So I got my engagement photos back last night, and I was so disappointed that I couldn't sleep all night. Of the 128 edited photos we were given. We only liked maybe a dozen or so of them. Should I just be happy with a dozen or so photos? My photographer has a very photojournalistic style so we only have 2 pictures that are close up and highlight us. The rest are pretty and frame worthy if you want artistic photos of landscapes. Our photographer is a friend of mine, so I'm afraid to say anything. I'm debating on whether I should spend 700 for an engagement session with another photographer.
Should I just be happy I have a handful of good photos or should I re-take?
@bruinchick4: awwwe I think they're lovely!
But I love photojournalistic styles.
What are you honestly going to do with more than a dozen that you like?
In reality, I liked a vast majority of our photos and put them into a slideshow for our website and to be displayed at our wedding but I have no idea what I'll do with them now? Probably print some or make a photo book of them but not much else.
I think you're being a little greedy... lol
Your pix are beautiful and I love all the different locations! You should be proud!
Oh PS! If you want more close ups, maybe you could have another session with the friend photog asking for more close ups?
I don't know if he'd mind but its totally understandable to give your photog some direction as to the type of print YOU desire... and he should be able to oblige as long as he has the right lense or two.
@bruinchick4: I honestly love them!
I think your pics are very pretty. If you want more close ups then just tell the photographer that you want to meet for a second time to just focus on a few closer head shots. He .shouldnt charge you more than what you already paid. Also if it's the same photographer that your having for the weddimg make sure to stress you want more close ups
A dozen is all you need :)
i love them but if it was a friend doing it and you fell like you want more close ups then maybe ask if they could re shoot just a few with more of a close up kind of feel to the shoot :)
I think they're amazing. I can see what you mean about them larglely being artistic photos of landscapes, but I sory of like that. I think you both look amazing in them, though. I agree with PP, however. Realisticly, do you need more than a dozen good photos? What are you planning on doing with them?
I had wanted to blow a bunch of them up and frame them for the reception as well as put them on our wedding website
These are gorgeous!!!!! I love them!!! I am the opposite our photographer was more of a portrait photographer and I miss some of the ones that take advantage of the natural scenery, like yours !!! If you plan to use this person for your wedding then discuss what you do and don't like about your engagement photos
Those photos are completely amazing! But if you want more close ups definitely talk to your friend/photographer and ask. I am sure there would be no problem at all!
WOW! Those are stunning photos. Like, totally amazing. Post the ones you don't like - I want to see those!
I agree with everyone - what do you need them for, realistically? You will have wedding pictures too. Just make sure that you tell your photographer that you want more posed, portrait style photos.
Edit: I see that you want to blow them up and use them at your reception, or put them on your website. I think you can totally do that with these - they are truly lovely. People will be super impressed!
Stunning photos! Just ask for more close ups for the wedding?
Here are some examples of the ones I didn't like. They are artistic, but can't even tell that it's us.
@bruinchick4: Ohhh those are beautiful! Your reflection kind of makes a little heart.
I see what you mean about not being able to tell that it is you guys...Probably not what you want to use at the wedding, but they are still nice photos.
I love them! But I agree you need more close up shots
The photos are amazing, and yes, it is normal to not have 50+ you love, to have them edited way far down. I think what you have received is great.
well I think they're absolutely stunning. If the photographer is a friend of yours, could you ask them for higher resolution pictures? You could zoom in and crop out the extra landscape in some of the pictures
Wow, okay, I posted a thread about not liking my engagament pictures and asking if I should switch my photographers, and my pictures were SOOOO much worse than this. I fi had these pictures, I would just die of happiness. They're so beautiful!! Honestly, you only really like about 10 pictures, and you only have like 4-5 MONEY shots. These are your momney shots, and they're beautiful! You can't really ask for anything more than this.
But this is about you, and how you feel about these pictures. If you're really, truly unhappy, than you have the right to re-take your pictures. It can't hurt!
@bruinchick4: Yeah, this is totally my style because I loooove every single one of these photos! I would say since the photographer is your friend you should say something. Ask her if you can't pay more (don't know if you paid at all?) to just get some close-ups of the faces, maybe just like 20 photos are something! So that S/he doesn't feel overwhelmed like you don't like any. I def wouldn't pay $700 for a new session.
I LOVE your pictures but I see what you mean.
I think if it's a friend of yours, she should be open to feedback. Tell her how you feel! Maybe she doesn't realize how much you value closer-up shots? Let her know, and she may offer something!
You photos are beautifully framed but poorly executed IMO. It's a huge risk going with a friendor, for the exact reason you highlighted. If you want to stick with your friend, maybe tell her you want some more photos of just you two looking at the camera. Let her do some photojournalistic shots, because she does have an eye for it, but just let her know you also want some more traditional photos on top of that.
@bruinchick4: I honestly think those pictures are gorgeous. If my fiance and I received pictures like that, I would be thrilled! (For what it's worth, we're probably not going to do engagement pictures. Neither of us really want to do them since we don't really know what we'd do with them [not to mention the fact that neither of us is very photogenic!]. But, you know, if we were going to do them I'd want pictures like these.)
It seems like this type of photography just isn't your style ... But I don't think I would shell out $700 for a new session. However, I probably wouldn't use the same photographer for the wedding if I wasn't happy with the engagement photos. I know you mentioned the photographer was a friend, so you may be tempted to stick with him/her ... I wouldn't, though, unless you feel comfortable describing what sort of look you're going for with your wedding photos.
Uh, I would be over the moon if these were my photos - they are really stunning. If it was a friend doing you a favor, I would just take the dozen or so you love and be happy with those. It's not like you need an album of engagement photos. The wedding is a different story as you'll want more pics that you like. That said, prepare yourself for a similar situation. You're never going to like every pic taken...enjoy your beautiful pics!
After I looked at these again, I do see your point about wanting some close up pics. I agree with PP that you could maybe ask your friend to take a few more pics with more of a focus on the two of you?
Those pictures are beautiful! What do you want to use them for? A dozen beautiful ones should be enough...
We had a quick session and only ended up loving a handful, but that was more than enough for the save-the-dates and display.
I love your photos!! They are beautiful! I wouldn't worry about taking new ones. Keep in mind that you will have even more photos after the wedding. If you are using the same photographer for the wedding, perhaps you can discuss what you would like to see more of in terms of close ups/different styles.
@bruinchick4: These are awesme!!!!! But I would maybe seek another photographer and do some close ups. Look for local photographers whose style you like and book one and take control of your shoot. I emailed back and forth for weeks with our photoG and was describing to her what style/theme I wanted to capture and where I wanted to film, etc and I felt like I was in control of it. She just orchestrated and made sure we looked like a pretty couple. $700 is a lot of money, but you'll be happy you did it because as cool as your pictures are, you know exactly what you want. I know people who have done a couple of engagement sessions. My FI and I have even discussed hiring two different photoG's for our wedding so that we can have photos captured through different perspectives and styles. :)
@bruinchick4: I think they are beautiful but it definetly looks like the subject is the scenery and you and your FI are an afterthought. I would want a reshoot with close up shots where you can see your faces and your ring.
I am a HUGE fan of photojournalistic photography and I absolutely adore all of these photos BUT, I would also be disappointed if I didn't have a variety of close-ups and scenic shots. However, I definitely don't think it's worth another $700. Save the beauty portraits for the wedding day and cherish the great artistry of these engagement photos.
WOOO! TOTALLY AMAZING PHOTOS!!! I LOOOOVE!!! It's interesting and gorgeous.
If you are more of portrait kind of girl, how about a studio session? I have seen some STUNNING engagement photos shot in studio. Studio photos sound boring? Now adays with fashionable photographers, you can make it creative also.
THESE ARE AMAZING! I love that stype of photography and think she did a great job. I would definitely just ask if you can do a quick portrait style shoot to get close ups of you and your FI.
Wow, i LOVE your photos!!! I wish mine were more like that, Mine were close up and after a while it's annoying to look at the same sickeningly sweet smile. Your friend is very talented!
I would ask him/her to take more close-ups tho if that's what you want. I wouldn't feel bad about it.
I love them! However, it is up to you. Maybe sleep on it a few days and see how you feel. If it is worth it to you and your budget, go for another round. I love them, however!
@bruinchick4: i think theyre beautiful!!! i used them on my wedding website too & will be using them at our reception too. I think a dozen or so is all you really need. We are our own worst critics but if youbwant some closeup head shots you could always ask. Looking back at ours, we had a good variety of both. Good luck!
She can do cropping with some of these...
You seem to have hired a photographer that is not your style. You want a more traditional portrait style photographer.
They are simply beautiful!!!! Do some cropping and see which works best for you. all are stunning. What a great friend and photgrapher.
those photos are amazing. I definitely don't think it's worth it to spend $ On more e-pics, you really don't use them for anything.
You dont need more photos than that. Instead, save your money for a wedding photographer you'll be happy with.
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