Post # 1
I am looking for some constructive criticism on my engagement photos that I posted here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/engagement-photos-50
She gave us a few photos as a sneak peek and posted a few on facebook that I really liked. Yesterday we received the rest of them. When I first saw them I was a little dissapointed. Yes there are a few that I love, but overall they don’t make me go wow. Out of 52 photos these ones are our favourites. At first I was thinking maybe I am just not that photogenic, but now looking back through our photographers blog, and seeing again why we chose her, I feel like something is missing from our photos. A certain sharpness or clarity, I’m not sure how to put it into words.
Here is a link to her blog http://www.ashleydurance.com/blog/
For any photographers out there, or anyone that knows a lot about photography, could you look at our photos and her blog and let me know is something missing from our photos that the others have? If so, what is it?
Are we just not as photogenic as some of her other subjects? Or, are we just being overly critical?
Here are a few more photos from our engagment shoot, some of these are really blah for me.
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - Makena Cove
I really like the last two! I think your photographer captured you best in those but the first ones seem kind of out of focus or not emphasized on you two. I’m not a photographer or anything but I agree there seems to be something “missing.”
Post # 4
I totally see what you Mean.
U are no less photogenic than the peoplei saw on her blog.
Its awkward posing sometimes and takes practice and good chemistry with your photographer.
Sorry for the spelling! New iPad.
Post # 5
The only thing I can see is I personally like a little more vibrant color contrast and richness in pictures.I think some of them are okay, but there are also a couple on that other thread that are great! You are always your own worst critic! I also think yall look kind of uncomfortble in front of the camera. The ones of yall looking at each other are precious, but when you are looking at the camera its more stiff and forced. But I am now totally nit picking.
Post # 6
@nessa9116: I’m no photography expert, but I think she should increase the aperture settings on her camera so you would get a brighter photo with a softer background.
Post # 7
I’m no expert either but I can see what you mean. The photos on her blog do seem to have “something” different. Maybe it’s the depth of focus or just focus in general. Is this going to be your wedding photographer as well? Maybe there’s something they can do with editing to “jazz” them up a bit? Maybe it was the lighting on the day you did your shoot? The photographer can only do so much with the lighting…
That being said, I do like the concept with the balloons and the looking through the trees. Very cute!
Post # 8
edited.. (i uploaded a pic i quickly edited, but it looked crap)… sorry. she might be able to adjust the sharness
** ETA for further explanation
Post # 9
something is missing i cant say what though. sorry
Post # 10
I think you’re right on the money saying they’re missing sharpness and/or clarity.
How long has your photographer been doing portraits and e-shoots? Outside shooting, from what I hear, is an entirely different skill to learn. Her blog won’t load on my computer, so I can’t give any comparisons to that, sorry!
Post # 11
I think it’s the color. My brother is a photographer and he usually warms up the photos, makes them richer for lack of a better word.
Post # 12
It really does look like the quality of the photo is off. Not the subject or what the photo is off, but the quality itself.
Your photos are dark and a little bit fuzzy (though I don’t know if WB compresses photos before they are posted?). You can see this best around your and your FI’s eyes in the photo were you are sitting down in the woods. Check the photos on your computer against WB to see if it is WB or the photo itself.
It basically looks like she didn’t get the lighting right, or she may not have edited these photos after they were taken. Did your package include editing?
Basically they are missing the sharpness, details and clarity of her blog photos.
That’s as far as I can deconstruct. Other photo bees may be able to tell you if this is a problem with her camera on that day/the lighting was bad/she hasn’t edited them or what the problem is.
Post # 13
It doesn’t even look like the same photography/camera to me. There’s definitely a huge difference in the pictures on the blog and the pictures you posted. I mean, even the outdoor photos on the blog are different than these.
@Everdeen: WB does compress the images, but it wouldn’t affect quality THAT much. I’ve posted my epics on here with no problems.
Post # 14
I agree with the previous comments, it just looks like the pictures need some color editing. Ask your photographer to add some special effects to them and you will definitely be more satisfied.
Post # 15
They are good pictures…and they do seem on par with the other outdoor pictures on the blog, but her indoor pictures look MUCH better…better lighting and editing. I also visited the website and am surprised at her prices for the quality…like I said, they are good pictures, but the phtographers here that charge 3000 are absolutely phenomenal.
Post # 16
Overall I like them. But I think if she made them hazier it would look better. My photographer did this for our photos and I loved the effect.