(Closed) Did anyone else not like their engagment pictures?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We never took engagement photos, so I don’t know. I’m really sorry though 🙁 I would say something. Maybe he can re-do them? Did you get prints yet?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I guess it depends.  Is it *just* the body positions that you don’t like?  i.e. are the colors and clarity there and is it in the artistic mode that you like?  If so, then talk to your photog and let them know what you like and what you don’t like.  When we had our e-pics taken, our photog did a fair number of angled shots (it’s a style he seems to like, but it’s not one that I like).  I LOVED the creativity of the photos and the colors/clarity and how well he captured the emotion, so I just asked him to please keep the angled shots on the down-low or at least to make sure that he got a duplicate that wasn’t angled so that I could choose which I liked better.  He listened and did an amazing job on the wedding photos!  But then I loved my e-pics too….sooo….

Another thought:  Prior to booking your photog, did you look through the pics on his site and like what you saw?  Did he offer a nice variety of up-close shots?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Maybe you can get a different photographer? Or is that not the way it works? Or talk to him and tell him what you liked and what you didn’t like. While he is taking them can he show you?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I plan on just telling her what I liked.   We just got our engagement pictures back today and there are definatley ones I love but then there are a lot of far away scenic shots that are like “Where’s Waldo?” just to find us in the picture.  We’re meeting with her to go over our enagement pictures for our guest book and then she’ll be there at the rehearsal so I figured I would just tell her the things I really liked so we get more shots of that.  And she can take the more artistic photos but like someone already said, I want to make sure she duplicates those same shots with closer up pictures.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The thing is, if you don’t tell the photog what you like and don’t like, they won’t know!  You have to either get over the not wanting to speak up and see if your photog will listen to you and adhere to what you like/want or you need to give up your deposit and look for a photog that will.

By The Way, my earlier question was about his portfolio and not about your engagement pictures.  Did you look at his portfolio before you booked him?  If so, did you like the pictures you saw?  Did you think he offered a nice variety of close up’s vs distance shots?  Again I’m talking about his whole portfolio and not your engagement pics.  

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

Another option is that the full body shots can be cropped into 3/4 or headshots

Post # 13
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345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

definitely speak up!! these are YOUR photos of YOUR wedding!  make sure he knows what you like – he’ll be happy to accommodate but won’t know if you don’t say anything.  be assertive, you can do it!  it’s good practice for marriage Smile

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I had a similar crisis. Part of it was my own self-image, and part of it was the angles our photographer used. Me + profile = hate/loathe. Mr. LK and I plan to sit down with our photographer and go over what we like and don’t like about our engagement photos. And, truth be told, the pics have grown on me over time. I’ve even gone from “like” to “love” on some of them now that I have gotten out of my negative mindset.

 

PS… I love the nature wide shots and plan to ask for them as part of our day-after shoot.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 1998

This is what I would say if I were you: “Thank you for sending us the engagement photos.  The colors and shots are beautiful.  What I would have liked to see are some close-up shots.  Is there any possibility of cropping some of these so that we fill the frame more?  Please let me know and I appreciate your time on this. ”  As a photographer, I want to know whether or not my clients are happy because if they’re not, then I’m not and I am sure your photographer feels the same way too.  As photographers, if we don’t hear from our clients we wonder.  But then again, I always ALWAYS ask for feedback from my clients.  Don’t be timid, speak up!

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