(Closed) Wedding pictures- Only a few good ones… :(

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I don’t know 2,000 seems like a good amount to spend on pictures. How come you just got a usb? I”m so sorry this situation sucks.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I can see why you would be upset if none of your photos came back with any editing. However- is it possible that you’re possibly just a little overly sensitive about the pictures? When I first got my pictures back, there were tons that I didn’t like. I thought there were like, two good pictures of me and my husband. I actually was so upset about them that I was going to schedule another photographer and have us dress up again so that we could take new ones. And I put my pictures away and didn’t even look at them again for 6 months.

Now, I love those pictures. I really, really do. A lot of bees on here have had similar things happen. Sometimes, we get a little caught up in things- and I think it’s really natural to be disappointed in your wedding photos. We tend to overhype a lot of the details about weddings.

Could you post a few so we can see? Maybe some love from the bee would help 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I felt the same way as Miss Root, I looked at them and at first I was so disappointed, a few days later I went back and looked again and now I love them.  I think at first you have these insane expectations and then you feel like they weren’t met and you’re sad and when you go back again you realize they are good.  One thing though that I’m surprised about is that there is no editing, that is very strange…

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Could he have perhaps given you the wrong USB? Maybe he gave you the one with the original files but meant to provide the edited ones? $2000 is a lot of money and a ‘snap and load’ shouldn’t be all you get for that price tag.

Are you sure they’re not edited? If you are, I’d definitely ask him about it. If he says everything is as it should be, I’d tell him you won’t be shy about complaining and talking about his sub-par services on wedding message boards to warn other brides about his work. He may agree to do more with your photos after that. If he wants the USB back, make sure you back the files up somewhere in case he runs… You can never be too careful.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m really sorry that you’re upset with your wedding photography–what bum deal!
As a photographer myself, I can tell you that when it comes to choosing a package–splurge. If you go back and re-read your contract, I’ll bet it says you will get “All wedding day images–unedited.” I offer a package similar to that, and I discourage people from purchasing it if I know they can afford more. Some folks just can’t afford a higher-priced package, but if you can, do it!

One option you might consider is finding another photographer who would edit your images for you–I’ve done this before for folks who HATED their images and once I worked my magic, they loved them!

Best of luck, girlfriend!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Wed2Attn:  Isn’t $2000 a lot to pay for unedited images, though? Should that not at least include basic editing and retouching?

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Where I live (super-rural MidWest), yes, that is A LOT to pay for unedited images, but my wedding photographer (who was from Kansas City) had a $2,500 package that had only unedited images, so prices really depend on your location and on the photography market in that area. It’s just one of those things that you have to be so careful when purchasing–reading all the fine print is super important.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

4000 photos.  This means you saw every terrible expression, bad angle, camera misfire.  Quantity over quality.  It needs to be the other way around.  You probably would have much rather had 500 nice looking edited images.  Digital photos just like film photos NEED to be developed.  They are not ready to be viewed right after they come off of the camera.  Some effort has to be made in post production.

You see a lot of threads pop up on Wedding Bee in regards to how many photos should you get.  Bees will weigh in and everyone will say something different.  I talk to a lot of photographers, and my peers come from the quality vs. quantity camp.  Most of us hand over about 100 images per hour of shooting.  We edit our images with some sort of post processing software.  We color correct.  We enhance color and constrast.  Some of us retouch.  We hand over enough to tell the story of the day.

Some Bees want to see ALL of the photos.  They don’t trust the photographer to choose the best ones etc.  But seeing all of the photos can sometimes be painful if you’re seeing them unedited, and editing all of the photos would take too much time to be feasible.

While I look at a budget like $2000 at the lower end of what a good pro should charge, it still should be a GIVEN that the images handed over are going to be edited files. Was this not discussed in the meeting?  What does your contract say in regards to this?

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@BlingBride2012:  4,000 pictures is an obscene amount of images to deliver. It’s no wonder they aren’t edited! What does your contract say about this type of thing? It sounds like a case of poor communication (and terrible ability to cull and edit down images on the part of your photographer). If a photographer is processing and delivering 4,000 photos there’s no way they have time to edit them – I deliver 500-600 images for an 8 hour day and edit all of them and that takes me 30-40 hours easily.

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