Disappointing Wedding Photos

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I don’t have any good advice to give you other than I actually love the picture you posted. You look very candid but also very beautiful. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I absolutely love the style of the picture you posted, but if you don’t love it, ask your photographer if she can adjust what she’s doing in post-production.  I don’t know enough about editing to know what’s fixable, but it seems like this is something your photog should be able to adjust.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Ask the photographer to use retouching software – Photoshop has a lot of tools/filters/etc for facial retouching, and there are numerous retouching software programs out there if your photographer isn’t able to use Photoshop.  

If you have the image on a disc you may even be able to do some retouching yourself.   

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I think it’s a gorgeous picture, but it seems you’re more disappointed that it doesn’t look like you. I think some of the problems you have with it can be adjusted in editing – maybe send the photographer a couple portraits you do like and ask if that sort of look can be achieved? In the end though, every photographer has his or her own style, and you can’t change that.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Astra:  Most photographers have it stated in their contract that photos cannot be edited by the client. If the photographer’s name is on the work, then they want proper representation of their work – not someone else’s modification.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I think you look beautiful. However, ask that this person retouch your photos in an editing software. You paid this person to give you what you want. However, if the photographer refuses/disappoints, request/demand to have the “raw” images sent to you, the ones prior to all the editing the photographer may have done.

You may prefer the unaltered photos, or you may be able to take the photos to have them retouched by a true professional.

I am sorry you are disappointed with your photos. However, it’s not the end all be all.

WORST case scenario, maybe get dressed up with just you and your hubby and hire a different photographer to take some photos of you in a beautiful area. It may not be your actual wedding day, but it is still a beautiful photo of you two and it showcases what you two looked like on the big day.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@MrsOwen:  I think the dark circles under your eyes can be softened a bit (I played with it a bit on PicMonkey). I suspect some of what you don’t like can be fixed with some editing. Whether or not your photographer is willing to do that for you, I don’t know.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

does this editing reflect their normal style? I can see where you’d think it’s a little severe. You can certainly ask your photographer to dial it back a bit. Don’t bother asking for all the RAW files. No good photographer would give them to you. Also, you may not even have the software to open them. It’s also a huge amount of work best left to your photographer. On a final note, no other photographer is going to re-edit the, for you. Sorry, just all bad advice. Just let your photographer know your exact issues. I can see exactly what you don’t like and they are really easy fixes. There’s nothing wrong with that image that can’t be helped with a little less contrast and a little more exposure. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m not super happy with the contrast, but I lessened the severity of the freckles and dark circles. Any better?

Post # 12
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Busy bee

I think that photo is beautiful, but part of the “severity” of it comes from the B&W filter he/she used in post-processing. Have you asked for the color version of the photo? I think it would probably look more like your original expectation, and if not you might be able to fix some of the perceived imperfections in Photoshop. 

That aside, I think it’s normal for brides to experience some level of photo regret. There’s a lot of photos I wish we had time and the forethought to capture. We only had one photographer and I really wish we had had the funds for the second shooter, as two photographers would have captured so many more moments. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@bowsergirl:   Thank you for pointing that out.  I had no idea!!  It’s not in my contract, obviously.  

Post # 14
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Helper bee

 

Removed image as bride has seen 🙂 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I honestly spent three seconds on that. with the raw file your photographer can totally fix it. if that is in tune with their style! i just gave it a quick heal, clone and brush with zero precision haha

 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsOwen:  I like the style… I do think they need to retouch your photos to your desire! Do you have anymore photos we can see? You look beautiful btw!

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