Post # 1
How many really outstanding shots did you get from your engagement photo session? Meaning photos that jump off of the screen and that you know you have to have framed.
I’m trying to gage whether or not I should look for a new photographer. I won a free engagement session and there are about 20 shots that I like from the three hour session but none of them are really speaking to me as stand outs.
Post # 3
Our photographer took 180-ish shots, then narrowed the proofs down to 136. Out of those there’s around 20 that I really like that I selected for him to edit, and out of those I’d say there’s maybe 5-10 that I really, really love. Fiance and I are super awkward in front of the camera so we weren’t the best to work with!
Post # 4
I guess like 3 or 4. We had about 27 edited shots to choose from. Our shoot was like 2 hours.
Since your session was free and it’s in your budget to get a new photographer, why not redo it?
Post # 5
TOOOOONS! I made our guestbook using them and I struggled to eliminate photos. But…we’re really goofy and went to a location for photos…so that makes a big difference too.
Post # 6
We had 150 to choose from with our first photographer and we only liked 4. So we chose a different photographer and there were 350 photos to choose from, we all of them accept maybe 3 or 4 photos, much better!
Post # 7
Ugh, I wasn’t happy with my engagement session at all. It was probably less than an hour, parts of the location we chose were unavailable, and the photographer apparently needed more hand holding than I anticipated. I think he was uncomfortable at a location he didn’t know, or there was some misunderstanding, but in gerneral, the pictures were boring and ordinary. I’m nervous about the wedding pictures, but I know we picked him for a reason and I trust he’ll know what he’s doing on the big day.
The best ones we got were at the very end when we got a couple with our favorite little friend.
Post # 8
Ours was an expensive session with a highly reputible photographer
We got 1 shot we loved
maybe 10 we thought were ok
and the other 70+ we did not like at all
The $300 session was one hour it was rushed and we did not click
We have a new photographer in part because of this – cost more money but we are hoping it is well worth it 🙂
Post # 9
We had a 2 hour session with about 5 outfit changes and 7 or 8 different locations. She sent us back 40-45 edited shots, and we really loved all of them except for maybe 4 or 5 (and Mr.ND liked those, I’m just critical of myself).
If the photos don’t get you excited/stand out/make you want it on your wall, I’d say look around. You want photos that you love.
Post # 10
staceynrick – what a wonderful location idea! I think your photos turned out great and fit your personality completely. For myself this is what I consider great candid photography but I wouldn’t consider any of the photos frameable and would not be happy with this photoshoot. But everybody is different on what they like and don’t like 🙂
tracylesq – I would find somebody with better talent both in photo taking and in editing. Those photos look like they were taken with a point and shoot.
We did a 1 1/2 hour shoot and got I would say 20 good ones and 10 or so that were really good, though the editing was fantastic. I was quite upset though because we spent a big chunk of time in a location that was too dark and the photographer knew they probably wouldn’t turn out but didn’t say anything. We wont be using the same photographer as she prefers candid shooting and I prefer portrait style so I felt the session had way too much “uhh what next” moments, it just didn’t work.
Post # 11
@ThePrincessMaggie: If I go with another photographer I wouldn’t want to pay for another engagement session which was never that important to me; however, the wedding photos are a top priority.
Post # 12
@staceynrick: I love your IKEA session; I have a feeling that the two of you have a lot of personality!
Post # 13
We took about 160 and I LOVED the entire session… There were over 20 that I thought were excellent but I think I am a little bias…LOL
Post # 14
Honestly I loved most of my e-pics! There were only a couple that I wasn’t fond of, and it was so hard to choose favorites!
Post # 15
@Genuine513: While I appreciate your comments, my wedding is in 8 days and we’ve already paid two thirds of the balance of our photography. A little too late to change our minds now. Secondly, those are unedited photos.
Post # 16
General advice for all couples: If you aren’t that happy with the result of your engagement shoot, where the photographer in most cases has complete control over the location, light, posing, shot variety, etc. you should be concerned about their ability to deliver on a wedding day, where we usually have little to no control over location, light, schedule, and all of the crazy things that can happen and impact our images. Try to ask yourself WHAT about the images is making you unhappy – if it’s something superficial about your smile or how you look or regretting what you wore, that’s one thing. But if you don’t feel like the photographer properly captured you and your fiance, or think the quality, variety, creativity, etc is lacking this is a major red flag and you should either bring these issues up with your photographer so they know they need to step it up/do some things differently on the wedding day or you need to start looking for someone new.