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 Avoid this Photographer!!! Review Chris Ollerhead

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE avoid Christopher Ollerhead of Memories Photographs

memoriesphotographs.webs.com

If you hire this guy it will only end in heartbreak.

Good friends of ours just got their pictures back from their wedding photographer and to say that they are disappointed is an understatement. Outraged is more like it!

They paid $950 and the guy only took around 150 pictures. He gave them 80 for his final "presentation" and most of those were blurry. He only took two pictures of the bride walking down the aisle. TWO! Actually they weren't even pictures of her walking, they were picture of her waiting. THE most important walk of her life and she doesn't have pictures of it! There were no pictures of centerpieces (which were gorgeous!) or party favours, no pictures guests enjoying their meals at dinner and only a few pictures of the reception, where I think he was doing more socializing than picture taking. When I was talking with him he piped up and said "Well maybe I should go take a few pictures." Ya think?

AND you want to know what his excuse was for such poor photography? "Well the wedding didn't cooperate." What does that even mean!? A good photographer is prepared for any situation to ensure the best possible finished product!

How this guy stays in business I will never know. I'm going to do my best to make sure no one else hires him.

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 7 Sep 2012 5:37 AM
 23 Oct 2011
 Ottawa
Meechie
Chatterbox
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oh that is heartbreaking - I am so sorry for your friend frown
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 7 Sep 2012 3:34 PM
 2 Jan 2010
 Edmonton, AB
Jay Merryfield
Rookie
109
Definitely a sad story, and I feel for your friend. That just isnt professional conduct, and she should be receiving (or at least fighting for) a partial if not full refund.

Its also a good cautionary tale: Sometimes when you go cheap, you get what you pay for. Full-day photography, including all of the products he has mentioned on his website, SHOULD cost far more than $950. I would personally be leery of any photographer who provided all of that and didnt charge at least $2K. Its also a great idea to ask your prospective photographers to show you a complete wedding, not just their portfolio images. Anyone can go to a wedding and get one or two nice pictures almost by accident. A professional will be able to get dozens if not hundreds of good images.
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 7 Sep 2012 3:37 PM
 15 Nov 2011
skyla_11
New Member
23
Wow I am so sorry to hear that. Is there anything in her contract that she can use to get some money back perhaps? For example if it was indicated somewhere how many photos they were supposed to receive? or some photographer's coverages don't state hours but items, like bride getting ready, ceremony, reception, maybe she could use that against him seeing that there were none from the reception...

My idea for her would be to open up a photo website, (or maybe you could do it and surprise her;) and email all of her friends/relatives and have them post all their pics from the wedding so that she can have them. I know its not a solution but it might make her feel better seeing that there are some other pics out there, better than just waiting for people to post something on facebook.

Hope that helps
xoxo
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 7 Sep 2012 4:49 PM
 6 Dec 2010
 Ottawa, Ontario
MSP
Rookie
61
Terrible situation.
I doubt he is a professional full time photographer because you couldn't stay in business doing 900$ full day weddings.

The website to share guest's photos is a wonderful idea.
Maybe picking another photographer for a trash the dress (she doesn't have to trash it) just to get some more pictures of the two of them; we ended up doing this as I didn't have more than 3 pictures of both of us looking at the camera and that really disappointed me.

Hope she can either get a partial refund, if he was out of his contract with the only 150 shots (which is ridiculously low for that many hours, literally you should have 150 from the ceremony, 150 of just bride and groom etc.), and maybe share guest photos or consider getting done up again.
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 14 Sep 2012 1:46 PM
 13 Dec 2011
Wakefield2012
Rookie
57
Sorry to hear that. $950 is definitely on the lower end, but I really disagree with the comment above that you need to spend $2k on a photographer to get quality.
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 14 Sep 2012 2:28 PM
 2 Jan 2010
 Edmonton, AB
Jay Merryfield
Rookie
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With all due respect, while you can find a decent photographer for a low price, its far more of a crapshoot. You spend $2K+ (for a full-day wedding photographer, I should add; the package quoted on his website includes quite a lot of stuff in terms of both coverage and products) not for the sole ability to take nice pictures, but for professionalism, which includes having the right equipment, being prompt and on-time, appearing presentable at your event, delivering consistently good images from one wedding to the next, and managing the post-wedding stuff relatively quickly and without a lot of drama.

I dont wish to be down on people just starting out in the industry and feel the need to price themselves low to get a portfolio built-up (I started there too, and shot my first wedding for $500), and I dont mean to be hard on the OP because she was taken in by someone purporting to be what hes really not, or to put down brides who ARE on a budget and are struggling to cover all of their bases and get a photographer they can trust. Its just that, with a lot of things in life, the less you spend, the greater the risk of disappointment. If I were in this situation (on a budget of $1K, lets say), I would look for a higher-end photographer who offers a smaller package and book them for the bare minimum (ceremony + formals lets say) and end up with pictures I love rather than a lot of pictures Im not crazy about.

It is a tough situation, and its worth thinking about what your priorities are.
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 19 Sep 2012 11:07 AM
 13 Dec 2011
Wakefield2012
Rookie
57
I believe I paid around $1200, and had a photographer booked for 8 hours, got great shots, he was professional, and wasn't pushy with sales. Was there a risk? I guess so, but always look at the work of whoever you are hiring!
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 5 Oct 2012 3:34 PM
 20 Aug 2009
soho416to
New Member
17
Oh no. I feel bad for your friend. New at photography and offering low price is one thing, what amazes me is that he felt comfortable enough to not even try hard and just socialize! He has no respect for how important this occasion is to people getting married. frown

We are spending a large part of our budget on our photography because it`s the one thing that stays long after we have ate all the food, drank all the wine, and partied all night. We are pretty confident in our photographer. We`ve seen her work for an entire wedding and we know we are getting good shots.
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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
 30 Apr 2012
 buzzle.ca
buzzle
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