Help! Thinking of switching photographers less than 3 months out!

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What should we do?
    Switch photographers : (5 votes)
    56 %
    Stay with the original guy : (4 votes)
    44 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    3667 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
    145 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @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: 

    and here on another bee’s thread.  I’m the last post:

    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.

    Good luck! 

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