hand side of every photo which drives me nuts. I mention it to her and she says its just my eyes... yeah.. okay. Anyways I was still hopeful for the remainder of the pictures. she tells me about a month later she has a CD with the rest of the pictures and I can come get them whenever I want. I set up a day and that morning I just had a feeling and I messaged her before driving the 1 hour to get them and she cancels, that was back in November.... I have tried a number of times to get a hold of her but she never answers. Shes very active on social media so I even reached out to her on there and she just ignores me. I can't be mad because lets be real it was just a family friend and I only paid $60 bucks but more so just a little upset with what I did receive. Oh well. Would love to see some of your favorite photos! Mine are below:

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  • Furture Mrs. G
    Expert September 2019
    Furture Mrs. G ·
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    So beautiful! I love the shoulder one!

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  • Cristy
    Master May 2021
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    I love the various poses, and the location is stunning! But you're right, the quality of the photos is not great. Maybe her camera isn't fixed after all. I would look into someone else for your wedding photos. Not just because of the photo quality here, but also because she sounds a bit flaky, not responding to you, etc.

    I don't understand why you have to drive an hour (or at all) to pick up the CD from her. Why can't she put it in the mail in a padded envelope? I mail CDs that way all the time, and they are perfectly safe.

    Sorry the quality isn't great. But you guys all look happy, and that's what matters. Here's a couple of my favorites from our engagement session.

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  • Cassi
    Super October 2019
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    Thanks! I loved the picture ideas just quality I wasn't pleased.

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  • Cassi
    Super October 2019
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    Yeah she was just local to us (we live in FL, wedding is in TN so our photographer is in TN) So luckily don't need to deal with her for our actual wedding. i would be a lot more pissed about this if she was my wedding photographer. Like I said just a family friend that I paid to do some photos. But thanks yeah the ideas are were awesome and location was beautiful but quality was sub par at best. I also said the thing about the CD too. I guess she didn't want to pay to have shipped ( I would have gladly give her the money for shipping, I just don't think she did the rest of them). I love your photos. They look so fun and playful and just genuine. Its awesome, they are awesome!

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  • B
    Savvy June 2020
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    Perhaps it’s just my phone, but they do seem blurry and I definitely see the black line.
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    The black line is clearly there, it's ridiculous she is trying to say it's just your eye. Did you have a contract specifying the # of pictures you would receive and in what timeline? If I were you, I'd send one more email & text & phone call (leave a message if you have to) saying you are owed the remaining pictures and need them immediately. If she doesn't respond, start leaving reviews so other brides can avoid her. I think the pictures are cute, but they don't look like a professional took them. I feel like you could have bought a $20 tripod and taken similar photos.

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  • Cassi
    Super October 2019
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    For sure blurry I said that too her. Again like I said I can't be mad because she was a family friend and I only paid $60 but still a little upsetting.

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  • Cassi
    Super October 2019
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    No contract, like I said I can't be mad because she was a family friend and I only paid $60 but still a little upsetting. These are all the pictures I ever received. She is a "professional" she does weddings and graduation pictures all the time and USUALLY they come out great. Like I said shes done a number of shoots for me. This was definitely just my least favorite experience. I still want to do an engagement session because these are awful and I know my photographer is amazing but shes in TN and we won't be up there till our wedding in October. Live and learn right?

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  • Iva
    Super September 2019
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    Well you are right, all the photos have black shading on right side. It almost looks like there is an issue with camera lens, or she did some weird editing (I don’t see why she would do that because it looks off).
    It’s hard to ask for a reshoot when she charged only $60, but I understand it’s frustrating.
    Since you have few photos you like, I’d just use & enjoy those & focus on hiring a good photographer for your wedding day
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  • Wendy
    Dedicated April 2020
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    I would try once last effort to contact her and ask that she mail the CD to you.
    And I agree, the right side of every pic is darker. They aren't the best, do you have time to get someone else to take some pics?
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  • Cristy
    Master May 2021
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    Thank you!! Yeah, we had a really fun time doing that. We went back to our hometown, where we met and fell in love many years ago. We don't still live there, but it's not that far, maybe 45 minutes from our current home. We are getting married there, so it seemed appropriate to have our photos taken there. Some spots are iconic to the town, others just our favorite places in town, and places we spent time together. But I firmly believe that our photographer is the reason our photos came out so good. She is amazing!! When I started this planning process, I knew nothing about wedding photography, and was really unsure if I would know how to pick the right person. But after reaching out to several, and meeting with a few, we met with this gal. Right away, we just clicked with her, and I think she liked us, and got really excited about our wedding and all that goes with it. It was the right move. Now I can't wait for the wedding photos!!

    It's good that you already have someone reliable for your wedding. That's got to be a relief.

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  • Alli
    Devoted October 2020
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    You guys look so cute in the photos, but the quality is just not good. I wouldn't waste time or effort to meet her for a CD of more of the same... Or ask her to email them to you.

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  • Kelly
    VIP October 2020
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    I agree they're fuzzy, a little over exposed, and there's a line. It's not your eyes. They're not good quality but for $60 it doesn't seem worth it to argue about. I'd ask her one more time for the CD and if she can't get it together you have every right to be upset.
    They are really cute though. It's too bad her photos came out so poorly, your family is beautiful.
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  • Cassi
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    Yeah i pretty much have the same philosophy thanks!

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  • Cassi
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    Yeah like I said in the post I can't really be mad more so wanted other peoples opinions and to see some peoples photos from their sessions! I love seeing all the happiness! Thank you!

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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
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    I honestly think they're still really nice because I can see how in love you guys are
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  • Chrysta
    Master November 2022
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    Ugh! I am SO sorry that happened to you! You are beautiful and you have such an adorable family! You most definitely deserve an enjoyable engagement shoot with professional quality pictures that you love. If I were you, I would definitely find a more reputable photographer and have new pictures taken. This is a very important time in your life and you’ll want to be able to look back on those pictures and love them (and the experience of getting them) in the future. We were lucky enough to find a super sweet photographer that made the entire experience easy and fun. Here are some of my faves from our shoot...

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  • CDickman
    VIP September 2019
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    I am sorry this happened to you. Here is some of my tops.

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  • Natalie
    Dedicated July 2020
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    The pictures captured great images of all of you, but you are right. The quality is not there. I definitely see the black tint in the photo. They are great photos, though

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  • Andi
    Just Said Yes August 2019
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    AUGHhhhh. I'm so sorry this happened to you Smiley sad As a photographer myself, I would ABSOLUTELY want to know if a client was unhappy with their photos, and would do anything to correct the situation if necessary. I truly feel you deserved to not only be fully reimbursed but to have new photos taken too, because clearly there is something wrong with the photos. However, given the numerous complications you experienced with this photographer, I would have gone elsewhere for photos..

    Too bad you're not closer to Michigan! I would have loved to work with you and your adorable family Smiley smile You look so gorgeous in your photos too. But good luck to you as you get closer to your wedding! I hope you have a much better experience with your wedding photographer. Here are some of my favorite shots from my engagement session with my wedding photographer:

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