Quick question about weddings

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  1. Kegger

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    If you paid out $300 an hour for a wedding photographer and out of 500 images only about 20 are any good, i.e. WB is off, focus is 99% soft, composition sucks, etc...

    Would any of ya'll ask for your money back?

    I'm posing this for a friend of mine after I went through the wedding album. And quite frankly I'm appalled at the work. It's beginner amatuer at best and she charged entirely too much. :grumpy:
     
  2. Did they look at the photographer's portfolio before the shoot? Did they speak to other couples who used this person as a wedding photographer?
     
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    The portfolio was pretty good. But the finished product is total crap. Looked like it was done with a P&S and very little skill.
     
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    Not enough lookin' before the leapin'.

    But it can't hurt to ask.
     
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    If they signed a contract, it is going to be challenging to get anything back. They may have some luck asking for a reshoot... but if the results were crap before, they will be crap again.

    Small claims court may be the best, I'll bet.

    IF struck home the main point... someone didn't do their home work properly.
     
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    What's the photographer? Do they have a website?
     
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    300 an hour for how many hours, what was the total they paid.
    how many total keepers ?
    Anything else included in the package ?
    Contract ?

    Also, how different are they from the portfolio ? I mean your sure the guy didnt steal shots from anyone else for the portfolio right ? If its a night and day difference then thats probably what happened.

    Not taking any sides, just trying to get an accurate picture.
     
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    This isn't going to end well.

    Has the photographer been TOLD that the customer is not satisfied? Did the customer even KNOW they were unsatisfied until you sat down with them?

    Generally speaking, I keep my mouth shut about other photographers' images unless specifically asked to critique their work by another customer. Even then I refuse to be quoted. Why? Flame wars, etc., that just doesn't need to happen.

    If the customer isn't happy, they need to bring it up with the photographer and look at what options he/she can present them. Involving the whole flippin' world isn't going to be good for anyone, especially if...WHEN the search engines start picking it up.
     
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    Some photographers farm out double bookings to contractors. Might be two complete different people running through the same company.
     
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    That's a good call. Sometimes customers are happy with what they got until someone told them they shouldn't be. Now, obviously that cheapens the industry for everyone. But, it can also get pretty bloody when one photographer openly slanders another, or worse, turns his clients against him.

    All I'm sayin' is for the sake of your own business (if you run one), it might be wise to take down that link and keep it anonymous for when the goog-bot shows up sniffing around. Then, if you really feel your friends got jipped, advise them to go and talk to the photographer themselves.

    Two measely cents. That's all.
     
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    300 bucks an hour? Geez, I need to rethink my rates :D
     

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