Post # 1
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Our photographer has our engagement photo gallery up. I’ve looked through it (3 times. Obsessive, much?) and I am…. meh. I did the math, and I like 22% of the photos. I love 0% of the photos. There are 10 shots looking down the top of my dress and a few others that are practically looking up my dress. I don’t even know what to think about those?!?! I am really starting to worry that I made the wrong photographer choice. Can a photographer be great, but maybe not great for us?
What percentage of your e-pics did you like? love? If you didn’t like many, did you stick with your photographer? Did you talk it over with him/her? How did that work out?
Post # 3
Well we women are sooo hard on ourselves that this doesn’t really surprise me.
I would say I ended up liking about half of our photos but could really nitpick myself down to 25% if I let myself. I am sticking with my photographer because it isn’t his fault really.
If your photographer really did a crappy job than yeah there isn’t any issue with finding another one, as long as you don’t have a full contract and deposit. However, I would make sure that the issues you are having aren’t you being harsh on yourself rather than actually disliking the photos themselves.
Post # 4
How many images were in the gallery? This will help me answer your question.
You are not going to like every image, if you like 25% I think that is pretty good. I never sell every image in my viewing gallery, the customer buys what they love and usually it’s under 20% of the images. Now most of this is because of budget due to my pricing structure, but how many images do you really need? Also, are you buying images ala-cart or getting the entire set on CD?
The next question is do you not like the way you look in the images or do you not like the photography? Unflattering angles, bad lighting or editing,etc. A photographer can’t help the way you look and most of us are hard on yourself. A good photographer should be able to work with a subject though to bring out the best of them and minimize problem areas.
I suggest showing them to your friends, they see you every day and know what you look like better than you, and can tell you if the images look awkward. You can post a few here too, it will help me determine if it was the photographers fault or not.
The upskirt thing is common with photographers not versed in portraiture. They don’t pay attention to composition and usually see it after the fact when they are editing. You just don’t shoot that low when they are wearing a dress or skirt, it really ruins the image because it’s the first thing that draws the eye. Maybe some of them can be cropped tighter at the waistline.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
There are 136 images in the gallery. I know that this is an edited down gallery, because 1 set of shots is completely missing. We will receive these images on DVD with full user rights, as that is part of the pre-negotiated contract. We planned to use our favorite image for our guest”book” frame, but that plan is now abandoned because I honestly don’t like any of them enough to frame and look at every day. We also planned to use the images in our favors (we are making a cookbook. it’s an involved explanation as to how the photos and recipes were supposed to tie together), for our rehearsal dinner invites, and in our programs. So yes, I was hoping for a fair amount of images that I could happily choose from since I had several plans to make use of them.
A lot of the photos are unflattering and some just seem to lack thought Unflattering- One pose made my dress pull in the wrong way, making me look lumpy. Another series was shot from above, but I was wearing a low v neck dress and the shots are looking right down at my boobs. And Mr. LK and I are not the slimmest people, so I cannot figure out why there are so many profile shots. They just are not flattering. Lack thought- We shot a series of photos of us walking hand in hand. Pale Mr. LK and his light colored shirt just blend into the background of the white railing that we were walking near. You see my blue dress and a bright red car in the shot, but you have to really look to see Mr. Lk. I also didn’t get a clear shot of my engagement ring, which probably seems silly, but is a downer for me.
All in all, I can live with these. I’m just not happy with them. And now I am super worried that our wedding photos will be the same result. I don’t want to spend thousand of dollars for photos that leave me feeling meh.
Post # 6
How long was your shoot for? I would discuss your concerns with your photographer, maybe they will be willing to reshoot them. How do these images compare with the photographer’s general portfolio? Care to share the photographer’s blog?
Post # 7
My photographer took approximately 300 photos and of those I LOVED 2 of them and I liked 10 of them. That’s 3%! Once I got my e-pics back was when I knew I had to change photographers for our wedding day.
Post # 8
I wasn’t a big fan of ours, but our session wasn’t very long… I say I really liked 2 or 3 out of about 60. The nice thing about not caring for them, I have TONS of pics of Fiance and me, so I didn’t let it get to me. I am sure the wedding pics will be different, it will be a full day of picutres!
Post # 9
My photographer took maybe a hundred photos and chose to show me about 50 or so and I liked about half.
But… thats 50 % of only 50, not hundreds.
From what you’ve said, you should def not use this photographer again (if you were planning on it)
Post # 10
We had about 5 favourites and loved a lot of them. I didn’t hate any of them.
If you’re planning using this photographer again, I would re-think it.
Post # 11
i loooooove your avatar picture! *goes to check and see if mapleBecky has posted a wedding recap*
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Thank you all for the feedback. After talking with Mr. LK last night, and hearing him tell me that the pics are fine and I am being 100% too critical, I decided to get some input from our coordinator. I pay her to be objective and forthright, so I figured she was my best chance at an unbiased opinion. And…. she agrees with Mr. LK. With the exception of me, everyone who has seen the photos has been enthusiastic about them. Clearly the issue is me being a perfectionist, a control freak, and my own worst critic. Basically, everyone that I know has helped me see how neurotic I am being about this. Now it’s time to start fixing me, since I am the problem. hopefully i will be able to make peace with myself before the wedding pictures arrive.
Post # 13
sometimes a picture can change dramatically by cropping- zoooming etc. Are you purchasing prints or the .raw files?
Post # 14
It’s great that other people love your pictures, but I think it’s really important for you to love your pictures! It doesn’t sound like this is a case of “my smile looks stupid” or anything like that. It seems like you actually don’t like the poses you were put in, the way the shots were taken, etc. Because of this, I would at least think about switching photographers for your wedding, if I were you.
We got about 105 pictures back (I know he took a ton more, but these were the edited ones we received). There is only one picture I don’t like, and that’s because it’s not my particular style. My photographer was really good about having us change angles, poses, leg position, etc. when he thought we looked awkward or knew that it would be an unflattering shot.
Anyway, it’s just something to think about! Good luck with whatever you decide!
Post # 15
I agree, even if you are hard on yourself it doesn’t change the boob and upskirt shots.
Post # 16
I loved all of my engagement photos. There were a few where I didn’t like how I looked as much, but just in that funny way that we are over critical on ourselves. Out of 150 photos, I thought that the photographic technique on all of them is outstanding. It was almost impossible to choose which ones to print.
I would wish that kind of photographic satisfaction on all brides! I was equally thrilled with our wedding photos, and I have high standards. I think you should look for a different photographer.