Nov 11, 2011
Where do I begin with this review? First let me start off by saying Darwin is a good photographer, best in the bay, not sure about that. There are several photos that I have that I can only describe as timeless. But that’s only a few out of 1500. A wedding day is the most important day of a woman’s life, and I feel somewhat robbed!! I even thought about suing him in small claims court, but I live in Tennessee, so it would have been a loss to fly to California to sue him. But I was and still am that upset. Lots of photos were omitted or simply just didn’t make our final cds. When I asked several times in email about missing photos, I was told all photos were sent to us. When I asked about certain photos not being taken, it was blamed on us. “Your ceremony ran late”. Well weddings run late ALL THE TIME. I haven’t been to a wedding yet that was on time. But even if the wedding ceremony running late was our fault, does that explain why there isn’t a single photo of the bride and her parents, nor the groom and his parents. There is a group photo of all of us, but no photo of me individually with my parents, nor my husband with his parents. There isn’t a single photo of my reception room. I was really looking forward to seeing my center pieces in the photos, but there weren’t any. I took the time out to make name cards for every one of my guest, and he didn’t take a single photo of the table of name cards. I handmade a lot of things like my card box, there was barely one photo of that. I think the thing that is heartbreaking the most, is that there are no photos of our rings. NOT A ONE. I personally took my rings off and gave them to him, and my maid of honor went with him, while he took photos or so we thought, but those photos didn’t make the cd. We have no idea if they were taken or not. 11/11/11 was a memorable date, yet he didn’t take a photo of a newspaper or anything that said that date. There are no photos of my wedding day jewelry. When my bridesmaids asked Darwin were we going to take photos when we were fresh from getting dressed and make up, he said not now, but the photos were never taken. I have only 2 shots of myself and my bridesmaids sitting on a couch, after the reception, when we were no longer fresh, and we all had flip flops on, which were very visible in the photo. But hey I guess I can’t complain, there are NO photos of the groom and groomsmen. Now, my groom did go missing before the wedding, he and the minister went to McDonalds and then got stuck in traffic, but there aren’t any photos of the groomsmen either.
I personally remember taking a photo with my dad and my eldest brother, they were kissing both of my cheeks. But somehow that photo never made the cd. And we know it was taken, because my father-in-law who is also a professional photographer (but had the night off, to be a father), took photos of us having our photos taken. I have a photo from him, of Darwin taking this photo of my brother and my dad. SO WHERE IS THE PHOTO?? During our reception entrance, we came out on stage. Maybe Darwin, forgot that we told him we were coming out on stage, but the photo that his assistant took of us, shows Darwin BEHIND US!! How are you capturing our entrance if you are behind us!! Awkward!! And since my husband had his arms raised, his arm is blocking my face, so even though the photo was taken, too bad you can’t see me. Even the video, shows Darwin behind us. Great way to capture our entrance. He did take 3 photos of the salad at dinner, but none of the main courses. Where’s the beef? Where’s the salmon? What DID we pay two photographers for. There should have always been one, capturing what the other didn’t. By his own list, photos are missing.
At the end of the day, I paid for 2 photographers based on a recommendation from a family member. We saw his work and were clearly impressed. But when it came to our wedding photos, we are beyond disappointed. I personally feel that my photos were ruined, and if it weren’t for me hiring my videographer (Final Frame), I would really have no memories of important moments. It’s by video that I’m able to see us actually exchange rings, and see my reception room, but it wasn’t his job to film the details, he just happen to catch them. I feel like Darwin owes us a small refund, but at the end of the day, no amount of money could ever make up for the moments that weren’t captured by photos. Why did it take so long for me to review him, well my wedding was November 11th, my turn around time was 12-16 weeks. And Darwin used all 16 weeks. As of March 1st the photos still weren’t received. They showed up on March 13th. During this time, Darwin promised he was going to post snippets on facebook, well we are still waiting on those snippets. They were never posted. Anyway, during this time, I really had to pray on this. I wanted to take Darwin to court and it took a lot for me to let it go. My last communication with him was in September, I asked him to do the right thing and refund a few dollars, just for the missing photos alone, but he did not return my email. Life goes on. I will never recommend Darwin or ShootMeNowPhotography and at the end of the day, karma is a pain. It will come back to me and to him tenfold. All in all my experience was a 5 on a scale of 1-10. He did capture some really great moments, but the missing ones outweigh the good.
Dating since: 10/24/2003
Engaged since: 12/25/2009
Married since: 11/5/2010 (intimate private civil ceremony)
Renewal date: 11/11/2011 (big wedding, friends and family)
From: California (SF Bay Area)
Current Location: Stationed at Ft. Campbell aka Clarksville, Tennessee
Darwin Seegmiller of ShootMeNowPhoto
I got a recommendation from my future in-laws that he had done a great job on her daughter's christening photos. So I checked out the website, and his other pictures, and fell in love instantly. I am looking forward to working with him and his wife Sharon.