Photographer in bad wedding photo storm speaks up
UPDATE: At around 9pm on Tuesday (April 12), the photographer posted a second post on Facebook, apologising to the couple and offering to buy them coffee.
The photographer behind a shockingly-bad album of wedding photos which went viral on social media has come out to defend himself.
On Sunday (April 10) night, Ms Jaclyn Ying posted an album on Facebook containing 21 photographs from her wedding day.
She criticised the quality of the pictures provided by a "pretty reputable bridal shop", which had included the photographer as part of the package.
PHOTO: FACEBOOK / JACLYN YING
The newlywed wrote: "Before we signed on, we were told that while we couldn't choose our photographer, the standard of their talent pool was consistent... And were promptly shown a portfolio of actual day photos.
"They looked alright, and so we signed on thinking, 'okay la hor, how bad can they be.'
"Don't take this the wrong way though - this is not a flame and shame post. We just wanted to share some of these hilariously bad photos with everyone, so sorry if your unglam face is in this."
Ms Ying chose not to name the shop and the photographer.
The album has since gone viral and has been shared more than 15,000 times.
It prompted a riposte at around noon on Tuesday (April 12) from Facebook user Goh Chung Siew, who claimed to be the photographer responsible for the shoot.
Along with 11 other photos from the wedding, Mr Goh was unhappy that Ms Ying had used just 20 pictures after editing "900 plus photos for them" following a "long 10 hours (of) hard work".
He wrote: "But they already collected those photos, put up in media to show the whole world and spoil our reputation, which is not fair to us."
Mr Goh later removed his post several hours after posting it.
He then made another post later that night, this time apologising for the poor photos that Ms Ying had highlighted with her Facebook album.
Mr Goh wrote: "My bridal company and I could have done better by QC and removing them first before giving to you. I received $350 for this full day wedding photography & editing assignment, and I should have done better.
"My usual practice is to give the bridal company all the actual day photos and in turn, they will pass them to the couples. Lesson learnt, I will instead QC the photos first before giving them to the bridal studio.
"I sincerely hope you find the remaining 800-plus photos good. I thoroughly enjoyed covering your wedding that day.
"Once again, my sincere apologies for the hurts you went through with the terrible photos. Perhaps we could meet up and allow me to buy you coffee and apologise to you in person for the inconvenience caused."
However, one of Ms Ying's friends who goes by the name of Pat Law on Facebook was not impressed by Mr Goh's initial response.
Ms Law wrote: "In spite of the quality of photographs, Jaclyn Ying chose not shame you and yet, you decided that your ego is that important you want to take credit for your epic work? And attempt to make it an issue about her?
"You edited 900 plus pics? Of this standard?
"Very bright, very very bright. I don't mean the brightness of the photographs."
Most netizens agreed with Ms Ying and were aghast at the quality of the photos.
Criticising the composition and exposure, many praised Ms Ying for seeing the lighter side of things and urged her and her husband to get a refund.
Below are more photos from Ms Ying's post: