Post # 1
I’m just curious about this, I don’t really know what the etiquette is on this – our wedding photographer sent a link to a website that shows a certain amount of photos from our ceremony.. since it was on the beach and humidity was NOT a friend – some of these photos are a little harsh. To be honest, of the 200, I’d MAYBE order 10 that I feel confident in. I sort of expected a not heavily airbrushed, but a little touching up? In one, for instance, apparently my spray tan is one giant brown splotch and I felt like that should have been faded out a little maybe?? Some we are so shiny and pink and just downright sweaty looking that I would probably not frame them, let alone show them to pretty much anyone. I don’t want to sound picky, but I was already a little disappointed in what the humidity did to thinks like my hair and makeup, but I wasn’t really expecting to just feel AWFUL about how I looked on my wedding day. They offered that you can buy individual prints or buy the package of negatives for almost $400, but with the amount of them that I don’t like, I’d not want to buy all of the negatives. Any suggestions on this? Do photographers frown upon you saying you only want to buy x amount of negatives? Can you go back and ask them to touch them up a little to make them less harsh or is that weird or going to cost an arm and a leg? Just curious. If it comes down to it, I will order my 10 and move along 🙂
Post # 3
Hi. Your photographer isn’t going to touch up 200+ pictures because it takes so much time. Find the ones you really like and then talk to your photog about retouching them. If they are a pro, they should be able to reasonably accomodate you.
Post # 4
I would at least express your concerns to the photographer and see what he can do. Most of these people survive through word or mouth and review sites and will bend over backwards a bit to ease someone’s disappointment in their service
Post # 5
Most photogs do basic exposure fixing, sharpening, a little light editing. Airbrushing/retouching that involves intense picture-by-picture layering and a lot of time is typically extra. I’d pick the photos you want for the album/to print and ask what it would take to fix them to your liking. And maybe find a different place to get spray tanned ;-).
Post # 6
Also, when you say negatives – did they shoot film? Or digital?
Post # 7
@mgbser: How is it the photographers fault that the ceremony had harsh weather and the bride’s spray tan was perhaps a bit off? Unless her photographer normally retouches this sort of stuff (not many do) – why should the OP use the threat of bad reviews to get the photographer to perform work that may not have ever been agreed upon? Advice like this is disappointing.
OP – your photographer’s business model seems a bit dated, but I’m going to assume you paid a rate of some sort that did not include high resolution digital images or film negatives, that it was something that you’d purchase later. You’re basically asking us questions that only your photographer can answer – they probably have some sort of rate for retouching so first thing I would do is contact them and find out what it includes and how much it is.
Post # 8
I would just be honest. In their current state there are only 10 that you would like to purchase. The rest are unflattering for various reasons, so unless they could be touched up, you won’t need those. See what the photog says. Maybe she’ll offer to touch up a few for free, or maybe she’ll give a price per photo for edits and then you can go in and pick which ones you would like edited.
I’d also think about what you want from the pictures more long term. It might be worth having a picture where you don’t look completely your best, if it’s the only picture with your whole family. Or things like that.