Hey everyone! So I'm having some issues with my photographer. My issues started before the wedding. He had told us 12 to 8 pm would be enough time for everything. Then the Sunday before the wedding when I spoke with him he said I'd need to pay for two extra hours at 200 a pop to get all the photos I wanted. He tried to have me pay for an extra hour at the beginning too and I said I don't need to pay 200 dollars for photos of me getting my hair done. Anyway I paid 400 dollars so I could have pics of us cutting the cake and our guests dancing, and wished he would've discussed this with me oh idk, maybe sooner than 5 days before the wedding? I could've gotten my top choice photog for what we ended up paying him.
Fast forward to the wedding and he spent so much time sitting around with his wife, who btw WASN'T a second photographer and just followed us around - not even assisting him, he did everything himself. We were two under our minimum head count so we gave them the two meals at 95 a person, which you'd think they'd appreciate and take into consideration when the following happened. Once we got to the venue I felt like crap as I mentioned in my recap post- sick to my stomach, light headed, about to pass out. Instead of being down at the cocktail hour or getting detail shots of the reception room, he's sitting on his ass in the bridal suite talking about this and that. I didn't wanna speak cause I thought I'd puke but I finally told him after like a half hour to go shoot the cocktail hour. So there's $100 dollars of my money out the door with no photos to show for it. Throughout the night I never felt totally better but would have bursts of energy to go dance and enjoy my wedding. The parent dances ended up being held off and so was the cake cutting. The photog was contracted to be there til 10, but he said he'd shoot the cake cutting and leave. Given that they spent about a half hour eating and a half hour bullshitting in the bridal suite honestly he should've stayed til 11 and give me what I paid for. Long story short he ended up leaving without ever shooting the cake cutting or parent dances and in some of my guests photos I can see him in the background in the corner of the room talking with his wife and not shooting while people were dancing. My MIL told him once that my H was out dancing with old college roommates and he should probably quit taking and go get that on photo. It was ridiculous.
Now after the wedding- the last wedding he shot he posted part 1 of their photos which was about 30 edited pics 4 days after their wedding. Part 2 posted the day after that. Part 3 about a week later and part 4 a week after that. He posted a sneak peek photo the day after our wedding and said "check back this week for part 1" that was almost 3 weeks ago now and we haven't seen or heard anything. I've been more than patient with this guy and could maybe forgive that he wasted so much of my time and money if I'd at least get a quick turnaround on the photos. I'm writing this in the airport on the way home from our HM and if I don't see anything by tomorrow I'm gonna message him. I'm not sure how to phrase it though.
Any thoughts or advice on this situation?
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