Help – see pics – do I contact my photographer with my concerns

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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 # 5
1062 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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
1500 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

The photographer should be doing 100% of the edits. The other photos do not look bad (even the smoking man )

Post # 8
1043 posts
Bumble bee

I would def complain/provide feedback/ask for edits!!!

Post # 9
1072 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1993

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
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

^^^ 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
2791 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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. 

Photo Save the Date Ideas  Why do wedding photographers take so many pictures of headless couples?!sarah darcy classic bride wedding photo paintingdon't always have to show the faces to capture the subject

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