What to do when you're unhappy with wedding photos?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015


EEP! I’m not sure what to do if you don’t love your photos 🙁 That’s really sad!

I just wanted to post to mention that your links aren’t quite working so I’m having a hard time evaluating her work! Would you mind also sharing a comparison of her other work so we could see?


Post # 4
4440 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You will never be able to retake them.  Did you look at a blog or other weddings prior to chosing them?

Post # 5
4760 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sorry you had to learn the hard way to NEVER hire family for a once in a lifetime photoshoot.

I agree that they do not look professional.  Did you see examples of whole weddings that she shot?

If you did and yours do not match up, you can take her to court to get your money back, but since it’s family I see lots of drama in the future if you take this route.

Other than that you can ask her to edit them, or just do it yourself.  I had to too 🙁

Post # 6
3989 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Are the ones you edited on the right or the left?

Post # 7
9652 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@razzlema:  There is nothing you can do to change it at this point really…..since the day has come and gone but I know many bees on here have posted about not being happy with their pics and they go after the wedding and take some fun pics. Maybe you can get dressed up in your dress and your husband in his tux and go re-take some pictures. That way you will at least have something you like…..but do your homework on picking someone to re-take them if you go that route!


Post # 8
7915 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I gotta say paying $450 for a family member to take photos, you kind of get what you pay for? Even if it was 900, a budget photographer is going to give you budget photos. 

Though I gotta say, I really like the pic of you and baby, the smiling pic of your dance, and your editing job, and they all have their subjects in focus. Even though you “shouldnt” have to edit your own, even if you do, you still got a great deal! 

Post # 12
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

You did a good edit job! 

I would call her back and tell her you want them re edited because you feel they are not professional looking at all. If she gave you a discount she may have been thinking she’d only put in half the effort as she would a normal client.

I wouldn’t try to sound really angry or anything – just express that you are dissapointed with the amount of editing done on the photos and that you know she is capable of better work. 

Post # 13
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t know, I kind of go with “you get what you pay for” as well.  I don’t think they look professional, but I don’t think true professionals would only charge $900 for an all day wedding.  So I think she’s an amateur anyway.  Do you have samples of other images she has taken?  If they are truly inconsistent with the work that she advertises I think you could have some sort of argument for getting some $ back.  But you’d have to take it up with her or take it to court.

But there’s not much else you can do, you can’t relive the day unfortunately.

Post # 14
4135 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I paid about $4000 for my photos, and they did not turn out. So I did not get what I paid for. We’re doing some re-shoots. No, it’s not really the same but it’s better than nothing. Maybe your photog would be willing to re-do some shots?

Post # 16
3199 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsBuesleBee:  +1…i mean, it sucks, but even our college-age photographer cost $2000 in the midwest. $900 is unheard of, and $450, i mean, forget about it.

did you sign a contract? otherwise you have no legal recourse. if DH and the cousin are close, he could mention that he was hoping for more than 300 photos, or ask that she re-edit a group of them, or something to that effect?

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