(Closed) FI doesn’t seem to like E-pics

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I dont think they look bad at all! I love the heart one. But if you two feel that the photog could have done a better job, ask and see if a re shoot is possible??

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Cute pix! Does the photog have a blog that you can follow and see his other works?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think $600 is quite a lot of money just for the engagement pics.  Many photographers offer them free w/ a package.  From what you wrote that could be the case but I’m not sure…Or was it 600 for everything?  They came out nice if you ask me!  I can see why a guy may not think the heart one was his favorite, but I think they look nice.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think they look good! Especially the second one- super cute!

Post # 8
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Newbee

You know, jaylovessteez, as a photog, I usually consider the engagement session kind of a trial run, where the photographer and client get to know each other and feel comfortable with each other.  This might be a good thing, in terms of your wedding, because you know that you want him to do more poses or if you see something you don’t like, maybe ask if he can avoid that.  

As far as the editing … yikes, I don’t know if there’s much you can do about that.  I think that, from a technical standpoint, the black and white one is nicely toned contrasted (and your hair is GORGEOUS–I am jealous!), but the color one looks less manipulated.  My feeling is that most photographers edit to the top of their ability–there just not be much else that he does with them.  Do you feel like the pics he took of you guys look basically like the rest of his work?  If so, I’d say that’s probably just how it is.  

I think there are a few positives here, though.  He was VERY fast.  I know a lot of people don’t like waiting on their pics (I keep them waiting a little since I’m so fussy with editing, and trust me, I know how excited people are for pics!), so it sounds like you’ll have most of yours right away.  

The other thing that’s REALLY good news here is that the pictures are technically solid.  The lighting is good, they’re in focus, the exposure is right–you’d be amazed at how often those basic things can be a problem for “pro” photographers.  Every photographer has different strengths and weaknesses, and it could just be that he’s not that into editing, or he isn’t very creative or experienced with posing.  (Using those as examples since those were your issues–obviously I can’t say about the photog based on just two pics.)  The less edited photos are probably helping to keep your cost down, since that’s not huge amounts of hours he’s spending after the wedding, and on the actual wedding day, posed shots are going to be a very, very small part of the day.  Most of it will be him following you around, documenting the day and the special moments, and in that regard, a good, technically proficient photographer is a good thing to have.  I really think that you’re going to be fine.

Here’s my advice to you–consider the e-session a mulligan.  If you’re cruising blogs and boards and stuff and you see posed wedding pictures that you really like, don’t be afraid to send them to your photog and ask if he’d be willing to recreate them or use them as inspiration.  On your wedding day, try not to worry.  Just make sure that he’s getting pics of all the action (I’m sure he will be), and trust that all the pics are going to come out fine.  When you’re done with the wedding, and all the expense, if you’re not thrilled with the posed pics, maybe think about hiring a photographer to do some pictures of you in your dress and hubby in either a nice shirt and tie, and go out to different fun locations and just have fun with it.  I’ve had several brides do that with me, and it’s always a great time, and then they feel the dress gets all the poses and action it deserves, and I bet you could find a good price on that.  It’s not necessary, but if you’re anything like me, maybe you’ll just feel better feeling like there’s a backup plan in place.  Good luck!

Post # 10
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Newbee

@jaylovessteez, I think those are all great ideas!  And I’m glad that you love the engagement pics!  I think they’re nice too, at least the ones we saw!  And maybe they’ll grow on the fiance too.  But if he feels like there’s room for improvement, maybe it’ll put his mind at ease a little bit to know that you’re being proactive. 🙂  Also, I totally recommend Photoshop for Dummies, if you want to try a couple of tricks.  It has good step-by-step instructions and screenshots to help you out.  Best of luck!

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I think your e-pics are lovely!!!!!!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

OH man i love them i think yall look awesome! i especially love the second one i havent seen that be done before!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I love them to!! I think they look great!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@jaylovessteez – – I remember you commenting on my epics and mentioning you like them. For a fun piece of mind…Our epics were part of our wedding package. Our photog’s 2009 (when we hired them) price for an epic session was $650 (not sure if its increased.)  Our pics were returned within 48 hours.  We received about 80 proofs and of those we like roughly 30-35 of them…….

DO NOT HAVE ANY WORRIES – like @sarahrbowndowntown mentioned think of it as a great practice run for your wedding day Laughing

Your wedding pics are going to be amazing – Your epics prove it!!!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@jay, I think SaraBrown makes some good points. Technically sound images beats images that are artisticly edited because they are NOT technically sound any day. I can’t comment on this photog based on just two images, but definitely look through your stack and if the focus is good/sharp and the light looks good, which it does in these two! :), I think you are in good hands with this guy for that price. The only comment I would make is to ask him to watch the blacks in editing b&w. All the information in your shirts and hair is completely gone. However, you may like it that way 🙂 Generally though, this is another reason I wouldn’t push him to try to edit beyond his capability. Editing is tricky and it’s easy to overdo it. In some cases it will be better to have a clean slate with an image that has only undergone nonartistic corrections.

The only thing that wasn’t mentioned is that I wouldn’t blame this photog if he doesnt want to give you all of the images he took. Some are bound to messed up, too overexposed or out of focus, and he’s done you a favor by picking out the best ones for you. Remember, you may just want to look at faces/poses, but he’s looking at the technical quality of them, as he should be. He may think you are better off not even seeing photos you can’t print or use.

Finally, if there are 15 photos that you LOVE, that is a good amount for an e-session in my opinion. I would definitely not switch photogs.

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