- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
I just got back my pictures and I want to hear if I’m totally off base or crazy for being disappointed with my pictures. The ones that we have, I like, but there are a lot of key moments that were missed, and it has me upset about it. Here is a list of the botched or missed shots.
There is only one shot of my groom waiting for me at the top of the aisle, and it’s not the expression he had at that moment that I wanted to remember.
Just after we left the ceremony we walked outside the church and kissed, surrounded by our wedding party. Was it too much to expect our photographers to follow us out there and capture that perfect moment?
We had a choreographed first dance that ended with a dip pose. No shot of that, although there are from during the dance.
My skirt had a unique feature that I loved and that shows up in NONE of the pictures. It was a mermaid cut underlayer with lace on top, cut in an A-line shape. I loved that you could see through the skirt around my knees and there was this ghostly hourglass figure under the lace. This is not visible in any pictures at all. During my portraits, I remember talking to the photographer about this and trying to pose for a shot that would show this, even pinning the dress behind my knees to create more of that contrast space, but you can’t see through the lace in any of the pictures. It looks like a gigantic A-line dress, which it wasn’t. There’s even one shot that might have showed off the tightness of the inner layer on my butt in a profile shot, except my bouquet is in the way.
We took a picture of all the people at the wedding who went to our college (about 12 people. There is only one usable shot that I can send in the the alumni magazine, and that one has really bad lighting on my tall cousin’s face. The others are “silly” pictures that I did not really want.
My groom’s jacket is open in almost every shot! It looks really bad in any shot that has him in profile, like his gut fills all that space. I would have expected them to notice that and tell him to fix it. They were so meticulous about other things, like making sure my necklace didn’t have the clasp in front. Why not something big like that that showed up in ALL the pictures?
There were some less traditional shots of the wedding party walking (11 across) that I love except that some people are cut off on either side. Why didn’t they use a panoramic lens to get everyone in?
I didn’t like their suggested location for the first look as much as I thought I would. It was less green and more city.
My brothers planned this amazing surprise–they dressed in the full Ghostbusters costumes and chased down a friend dressed as a ghost, then did the dance! There are only 3 shots of this! And two of them are the same.
In general, there are more posed shots and less candids, more traditional and less interesting shots. As a group, the pictures feel very “canned” to me.
Tell me bees, am I right to be upset about these omissions? Some of these shots were on the must-have list, but others weren’t. I didn’t know I wanted a picture of some of these shots until the moment happened (hello, Ghostbusters!). Maybe my expectations were not fair, but I just trusted them to be there and see things and get everything I could ever want them to get. The head of this company gave me the greatest pitch and really made me trust them. It was all about how they would capture the emotions of the day and we could just enjoy the day because we wouldn’t have to worry about getting all the shots we wanted because they would take care of it, and if we’re relaxed, then the pictures will be better anyway.
The head of the company also said something about how when you book with him you know exactly who your photographer will be and how he doesn’t overbook and call in someone he barely knows to shoot one of his weddings. And then we got a call that we were having a photographer who is new to the company (but who is great and who he’d worked with before and who is joining the company, blah, blah). It was like two weeks to go, nothing I could really say or do at that point but trust him.
I know most of these things are very picky, so that’s why I’m coming to the hive. You ladies are so good about giving reality checks when needed and also backing up brides when they are on target about their own feelings.
PS. Thank God for family members with cameras! And video–I think that’s the only medium that really captured my skirt at all.