Post # 1
My Fiance and I have signed a contract with a local photog for a huge wedding package. He has a good reputation, and I looked through several of his ablums, which were very pretty. As part of the package he took engagement photos to use on our save the dates. The session only took slightly over an hour and a half, and we took the pictures half in the studio and half outdoors. He almost immediatly posted 81 photos to his website and I completely HATE them. There are two pictures out of all of them that I consider good, but neither of which are usable for the type of save the dates I had in mind. I am at a loss of what to do now. I feel like I have the right to ask for a re-shoot since I am very dissatisfied with the pictures? Is this normal? It has made me very nervous about how my wedding pictures will turn out! I feel like for the amount of money we are paying for the package (5k!!!) we should LOVE the pictures. Any advice?
Post # 3
@Kalderman882: If it were me, I wouldn’t ask for a reshoot, and I would find another photographer for the wedding. Read through the contract and see what the terms and payment options are. If it doesn’t say anything in the contract, try to negotiate paying for the engagement shoot according to their a la carte price and cancel the remainder of the contract. I don’t think you should risk your wedding photos on a photographer you already know has a different style than you!
Post # 4
@tokyohamster: Agree – There should be a way out in the contract… I would hope
Post # 5
@Kalderman882: What don’t you like about the photos? Are they nothing like his work on his site? If so state that as a cause for cancellation and find a new photog asap.
Post # 6
I think there are a few details missing from your post – it’s hard to answer without knowing:
– did you tell him what kind of photos you had in mind for your save the dates?
– do you like his usual style?
– did these pictures differ from his usual style?
– did you tell him what style you wanted?
It’s not clear if you asked for something and didn’t get it, or if you didn’t tell him what you wanted… you shouldn’t love the pictures just because you are paying lots, it’s down to communication with your supplier. Did he ignore your wishes or did you not tell him what they were?
Post # 7
I’m so sorry this happened to you. 🙁 I think some of the pps have had good advice for you.
Post # 8
@Kalderman882: If you really want to stay with this photographer then yes, you should ask for a re-shoot and for the price it shouldn’t be an extra cost to you. Our photographer told us before we shot our engagement shoot that if for any reason we did not like out e-pics she will re-shoot an entire engagement session without additional charge. We had a 3 hour shoot, we had amazing pictures and our package is below 3k. I have learned that the most reputable photographers are not always the best and the amount these photographers charge are not worth it.
Before you decide to cancel ask yourself if you truly like his work and the way you worked with him. Also, were you clear with him/her on what you wanted in the engagement shoot. If you did and he didn’t come thru then look for another photographer.
Post # 9
The main reason I chose this photographer is because the albums I had seen had such a variety of pictures and poses in them. At our shoot he kept having us pose in the same three poses (very prom like). I told him at the beginning that I was very concerned with making sure I didn’t have the dreaded double chin in any of the photos and that I hate profile pictures. I was most dissapointed in how we looked in the pictures. I don’t feel like they were at all flattering. The majority of the outdoor pictures have my hair blowing in my face or across my neck like it is choking me, or one of us is squinting. I was mostly dissapointed because I expected a professional photographer to notice the details like my hair or awkward positioning (therefore creating a double chin). I’m not sure if I just didn’t explain well enough what I didn’t want the pictures to look like or if I am expecting too much? As I said before there were two pictures that were flattering, however, one is so far away we are tiny and you cant really even see us and the other is just a close up picture with a black background and we aare both wearing black shirts. I don’t think either of these are appropriate for a save the date. Every save the date picture I see on here has character… I feel like ours should be on a buisness card lol
Post # 10
i know it would be a risk..but i know that we are always our own worst critic also..could you post some of the ones you are teetering with and maybe that would give us a better opinion…also..a lot of those things you were mentioning can be photoshopped out…my boyfriend did our good friends editing of the pictures because of what you just stated…they turned out great after a few snips & clips!
Post # 11
we had the same thing happen to us – hired a photographer that some friends used, had wonderful reviews, and the pictures from his albums and website were AH-MAYZING. but after our engagement pictures, we got them back 3 weeks later – 156 pictures and i only enjoyed about 22 of them. my bra was showing in a lot or my belt was loose, and i was just irritated that he didnt pay attention to the details or use his time to edit them out when he went on and on about his editing and production work. needless to say, we put $500 down as a deposit towards our almost 5k package as well – and just decided to go with someone else.
we got new photographers, did an e-session with them. got 353 pictures and i was obsessed wih 350 of them. decision made easy! kind of a bummer that we lost, or “spent” $500 on our first e-session. but pictures are so important! i was way too worried to chance wedding day photos by sticking with our first choice. and felt too bad to tell him i hated them and wanted a new session, lol.
Post # 12
So is the photography “bad” or not representative of other sessions you have seen in his portfolio? Or do you just not like the way you look?
You are not supposed to like all 81 pictures, that is what proofing is for. Images you see posted here are also the favorite 3-5 images of the set. How many do you like? Did you pay for this E shoot or was it included?