Smidge
Devoted September 2017

Photographer regret

Smidge, on March 29, 2017 at 2:02 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 34
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Yall. Please tell me to get over it if you think that's what I should do. But here's the deal. We booked our photographer back in October, I knew nothing about wedding planning or what I would like in photographer. She was cheaper than most of the others I saw online ($2000 for engagment session, 7 hours day of wedding, online gallery, second shooter). Well we had our engagement session in November and I will say I only liked maaaybe 10 of the like 180 photos we got back (she literally sent back every photo she took..they were edited). She gave almost no direction during the shoot and she had not been to the location before so we had to figure out the best spots while we were there. She has never been to our wedding venue either. I'm a little worried I won't like our wedding photos. Okay to sum that up: I didn't love our engagment photos because we are talking and mouths are open and just awakard!, she has not done a wedding at our venue, and I'm just having regrets here!

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Latest activity by Melissa, on May 31, 2021 at 8:23 PM
  • Smidge
    Devoted September 2017
    Smidge ·
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    I don't know how to be professionally photographed I guess and would have liked her to give some direction. Her photos were average with editing, I would say. We put down a $500 deposit so it would be a small bummer to lose that but I don't even know if I could find another photographer in our budget in 6 months. Am I overreacting?

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  • Anne
    Master April 2017
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    Can we see some of the engagement photos?

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  • BookcaseHat
    Master July 2017
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    I would talk to her about it. Ask for more direction while she's taking your pictures. Ask if you can go to the wedding venue with her ahead of time to make a gameplan.

    ETA: her response will hopefully let you know whether she's open to working to make sure you're happy or if you're better off finding someone else.

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  • brieliz
    VIP January 2017
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    Personally, I did the same thing. After the engagement shoot I had a knot in my stomach that the wedding photos wouldn't turn out how I wanted. I ended up switching photographers to someone we clicked a lot better with and had a better portfolio. Read through your contract though! We had about 400 deposit with the first one and that was nonrefundable. That was OK with us because she did do the work of the engagement shoot. We booked a second photographer after shopping around and being more direct with expressing what we were looking for. I can say I am much happier that I switched as the pictures turned out great and exactly what we wanted. Even H said to me after we got the photos back "Yeah I don't think the 1st photographer would've been able to do this" - but definitely read over your contract to make sure you don't owe the whole amount and definitely don't cancel until you have another contract completely signed with another photographer. There is no harm in shopping around and seeing the work of more photographers but don't cancel until you have your new one completely secure.

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  • Smidge
    Devoted September 2017
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    I'm headed home now so I will post some ASAP. And yes @MrsLMac I think that is her style

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  • Jenna
    Super November 2017
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    I am SOOOOO Sorry you feel that way! I can not imagine. I was so excited to see my photos, if they were not want I expected I would be so disappointed. With that said, I have about 30 favorites of my 150 photos. You wont love them all.

    FIRST THING: Are you able to look at any of her past work? I think that would be a good indicator IF you want to continue using her.

    MY ADVICE: think about what you want out of your wedding photos. If you want the more traditional photos you obviously will not be open mouthed talking Smiley smile but if you want some more intimate ones you need to tell her what you want. BOTTOM LINE: regardless of whether you choose to stay with her or not, you really need to tell her what you liked and did not like about your engagement session and the resulting photos. I would think any good business person would be open-minded and interested in working with you to achieve your wants/vision/goals, especially since you are paying them Smiley smile

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  • MNBride
    Master June 2017
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    $500 is pretty on par with what an engagement shoot would cost al la carte so I don't think your out too much money unless you planed on doing engagements with the new person too. I didn't like many of our engagement photos either, maybe like 10 but we only got 50 back. In the end I decided to stick with her.

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  • Smidge
    Devoted September 2017
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    This is one of the photos I did like.


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  • Smidge
    Devoted September 2017
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    This was one of the ones she posed us for...so awk


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  • Emily
    Devoted June 2017
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    You definitely need to talk to your photographer about their style and your expectations for the wedding. I'm so sorry you're going through this but you're going to keep these pictures forever and you don't want to hate them...

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  • Smidge
    Devoted September 2017
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    The quality isn't great on here because I'm posting the ones designed for print. Whoops.

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  • Smidge
    Devoted September 2017
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    Another awkward one I think


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  • Smidge
    Devoted September 2017
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    @Alyssachu do you think it's just me then? Am I just awkward haha. I just emailed the photographer to ask if she would come visit the venue with us so that advice was helpful, thanks @Bookcase and others

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  • Smidge
    Devoted September 2017
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    Another awkward one I think


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  • Private_User832
    Master August 2017
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    I had this happen. Except I only had one photo that was good. It's heartbreaking to have bad pics out so I feel for you.

    First, ask your friends opinions on the pic. Do they think they look bad too or are you being too critical?

    If they are just bad, find a different photographer imo. Talk to her to get your deposit back if you can but honestly I'd rather lose my deposit then have terrible pics

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  • earias
    Champion December 2017
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    You guys are so cute and I love the picture with him behind you embracing you. But I agree you both look tense/nervous. Talk with your photographer and share your concerns. Her reaction will help you decide if you can continue to work with her.

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  • Smidge
    Devoted September 2017
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    I did like this one! I mean, should we do another engagement shoot? I don't really want to pay for that but I don't want us to be super awk on our wedding day!!

    Edit: Oh I like your coffee idea, @Alyssachu Thx girl


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  • Smidge
    Devoted September 2017
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    Thanks all. In reviewing the photos I think maybe I am being too critical. Of myself and of her. Thanks for all your input. In going to set up a time to have coffee with her and then we will hopefully go visit our venue closer to the date. Thank you for all your kind words. I'm definitely my own worst critic.

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  • Karie
    VIP October 2017
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    The pictures you posted are adorable! I think she will do a great job for your wedding

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  • Mrs. C
    Expert March 2017
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    If you didn't already say you were uncomfortable, I wouldn't know it from looking at these pictures. Y'all are adorable, and your pictures look great! It seems that you have a quality photographer. I'm sure that with a little communication, she'll be willing to work with you to help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera for the wedding.

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