(Closed) Disappointed with wedding photos…

posted 13 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
267 posts
Helper bee

I’d recommend contacting friends and family to see if anyone else took photos that day. You could get some good candids that way. There’s not much else you can do about the lack of pretty crowd shots.

As for the "lazy eye" thing, that could possibly be fixed with Photoshop. I do it all the time, it’s really easy.

Just remember, you DO have some good pictures, and in 20 years you’ll still have your memories, even if you don’t have artistically framed candids!

Post # 4
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

My SIL felt the same way when she initially got her pics back but as time progressed she loved looking at her pics and loves them now!

 So sorry you weren’t blown away…..did the photog not live up to the samples he showed when you booked him?

Post # 5
22 posts

More time will allow you to love them more. Even two months after your wedding you are still too close to it to really appreciate the moments that might be present in the pictures. Your reaction is also colored by your own dissapointments with the day (the eyelashes for example) that are, of course, present in the pictures.  With time you’ll appreciate that these are just part of the story.  It might help to sit down and look thru them with a friend who doesn’t have the emotional attachment you do, who will be able to notice and point out things you aren’t seeing now. 

As a pro photog myself, I can guarantee you that your photog didn’t notice your falling eyelash. Very rarely am I looking thru the lens and noticing things like that. I’m looking at overall composition, light, focus.  They might be able to touch up the photos to make it less obvious however – it would be worth an inquiry. 
Not having more pj style work when that is what you had clearly discussed and agreed on is a valid complaint however. If you were wanting more of a "telling the story of your day" approach, you may be missing some things here that you had reasonably expected. Set up a Kodak gallery account and let your friends and relatives in on the password and account name so they can upload what they have. You might find some real gems there.  It is also possible that with some cropping your pictures could be adjusted to something more like what you wanted. Though it is hard to say with out seeing them.  Another question is did you get the photographer (actual person) who’s work you liked when you booked?  Sometimes the main photog’s work is shown but the associates aren’t always capable of that level on the job. 

Post # 6
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2007 - Restaurant in Burlington

I’m sorry you’re disappointed with your images.  Like the pp’s said, it’s hard to judge without seeing them, but one of the things that is important before hiring someone is to see a few complete days of other couples (not just their best images they have on-line or in a portfolio).  This way you’ll get a sense of their overall style and consistency throughout an entire wedding. 

You also might have had really high expectations of your images — they are there to document your day but can’t create images that aren’t there.  Would you be willing to share some proofs with us?  I agree that over time you’ll be happier with them.  You don’t need 2000 amazing images, you just need enough to frame, give to family and make an album with.  You could make a beautiful album with just 40 images. 

And I think it’s great they took pictures of the food at the cocktail hour — that’s part of the day and you wanted "photojournalistic."  What does your husband have to say about all this?  Is he disappointed too?

Post # 7
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

If it helps, every one of my friends that have gotten married recently have hated their pictures at first but after a fews weeks ended up loving them. I think it has something to do with the massive amount of photos you have to look at!  They are bound to be at least an equal amount of "bad" and "good" pics when you have over 800 of them!  And if you are anything like me, you tend to focus more on the bad then on the good. My advise based on my friends experience is to go through the photos again and separate them into piles of "hate" "like" and "love".  Then actually start to put together your wedding album (so easy if they are online!).  Chances are if you see all the good pictures one after another, without any "bad" ones thrown in, you might end up liking them!

Post # 8
25 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008

I’d have to echo all of the sentiments of everyone else… it is disappointing to have your pictures not turn out how you thought you wanted them.  But I think that you will grow to love them more and more!  One thing you could do, is grab your fella and do a Bridal Session/Trash the Dress session to make up for the make-up that you were unhappy with and change it up a little this time to get some more pictures that you love.  Maybe do this with the same photographer or a different one?  On the bright side, it sounds like you had a fabulous, beautiful, and meaningful wedding day, and if you so, I’m sure have at least some equally fabulous pictures that reflect those moments.

Post # 9
36 posts
  • Wedding: September 2007 - Westbury Manor

I didn’t love my photos right away.  In fact I hired my photog way ahead of time and then afterwards was exposed to much better, more artistic albeit more expensive photogs.  I shrugged it off and hoped for the best.  When my photos came, I thought it was good but it wasn’t exceptional… I was a bit dissapointed, but then I let it go, sat on it for a few days, came back and looked at it again, and started loving it.  I have no regrets now.  Hope you will get through it and change your mind.  =)

Another option, is to take more professional photos!  Hire a different photographer for an hour or so.  Shoot in a more casual setting such as the beach, park, etc and take fun shots of you and your husband in your wedding gown.  It’s not the same as your wedding day, but you still have a chance to capture the way you look now in your outfits.  If he already sent his tux back then have him wear something more casual and fun like a button down shirt with slacks. 

Post # 10
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I wasn’t crazy about my photos at first.

Part of it is because I am a huge photography buff (trying to get into the wedding photography business myself), and we had a limited budget for our wedding, so we could only spend $1,000 on photos.  Sometimes I get a tad jealous when I look at some of the wedding photos the bees post and mine aren’t as amazing.

But now I realize that I may not have incredibly beautiful pieces of art, but I have photos that accurately represent my day.  Make a file on your computer of just the ones you love — the bad ones will detract from the good ones.   I have some that I absolutely love, and that’s all anyone really needs – its great that your first dance photos turned out fabulous!  50 years from now – those are the ones you will care about, not ones of people milling around.

I second everyone else – do a fun photo shoot with your hubby in your wedding dress with a photographer you love!

Post # 11
2029 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

A general rule for photography is that 10 percent will be "great" and 5% will be "amazing" which means that you can expect 85% of them to be less than perfect. If the photographer took 800 photos, there should be about 120 in there that you really really love. Try to focus on those – they take so many because they expect that a lot will be imperfect. Like others have said, you can probably redeem some of those anyway with some photoshopping and cropping.

Post # 12
11 posts

I feel ya, I really do. My pictures were disappointing, but the feeling does fade. We picked some with potential and photoshopped the hell out ’em, with pretty good results. I do get envious when I look at the beautiful shots from these amazing, elegant weddings, but then I remember–that is not the wedding I had! ($ small budget $, small wedding, etc.) I agree with everyone, in time you will appreciate the nice shots you do have, as they represent YOUR day. Comparisons will matter less. 

The finality is hard to deal with, because even a ttd session won’t eradicate some of your issues with the (lack of) pj style concerning your guests, but maybe it will help you with other feelings of regret. I plan on doing a newlywed shoot to assuage my disappointment with my hair, makeup, etc. Good luck. I bet time will alter your perpective. 🙂

Post # 13
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Oh hun I’m so sorry you don’t like them, but I think I might be able to help a little.

What it sounds like you want can actually be added to the photos now, there are tricks and techniques that you can use in photoshop and other professioanl photo editing softwear that I’m sure your photographer has, and they can give them more of the "edgy" feel. (sounds liek everyone else suggested that too now that I look over the other posts more closely…lol)

Also snmcdowell is right, 1 out of every 10 is usable. Now you’re photographer should have went through your stuff and pulled out uneeded photos, and only presented you with the most outstanding of them. I think that shooting hundreds and then laying them all out in front of you, good and bad is not only very overwhelming but a bit unprofessional. Part of their job is to determin which to give their client, you know?  

I would express your feelings to the photographer and tell them that they shoulnd’t have presented the photos to you if they weren’t ready. Is there photo journalistic shots on their web site? Maybe use those as explamples and find other sites so they know what you’re talking about. 

Hang in there –


Post # 14
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

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"A general rule for photography is that 10 percent will be "great" and 5% will be "amazing" which means that you can expect 85% of them to be less than perfect." I have to agree – at first I was really letdown when looking at our pics.

We had a tight budget for our PJ-style photog and only had 3.5 months to put the wedding together. We loved his work, price point and the fact he brought an assistant day-of that helped with lighting and extra camera angles throughout. (Did I mention he threw in a free e-session?) I was initially disappointed because the static items I wanted to include in our album (invite, programs, menus and yes special food & drink, etc.) were not included. Hardly any candid shots but then again we had a small daytime wedding with mostly family and hardly anyone danced.

The more we look over the pictures, the more we like them. The lighting, focus and beautiful scenery plus us looking/feeling gorgeous all lended themselves to great pics.

Give yourself some time and try not to compare your results to those that may have had photog budgets higher than yours – "picture envy" will be your worst nightmare.

Post # 15
39 posts
  • Wedding: November 2007

My experience has been similar to a lot of the previous posters.  My photographer is a photojournalist-type too.  We had very few posed pictures so there are very few "perfect" shots.  And we have so many and there are so many "imperfect" ones that the really great ones took a while to pop out at us.  I am still trying to figure it out and we’ve had the photos for a couple of weeks. 

For what it’s worth, what has helped me is to organize them on my blog in chronological order and kind of separate the better ones from the bunch and then go from there.  As I have been working on that a few are really jumping out at me as the ones I want to have displayed or to give as gifts.  Also, I am looking forward to having our families peruse the proof books with us to to get there objective view point.

I hope you feel happier about them as you get more familiar with them, Faithsista!  If it helps, you can take a peek at the ones I’ve posted so far.  Myabe it would help to see someone elses?  I have a link to my blog in my profile.   

Keep us posted!

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