(Closed) Disappointed….Did I expect too much from my Photography???

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 32
293 posts
Helper bee

i’d be heartbroken.  i’m so sorry!! hopefully some of teh guests pulled through and have pictures to share with you.

Post # 33
182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Woah we had a 4 hour photo package and got 1500 pictures edited.  That is just ridiculous, I’m really sorry. 

Post # 34
520 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

A lot of times on these boards I play photographers advocate to keep brides grounded, and I say that in the nicest way possible, haha. It is next to impossible to successfully capture EVERY moment on your wedding day, but missing important ones like kiss, rings, AND husband’s face looking down the aisle is just plain unexceptable.

Just a word of advice to all the ladies who are paranoid by this story. Hold your first kiss for at least 5 seconds and ask your pastor to step off to the side after he or she says “kiss the bride.” If you peck, you risk the photog missing the shot (catching a split second moment is much more difficult), especially if the church is dim and the photog is using flash. The pastor stepping aside just helps make the shot they do get a better shot ๐Ÿ˜‰

Rings, can’t always be captured in a way that you can SEE the ACTUAL RINGS. If you are facing each other at an angle up on the altar (as in someones back is turned slightly more into the aisle), your photog shooting from the aisle can only move so far to each side to try get a view of the actual rings. I’m curious if you just mean your ring shots dont have rings in them or that the photogs missed the moment all together? Again, ladies, it helps if you and the groom are careful not to stand at an angle at the top of the aisle to help your photog get the best view for rings.

The other crazy thing is you had TWO photogs! I don’t know how all these shots were missed entirely. As for the number of images, yes, that’s ridiculously low. I usually deliver about 100 images per hour, SOLO. With a second shooter the number goes up by about 25-30% because I don’t typically use as many of their images as I do mine, just the best ofs or moments where I liked their shots better than mine, which are still worth it to have them there.

Anyway, I’m so sorry this happened to you, and though there isn’t much I can say to make you feel btter, I just wanted to jump in to help future brides avoid your situation ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 35
1799 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I agree with alot of the posts here and totally understand why you are upset.

For the amount of time 257 photos seems about right BUT the shots that they  missed…that isnt right, My photogs didnt get pics of me with the boys, orDH with the girls or the back of my dress…and i am still sad about that….your shots were very important and I would explain that to them. All the money in the world (aka a refund) wont bring thos pics back.


Im so sorry to hear this!! ๐Ÿ™

Post # 36
4 posts

Hi there! I’m so sorry to here about your photos :/. It sounds to me like what may have happened since they had two shooters, is that one of the memory cards was lost or corrupted, and maybe they don’t want to fess up to that. If this was a team, they mostly likely split coverage and the missing photos were probably destroyed somehow.

Again, this is all speculation, but this would make sense based on what you have described. If they have been in the business for awhile they KNOW the shots that are important (kiss, etc.). I think if they had the photos, they would have given them to you.

I always use smaller memory cards at weddings (2G or 4G). This way, if some freak accidend should occur and something happens to one of the cards, the entire wedding will not be lost.

How much did you pay these guys? You should be able to get your money back at least :/. It’s a shame they are not offereing that already.

Post # 37
6 posts

I’d like to chime in my saying whole heartedly- NO. You did NOT expect too much from your photographer.  I’m a professional photographer and I can tell you that changing lenses does not take that much time. Maybe 10 seconds at most, and, most photographers start shooting with a zoom lens as to not miss any shots (you walking down the isle, him seeing you the first time, your dad giving you away. etc).  Not only that- but with 2 photographers, you should have gotten each of those shots (we work together, what I’m not shooting, the 2nd shooter is shooting)

I tell my brides to expect 80-100 images for each hour of photography. If I’m reading this right, you should have about 600 photos. Minimum. 

I’m really sorry that you had this experience, I would be willing to help you edit any photos your friends took from your wedding.  Please let me know if I can help.


Post # 38
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Lucky80710: You can purchase Paint Shop Pro for much less money than photoshop. I have several friends who use PSP and are quite happy with it!

Post # 39
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

I know of a few truly brilliant photographers who wind up with about 200-300 total amazing shots. They almost anticipate the perfect shot, wait for it, and get it. So less is, really, sometimes, more. However, I’m guessing if you had one of these guys, you wouldn’t be disappointed with the work. (This is just more to counter the argument that more always = better.)

Overall, though, big ditto to LBPhotography. Speak directly to the photographer about your concerns, as nicely and calmly as you can. Think about, realistically, what would make you happy at this point, and see if there’s anything she can do.

Post # 41
15 posts


I sent you a P.M. with some possible solutions ๐Ÿ™‚

If anyone is looking for some free photoshop software, check out http://www.gimp.org

With practice and combating a little learning curve, you should be able to use this software and make your photos snap.

Good luck!


Post # 42
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Lucky80710: To top it off, our photographer did not capture my father giving me away, my husband’s face seeing me for the first time, our first kiss, or exchanging our rings.


I’m so sorry this happened ๐Ÿ™ I’d be majorly PO’ed too. You should get close to 100 quality images per hour of shooting. So 257 for six hours is a bit under the bare minimum IMO, and the fact that the above are missed with TWO photographers is unreasonable.

Post # 43
39 posts

How much did you pay for the photography? The amount of moments missed suggests to me that this was not a seasoned wedding photographer but rather someone who is new and still “learning on the job”.

Post # 44
46 posts
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’m sorry you didn’t get all of the pictures you wanted. I wouldn’t be too happy if I was you either. Now, I asked my FH since he used to do wedding photography and is still an avid photographer. He did mention you should have gotten more picutres. Not necesarilly all edited but definitely still more. Although he did mention that sometimes it depends on the style of the photographer. Another thing he said is that they might have deleted a bunch if they didn’t come out very well, especially if even editing them wouldn’t have helped. I hope them deleting photo’s wasn’t the case, but it is something that might have happened. Again, I’m sorry this happened to you. As some of the other bee’s suggested, have you spoken to you friends to see if they took some great shots?

Post # 46
7039 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Lucky80710: She probably wasn’t standing around, she probably permanently deleted the “bad” pictures when she created your collection. Which isn’t smart on her part. I’m SO SORRY this happened to you!! You definitely were not expecting too much, it really sounds as though these photographer just didn’t care enough. It’s just inexcusable that they delivered so few pictures and did not have the backup equipment to capture those moments. Sigh. It’s situations like htese that give photographers a bad rap :-(.

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