Post # 1
Let me say first off that overall we loved our photos as well as our photographer. He was professional, pleasant to work with, and got some really creative shots really captured the emotion and feeling of the day. In fact, I wrote him a really positive review and personal thank you letter. However, now that we’re putting together our album (doing it on our own), I realize a few key shots are missing.
1. Most importantly, no formal bride/groom portrait. There is no full length photo of just us looking into the camera, that shows my dress, veil, and bouquet. There’s one of us with all combos of family and wedding party, but not one of us to frame and put on the bedside dresser.
2. Only one bridal portrait, no back of dress. There’s only one full length photo of just me, and NONE of the photos show the back of my dress and the beautiful train.
I realize we’re lucky we have so many other great photos – just a bit sad that as we put together our album we don’t have as many portraits that are suitable for the cover pages or for framing. And I wish there were more that really showcased my amazing dress.
I realize the day is over and don’t want a redo or anything, just venting a little and wondering if any Bees have any advice on how to deal with this? Did most of you get bridal portraits or formal bride/groom photos where you are looking into the camera? Did you specifically ask for them? Are your albums mostly full of posed portraits or many candids as well?
Any advice would be appreciated. I was over the moon with our photos until I realized the lack of portraits 🙁
Post # 2
#1 is surprising — usually photos of just the bride and groom are like 50% of what you get back. I also would say didn’t you notice during the day that you never posed together alone?
I didnt really get any of #2 (full length back of dress) and I regret it slightly but not enough to have a re-shoot
Post # 3
Our photographers were great. He did get portrait shots of us together and alone, but if it wasn’t for me telling him to fix my train from behind so he can take a picture of the train, that photo never would’ve happened. I had a beautiful long lace train and illusion lace straps that I wanted to make sure I had a picture of so when I noticed he wasn’t getting that shot, I made sure he did. Only downside to this, I did that back shot with my bridesmaids in the shot with them standing next to me showing the back of their dresses (they had pretty flowy ruffles going down the middle). So, I would’ve liked to have one alone, but oh well.
Post # 4
It’s surprising that you didn’t get a portrait of just you and your husband. I didn’t get nearly enough of just us either but I got like 5 (there was more like 10 but I hate them). I only had a couple bridal portraits and really the only reason I have 2 from behind is because my veil was super blinged out so she got a picture and I specifically asked for the other one.
In short, the majority of our album is getting ready pictures, formal portraits with bridal party, and candid shots (these take up the most of the album). I do wish we had more of just us but I figured we could take pictures again for our 5 year anniversary or do a 10 year vow renewel.
Post # 5
#1 is really odd not to have gotten. Our photographer was more of a photojournalistic type (less posed photos) and we still have a bunch of formal photos. Sorry 🙁
Post # 6
Actually I just realized that he did take a candid shot of us at one point from behind and it showed my train and straps nicely. Our photographer was a photo journalistic type, so he ended up taking that one candid and I didn’t even realize it until the pics came in. I ended up having him take the dress shot with my bridesmaids after he took that picture because I figured there wasn’t one.
Post # 7
We didn’t get a formal portrait of just the two of us either. We do have tons of nice candids of the two of us, but no full length “staged” photo.
I would call and ask the photographer about it. Maybe they do have it but they just didn’t think it was a great shot and so they didn’t send it.
Post # 8
Photojournalistic photographers are less likely to focus on formal portraits to a certain degree. I hired a photographer who was more artistic, and I got both, because I saw that she had them in the portfolio as well. Did you get to see other weddings he’s photographed and did he have those images in his portfolio?
Post # 9
Not having a full shot of the bride and groom alone is quite weird. Are you sure he didn’t take some and just not put them in the album?
As far as a bridal portrait, my photogapher only got one full shot of just me, and it didn’t turn out that well (it was right before the ceremony and I looked nervous, sweaty, and hot- luckily my photographer told me to put on some powder before the ceremony). I was disappointed at first, but then I thought that there were plenty of shots that captured my dress and what am I going to do with a picture of me alone? The wedding is about bringing people together, so I want to frame pictures of me with my husband and us with family and friends. I did get a gorgeous picture of the back of the dress though (I had a keyhole back and huge train). I put it small in my album, but other than that, what am I going to do with a picture of my back of dress. I’m certainly not going to frame it and stare at it all day. A lot of these photos look great on wedding blogs, but there really isn’t a lot of use for them outside that.
Our album is mostly posed shots of me and my husband, but there are a lot of us with family, friends, and bridal party. Most of them are quite beautiful, but I like the candid ones the best. Those ones are the ones that really show us as us 🙂 I do wish I had a picture of me with my brother and sister (but my brother was busy being a gm), and a picture of us with all of our siblings, but everyone misses a photo of something, and I can live with it. I would definitely talk to your photographer. Most of them take a couple thousand pictures and put only a tiny fraction of them in the album. He might have taken some to fill in gaps.
Post # 10
hm_bride: It’s super weird that you didn’t get any formal shots with just the groom. Did your photographer request a shot list?
Post # 11
I agree with PPs about asking if he has any shots of just you two. That does seem odd. Do you remember taking any?
Also, if you had a videographer you may be able to get some stills from your wedding video. I know that’s not the same, but it’s another option for photos that you may be missing.
Post # 12
Our photographer sent us a very lengthy questionnaire about the types of pictures we wanted. They also asked about all the details we wanted shot, all of the locations, and all of the groupings.. They were incredibly thorough.
Did you not notice that throughout the day you hadn’t stood alone with your husband at any point? Did you communicate with them that your dress was amazing and you wanted some pictures showcasing that? I told them specifically what I wanted and the details about our wedding that I really loved and wanted to capture.
We’ve gotten a sneak back and there’s a good mix of portraits, detail shots, dress shots, and a couple of candids.
Post # 13
hm_bride: I would be upset and I would ask the photographer for some sort of a refund as #1 are key pictures to get and so are # 2!
Those were shots I myself even told the photographers to do just to cover all my bases. I also made sure to get shots of my dress as my veil and back of the dress were important to me.
THe photographer also made sure we had ample time for just the bride and groom portraits and candid shots.
Post # 14
hm_bride: OP, I feel you. My photographer was a friend who doesn’t usually photograph weddings, but her quality of work is great so I trusted going with her. While we have lots of beautiful shots of the two of us together, they were very romantic and artistic, but not THE “portrait” photo that you’d put everywhere. We didn’t get a shot of the two of us standing together, facing the camera, smiling, in full wedding attire, with my bouquet, etc. like you described. I had a shot of my train but only from our wedding ceremony (a candid, if you will). I LOVED all our other photos, so I couldn’t possibly complain to her.
What did I do? I PHOTOSHOPPED.
This was the picture we had with DH’s parents. I just took them out from either side, and yeah, that tree on the right is totally not there IRL. It’s not a full length shot, but it’s a portrait, and I’m happy now. Up close, it’s clearly Photoshopped, but on Facebook and as a regular 5×7, it’s not noticeable. No one has noticed it’s not “real” just glancing at it quickly.
Is there anything you have from your family shots that has a fairly neutral background and looks like people could be removed? I’m not a Photoshop expert, but I could try to take a stab at something for you.
Post # 15
Thanks everyone for all your helpful comments. It’s good to know that I’m not wrong to be a little upset and surprised that there isn’t a formal full-length bride/groom portrait.
To be clear, we do have a lot of photos of just us – the first look, walking around the city gardens, etc. Many of those are up close-candids and focus on our facial expressions while looking at each other, kissing, etc. These are certainly great at remembering the day, though all the ones that are full length and show the dress have other people in them – either wedding party or actually strangers – we got married in a very urban environment where it’s impossible to be alone unless indoors!
I will definitely ask the photog if he has any more photos, or croppable/photoshop-able photos. I’d imagine if there was a great full length formal of us it would already have been included, but perhaps he can make something work.
And yes, there was a detailed shot list – and he got most everything (again, really happy with the photog overall)- I’m a little bit kicking myself that we didn’t put bride/groom portrait, but hey, I figured that would be obvious. The day definitely went by too fast for us to have noticed during!
whitemochi622: thanks for the suggestion. Yes, we’re hoping we can get a hi-res group shot from our photog and do some cropping magic. Will give our photog a chance to do it, but might hit you up as well. Your photoshop skills were definitely good enough to impress me!