Might have a problem with the photographer..

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@FloatOn:   No decent photographer should allow themselves to be rushed to the point that the images suffer in quality.  

Have you done an engagement shoot with her?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Look over your contract again.

I’ll refrain from making sweeping statements – I’ll just tell you what my photographer did and while I assume this is fairly common, I could be wrong.

My photographer gave me a DVD (2 actually because there were soooo many pictures) of photos. These were not raw – he did basic edits and cut many many many bad pictures that were left on the cutting room floor so to speak. Few of these pictures are of the quality that he would post to his website.

Now, my photography package includes and album and 5 prints of various sizes. Each picture that I am actually paying him to print, he edits intensly and artisticly. The results are amazing. The kind of thing you find on his website. The best of the best.

So to apply my situation to yours…you may need to pay extra for those extra touches. Your contract wording may hint at these things. Mine was pretty clear that the DVD would only contain basic edits.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@FloatOn:   I’m glad you will have a chance to work with her before your wedding.  That way you will know if the difference in quality was due to her feeling rushed or some other reason.   As I said before, I tend to doubt she would allow her work to be rushed enough that lack of quality shows.

Is the change you notice more in the “style” category, or are there technical problems of late?  Does she work with a second shooter?  I wonder if perhaps your FI’s cousin’s images were from a second shooter?  

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Is it possible that your fiance’s cousin wanted them to be edited differently?  I would let your concerns be known to the photographer.  Say something like “I noticed the pictures you took of my fiance’s cousin’s wedding look different than your previous work.  I would prefer mine to look like ones I saw here and here.”  That will give her an idea of what you’re looking for, and give you peace of mind, hopefully!

Also, if a photographer is more used to shooting outdoors, their indoor pictures won’t come out as good, and visa versa.  Or snow vs. greenery.  Not sure if this is the situation, but if your wedding is happening during the same season as her other work took place, you should be fine!  

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@FloatOn:  We booked a photographer that we liked(after researching for about 2 months!)…and then we did the engagement shoot, it was super awkward and he didn’t really position us or give us suggestions on what to do. And we did NOT like the pictures AT ALL. Of the 40 pictures he gave us…there were two shots that were ehh, ok. (and one of those my eyes are closed!) I was freaking out…and my oh so sweet mom was making comments like “did you even look at his work? Or did you just book the first guy you found?” I was extremely upset… and there was no way I was willing to have him shoot my wedding and take the chance those pictures would come out the same.  I talked with FI and we both decided to lose the deposit and go elsewhere.  We ended up winning a free engagement shoot at a bridal show and the photoghers and pictures were absolutely gorgeous.

I would normally say to definitely give him a change and do a shoot with her…the pictures could come out amazing… however…i know you’re down to about 2 1/2 months…so if you decide to find another photographer you need to start that now bc chances are most of them will already be booked. I know i’m not really helpful, but I would just say go with your gut.  Good luck and let us know what you decide to do!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

What you see on a photographer’s website and in album samples are generally going to be the best of the best choices from a particular wedding – they can’t all be epic photos. But the editing style should be consistent. A lot of photographers will only provide retouching or more in-depth editing to images that go to print or wind up online. But that can vary from photographer to photographer so it’s best that you discuss it with the person that you’ve hired.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I know this post is a few months old but I wanted to post something…  I used to do professional photography.  I did more model portfolios and boudoir type artsy images.  Anyway I started to get asked to do weddings as time went on.  I will keep this very general.  Brides do put more pressure on the photographer to get the shots EXACTLY right.  Brides are known to be highly critical of themselves in images and others.  That is all I will say about that.   I will go as far to say sometimes brides expect to much out of the photographer.  Tthere are things that some brides don’t take into consideration like lighting conditions, time of day and what angles look the best and most natural when posing.  Some people have a natural feeling for considering these things when booking the venues, locations, etc.  Other people don’t take these things into consideration.  All these things affect how the end image will come out.  

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