Photographer Horror Stories
Check out these common photography disasters to ensure the same doesn't happen to you on your big day! (expert advice)
Many years after your wedding has passed, one of the most important keepsakes of your special day is the photo album that contains snapshots and portraits of your ceremony and reception.
Yet, not every bride can enjoy these memories because all they remember are the photographer horror stories. A couple of common complaints with wedding photography include:
"I Missed Out on My Photographer of Choice"
It is important to keep in mind that the schedules of photographers will fill up fast, especially when a wedding is planned to take place during the summer months. Once you've settled on a wedding date, don’t waste any time securing your photographer. Keep in mind that the most sought-after professionals are booked well in advance. Don’t miss your chance to make arrangements with your first choice photographer. For instance, one bride booked her favored picture taker in January for a wedding planned for November.
"Final Results Just Didn’t Add Up"
When interviewing potential wedding photographers, a common approach is to view a portfolio, which showcases some of the weddings that he or she worked. However, what happens when the portfolio you view does not belong to the photographer you are interviewing? It isn’t until you see your proofs and receive the final product that you realize you have made a huge mistake. Poor lighting, ruined or lost negatives, and blurred images are just some of horrors a couple may encounter with their wedding photographer. By that time, it is too late!
During the interview, photographers woo couples with their skills and past experience. They display dazzling portfolios with happy brides and beautiful snapshots of the reception. When you're speaking to the photographer, you’re mesmerized by the different poses, equipment, and techniques they will use.
However, when your special day finally arrives, you notice a completely different photographer arrive. In the heat of their passionate craft, they transform into a completely different individual. Who is this person, you say to yourself. Same person…different personality. But, this is your special day and you trudge through the barks and demands. From your initial meeting, you had no indication that they would turn out to be hard to work with and demanding.
"Photographer Simply Didn’t Show Up"
It doesn’t matter if he or she had their dates mixed up or your special day happened to slip their mind – the bottom line is…they didn’t show up. I've met brides with photographer horror stories that involve missing-in-action hired professionals and some who have shown up so late, that no visual memories of the wedding ceremony were captured.
However, keep in mind that a few brides leave nothing to chance and equip their guests with disposable cameras, which can actually create unforgettable and cherished snapshots. Besides, a wedding photographer can't be in every single place at once, which means investing in disposable cameras can truly help document one of the most important days in your life.