Conflicted about my engagement photos

posted 1 year ago in Recaps
Post # 16
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

geniebee :  love the first 3, you are gorgeous girl,  and he’s not bad either lol! As a pp said,  there are always bound to be a few duds…

Post # 17
1677 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

geniebee :  You guys look great – but the actual photography does look fairly amateur.  Unfortunately with photography you do really get what you pay for – she’s given you a very reasonable price, if you want a higher quality photographer it will be at a higher price point.   Our photographer was quite cheap and while I’m very happy with the photos because looking great in the pics weren’t a priority for me – we have a lot like the ones you’ve posted of awkward facial expressions, eyes closed and the like. 

I think you have two options.  One – increase your budget and get a better photographer.  Two – Keep her, but both of you work on posing and taking pictures of yourselves so you can better pose on the day and direct her how you want pictures taken. 

Post # 18
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Just wanted to add something, and saw that PP said the same thing!  Here’s the deal: I know you said she was a photographer, but it doesn’t seem like she’s done a ton of ‘wedding photography,’ which is a particular niche.  So much of that is how you connect with the couple, the ease and flow of the shots, giving direction and suggesting poses, figuring out what works and what doesn’t. 

If you want great wedding photos, you’ll have to increase your budget.  Most wedding photographers offer a package for X number of hours, so something else to consider, is focusing that time on the ceremony and important aspects of the reception, and potentially cutting out the getting ready or late-night dancing shots, which would save you a few hours.

Post # 19
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2001

I’m not overly impressed with the photos and think you should get a new photographer.  It is quite concerning that she selected the location and knew it quite well but still managed to get parked cars in the background of EVERY single photo.


Post # 20
640 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I had to go back over them to find anything resembling a double chin and I was hard pressed to find one.  We are our own worst critics aren’t we?  You look great in most of these and really good in all of them, no double chin that I could find so I’d put that out of your mind.

Post # 26
2238 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

geniebee :  So I have an extremely similar story. I found a fairly new photog on The Knot and she had great reviews. I looked at her site, she didn’t have a TON of work posted, but what was there looked good. 

I booked her for our wedding, and then it was postponed. She was accomodating, and willing to roll our deposit forward. In the additional time I started following her on Instagram, and became more and more concerned about the quality of her work. I would call her style “High Quality Snapshots”

There wasn’t a lot of thought around composition, I kept seeing random things like hangers and fans in the background of her photos. Things that just seemed to be overlooked. Then we had our engagement photos done and knew we had to find a new photographer.

She didn’t come to the shoot with the right filters or equipment. Most of the shots had the sky completely blown out and it didn’t appear there had been any post production. Poses were awkward, she didn’t have any sense of how to direct us to stand or move.

She sent me the gallery and I was really hard pressed to find ANY that I liked. Some I absolutely HATED. I posted them here and while lots of people told me they thought they were fine/good FH and I were VERY disappointed. So much so that we decided to forefit our deposit and find a new photographer for the wedding. We knew that the photography was the most important part of our day, and it wasn’t worth it to save a little money, to sacrifice on quality.

It’s not really important what other people think – though FWIW I find these very disappointing as well – it’s whether YOU are happy. You still have time to choose a new photographer, and considering they are the main thing you take away from the day, it’s VERY important to get things right. 

Post # 27
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Edit: Oops! Didn’t see the date on this post – hope you had good luck with the pictures!!

Agree – I switched my photographer out at the last minute because he had trouble replacing his second shooter (pregnant) and I wanted 2nd to make sure we got plenty of shots and already had some doubts about angles and distances from engagement shoot. Go with your gut and make sure to check out a FULL wedding album. 

This is really important because then you will see what they are like with low-lighting situations (how much flash), cramped spaces (like getting ready), action shots, and candids. Facial expressions are also very important to me, and getting ones with the right feeling is a lot better than just technical shots. I really liked one photographer’s posed shots, they were beautiful and I would have definitely gone with her but her action shots – people coming down the aisle and the reception shots were blurry and visibly grainy.

Post # 28
4978 posts
Honey bee

The third of the good I also wonder why she didn’t photoshop out the cars. It’s good otherwise.  I’m honestly wondering if she’s truly ready to do wedding photos..have you asked how many she’s done? 

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