Post # 1
A little more than a week ago I posted our engagement pictures on here. Everyone on here, facebook and friends I have shown them to love them!!! I love them, but there are a few that my photographer included that really surprised me in a bad way.
First off, here is a link to my older post on with all the pictures that I really like! http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/our-engagement-photos-are-in-lots-of-pictures-1#axzz2gZXt6sIH
There are a few pictures on my older post i did not include. I realize I will not love every single photo. Here are 2 that I just can’t get over.
This shadow has to be the worst thing I have seen in a professional picture. I would never print this for an album or to hang on my wall.
This would have been a great picture except my eyes. I understand not looking directly at the camera, but this just look too weird to me.
There are a few others I’m not too impressed with but these two just stick out to me. Out of 55 pictures I really like about 35-40. Some others I feel we look funny in or have weird expressions.
She did admit that bringing out expressions is one of her weaknesses. She does not have a very bubbly personality, not a bad one just not very outgoing.
I have explained my concerns to my photographer and she is very honest and open about everything. She gave me explanations as to why she included those pictures and why others were not included. Even though I feel there may have been better pictures she promised there are no “hidden gems”. She said she would refund our entire deposit and she een gave me a list of other photogrpahers to use. She wants me to be 100% confident about using her. She said I should not feel bad at all if i decide to go with someone else.
Our wedding is still a year away. I don’t know what to do. Do I let these few bad pictures decide to choose another photographer? Do I just move forward and I hope I don’t get any like this at the wedding? Am I just crazy for even thinking about changing photographers?! This is something I just can’t stop thinking about so good or bad I want your opinions!! 🙂
Post # 3
@soontobehisbride: Photography is the most important element to me. If I wasn’t happy, I would switch photographers. I love e-sessions for that reason – if you aren’t happy with the pictures, you can do another e-session and hopefully connect with a better photog. You still have a year and that is plenty of time to find someone else if you are so inclined.
You wouldn’t want to end up regretting your wedding photos.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
It is highly unlikely that you will like EVERY pic from any photographer. It seems like you liked the bigger chunk of the photos! I LOVE my photographer and there are still a lot that I look completely derpy in.
Post # 5
@soontobehisbride: You are never going to LOVE every single picture taken of you. If you really liked the majority of the photos you received, I don’t think a few bad ones are worth switching over. You already had engagement pictures done, so unless you do them again with the new photographer (if you choose to go that route), how will you know that you won’t hate even more of the pictures you get on your wedding day?
You aren’t going to frame and hang every single picture you get, so I would say don’t stress about a few pictures that aren’t perfect.
Post # 6
Our photog was great…but we definitely didn’t love every pic (then again, there were about 1200 when all was said and done!). we only pick about 80 for the album and there were plenty of great shots to choose from to satisfy that amount.
I would ask yourself what percentage of the photos you like/love…
also, with respect to the ones you don’t like so much…when you meet with the photog before the wedding, you can emphasize what you like/don’t like.
Post # 7
@babycakes24: @Baroness_Meg: @whoa_its_ash: I agree you won’t love every picture but the photography itself should always be sound. Photogs take a lot more pictures than they actually deliver to their clients (usually) and so you’d expect the ones that are being delievered to you to be great. One of the best was one with the photog’s shadow? Really? That wouldn’t work for me at all.
Photography is expensive and when all is said and done, the pictures are what you have to look back on. I wouldn’t compromise.
Post # 8
Your engagement pictures are amazing! I think her only fault is that she showed these pictures to you at all, I think the first one could be a great picture if she just cropped it or photoshopped the shadow out. The 2nd one maybe she was just experimenting with a new shot, they don’t always work out, but its still good to ‘try’.
You do need to feel comfortable working with her though. The problem I had with my wedding photographer was that he didn’t pose us at all as a couple so we’re standing akwardly. From looking at your ‘good’ pictures though I would say she did an awesome job posing you guys!
Post # 9
You arent going to love every single photo you receive for your engagement and wedding photos. There were more than a handful from both my engagement photos and wedding that I did not like/love but overall I still loved both the quality of overall work and the photographer.
But at the same time, if you arent confident in your photographer and dont feel comfortable with her, then it doesnt hurt to look around either.
Post # 10
I loved EVERY picture from our photog! I had VERY low expectations, so that could be why I love them all?
But I would keep looking around and just see what else is out there!
Post # 11
For the first shot, she may have intended to crop out your shadow. If she only had a short lens with her, she may have been trying for that lighting, and the only way to get it on the dock was by standing far away (and casting a long shadow).
The second one, who knows. Probably just trying out that head angle. I would have deleted that one before anyone saw it, though…..
I thought her good shots were very good, and you both communicate well with each other.
Post # 12
The two photos in your example are not ones I would have personally included. Does that mean you should fire the photographer? Having the expectation that you’re going to like every single photo isn’t realistic. You definitely do not seem to have any confidence that this photographer is going to make you happy with their wedding photos, and she knows it. It’s a lot of negative energy going in, and a recipe for failure. So short story – yeah, you’re probably better off with someone else – not that she isn’t capable of performing, but because there is a big lack of confidence. Long story you also need to manage your expectations a bit. The photos you did include in the example of ones you liked are a lot better than what usually gets posted in here. Focusing on the positive and not putting the negative under a microscope would be my advice. She did a lot of work for you, so if she does refund you it should be less the services of the first session.
Post # 13
Switch, it can’t hurt. Try some others first, maybe. Check portfolios, the usual. You’re not being crazy, you’re being smart!
Post # 14
I just wanted to add a couple more points:
1) I took a look at your other post…I LOVE your engagement pics! I agree with PP who mentioned that maybe your photog shouldn’t have shown you these couple of shots and just left them out. The others are great!
2) When I think back to shots I didn’t like from our engagement/wedding…it was because we didn’t care for the way we looked in that particular shot. An experienced photog knows how to get the best angles, lighting, etc. etc…but they can’t make us into something we’re not. That was definitely a tough pill for me to swallow after the engagement pics, but I’m glad I did, because my expectations were well in check by the time the wedding came around!
Post # 15
While I do think its weird that she gave you guys the shot with her shadow in it, I do agree that regardless of the photographer you will not LOVE all of the pictures. However; we ended up booking a photographer, did the e-shoot and there were maybe 2 pictures that were ehhh ok. We had previously won a free engagement shoot and loved all the shots, but they were out of our price range and we liked the other guys stuff but i was so upset when we got them back. We ended up cancelling our contract and hiring the photographers we did the original shoot with. I think you need to follow your gut with this one 🙂
Post # 16
Believe it or not, there is a professional shot on our venue’s website of the wedding party on the shore, with the photographer’s shadow in there! It’s a pretty decent photo, so it’s really not as visible as the shadow in yours.
I think every photog is allowed to have flops… engagement photos can be tricky, because not only are you posing for the camera without any distractions (just you two and the photog!), it’s most likely the first time you’re in front of the camera like that. This can make for some awkward situations! Wedding photos typically come out better, IMO.
How many photos TOTAL did she take?
If she only took 55 photos total, you liked between 63%-72% of them.
I think it is extremely professional of her to not only offer you a refund on your deposit, but also for her to refer you to other photogs in her network.
If your gut feeling is you want a new photographer, I say go for it! I would just give this gal the courtesy of a nice review – she sounds like she runs a good business, but it just doesn’t mesh with your personality.