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Its been more than 2 months since receiving the photos and whenever I look through them, I can't help but feel disappointed and wishing I went with a different photographer. Here is the breakdown of the pros and cons
Communication: 5 stars
Excellent, super nice and response to all emails and questions. I was hesitant before the wedding and they called me right away in response to an email I send with some questions as to shot list and number of photos that I will receive.
Artistry: 4 Stars
They take beautiful photos, it is vibrant, vivid and stunning.
At the end of the day, we as brides want to hire an awesome wedding photographer to capture all the details and moments that you want to on photo. Although the photos are vibrant and beautiful and artistic, but the basic wedding photography part fell short. It was not as breathtaking as the hype, and maybe that is my fault. I poured through their website before the wedding and feels that mine wedding falls short. In comparison, we took honeymoon photos in Santorini with a locally based photographer and the 1 hour spend with her delivered more stunning photos than the 6 hour spend for the wedding for 1/20th the price!! Here are some examples of why I feel let down by Del Sol:
1. We spend around 1 hour taking bride/groom photos on the beach after the ceremony and only about 10 unique photos are worth printing out and/or framing. What I mean is that although there are decent amount of pictures, but there are clusters of 4 or 5 photos that would be the same frame and view point, just with slight movement changes between each picture. Like there are 4 photos of the same picture, just one kissing, one looking, one cheek kissing, all from the same angle, same distance, same view. There was just a lack of diversity and creativity of this 1 hour spend on the beach alone for photos. There were no close ups, intimate moments of both my husband and my face. Another example is that in one set of 5 pictures, there is a blurry bubble gun in the corner of the photo with my husband kissing my hair basically, all you see is his side profile and the back of my head, with blurred bubble gun in the left side of the frame, for 5 photos! What am I going to do with that?? Like ok, I see it, but am I gonna frame that or blow it up or cherish that?? The pictures were all these far away (4 or 5 of the same), or up close like chest and up. There were none that was body filling the frame, yes I guess I can crop the far away ones, but that isn't what you pay $$$$ for.
2. After the 1 hr beach portrait, we walked back to the huppa on the beach and many family and friends came up for photos. We stood there for like 20 mins posing with parents, family, friends under the huppa and the photographer took all those photos. In the back my mind, I was like wonderful, I will have all these bride/groom + whoever photos on the beach underneath the huppa, but guess what.................. none, as in 0, was delivered!! Then what was the point? for every couple, person, parents, that came up and stood and smiled for a photo with the bride and groom under the beautiful huppa, it was just time wasted? Pointless??
3. The same thing happened again during the dinner and reception. Many people, couples, family came up to the sweetheart table, or in the dinning area and we posed for pictures.... but only a handful was delivered.... if I had known this was gonna happen, I would have had my friends/family take the photos on their own personal phones or cameras. BUT then why am I paying top dollar for a wedding photographer to take photos, but not deliver them?! For example, we had 7 tables of guest. We went around and took a picture with each table but I only received 6 pictures. So 1 table photo is missing AND the table that's missing is my husband's parents, brother and immediate family!!!
4. The top 3 were my biggest areas of disappointment. Lastly, this is one about the center of the show, the bride. I only have 2 bride portrait photos after I got ready, before walking down. 1 of me standing, 1 of me in the same position but just up close of my face. I feel as a bride, we look so much through Pinterest, and each of us have all these ideas of our day, the peace and serenity of the bride, right before walking down the aisle. The beauty of it, the artistic shots like strapping on your shoe, or looking out the window, or smelling your bouquet, those moments... well I don't have any of those. Yes I did give a shot list, but it didn't happen. Looking back, I wish I said something, like "can we do a photo like this, or this". But when it's your big day, your in the moment and not thinking about any of that, your nervous or excited with all these emotions running through you and your thinking of trying of capture yourself beautifully in photos, it is their job. However for me, 2 months later when the photos were delivered.... I realized that maybe I should have thought more about photo moments during that day and to ask them.
Well hindsight is 20/20. Of course weddings do not go as planned and there are things every bride would want to change about their wedding, it just sucks that for me, it is my wedding photos....and they are the constant reminder of the thing I would change, every time I look at them. Thank you for reading and sorry for the long rant.