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Bride is left furious after asking a professional photographer friend to take her wedding photos and getting 'less than stellar' results - but would YOU be disappointed?

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 11/7/2019 Leigh Mcmanus For Mailonline

Having a set of beautiful photos of your wedding day to look back on is one of the most important aspects of the day, but one bride has been left in 'profound pain' after asking her friend to take the pictures. 

Sannie Razhel from Singapore tied the knot in a colourful ceremony alongside family and friends, and decided to give her then-friend the crucial job because she was a professional photographer. 

But when she received the pictures, Sannie was left devastated by the 'less than stellar' results, despite paying her pal 'more than the quoted price'. 

She took to a wedding shaming group on Facebook to share her experiences as a warning to other brides not to hire their friends, admitting that a year on from the big day she still 'reminisces on the poor decision to entrust the photography to someone who used to be a dear friend of mine'.  

But not everyone thought the pictures were that bad, with one woman commenting: 'These pictures look better than the ones I paid a professional for. I don't think they're terrible at all, I think they're beautiful and tasteful.'

But another commenter disagreed, saying: 'This person should not be a professional photographer.'  

a group of people looking at a cell phone: Sannie Razhel and her partner pictured by Sannie's ex-friend at their ceremony last year

Sannie Razhel and her partner pictured by Sannie's ex-friend at their ceremony last year
© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

Opening up on Facebook, Sannie added: 'Back story is I chose someone I used to be close with to be my photographer for the day. 

'I did so as I wanted to support her as she's a professional photographer by trade and I believed that being my close friend at the time, she would be able to capture my special moments better instead of having a stranger hovering around.'

She said that 'the deed has been done' now and she hinted that it spoiled her wedding, saying she's unable to re-do the ceremony, unless she 'strikes the lottery'.   

She added that 'the tears have dried, the anger has subsided, the friendship broken'. 

a group of people sitting on a bench posing for the camera: Sannie (centre) with her husband and family members. She called the photos 'less than stellar' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sannie (centre) with her husband and family members. She called the photos 'less than stellar'

'From my mistakes valuable lessons have been learned and I hope to share them with others so that they may be spared from the profound pain and disappointment that I have experienced,' she added. 

Sannie added that while there are pros to having a friend as your wedding photographer, like them being able to 'easily identify moments which may be important to you that others may not notice', there are also many cons. 

She said that the friend 'may not perform at their professional best', 'as your friend, they may take certain matters for granted such as response time' and relationships 'may get strained as you both may have different expectations.' 

a person wearing a suit and tie: 'From my mistakes valuable lessons have been learned,' said Sannie, pictured at her ceremony © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'From my mistakes valuable lessons have been learned,' said Sannie, pictured at her ceremony a person sitting on a table: Sannie getting her hair done. She said she's no longer friends with the photographer © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sannie getting her hair done. She said she's no longer friends with the photographer

'Unfortunately for my situation, despite paying more than the quoted price, I didn't get the results I had hoped for.'

She didn't make clear if she paid her friend more than the going rate, or above what she intially asked for. 

Wedding photography in Singapore is generally around $2000-$3000 (£1175 - £1763) for the full day. 

She added: 'However, this serves as a lesson learnt (albeit expensive one), and I now know to be more discerning in hiring people for their services instead of letting my emotions over ride logic.' 

Sannie said that her experience is a chance to help others to not 'experience what I did during an important moment in my life.' 

The photographer has not been named and has not yet responded to Sannie's criticism of the photographs. 

a person with collar shirt: Sannie said that 'the tears have dried, the anger has subsided, the friendship broken' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sannie said that 'the tears have dried, the anger has subsided, the friendship broken'

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