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The WORST Wedding Photos, Ever!

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OK, this is NOT what you want to see on a wedding planner’s website…

BREATHE; it’s not about any of our couple’s weddings or even any photographer we work with

No doubt by now you’ve seen on the new or online about the couple in the UK who had their wedding ruined by lousy photography – it’s been everywhere this week….

I saw it on Good Morning America and was horrified, not by the images – but by the huge stink people were making over it and wanted to address a few things for the brides or grooms-to-be following our blog.

Here is a sampling of some of the images we found online….

 

 

I admit it, they’re REALLY bad!

But what are the chances this experienced, talented, professional wedding photographer got this bad over night?

Did he just wake up and start shooting CRAP?

Highly unlikely – so let’s explore where this couple missed the mark and hopefully learn something from their tragedy.

First, with the assumption that he didn’t just wake up and suddenly have a really bad day, developed bad comprehension of composition….

DID YOU LOOK AT HIS WORK? Did you honestly go and meet with the photographer, see some of his images, look an entire body of work and not just a few random ‘good images’ on a website.

“Even a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut” – “Best of” photos on someone’s site are not an indicator of someone’s work and truthfully, people are stealing images prom people’s website and claiming them as their own all the time.

*ask to look at an entire album ( several would be nice) – we still suggest asking to look at an online gallery of lots of the photos as even bad photographers can come up with 25-30 images from a wedding to retouch and make them look good.

You don’t get nothing for nothing {my dad’s favorite line} if it’s really cheap, it’s really cheap for a reason – these people paid the equivalent of $1200 for someone to photograph their entire wedding and give them an album.

I get it, everyone has a budget – but if you take $200 out of the equation for the album they charged $1000.00 for the entire day – generally 12-14 hours… that doesn’t include the countless hours that go into the post production of cleaning up images –

What are the chances that he earns a living doing this full time?

*When working on a tight budget; hire the best photographer you can afford for their time and talent. After the wedding you can add on the disk of digital negatives and albums when you see where your wedding budget ended up and what kind of cash you got as gifts …

 

I’m not sure how this happened but obviously this shot was take as the client moved – it’s not like their table was positioned in front of it and it was in every photo ( that would be more a function of bad planner or bad caterer anyway)..

But WHY would this be included in the photos shared with the couple – it’s not capturing a moment, it’s not part of a formality they would have otherwise missed – it’s a random shot they moved in.

Brides try to pressure photographer into giving them ALL of the images of the day – you DON’T want all the images of the day!

Especially with digital photography there are random, rapid fire images, lighting test shots and just plain old bad shots where someone walked through the frame that YOU DON’T WANT and a good photographer won’t share… and shouldn’t.

And lastly, the couple tried to sue the photographer who is now out of business {YA THINK?}

And no one saw that coming?

You live and die by your last event –

I’m sure there were bad reviews for this guy on line, I’m sure there were other wedding professionals who heard what a train wreck this guys was and I’m sure that there was a professional wedding planner in the area who would have warned them against going with this guy because of the quality of his work and work ethic.

Bottom Line:

I truly feel sorry for this couple, I hope a friend captured a few good shots of their wedding – but they obviously didn’t do their homework, didn’t ask questions and jumped on a deal because it was cheap.

Don’t make the same mistake…

 

 

 

  1. Chris Hensel04-24-12

    Great post Mark. 

  2. rebecca barger04-24-12

    Thank you, Mark, I'll be sharing this link for years to come!

  3. Matt Blank04-24-12

    Wow… what a shame

  4. Liz Shockley04-24-12

    ALWAYS book Rebecca or Chris, that's just awful!

  5. Debbie McGeorge04-24-12

    Thank you Mark, very well stated!

  6. Craig at Cutting Edge Entertainment04-24-12

    Mark,
    BRILLIANT post.  I think you nailed it right on the head suggesting the bride should have seen the warning signs.  What's funny is, some of my "direct competitors" (Weding DJ companies) happen to "also offer" Photography services as an upgrade to their packages, with the finished product looking much like these photos.  They tell the brides "we will pick your photographer for you" and, as crazy as it seems, the brides accept these terms simply because the price is right.
    So to take this "best of" theory to the next level, if there are a stable of photographers, and the bride doesn't know which she will have shoot her wedding prior to booking, how will she even know if the "best of" photos were taken by that Photographer?  Is "cheaper" really "better" if the pictures look like this?
    Brides beware; Wedding photography is not an "upgrade", it is an art.  The art of being a skilled photographer, knowing how to use (and not use) light, and knowing the nuances of a wedding.  Not a weekend warrior who bought a camera and is now going to charge you money to completely muck up your timeless keepsakes. 
    Philip Gabriel (Gabe), Jackie Bayne, Kevin York, Laura Eaton, Allure West, Joe Pulcinella, Jennifer Childress, (the list goes on and on, I could never include them all)… These are REAL PHOTOGRAPHERS.  Photography is not "apples to apples", and should be so much more than the images in this blog post. 
    A great way to begin to avoid this situation, is not to book with anyone who "also offers" photography.  BIG warning signal there.  Photography is not an also.
    Rant done.

  7. Wendy04-25-12

    Awesome post, Mark!  Too many couples look for a "deal", only to find out too late that it wasn't such a deal.  You get what you pay for and who wants to take that chance on such a momentous occasion?!  I hope that brides take heed.  

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