Wedding photos are the only memories you have left after your wedding, showcasing the most beautiful moments of your big day with snapshots of the couple and their guests. But a lot of times, newlyweds are disappointed by their wedding photographers – it’s either the pictures they receive are far from their expectations OR they are still waiting for the photos many months after the wedding, OR they give up waiting (because they never get any photograph after their first or third wedding anniversary). This sounds like a story out of Nigeria’s Nollywood movies, but it always happens. Scroll down to read a bride’s true life story and our tips on how to avoid getting into the hands of a bad photographer.
Getting disappointed by a photographer is not something any about-to-wed couple wishes for. If that happens, you’ll have no pictures to share on Instagram or to show people. But then, it happens. ALWAYS. Sometimes, the best way to learn how to avoid some things in life is to hear a story of someone it happened to – that’s why I want to share with you a story of how someone I know was recently disappointed by their wedding photographer. Hopefully, you will learn from the 10 lessons where the made mistakes that led her to choose the wrong wedding photographer. Read on for the bride’s story of her wedding photography fails,and our analysis of where we think things went wrong – hopefully, you will know what to avoid and what to do when choosing a photographer for your own wedding.
True Life Story of a Newlywed’s Photography Misery
Newlywed, Jaclyn Ying recently shared her disappointing wedding pictures, and it went viral on the internet. You really need to see them – the snaps were so poorly captured that you’d cry for the couple. Guess what? The photographer was ‘one of the top professionals’ known in that area, and she paid a huge amount to book them. To make up for the bad job done, the photographer apologized and offered to buy them a cup of coffee. Was that a ‘funny’ joke? Hilarious! Honestly, can any amount of money or coffee make bad wedding pictures good? Poor girl, she posted the really bad pictures on her Facebook page – to warn and keep about-to-wed couples from choosing a bad photographer that would ruin their wedding day memories. A typical Nigerian bride would say ‘it is not my portion’, but then this kind of wedding photography fails are common here in Naija – scroll down for my story from a wedding I went to in Abuja.
READ: Our Top 10 Tips and Guide to Avoid Hiring a Bad Wedding Photographer – know how to spot a bad one, even if they pose as ‘experts’.
It Happened to Someone I know!
Someone close to me recently got married a few months ago, and still has not yet received a single copy of their wedding pictures. They only got to see the digital copies one month after the wedding, and that was after so much calling and visiting the said photographer, and hearing the same old stories such as: ‘it would soon be ready” and “I will bring them next tomorrow”. To make matters worse, the bride told me that all the pictures were HORRIBLE – some were terribly blurred. The bride was all tears when she was narrating the story to me, saying that even a street-side amateur photographer would have done much better. She added that if only she knew she would have paid a little more for a known professional photographer.
This couple put a whopping 75% upfront payment before their wedding day, and after over 3 months after their wedding, still have no pictures. Families and friends are tired of asking to see the wedding pictures. AND this couple is worried that their children may never see their wedding photos. It’s sad because they spent so much money to plan that wedding, and it was one of the best wedding ceremonies I’d ever been to.
How they Found that Horrible Wedding Photographer
The photographer used to be the bride’s neighbour, who she always saw carrying a camera and knew as a photographer (he always said that’s what he did for a living, and he even traveled to different Nigerian states to cover weddings). He does not have a studio/ shop (works from home), and since she had never SEEN him on location, she requested for samples of his past work to confirm if his photography style was suitable to her (that was her own idea of ‘due diligence’). He referred her to ‘his website’, and she liked what she saw and swore that he was the real deal.
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