- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Hi again Hive,
So, yesterday, I started a post asking you all who had professional e-shoot pics taken about the length of your session and the number of images you received back (thanks to all who replied!)
Fiance and I had our e-shoot 2 weeks ago and since then, I’ve been thinking about how I don’t think our photographer took enough photos.
Well, we received our photos (as a link to thumbnails on photog’s website) last night. We had our e-shoot on a farm where we were engaged last year, and officially took pictures w/the photographer for a total of 1.5 hours. We then hung out (and invited our photographer to stay) with our families who showed up after the shoot by a bonfire for another 1.5 hours. The photographer took all but 5 of the pictures during the “official” session, and the remaining 5 during this hangout time. All in all, they were there for 3 hours.
And we only have 87 images. And 38 of these are duplicates (1 color version and 1 black and white of the same photo). We also have some photos of just the landscape too, without either of us in them, so all in all, we have 49 authentic photos, about 11-18 we like enough to include in an actual album that we’ve paid to have made of these photos.
My dilemma here is, how to approach the photographer about this?
We like the photographer’s photojournalistic style, so really the issue here is quantity of photos, as well as some repetitive poses, repetitive shots of us walking back and forth, etc. Also, although the photographer did a few times tell me to tuck my hair behind my ear, I feel like more of these “corrective comments” should have been made, like, “why don’t you take out your hairbrush and brush out a tangle” or “fix the charm on your necklace it’s crooked”. Things like that that would have made more of the limited number of photos we got back actual photos that we would love to put in an album.
The photographer initially asked for 1/2 of the package price as a retainer, but I renegotiated to 1/4 of the package price, which includes this e-session, a DVD from the e-session, and a 20-pg. album. I am having reservations about continuing with this photographer for my wedding, but then again don’t want to forfeit 80% of what I’ve already paid.
And, to make matters worse, some friends of FI’s family who also used this photographer for their wedding just got back their wedding photos, and are also disappointed. I haven’t seen these photos, but have asked to see if they’ll share the password to their online gallery to see for myself, but their main complaints were that the photographer took too many getting ready shots and then missed out on capturing more important shots during the event, and they had some other gripes about angles of the photos.
Anyways, sorry for the long post, but do you have any advice about what to do? Fiance has messaged the photographer asking if they’re available sometime over the weekend for a phone call. I’m at a loss as to what to do. Would love it if the photographer volunteers to rectify the situation and offers us another session.
Thanks for your help!