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May 15, 2015 09:21 |  #31

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No. Here's what I said.

I said I was VERY disappointed, not completely. I also said there was a handful of images that are nice (ok, so it was 7, not 5 - which would have been a true handful). But, out of 54 images that we received, that's a pretty low yield for someone with such a level of talent.

Also, I never said I was upset I had to pay the session price. I'd post a quote to prove it, but I can't because I never said it.

I did address it with the photographer to a degree I felt comfortable. 1) I only selected a very few images when they knew I wanted 10-20 and 2) I asked that if the few images that had editing done to some degree could be redone as the results didn't look natural.

We haven't put down any further money yet.

So, while I appreciate each and every person's contributions to this thread, please stick to what I've said, not what you've inferred.


Look. I don't want to play semantics with you but these threads appear over and over on these forums and to be brutally honest they have little to do with the business of photography and everything to do with people being clueless about protecting their own interests. You came looking for advice and from your first post you received some very good advice but apparently never acted on it. It amazes me that you could spend time and energy debating the minutiae of this on an Internet forum while money and an opportunity to redress the situation slowly disappears. You want further advice? Put the thread down and man up. Call or meet the photographer and discuss your concerns frankly. This is no different from dealing with anyone else selling you a product or service. Just because your supplier is a photographer you can't expect people on a photography forum to provide you with a magic solution to rid yourself of angst about confronting someone honestly. The symptoms of dealing with it will be uncomfortable and confusing and the disease is called life. Just pick up the phone. You'll likely find, as is often the case, the stress and worry over doing something is actually far worse than doing it. Good luck.


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May 15, 2015 14:09 as a reply to  @ post 17556746 |  #32

I'm advising people to show what the clients can expect to receive. Not what they will be very lucky to receive.


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May 15, 2015 14:11 |  #33

As for the OP... parting with a grand for something you're not happy with... why did you come here and ask for advice again?


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May 15, 2015 14:41 |  #34

jebrady03 wrote in post #17557177 (external link)
...I said I was VERY disappointed, not completely. I also said there was a handful of images that are nice (ok, so it was 7, not 5 - which would have been a true handful). But, out of 54 images that we received, that's a pretty low yield for someone with such a level of talent...

Would you have been less disappointed if you'd been given 30 proofs?


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May 15, 2015 14:52 |  #35

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As for the OP... parting with a grand for something you're not happy with... why did you come here and ask for advice again?

I hate to be one to jump onto a bash-th-OP bandwagon, but I've really got to agree with this.

Buy one for $150 so that you have the memory, and if he pries you for more information, tell him the truth: You're really not satisfied with the work, and you won't be buying more because you don't feel that they lived up to your expectations or his portfolio/reputation.


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May 15, 2015 15:04 |  #36

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I'm advising people to show what the clients can expect to receive. Not what they will be very lucky to receive.

I have a recent experience related to this, but assisting a wedding photographer... The images he was taking on that wedding (I was peeking on the back LCD) looked nothing like the ones on his website...


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May 15, 2015 15:06 |  #37

Hey guys...
I said we were happy with a handful. But when looking at the proofs as a whole, we were disappointed. We were looking to buy 10-20.




  
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May 15, 2015 16:18 as a reply to  @ jebrady03's post |  #38

Well if you're satisfied with the handful, and believe the price is worth it with all things considered (such as your newborn changing everyday, and you've missed the window to capture that moment again), then buy it and don't look back. Doesn't really matter about the proofs as a whole, basically you're disappointed that you walked away with only 7 instead of 10-20. Reasonable, but c'est la vie.


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May 15, 2015 16:40 |  #39

That is a lot of money for pictures. A lot. Be sure you are satisfied before you commit to it .




  
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May 15, 2015 17:08 |  #40

My opinion...

Take the $1k you're willing to spend on photos you're not happy with, cut your losses and find a new photographer.


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May 15, 2015 18:24 |  #41

Well now I can't wait I see an example, I hope his post processing blows you away. In this day and age, I could see why he wouldn't submit a proof sheet with all the work completed. Lots of people would have just taken a snap shot and posted to facebook or Instagram. I really hope he delivers and your satisfied with the ones you chose.


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May 15, 2015 18:28 |  #42

damn, I am following this thread only with one hope - to see some actual images [pre@post@then some]. With all this fuss and pricing - OP, you better deliver! 8-)


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May 17, 2015 23:33 |  #43

Flugelbinder wrote in post #17557792 (external link)
I have a recent experience related to this, but assisting a wedding photographer... The images he was taking on that wedding (I was peeking on the back LCD) looked nothing like the ones on his website...

This thread gets better and better. Not sure how you can peak at a 2 inch LCD on the back of the camera and see the same beautiful post processed images they have on a web site.


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May 18, 2015 00:40 as a reply to  @ Amadauss's post |  #44

Exactly. That's a ludicrous statement to make.

OP - I wish you the best and hopefully they will be mind-blowing.


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May 18, 2015 07:28 |  #45

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This thread gets better and better. Not sure how you can peak at a 2 inch LCD on the back of the camera and see the same beautiful post processed images they have on a web site.

IMHO, it's not the post processing that turns a not so good image - composition, busy backgrounds, bad posing, not to mention the light - in to a good one. But I'm just a rookie anyway, so what do I know...


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