So I have a dillema and wanted to see how you guys would approach this. Please bare with me as I type this novel, so we got our engagement photos and hired a photographer who is wonderful. She did my best friends wedding and we loved her work and personality. My FH liked her alot as we were searching for others and we came across 2 who were really good but booked up on our date. Long story short we hired our photographer and paid the deposit of 500 and signed contract. My FH and I with our 4 year old (soon to be step son that I claim-I hate the word step) did our engagement shoot and they came out beautiful! Well one of those people we wanted just opened up availability and we ALWAYS wanted a drone to capture our wedding for some of the photos and a photographer who also has a videographer on hand. My FH is having doubts as the engagement shoot was nice but not sure why but my FH was the one who was giving ideas and looking at different areas we can walk and be in as the photographer kind of had us in 1 area and we wanted different scenes. My FH was not happy and he is not too fond of all the photos. Half of them are great but some are just natural or whatever. He really wanted a water marked photographer as well and what did not help was 2 of the photos we got my son had grass marks on his pants and she said she can edit it out but when she did she had done something weird because next thing you see is whatever she cropped out was placed on my FH arm so it looked weird. We saw other photographers who have videography and use drones and in the same price with amazing work and we also are tempted to go hire the original person we wanted who is now free. Contract states we can release her as our photographer as long as it is not within 120 days although we would lose our deposit. I told my FH if that is what he wants I am fine with it as long as he is happy and same time I kind of agreed and feel I should not have gone with my best friends photographer. I told my FH it would be as if we lost out on 250 rather than 500 since we got our photos back already. Is this a bad idea to get a new photographer? I really did not want to criticize her as she is so sweet and wanted to just lie a little and say a family member bought our new photographer and paid in whole and we cant get our money back type thing as I do not want to hurt her feelings. I also do not want my best friend who is my MOH giving me any crap as much as I shouldn't care I do not care to hear it either. I would probably give a fake reason that does not sound as bad..my FH feels the same way then he also feels well we signed a contract and paid 500 already might as well..but then we both feel like we are settling and it is our one and only big day why should we settle?