This post is in response to the many inquiries I've had regarding the nightmare I am still going through with my wedding photographer, (5 months after the event). This was originally mentioned in my post regarding Wedding Photography Etiquette. HERE IT IS, MY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY NIGHTMARE!!! My wife and I got married last September in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The weekend we picked is a particularly busy wedding weekend for local couples due to it's placement between the summer tourist season and the fall foliage tourist season. Because of this, we planned way ahead, booking the hall we wanted and a Pro DJ friend of mine. The only thing missing was our Pro Photographer. Unfortunately, the two great photographers I would have chosen were booked for the weekend, (my first choice was in Alaska, my second choice had already booked), so my wife and I started looking for photographers. We stumbled upon what appeared to be what I would consider a "diamond in the rough" wedding photographer. Technically, her photos weren't perfect, but her composition was great and she seemed to have an eye for the moment...something you really can't train. I was skeptical, but my wife liked her style so we set up our initial meeting. At the meeting, we saw both her portrait and wedding portfolios. You could see in both portfolios a progression from someone with a knack for catching the moment and little technical knowledge of photography to a great technical photographer with a great eye...or so it seemed. I asked for references I could call or email, which she provided; and I asked what type of equipment she'd be using. Here's where things get funny... When asked about equipment, she responded with: 2 Canon Bodies, one with a 24-70 f/2.8 and one with a 70-200 f/2.8. She also mentioned a couple of Sunpack flashguns, which I paid little attention to. I also mentioned that the ceremony would be outdoors at 11:00am and the formals would follow immediately after, also outdoors. The Reception would follow and it is in a room with difficult lighting due to massive windows along 2 sides of an L-shaped room, one side situated behind the main table (curtains drawn for dinner and toasts to make lighting a bit easier). She said that it wouldn't be a problem as she had shot in difficult lighting before. My wife and I left the meeting feeling good about the photographer. Everything seemed right, and on top of that, she the type of personality that I wanted out of a photographer. After some discussion and meeting with a few other photographers, we decided to go with the one we felt the best about. We set up a second meeting to verify a few details and seal the deal. Little happened until the month before the wedding when we went over the final details of the wedding day with our photographer, (over the phone), and went over how final payment would be made. THE BIG DAY!!! Our photographer showed up earlier than expected...a pleasant surprise. She set up camp in the bridal prep room, and popped in on myself and the groomsmen from time to time to snap a few shots of us getting ready. It was excitement, stress, anticipation...everything you'd expect in the groom;s room, so I barely noticed the photographer when she did pop in. The ceremony started a bit late, but went extremely smooth...15 minutes...short and sweet, just like we planned, (and we both said I DO). Recessional, quick bathroom break, and on to the formals. Guests were comfortable having cocktails, so it was just the wedding party, immediate family, and the photographer. (My uncle with my camera was the exception...) It was then it hit me...my photographer is shooting with one camera!!! No second body... maybe it's inside... it'll be fine, just relax. So on with the formal shots we requested...took about a half hour, just like we anticipated. Then it was just the photographer, my wife, and I. We asked for a few portraits of just the two of us in two nice locations on the property. Then it really hit me...this time there was a violent lurch in my stomach...I saw it...a SIGMA BODY with a SIGMA KIT LENS. I wanted to throw her out right then and there...but I also wanted my photos...and I had to see them...see if they were as good as her portfolio... So on went the day, no issues, great fun for all, and the photographer so far in the back of my mind that I didn't even know when she left... (She checked out with the in-laws, who paid her, when all of the major events had ended) Then the waiting...it wasn't so bad at first, since we were in Mexico for our honeymoon. Then a month went by...then two...no word or response to many emails and phone calls. With a final email threatening legal action we got a response and two DVDs of our wedding photos a few days later. Upon receipt of the DVDs, my wife looked at the photos. She then immediately called me at work to let me know they were there. I asked how they were and she, sobbing slightly, said I needed to see for myself. When I got home, I immediately looked through the 2 DVDs, my blood pressure increasing with each passing photo. I was appalled...there were nearly 800 photos and not one was even close to the product she advertised. Out of focus, too dark, too light, shadows in the faces of the formals, formals with eyes closed...poor composition, poor lighting, etc, etc. In a word, it was bad photography. There is no other way to put it. I immediately called and emailed her to try to set up a meeting. Surely that was the least she would do. Her response: "please take half of your money back, just don't ask to meet again, I'm too emotional a person and don't take criticism well." When I refused, but offered to pay her for travel, and time (equivalent to what I'd pay a second shooter for a day), she blankly refused and told me her generous offer of half of our money back was off the table. Currently I am pursuing legal action against her in small claims court.