Post # 1
So our engagement picture photographer (an amateur photographer and friend to save $$) was really excited about taking out pictures. After we were done, she showed them to us and I could only find a few that I liked, and there weren’t any I would call spectacular at all. During the session, I had a feeling I would feel this way due to her inability to direct us to do ANYTHING and be creative. I didn’t know what to do.
I really want creative and fun engagement pictures since I am a scrapbooker, but there aren’t really enough to create a small book out of. Not only were the shots taken at unflattering angles, but they were the same picture over and over again. What should I do?
Post # 3
I had the very same regrets after booking an amateur photographer for my engagement pics. Her contract wasn’t even close to legit, so luckily we were able to get out of it for the wedding. BEST decision ever!
Honestly – you don’t need a ton of nice engagement pictures. I totally know the disappointment you’re feeling, but once it’s all said and done … what do you really use them for? You pick a nice one for your newspaper announcement, maybe another for your STD, and a few to print off and put up in the house/give to family. Other than that – everyone totally forgets about them and they become dated once you have your wedding pics back!
For your scrapbook – why don’t you make it a joint engagement and wedding one. That way you don’t need too many engagement pictures, and it can show your entire wedding journey (include pictures of you doing DIY stuff, pictures going to visit wedding venues, pics at the rehearsal dinner, etc.)
If you’re really bummed, perhaps you could find another local amateur photographer that has a bit more of a creative flair. My sister took one photographer class in highschool, but she has an incredible eye for breathtaking shots and realy funky angles/positions/etc. If you can find someone to do it for free, what can you lose really? 🙂
Post # 4
Coming from some one who just did an engagement shoot for good friends of mine…Tell her your unhappy!! Explain to her exactly what you don’t like…she will never learn any other way! Of course be polite and have tact, but ask if maybe you could do another shoot…keep the photos you do like of course, and get a little creative on your own!! I always make sure I ask clients if there is ANHTHING specific in mind that they have that they would like done, like on the beach, a local park on slides and swings, if they’re gamers if they want to have some fun quirky shots of them gaming it up! We did balloons and bubbles at my friends shoot, and they had sooo much fun!! Suggest some things that really scream you and FI and see if she comes up with any creative ideas, and if not take the reins. They are your photos at the end of the day…although the unflattering angles you can’t control. Just let her know you would really like to concentrate on having your head turned the right direction and you body angled correctly do you don’t look ackward (my wedding photos my neck looks broken in half our photos because she didnt want to listen to me) and like the PP said you really don’t need a ton of pictures, but this way you get more of what you were looking for AND she gets critical feed back she’ll need down the line! Best of luck!! Hope to see your photos soon 😀
Post # 5
Find someone who is good at photoshop and mess with them. you can change the colors, the orientation, add backgrounds, etc. There is all kinds of things you can do with photoshop!
Post # 6
I’m sorry this happened. Photoshop isn’t the answer and neither is a repeat shoot. Photographer’s are not born overnight and a good image starts with composition and lighting. Photoshop is only a bandaid to a subpar photo. You can try a second shoot, but it’s your time too, and the expense of redoing hair and makeup,etc.
i know you don’t want to hear this but the best advice I can give you is to hire a professional. A one hour shoot shouldn’t cost much. If you can stomach 200-300 bucks or so, I am sure you can find someone to work with you for a portrait session in that price range that can deliver quality images. I’ve seen quality photographers charge as little as 100 for a session and then you only buy what you love. Being that you are into scrap booking, these images will be around for a long time and perhaps the cost can be justified.
Post # 7
I scrap book also, one thing you could do would be to tell a story of what lead to your engagment. Have photos of you as kids, teenagers etc. (the story of a boy then a girl) then photos of the two of you (who fell in love) use the engagment photos as the end of the story not the whole story. Also put in a page of the actual proposal. Your kids will love to read this some day. Another thing i saw in a scrapbook that I thought was cute was one page done all in black and white photos – the following page was done in the EXACT same photos in the EXACT same layout but this time in color. The caption at the top read … YOUR LOVE COLORS MY WORLD.