Post # 1
Let me give background…
It was blazing hot (upper 90’s), make-up was not done right…at all…could not be re-done, we were late for the session b/c of make-up, because it was so hot we couldn’t really change…so just one outfit, hair was bleh b/c we didn’t have time to do much b/c of make-up sesh, no pics of my ring as a focus like I see in other pics, not a lot “lovey dovey” shots and I look too pale.
The actual photography is fine but there are some poses we don’t love and will be sure to exclude from our wedding…in 9 days!, but we didn’t know until we saw the pics. I didn’t know to ask for certain pics like my ring, for example or I would have. So really, I don’t blame anyone but me/us. I pray we get stuff right for wedding.
Anyone else not totally love theirs?
Post # 3
@Coral99: Ugh. I just got mine back last week and also didn’t love them. I’m so nervous for the wedding photos now. I even considered changing photographers.
Post # 4
@Coral99: We only displayed one at our wedding, so while there were only about 5 i really liked from our session, it was fine for us. I think as long as you can find one, you’ll be OK.
Post # 5
@mandolina: We are totally nervous. I’m scared this is what will happen for our wedding. I’m making a strict list of what NOT to do. And then we have some must haves. We can’t change…we marry in 8 days. Out of the country. Photog is traveling.
@SeaSalt: I thought if I only liked 4-5 that was normal. Until I came on the Bee and hear brides say they love all of them. Or having a hard time choosing favorites. We both are just ho hum about most, only liking 4-5. Idk the next time FI and I will have nice pictures done other than this time…it’s disappointing.
Post # 6
@Coral99: I’m sorry 🙁 Engagement sessions are a good trial run before your actual wedding so I am glad you learned what you like and don’t like. Our photog requested a bunch of inspiration photos so that he would know what we were going for. He asked for some kind of PINTEREST thing but I don’t even know what that is, lol.
As long as the actual photography is sound, I’d keep the same photog (not that you have time to switch right now anyway!). It sounds like a lot of factors were out of your control and it impacted how your e-session turned out. Now that you’ve had trial make-up done, you know what to ask for. I’m sure your wedding will go much smoother!
Post # 7
@Coral99: Sorry to hear this 🙁
We haven’t had ours yet; I’m hoping we will like them, but I’m not expecting to love them. However, I’m treating ours as a practice session; if we get some great shots, awesome! If not, no biggie! OH is awkward in front of the camera so I expect some of them to look awkward. We also live in England so god knows what the weather will be like; ours will be June, so it could be crazy hot or freezing cold and wet… :-s
So, maybe try to look at it as a practice, and make sure you don’t let those same things happen on the day eg leave MORE than enough time for hair and make-up to be on the safe side; I need to be ready by 11.30am, and my hair and make-up will start at 8.30am. Make sure you give your photog a list of the key shots that you really want.
I know that doesn’t change the engagement shots, but try to find some you like, or, maybe they could do a couple of last-minute edits on one or two to make them more to your liking?
Post # 8
@MrsPanda99: I’m having a different MUA for our wedding plus a hair and make-up trial run…all b/c of what happened. We are gettimg married abroad so I don’t have to use her but I’m nervous about other things. Going tanning this week so I don’t look too pale.
Post # 9
@Coral99: Honestly, what are you going to use more than a couple for anyway? Like I said, there were maybe half a dozen we liked out of 40. 1 we had printed and displayed at our wedding (we also got another print and gave it to my MIL as a gift at the day after brunch). 1 I had printed and have it framed next to my bed, but now that our wedding proofs are in, that will be replaced with a wedding picture I imagine. Another we really liked, and our photographer had it printed for us as a gift, however, I haven’t done anything with it yet, and if we do frame it and display it, it will be because it’s not as much a picture of “us”, but of the city. Easiler to show you what I mean than to explain it:
So short of uploading them all on FB, which is not my style at all anyway, the other 35 or so really don’t matter to me. I had a graet picture to display at our wedding, and it really doesn’t matter about the others that didn’t make the cut.
If you have some you love and can use, I wouldn’t worry about all the others.
Post # 10
From a photographer- in general you only Love a handful. Not that the rest are bad but only a handful are really loved and printed. How people feel on the Bee is not necessarily the norm. Just like some bees get 200-300 e session picrures. Thats not the norm either. I find a lot of whats said on the Bee and Wedding Wire is not what its really like in the industry. (no offence to anyone here)
It was a hot off day. If you like a handful over all thats good. So dont feel so bad about it, really. 🙂 Prepare to just enjoy your wedding! 😀 Dont sweat this specially since you say the photos are fine from a technical standpoint.
Post # 11
We got over 400 photos from our engagement session and only loved a small portion of them. You’re your own worst critic, and part of the problem (aside from that) is that you were there, and you’re remembering being rushed, stressed, and unhappy with your makeup. I doubt other people see the same thing when they see the photos, you know?
Post # 12
@Coral99: We were lucky to have my MIL as our photog for our engagement pics, and we loved a lot of them, but we, too, didn’t get many of the ring and only had one change of clothes (it was in the 70s so not too bad outside).
I would have done some things differently now that I look back, but honestly I didn’t use my engagement pics except on my invite, and we have a matte guestbook picture thingy on our wall with signatures that has one photo from our engagement.
Trust me, although you are disappointed now, those pics won’t matter once your wedding rolls around. And hopefully you get right on ordering wedding pics that you like becuase if you are like me, you will wait until you are pregnant and then you REALLY don’t care about any of those pics becuase you are 99.9% sure your walls will be plastered with baby photos instead, lol. I seriously, a year and two months and after my wedding, just ordered one wedding picture to hang up…in our bedroom…where no one will see it.
Post # 13
I wasnt happy with mine. My photog wanted to go at 7 am so I couldnt schedule a blow out. It was also humid as heck and my hair looked pretty bad. oh well… I should have thought about that and asked for a different time.
Post # 14
@Coral99: I understand where you’re coming from. I didn’t LOVE our engagement pictures either. From what I remember I only liked about 5 or 6. I was so worried about how our wedding pictures would turn out but in the end there was nothing to worry about, they came out great! A few weeks before the wedding we sat down with the photographer and discussed the break down of the day. We went over who we wanted pictures with etc. He asked if there was any specific shots to email him, which I did and worked out well because he got almost every shot I wanted. I would suggest doing this. Remember the day of you are going to be dolled up to perfection, the pictuers are going to turn out beautiful!
Post # 15
You are definitely your worst critic! You should post some 🙂
Post # 16
I’m with you. The photography was great, but a lot of our shots are just kind of meh for other reasons. We did ours in July, so it was super hot. My hair was all sweaty and stringy, my makeup melted off. My bangs kept sticking to my forehead. We had plenty of shots of us kissing and looking deep into each others eyes. But hardly any of us smiling at the camera or being playful and fun. And our photographer suggested a lot of shots that worked fine, but before every good picture there were 3-4 awkward “where am I supposed to put my hand?” shots.
Definitely learned some lessons there that I’ll be applying on the big day. That alone made the engagement shoot worth it. (Lesson one, grow out your bangs, that’s not a good look for you. Haha.)