What to do when your your engagement pictures came out bad?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

that sucks. If you have a tripod and a decent camera you can do your own, that’s what I did and they turned out great!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

From what you’ve said I cannot imagine working with either photographer, ever again.  Are there other choices for photographers for your wedding?  As far as engagement shots, do you know anyone with a decent camera who can just take informal candids of you?  

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would be searching for a new photographer for the wedding ASAP. Since time is now of the essence, unfortunately, I would find 1 picture you like to use as the STD and get those sent out.

It sounds like you have just had bad luck with your 2 photographers. I would forget them both and find someone else.

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Birdiebaby4:  We had a friend with a little hobbyist photo experience do ours with FI’s DSLR.  They turned out beautifully–one of my aunts even commented that we had “clearly” been lucky with our professional photographer.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

These photographers sound so bad… It’s very unprofessional to hide the cost of the images! definitely don’t use either for the wedding.

As for save the dates, I’d choose a photo-free design and get them out ASAP. It’s not worth the hassle and stress to wait! We didn’t use a photo on our save the dates because wwe were engaged in March.. The wedding is in October, an we needed to mail them ASAP. Everyone says our save the dates are unique and fun, and we felt they were very personal and special.

Of course, if you have your heart set on a design that features a photo, feel free to ignore me…  🙂

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Sounds like this “professional” wasn’t so professional! While a session fee and a separate fee for disc/printing rights to photos is pretty common, she should’ve told you that ahead of time. Her fee seems pretty low, though…

I would definitely use a photo free design like @LibrarianTellsAll suggested for now, and ask her for a reshoot. Any professional photographer would do it, since you are clearly unhappy!! 

Sorry your weather was extreme on both of your attempts 🙁 That just stinks. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Birdiebaby4:  Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear you had bad experiences TWICE! Are there any photos you can salvage or fix up? How bad are these photos, any examples you can post up?

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yeah there’s a lot of squinting, but honestly, they’re e pics and you won’t really care much about them after you get your wedding photo’s. I wasn’t super happy with ours but, I got enough decent ones out of it that it wasn’t worth doing again. I think the ones you posted are perfectly nice!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Birdiebaby4:  I mean, you can try to get a re shoot but if it will cost you money then I’d just go with what you have. Unless e pics are REALLY important to you, but honestly your wedding photo’s will be much more important. We ended up using the few that I liked, one on the STD’s, one in our guest book calendar, etc… But mostly the photo’s I used were of the last few years of our relationship, on vacations, zip lining, doing new things together. They were much  more representative of us than the e pics were.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room

Well for a Save the Date, you only really need a few good pictures. And it sounds like you liked a few from your first shoot. However, from what you posted, that last one in a sepia or black and white coloring (which you can do yourself in PowerPoint or some other program) would be perfect 🙂

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Honestly I think the pictures look fine.  The squinting isn’t ideal but I don’t see sweat or messy hair.  What stands out to me is that you guys don’t look happy.  You have very posed smiles and if that’s your style, that’s fine (you look gorgeous!) but the photos don’t convey any emotion to me. 

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