- 6 years ago
- Wedding: November 2011
Let me start off by saying that I have been dreading writing this post for almost 3 months, since we saw our wedding photos. Thinking about it makes me so angry. Here’s our story:
We chose a photography studio that is very well-known in our area. They have multiple locations and have been in business for over 100 years. They were recommended by our venue. We were able to pick our photographer “B” from samples of his previous work. Our sales rep assured us that B would be able to command a crowd for taking large group photos.
On the day of the wedding, DH and I did not think that B commanded the crowd. All he said was, “If you can’t see the camera, the camera can’t see you.” He never asked anybody to move. My aunt’s face is at least partially hidden in every posed family photo.
When we signed our contract, we added a note that we wanted all tables photographed. Out of 16 tables, only 10 were photographed. This is actually what makes me most angry. First, we have proof in writing that we wanted it. Second, we don’t have a picture of everyone who came to the wedding (a few people didn’t dance and aren’t in any other photos). I was planning on putting table pictures in our wedding album, but I can’t since we are missing so many. One of the missing table shots would have included my grandmother, sister, and niece. I don’t have this in writing, but I told B on the phone a few days before the wedding that I wanted plenty of shots of all of the grandparents, as well as my grandmother and my niece. There are very few of pictures of the grandparents overall.
There are lots of other things that made me dissatisfied with how our pictures turned out. When we were taking portraits in the hotel, B had me standing by a window. The light hits me at a weird angle and gives me a weird shadow in several. In others, there is a drape clip in the background next to my face. We took some shots outside holding umbrellas. The string tab that closes the umbrella is hanging down off of one of my BM’s umbrellas for most of the shots. I saw it that day and told her to rotate her umbrella, but I feel like B should have caught that instead of wasting 9 photos. There are other photos that have scaffolding in the background. Overall, I feel like there wasn’t that much thought into how the photos would look, it was more just taking photos of stuff and hoping they looked ok. Oh, and you can hear B’s camera clicking very loudly in the background of our wedding video.
DH’s cousin took (amateur) photos, and many are better than B’s.
End of vent.
We ended up getting a little over 900 pictures back. Of those, about 12% are from the ceremony, 48% from the reception, 5% getting ready and misc, and 34% posed of us, bridal party, and family. We can choose 50 photos to put in our album.
Questions: what mix of pictures did you get back? What mix of pictures did you put in your album? How did you choose them?