AND he gave her a slightly lower price than other known photographers, PLUS he would also shoot the wedding video (he explained that he would extract the pictures from the video, and so would deliver a set of photos and a video of the event). It was a very sweet, cheap deal she did not want to miss.
On their Wedding Day: Red Flags from Mr. Photographer
This photographer arrived late. He worked solo – had no assistant photographer with him (remember, he said his style was to shoot video and later extract photos. He came with a lot of drama – had a standing light umbrella, and was moving around, snapping with it (I used to think that belonged to the indoor studio, and needed to be plugged-in). His camera had a flashlight attached to it, but didn’t appear he ever used the flash.
WHAT WE THINK: It’s clear that that photographer was not skilled at photography. This couple is a victim of hiring an unprofessional photographer, and this is a very common mistake about-to-wed couples make every time. This is a very common problem in the wedding industry, but the bride could have avoided it from the start – she did not do any due diligence before hiring the photography – she trusted all claims about his expertise and she made no effort to confirm from other people or his past clients. She did not bother to get a backup photographer, just in case.
Would You Have Another Wedding Just to Snap Better Pictures?
What would you do if your wedding photographer disappointed you? You only have one opportunity to get the right wedding pictures – you owe it to yourself to hire the best vendor for the job. But then, if it happened to you, you can get angry, cry and cry some more. The day has come and gone and so there’s not much can do if you finally received your wedding snaps after 5 months, and find yourself very disappointed with the photo-snaps.
Thing is, you can’t do much – even if you jail the photographer, you can’t change the fact that your wedding pictures are ruined. Since it has not happened to you, the best you can do is to learn from other people’s mistakes to avoid hiring the wrong photographer – follow our 10 tips (here) for hiring the right photographer – those tips will also help you spot the wrong ones to avoid.
AND if after everything you still have badly snapped pictures, there are a few things you can do to still get some ‘not too bad’ or even okay pictures:
- Some guests may have snapped much better photos of you and your hubby – JUST ASK
- Photoshopping the pictures can make them a bit or a lot better – find someone to help here
Do You Have any Photography Disappointment Story?
I know that at this time, many couples are either starting to search for a wedding photographer or about to make an upfront payment to book a photographer. So, I thought that sharing this story may help you in choosing the right wedding photographer that will deliver on the promise, and on time. Finally, don’t believe that everyone who is hanging a digital camera is ‘a photographer’. Brides, shine your eyes well-well before hiring any wedding vendor at all.
So, tell me – have you or anyone you know been disappointed by a photographer or party vendor? Share the story with us in the comments area down below.
Photo Credit: Photography by Dotun Ayodeji
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