Marissa and Mateo's Day After Session [Monterey Wedding Photography]

As a wedding photographer I've heard a few campfire horror stories about bad photographer but I recently had a more firsthand experience. A bride contacted me to schedule a "redo session" because she didn't receive most of her original wedding photos. She said it was a very "good deal" but she only received a small portion of the images and the photographer was giving her excuses and would no longer call her back.

With only one weekend available to shoot before she had to ship off her dresses (which sold on eBay) we were forced to do the session on a rainy day. We ended up using a covered section of the Carmel Mission and the lobby at The Pine Inn. (Actually I have to take a moment to mention that The Pine Inn was exceptional! I called a few days before and they said we could use their lobby. They let us move furniture and basically have the entire lobby.)

Here is what the bride had to say at about the experience:

"Due to our poor judgment, we never received our original wedding pictures from our original wedding photographer, so we had to "retake" our wedding photos. April was recommended by our videographer. Due to our time constraints ( I sold my dresses on eBay) we needed our pictures taken ASAP. April was able to shoot us the weekend after we called her. She was very accommodating and professional. She researched the places that we wanted to shoot to ensure she was prepared and that we could actually take pictures in certain locations. We only expected to meet with April but we had two additional photographers to assist her.

April was very laid back, not too overbearing and pushy. It was hard to take a natural picture when it is December, raining and cold outside, and not your actual wedding date. We felt that April was very creative given her circumstances and we liked the pictures very much. We would recommend her to anyone for their wedding as she is very reliable!"

So your probably wondering 'How do I know if my wedding photographer is reliable?' Well, for one, if a deal seems to good to be true, it probably is. In the digital age it is easy for anyone to pick up a camera and book one or two weddings. Running a full wedding photography business, on the other hand, is quite expensive and there is a limit to how low a professional photographer can price weddings. Most of our pricing is built into advertising just to get you to call or email. If you found them on a free site like Craigslist, look around and see if they advertise with any wedding planning sites.

If in doubt ask for references. Ask them with which venues and wedding services they have worked then contact those companies. I would specifically ask for DJs, Videographers and Location Coordinators because they have the most interaction with photographers.

Make sure you get a contract, save email correspondence and make a copy of payments. If they don't already have a contract set up for their business they can find a template online. Although any company that does not already use a contract probably isn't worth your time.

Here is a link to Marissa and Mateo's Redo Wedding Portrait Session. You can also see my favorites on Facebook.

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