Post # 1
Hello bees! I need some help/outside perspective on our photography situation!
We have a photographer booked through a company right now that has several photographers. We had an engagement shoot with him and he was professional, knew the time without ever looking at his watch, and had a lot of creative poses. Leaving the session we felt really confident and comfortable with him. When we got our pictures back I had a very mixed reaction. Some are stunning – I was blown away and really happy with those. Others, I am making a weird face, my FI has his eyes closed, weird things like that. Also, when I get nervous I have a habit of bringing my shoulders up like toward my ears and squishing my neck back. He didn’t say anything once and I am saddend because the poses are awesome but he didnt say anything so all of the pictures of that pose my FI has his eyes closed or I am doing the weird turtle thing haha His detail shots in bis portofolio are amazing and again his poses seem so creative BUT I noticed a lot of the pictures the bride/groom/party members look weird like he didnt really pay attention to how they looked as much as how the concept of the photograph was.
Photographer 2 (new guy) was not available when we originally booked but is now. He has tons of accolaides and great reviews. He also has a nice portfolio, but it is smaller as he has got 10 years exeperience vs the other guys 30. He says in his bio before weddings he did commercial photography and I noticed in his pictures everyone looks great and like he really focused on how they looked in the picture. He also has some creative shots but there are less photos to look at and he doesn’t show any detail shots so I have no idea how he is with those. We also have never met or shot with him where as at least we know photographer #1 is timely and kind. Photographer #2 overall seems to have the nicer posed pictures though.
What should we do?! Switch? Stay?
Post # 3
You’re never going to like 100% of the pictures a photographer gives you. Your photographer doesn’t know you like you know your fiance or you know yourself — he doesn’t know what you consider a weird face, and he doesn’t have a lot of control over when you blink. You hope that he takes enough shots of each pose that you’ll have one good one, but that doesn’t always happen (especially because your definition of “good” can be different from his — when my photographer put our wedding preview up on her website, I was surprised by what pictures she liked and advertised compared to what pictures I liked).
Post # 4
@excitedtobeMRSF: I read the topic of this thread and immediately thought, YES DO IT. Change now! Photos are the MOST impportant thing. I went through a similar situation. I changed photoraphers 2 WEEKS before the wedding, lost $1K, paid double of our planned budget and I have NO regrets. You can actually read my thread here:
Wedding Photographer Regret
and here on another bee’s thread. I’m the last post:
Wedding Photographer Regret
However….as I actually read your post, I’m somewhat hesistant to give you the same advice. The reason I changed was more because of the photographer’s style, use of light and post processing. After receiving my engagement pictures, the poses and composition were fine, but we didn’t love the muted colors and post processing. This was NOT going to all of a sudden change when she shot our wedding. This was her style and we didn’t love it. Our new photographer did way less post processing and just seemed to have a more journnalistic style. You mentioned the poses are awesome, but photographers really have no control of closed eyes, awkward smiles, and uneasy shoulder shrugs. For instance, I’m not good at the closed lips (no teeth) serious smile or giving that mischievous “smile with your eyes” look. I realized how difficult it is to be a model during our esession! But I loved those photos of the brides when I saw them on blogs. They were so tranquil yet filled with emotion.
Are you guys picture people? Some people are just uneasy in front of the camera (like myself) so the esession is practice and by the time the wedding comes around, it was so much more fun and natural for me! This is another thing that is not specific to the photographer. I loved our wedding photos with our new photographer but she still sent us crying photos which she probably thought were touching, but let me tell you….I am NOT a cute crier!
Finally, any photographer’s blog or portfolio will likely showcase the most beautiful photos with details and people that photograph well. If the other photographer did commercial photography, it is likely he worked with experienced people who are used to being photographed or even models. I would talk to your current photographer about maybe providing more guidance since you guys are not picture people. Communicate to him what you liked, disliked. etc. I think if you were to change it should be because of the photographer’s style, use of color, light and the way he edits his photos. But that doesn’t quite seem to be the case.
Post # 5
@Burtongirl: Thanks so much! We do like the second photographers style better as well so thats probably whats making it so hard. The second guy does more relaxed and classic pictures where as the first guy tries to be really creative which is awesome but I think it was really making my FI uncomfortable because some of the poses were “out there”. As for the eyes closed thing we had one whole pose (like 20-25 pictures in one set up) where my FI has his eyes closed in every.single.one I really liked the pictures other than that so its a shame that the photographer didnt say “hey your closing your eyes” because my FI swears he didnt realize he did it. I think overall though I may be using that as an excuse because I do like the second guys style so much more. Also with the editing I like that the second guy edits and does different things where as the first guy seems to not do much at all to his images and each one looks the exact same.
@cmbr: I totally get what you are saying! Thanks!