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babyvontheway
LIF Adolescent

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Jen

Newborn photo gripe

I hired Gina Marie arts for newborn and maternity photos based on recommendations from people on this chat board. I had my maternity shoot with her ( great photos but never go to her home studio, her house is filthy). Then my baby was born and I emailed her about doing the shot which she said would be done within his 1st week of life. I never received a response until after a week, so we scheduled a shoot for almost 2 1/2 weeks after he was born. We had our house already and the baby ready for the shoot and she never showed up. A half hour after she was supposed to be here she emailed me to say she was sick and not coming. I response to reschedule and I never received an email back. I decided that with no response that she wasn't going to do them and asked for my prints for my maternity photos ( the only things I got from her were photos on her website, no prints no cd, I pd 250 for nothing basically). Oh and to top it off it tools her months to even put my photos on her website. I am angry bc I never got the cute newborn photos done for my first child that I wanted. I would never recommend her for newborn photos. I am so mad and disappointed.

Posted 4/12/13 3:17 PM
 
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Hope4baby13
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Member since 12/12

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un

Newborn photo gripe

WOW...that's all i have to say. I do newborn photography on the side and that's just horrible. I would post a bad review in so many places. This is not fair and horrible business. I feel terrible and wish i knew earlier and would have just come for a bit and done them for free. I can't stand when photographers have the nerve to do stuff like this. I hope she emails you back and makes you whole. If not, i would bother her until she did so.
So sorry!

Posted 4/12/13 3:28 PM
 

Aly764
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Newborn photo gripe

Wow that is really unprofessional! For her to not even contact you until after she was supposed to be there and then drag her feet rescheduling. I would definitely go with someone who works in a studio that is well known rather than a freelance photographer. I would write reviews all over Yelp and everywhere else- that is all just unacceptable! I would also let her KNOW how disappointed you are and DEMAND that you get your maternity prints or you are going to contact the better business bureau.

Posted 4/12/13 3:29 PM
 

forevercloud
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Re: Newborn photo gripe

WOW! There are some many levels of awful!!! I'm sorry you had to go through that!! Chat Icon I hope you were able to find someone to do you photos.

Posted 4/12/13 3:29 PM
 

Pray4Baby2010
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Member since 10/09

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MB

Re: Newborn photo gripe

Chat Icon oh no, I'm sorry that you werent able to get the pictures that you wanted.. How old is your LO? Maybe another photographer could do the pictures? I am using Mindy by I hope you dance and she is really reasonable- $200 in her studio in plainview

Posted 4/12/13 4:17 PM
 

ModDot
PUMPKIN ALL THE THINGS

Member since 8/11

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Trissy

Newborn photo gripe

I understand that having a newborn is hectic, but if you had your little one in January why are you just now complaining in April? Some times things get ost in communication, I would reread your emails to make sure you set a date with her before you start trashing her anywhere. She's had nothing but rave reviews on the boards and everywhere else, so I'm not saying that something didn't fall through the cracks but its so unlike her that I old tend to think that perhaps something got lost in translation or email.

Posted 4/12/13 4:26 PM
 

mommyof3girls
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Member since 5/12

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Name:
Sue

Re: Newborn photo gripe

I did my maternity pictures with her and was very pleased. I then did my newborn shoot with her. We set the time and date. We waited and waited and nothing. Later I recieved a text that she was in the hospital. I hoping she didn't lie because I did believe her. It took a while to get my proof but she did deliver. I still haven't receive my prints and album as promised and my newborn shoot was back in February.
I'm so sorry you missed out on your newborn shoot. I would have been upset as well.

Message edited 4/12/2013 4:33:11 PM.

Posted 4/12/13 4:29 PM
 

babyvontheway
LIF Adolescent

Member since 6/12

568 total posts

Name:
Jen

Re: Newborn photo gripe

Posted by ModDot

I understand that having a newborn is hectic, but if you had your little one in January why are you just now complaining in April? Some times things get ost in communication, I would reread your emails to make sure you set a date with her before you start trashing her anywhere. She's had nothing but rave reviews on the boards and everywhere else, so I'm not saying that something didn't fall through the cracks but its so unlike her that I old tend to think that perhaps something got lost in translation or email.



I am now just complaining because I figured I would give her the time to get her stuff together. And yes I have all her emails and have reread them multiple times. I can send them to you if you want to see them. I'm not here to start drama but am letting people know of my experience. Also I'm not one to complain either but this is something that has bothered me.

Posted 4/12/13 4:33 PM
 

babyvontheway
LIF Adolescent

Member since 6/12

568 total posts

Name:
Jen

Re: Newborn photo gripe

Posted by mommyof3girls

I did my maternity pictures with her and was very pleased. I then did my newborn shoot with her. We set the time and date. We waited and waited and nothing. Later I recieved a text that she was in the hospital. I hoping she didn't lie because I did believe her. It took a while to get my proof but she did deliver. I still haven't receive my prints and album as promised and my newborn shoot was back in February.
I'm so sorry you missed out on your newborn shoot. I would have been upset as well.



I'm sorry. I had high expectations of her bc her work is good. I understand she might have things going on but don't run your business this way. It's not fair to your clients. I hope you get your stuff soon.

Posted 4/12/13 4:35 PM
 

mommyof3girls
LIF Adult

Member since 5/12

2772 total posts

Name:
Sue

Re: Newborn photo gripe

Posted by babyvontheway

Posted by mommyof3girls

I did my maternity pictures with her and was very pleased. I then did my newborn shoot with her. We set the time and date. We waited and waited and nothing. Later I recieved a text that she was in the hospital. I hoping she didn't lie because I did believe her. It took a while to get my proof but she did deliver. I still haven't receive my prints and album as promised and my newborn shoot was back in February.
I'm so sorry you missed out on your newborn shoot. I would have been upset as well.



I'm sorry. I had high expectations of her bc her work is good. I understand she might have things going on but don't run your business this way. It's not fair to your clients. I hope you get your stuff soon.



I totally agree with you.

Posted 4/12/13 4:42 PM
 

WannaBeAMom11
LIF Adult

Member since 1/11

7380 total posts

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Name

Newborn photo gripe

Now Im upset I have maternity photos with her tomorrow.

Posted 4/12/13 5:05 PM
 

babyvontheway
LIF Adolescent

Member since 6/12

568 total posts

Name:
Jen

Re: Newborn photo gripe

Posted by WannaBeAMom11

Now Im upset I have maternity photos with her tomorrow.



Don't be upset she does great work but she needs to get her stuff together. Hopefully you will have a good experience

Posted 4/12/13 5:11 PM
 

Kidsaplenty
Sister love

Member since 2/06

5971 total posts

Name:
Stephanie

Re: Newborn photo gripe

Posted by ModDot

I understand that having a newborn is hectic, but if you had your little one in January why are you just now complaining in April? Some times things get ost in communication, I would reread your emails to make sure you set a date with her before you start trashing her anywhere. She's had nothing but rave reviews on the boards and everywhere else, so I'm not saying that something didn't fall through the cracks but its so unlike her that I old tend to think that perhaps something got lost in translation or email.



FYI, it seems that if anyone complains of LIF vendors on the boards the posts get deleted. So, I wouldn't trust 100% raves from the boards.

Posted 4/12/13 5:53 PM
 

ModDot
PUMPKIN ALL THE THINGS

Member since 8/11

2196 total posts

Name:
Trissy

Re: Newborn photo gripe

Posted by Kidsaplenty

Posted by ModDot

I understand that having a newborn is hectic, but if you had your little one in January why are you just now complaining in April? Some times things get ost in communication, I would reread your emails to make sure you set a date with her before you start trashing her anywhere. She's had nothing but rave reviews on the boards and everywhere else, so I'm not saying that something didn't fall through the cracks but its so unlike her that I old tend to think that perhaps something got lost in translation or email.



FYI, it seems that if anyone complains of LIF vendors on the boards the posts get deleted. So, I wouldn't trust 100% raves from the boards.



Cs would only delete a thread if it were false and the vendor could prove it. If this one gets pulled, Gina isn't a vendor so she would have to give them a valid reason as to why this was wrong.

Posted 4/12/13 5:57 PM
 

KennysMommy
Never knew LOVE like it before

Member since 3/10

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Name:
Danielle

Re: Newborn photo gripe

I'm sorry to hear about your experience. Can I ask a question? When you did the maternity shoot, did you already have the newborn shoot booked or did you call her to book once you had the baby? As a photographer, I've had people "assume" a session would be booked when they said they wanted to do one, but until a deposit is sent, nothing is booked. I've never met Gina and I'm not sure what her policy is, but I'd assume she has a similar booking policy as me. I'm saying that because there are always two sides to the story and without her here to reply, I don't think it's fair of you to blast her in such a personal way (e.g. filthy house). If that's the case, why wouldn't you say so after you were there? I'm sure you're pissed, but this is her livelihood and if you're going to post a review like this, I think it's fair to have her version of the story. Just sayin'......

Posted 4/12/13 6:12 PM
 

LIMOMx2
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Re: Newborn photo gripe

I follow her on FB and it looks like she is always full of excuses.

Posted 4/12/13 6:35 PM
 

Strawberry2468
It's summatime

Member since 3/09

4739 total posts

Name:
Christine

Re: Newborn photo gripe

Posted by KennysMommy

I'm sorry to hear about your experience. Can I ask a question? When you did the maternity shoot, did you already have the newborn shoot booked or did you call her to book once you had the baby? As a photographer, I've had people "assume" a session would be booked when they said they wanted to do one, but until a deposit is sent, nothing is booked. I've never met Gina and I'm not sure what her policy is, but I'd assume she has a similar booking policy as me. I'm saying that because there are always two sides to the story and without her here to reply, I don't think it's fair of you to blast her in such a personal way (e.g. filthy house). If that's the case, why wouldn't you say so after you were there? I'm sure you're pissed, but this is her livelihood and if you're going to post a review like this, I think it's fair to have her version of the story. Just sayin'......



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I don't know the whole story but there are definitley always 2 sides. I do know that if she can't take on a session inquiry she reaches out and refers to fellow photographers so I would assume she would reach out and get some names of photogs who could fill in if she had a session booked and couldnt do it. I do know that her son was in the hospital as was another family member, she is pregnant and has been sick from pregnancy as well as the flu and she just bought a house (she was living with her parents up until a few weeks ago while they were buying their house). So she has had A LOT going on.

Girls who are booked with her- I wouldn't worry. Chat Icon

Posted 4/12/13 6:37 PM
 

Teachergal
We made a snowman!

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Re: Newborn photo gripe

Thanks for the information! Sorry for your experience. For those of you saying that she has a lot going on, that's not an excuse for being unprofessional! Everyone has a lot going on, but you still do your job or handle yourself better than what this sounds like.

Posted 4/12/13 6:44 PM
 

mommyof3girls
LIF Adult

Member since 5/12

2772 total posts

Name:
Sue

Re: Newborn photo gripe

I just want to add that I did both maternity and newborn shoot and I raved once before about her and will do it again. I was very happy with my pictures and she did everything I asked when it came to poses. I hope this is all a misunderstanding.

Posted 4/12/13 6:50 PM
 

babyvontheway
LIF Adolescent

Member since 6/12

568 total posts

Name:
Jen

Re: Newborn photo gripe

Posted by Strawberry2468

Posted by KennysMommy

I'm sorry to hear about your experience. Can I ask a question? When you did the maternity shoot, did you already have the newborn shoot booked or did you call her to book once you had the baby? As a photographer, I've had people "assume" a session would be booked when they said they wanted to do one, but until a deposit is sent, nothing is booked. I've never met Gina and I'm not sure what her policy is, but I'd assume she has a similar booking policy as me. I'm saying that because there are always two sides to the story and without her here to reply, I don't think it's fair of you to blast her in such a personal way (e.g. filthy house). If that's the case, why wouldn't you say so after you were there? I'm sure you're pissed, but this is her livelihood and if you're going to post a review like this, I think it's fair to have her version of the story. Just sayin'......



Chat Icon

I don't know the whole story but there are definitley always 2 sides. I do know that if she can't take on a session inquiry she reaches out and refers to fellow photographers so I would assume she would reach out and get some names of photogs who could fill in if she had a session booked and couldnt do it. I do know that her son was in the hospital as was another family member, she is pregnant and has been sick from pregnancy as well as the flu and she just bought a house (she was living with her parents up until a few weeks ago while they were buying their house). So she has had A LOT going on.

Girls who are booked with her- I wouldn't worry. Chat Icon



If all that is the case ont take on new clients....that's a lot of excuses. Plus i booked her for both maternity and newborn 5 months before I had him

Posted 4/12/13 6:52 PM
 

babyvontheway
LIF Adolescent

Member since 6/12

568 total posts

Name:
Jen

Re: Newborn photo gripe

Posted by KennysMommy

I'm sorry to hear about your experience. Can I ask a question? When you did the maternity shoot, did you already have the newborn shoot booked or did you call her to book once you had the baby? As a photographer, I've had people "assume" a session would be booked when they said they wanted to do one, but until a deposit is sent, nothing is booked. I've never met Gina and I'm not sure what her policy is, but I'd assume she has a similar booking policy as me. I'm saying that because there are always two sides to the story and without her here to reply, I don't think it's fair of you to blast her in such a personal way (e.g. filthy house). If that's the case, why wouldn't you say so after you were there? I'm sure you're pissed, but this is her livelihood and if you're going to post a review like this, I think it's fair to have her version of the story. Just sayin'......



I sent her a deposit in August for both sessions. Did my maternity in December. Her pics are beautiful but her lack of professionalism and follow up is what is lacking. She has 325 dollars of my money and I have nothing from it. I understand its her livelihood but if she cared she would handle her business better

Posted 4/12/13 7:08 PM
 

maymama
my little loves

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Re: Newborn photo gripe

has she still not responded? she has a deposit for your newborn session that she never shot? if thats the case, i would contact BBB. thats not right.

Posted 4/12/13 8:58 PM
 

babyvontheway
LIF Adolescent

Member since 6/12

568 total posts

Name:
Jen

Re: Newborn photo gripe

Posted by maymama

has she still not responded? she has a deposit for your newborn session that she never shot? if thats the case, i would contact BBB. thats not right.



Yes she has my deposit for my newborn shoot

Posted 4/12/13 9:04 PM
 

queensgal
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Re: Newborn photo gripe

Crashing

She owes me pictures too and I have been waiting and followed up.

I have my digital proofs so at least that's something but there has been a real lack of communication slow response all the way through.

BEWARE!

Posted 4/12/13 9:11 PM
 

Wishes1111
LIF Adolescent

Member since 12/10

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Newborn photo gripe

What a bad experience! I would be furious if a photograph didn't show for a newborn shoot booked. I hope you get your money back soon. Thanks for posting this.

Posted 4/12/13 9:18 PM
 
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