Post # 1
Please help – I hate to complain about anything, especially someone’s work. But I have attached a few pictures I recieved last week from our wedding photos, and I am not happy with them. *We had two photograpghers working togther. We did a lot of family portraits under the beautiful arbor – which was made by my husband and groomsmen for our wedding & decorated by my bridesmaids. Almost half the pictures taken under the arbor were crooked, or the beautiflul flowers cropped out so it looks like were standing between two pieces of wood. Not what we were going for. Also, our family pic of walking away from the camera, she took about 20 of these, now I see all from the same angle – all have the ugly trailer and boats in the background) We were told to walk back and forth a few times, I assumed they would move around to not include those eye sores. Every one of those, includes the trailer – and you’ll see the random guy smoking in there too. I also recived picture of our heads cut off, about 4 or five, I included 2 below. I am happy with most pictures just wish I didn’t have to go through them all and straighten them. I know I could have bigger problems with a photographer, but it’s frustrating going through these and editing them before I can order prints to hang up. My question is – should I contact her with my concerns or suck it up and edit what I can. We did have a contract – nothing stated about any concerns we might have afterwards or if you are not happy with the final product. Thank you for your input!<br /><br />Here is the email I was thinking of sending:<br /><br />Hi __**_, thank you for the photos. <br />We have been going through them and noticed a couple of things. We are missing some important shots that include me witheach of my bridesmaids individually that we took at the beach. These were the only photos we have of just them and myself. We only received one of these, but not the other girls. As you can imagine, the other girls are a bit bummed.<br /><br />Quite a few are crooked, I have been editing them myself to straighten them. The family portrait pictures under the arbor are crooked, it looks like we were standing on a hill in most of them.<br />About 4 or 5 shots had our whole heads cut off. Not what we were expecting. We are not usually ones to complain, or be picky, and so it has taken us a while to write you. And we are happy with most of them, but I have been spending my time cropping and editing/straightening these now. It’s frustrating and time consuming. We have asked a few friend’s opinions, to keep our emotions out of it, and everyone we have asked seems to agree. <br /><br />If you are able to send us all photos that were taken would be great.
<div><br />I bought a program to edit them and have attached a few examples: before and afters of my editing/straightening. Also the one shot we really wanted of our family, walking away from the camera – the background is very junky looking and not what we had thought it would be, or close to the image we showed you before hand, besides us holding hands and walking away. I know we were there too, but had no idea it was this bad. I guess we were focused on other things.<br /><br />Please let us know if you have any original photos you could send us, and wouldn’t mind sharing with us, along with the other bridesmaids pictures. <br />We would really appreciate it. Thank you<br /><br /></div>
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This topic was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by marriedmomma.
Post # 2
Aside from the crooked arch, I don’t see anything wrong with the pictures.
The smoking man.. was he a guest? He can be cropped out if needed.
Post # 3
Your photographer should be doing the final edits to straighten the pictures and remove the eye sores. Definitely contact her and ask that she do this!!!!
Just a note, the head cropped off shot is a popular one I’ve seen a lot of lately. This was most likely on purpose, but if you don’t like it ask if there’s an uncropped version.
Post # 4
Thank you. The arch isn’t crooked, it was level – and double checked. <br />No the smoking was not a guest. Just a random man. I know he can be cropped out, but that is one more pic for me to fix, when I feel the photographer should have done this.<br /><br />Thanks Wylie – I agree! and I have not seen that “popular” picture. Wasn’t sure why my head was chopped off a few times 🙂
Post # 5
The pictures show up as rather small on my laptop, so I can’t comment on eyesores or anything like that. But I’d have to agree with PP about the head cropping being a popular thing nowadays.
I don’t have any suggestions about what you plan on communicating to your photographer. However, it’s not your job to do all of the edits yourself.
Post # 6
- Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016
That’s a shame, I’m really sorry you have to go through the trouble of fixing these yourself 🙁 But I do agree that the head-cropped photos look intentional. The second is especially cute, but I agree that you also should ask for and receive the full photos of those as well.
Post # 7
The photographer should be doing 100% of the edits. The other photos do not look bad (even the smoking man )
Post # 8
I would def complain/provide feedback/ask for edits!!!
Post # 9
The editing is definitely sloppy, but it really depends on what their portfolio was like as to whether it’s what you should have expected. As others have mentioned, the pictures with the heads cut off are intentional, it’s a trend right now. As for the cropped arbor – well, sometimes the focus is going to be more on the people in the photo than the background. I assume people looking good in family photos is more important to most people than shooting at a weird angle to include the flowers. You can ask them about it but I don’t see any massive issues here, just cropping laziness from the photographer.
Have you looked at their portfolio and other full weddings that they have shot? Was the picture quality in those significantly better than yours? Was the photographer a budget option or very expensive and well-regarded? These things will make a difference as to how annoyed you should be about sloppy editing.
Post # 10
Mmmm, of course it depends on how much you paid and how your photos compare to this photographer’s portfolio photos, but I would say these really need some editing, especially to balance the brightness. The framing is definitely off. Also, the arches should absolutely be in the photo, and so should your whole dress in the other photo, where the last bit of it is cut off. Unfortunately, these are things that should have been done properly in the first place, as you obviously can’t edit the arches and dress back in. And the guy smoking in the background is not a good look. Even worse, is that it’s HALF of a random guy smoking. A true professional photographer would instinctively know these things. Unless you got some ridiculous bargain, I would definitely contact this person and let them know your expectations were not met for the price you have paid.
Otherwise, it looks like your wedding was absolutely lovely and I hope you had a really special time!
Post # 11
marriedmomma: If you don’t feel comfortable with your pictures, then let your photographer know. That’s why you paid him. You shouldn’t have to edit your own pictures after you paid someone to do it for you. So you let them know girl! PP said…“Unless you got some ridiculous bargain, I would definitely contact this person and let them know your expectations were not met for the price you have paid” NO!!! If you did or you didn’t doesn’t matter what you paid for your pictures. You got to let them know.
Post # 12
^^^ To be clear, by “ridiculous bargain”, I meant something like paying your nephew who dabbles in amateur photography $100 to take some photos. That kind of arrangement might not carry the obligation of time consuming editing, or expectation of expertise. But yes, if you paid any sort of professional photographer fee, then you should absolutely let them know.
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
Yeah I think the headless thing is a ‘trend’. Sometimes It is done really well, like in this Save The Date. And other times I think it seems awkward.