She saw her sister’s wedding photos – and they both cried.
But not with “happy” tears.
Nope. They were shocked by how bad they looked
in her wedding photos.
The studio her sister hired sent a photographer
they promised was “one of their best!”
But as she told me the story it turned out her
sister (who was the bride), booked one of those
“wedding factories” that do like 800 weddings a
year where they show you sample albums and feed
you that ol’ sales line about “these are
representative of our studio style.”
Let me tell you, EVERY photographer’s different,
they CAN’T all represent the same quality. It’s
Just like you’re an individual and no one else in
the world is quite exactly like you.
Scientists say there’s even noticeable
differences between identical twins!
The difference between photographers comes in the
way some are more (or less) talented, how
experienced they are (or not), how skilled, their
abilities and so on… no two photographers are
But what happens with those wedding factories
is they get couples off the real concern of
“but how do I know the photographer I’m
getting is as good as what I’m seeing in
these samples?” by telling those couples
their photographers are all the SAME.
Makes it easier for them to book any photographer
into any job – – – but it’s an outright LIE.
The more unscrupulous money-grubbing studios
will show samples from good photographers who
don’t even work there any more and claim that’s
the work of their current photographers you’ll get.
So what can you do to protect yourself?
You have to MEET the actual photographer
who’s doing your wedding BEFORE you sign.
Have them show you their work.
See that you’re comfortable with them too.
And if you are, then you have to INSIST that
photographer’s NAME is right on your contract
saying he or she’s THE photographer you’re getting.
No two ways about it.
You also have to insist that if that
photographer becomes unavailable for
whatever reason, that YOU have the first
right to meet with more photographers to
choose the exact one you want…
…AND if you don’t like any of their
other photographers, that YOU get ALL
your money back, so you’re not stuck
with them and can go anywhere else you
very well please. It’s YOUR money, not theirs.
But the BEST way to make sure you have the
best photographer you can find and make
sure you’re satisfied he or she knows how
to make you look great in photos is:
Do an engagement portrait session up front,
like you’re doing a “test drive” of that photographer.
Obviously that’s the only sure-fire way you
can absolutely know what you’re getting.
Why chance it until AFTER the wedding to see
how you come out in their photos – or if you
even got along with the photographer?
That’s risky business.
But don’t book the wedding with them yet,
don’t commit to any contract, just to get the
Just do the portrait session as a first step.
If you like the way the photos came out
THEN book that photographer.
It may cost you several hundreds to do just
engagement sessions but it may save you
thousands of dollars later crying over your wedding
photos after your wedding day.
But this may help you with all that:
I’m actually looking for some engaged couples
right now to volunteer for a few of my engagement
sessions where the portrait session doesn’t cost
you a thing, because I have a couple of ideas I
want to try out.
Want to model for me?
Check it out here:
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