Once upon a time we got married in June of 2011, then later that summer had a reception in Ryan's hometown in Montana. We had some pictures taken of us at Ryan's family ranch by a old local photographer who promised to give us a cd of all the digital pictures. When the pictures were finally available, she had them on her website and wanted us instead to pay upwards of $15 per print. Ummmm, ya. Not happening, this isn't the 80's anymore.
She couldn't understand why we didn't just buy the pictures through her site, and I explained to her it's because we would like the digital copies instead so I could print and use them in my home. We had sparse communication since that summer, and finally this past January I decided that I WILL get those pictures. Especially since they are our memories, and have absolutely no meaning to her. I emailed her again pretty much demanding the cd with our pictures, seeing as how she had already been paid well for her services. We weren't going to pay her ridiculous prices to have her print and snail mail them from Montana.
I'm sure she finally got sick of me because right before Valentines we received a cd in the mail...it was our pictures! I was so excited to finally have them after almost 2 and a half years. Of course the woman smacked her "watermark" big as day in the middle of every picture. She went through every single one of the 85 pictures and strategically placed her name in thick black font on each picture. I was fuming...all I wanted these for was to display them in my home and share with family. Which is what I told her, but I'm sure she was bitter about not getting an extra payday with each print.
Thankfully, I have smart techie friends who told me of some programs that would be able to take off the font and voila! Now I can finally enjoy these pictures. I'm so excited to finally be able to print and display them on my gallery wall :) Moral of the story, find photographers that you know and trust!