Know Your Photographer

Not too long ago, we wrote a Wedding Guide which briefly mentioned that when you engage a photographer via a bridal boutique, you may not know who the photographer is, which is an issue that is becoming increasingly significant. Why, you may ask? Well, we’ll let a recently wedded bride share her experience. In case you’re a little lazy in clicking on the link, here’s her account, verbatim:

So, what do you do when you finally receive your actual wedding day photos and find yourself sorely disappointed in them?

Get angry? Check.
Shed a few tears over them? Done.
Post some of the best (of the worst) on social media for amusement? Absolutely!

Here’s the lowdown – we got one of those “bao ka liao” wedding packages that included actual day photography from a pretty reputable bridal shop. Before we signed on, we were told that while we couldn’t choose our photographer, the standard of the talent pool was consistent. Naturally (and being Singaporean), we asked, “sure annot”. And were promptly shown a portfolio of actual day photos.

They looked alright, and so we signed on thinking, “okay la hor, how bad can they be.”

It’s bad guys. Like, first-date-and-you-clog-the-toilet-with-your-pangsai bad. Or, trust-a-fart-and-a-bit-of-poop-comes-out bad. (I’m not saying any of those things happened to me before)

Anyway, we’re looking for some redress from the shop at the moment, but nothing is going to take away the fact that our wedding photos by this dude are pretty much ruined. What’s more, he was our only “pro” photog for that day. This stag worked solo, man.

Don’t take this the wrong way though – this is not a flame and shame post. We just wanted to share some of these hilariously bad photos with everyone, so sorry ar if your unglam face is in this.

Last points:
– I sumpah/swear I never do any extra edits to the photos. Everything here (colour, lighting, cropping etc) is “as is” from the DVD the bridal shop gave us.
– Bride-to-be friends: If you want to know the deets (bridal shop/photographer’s name etc), let me know in private and I will point you away from them.
– Wedding guests: If you have any nice (don’t worry, our “pro” photog here set the bar quite low) photos, please share them with us through Whatsapp, Dropbox etc!

From our understanding, it seems that the photos that were shared by the bride are (by most people’s standards) mostly the ‘fail’ photos. The photographer involved has reached out to the public, sharing some of the better photographs and defend himself. I personally am of the opinion that a poorly taken photo should not even be delivered to the client.

While we admire the bride’s sense of humour, our heart goes out to her as well over her unpleasant experience. Take note, a reputable photography agency will always have their photographers’ portfolios ready for their clients’ perusal!

In other news, has anyone seen Sam?