Okay so I went ahead and booked a wedding photographer that my family has used for family portraits in the past (3 years ago). Her main area is wedding and boudoir photography, so I just thought it was an easy choice since we know her. However, I scheduled graduation photos with her which I took on Monday, and I was less than pleased with the experience. The poses didn't seem natural to me, and I have a large piece of hair sticking out in every photo. I know that a photographer is not a hairdresser, but I just feel like they should have an eye for things like that. My other complaint is that I never signed anything that said she could post my pictures to Facebook without my approval, but my grad photos appeared this morning. I just think that the client should get the first look at the photos before they are posted anywhere.
My engagement session is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, but she said she can't let me know what time until two days beforehand due to lighting (is this normal?) This kind of bothers me because I had wanted to schedule hair and makeup for an appropriate time. She also has not given me an exact location, which I just asked for. I know that my retainer fee is non-refundable, but I'm starting to feel like maybe I should jump ship before I spend anything else… I have reviewed the contract and it doesn't seem to be binding at this point aside from the non-refundable deposit.
Do you guys think that my criticisms of this photographer are fair? I don't want to cause problems or hurt feelings, but I just want my engagement and wedding photos to be the absolute best they can be.