Post # 1
We had our e-pics done last week, and I am a little disappointed in the results. Maybe I am being over critical, or maybe I spend too much time looking at wedding photographs done by photographers that are WAY above our budget. Out of 110 pics, I like a handful (although some could still use some tweaking), but others look like snapshots Mom could have taken in the backyard. Overall, I was expecting a more "finished" & professional looking product.
Here are a few of the better ones…
Here are some of the others…
Any thoughts? We can’t afford to switch photographers, so any advice on what we can do to make our wedding photos more impressive?
Post # 3
Hmmm…not sure why my pics didn’t show up. Sorry!
Post # 4
did you upload them to flickr or a similar program first and then copy in the address?
Post # 5
Yes, I added them from flickr. I’ll try again and see what happens.
Here are a few that I like…
…OK, but not jaw-dropping good. Here are a couple I thought look like snapshots…
The other 104 pictrues fall somewhere in the middle. What I didn’t mention above is that this photographer has done three of our friends weddings, and they all really liked her results. I have seen some of the albums she put together (for our friends’ weddings and others), and I was very impressed.
*fingers crossed that the pics will show this time*
Post # 6
So before I saw them when typing, but they didn’t show in the post…this time they were one of each while typing, but showed up double in the post.
Post # 7
I quite like the rocks ones. Maybe its not the photographers technical ability that is the problem, rather the creative ability – Which your wedding and all its beautiful details will make it an easy job for the photographer. I would also suggest writing down all the pics that you want (you can get them from some mags, or even online) ie father/daughter dance etc. And also showing some pictures of styles that you like. It will make it alot easier for your photographer if you communicate about what you do and do not want.
Just a thought! I do like the rocks ones!
Post # 8
hmmm. Well I don’t mean to be critical but I’ll just be honest, The work looks very amature. It seems like the photographer is not really aware of lighting or angles. You’re absolutely right that it looks like anyone could have taken this pics. I’m sorry to disappoint you. But I think this way you can weigh your options before the wedding. You don’t want to be unhappy with your wedding pics. Also, it looks like the two of you are not really comfortable with the person behind the camera. You don’t look at ease. Good luck with figuring things out.
Post # 9
I would keep my mouth shut if these were your wedding pics because there wouldn’t really get anything you could do about it. But…you really shouldn’t let this photographer do your wedding! There are tons of lighting issues and they just don’t look "right" if that makes any sense. If you have signed a contract with her, see if you can get our of it or at least a partial refund. And then, try and find someone else if you have time or ask family and friends to take pics. At least then you will get equal or better results at no cost. Ideally, find another pro photographer. While I am sure this one is nice and maybe this isn’t her best work but based on these…I’d bail. And it has nothing to do with you and your fiance…you’re both great looking! Good luck! Let us know what you decide to do.
Post # 10
I can see why you’re disappointed. A major thing that can make or break wedding photos sometimes is also in the post-processing. Sometimes a picture that comes out raw from the camera can look really blah but be turned into something remarkable with just a little creative editing. It looks like she did that successfully for the rock images but sort of left everything the way it may have looked straight from the camera for those last few. You can talk to her about her post-processing and maybe request more work to be done for your wedding photos. I imagine you looked at her work before hiring her — is her other work representative of what you’re showing us here? Or do you think this is a fluke?
You say you can’t afford to switch photogs now so I’d sit down with her and make it clear to her what you’re hoping to see in your wedding day photos. If you don’t have confidence in her creative ability to edit your photos, I might suggest looking for a creative friend who’s handy at photo editing or even buying a program and giving it a whirl yourself. I also know that flickr has their quick photo editing software I think? And iPhoto also has something similar. Obviously you’d hope that your photographer could deliver from start to finish but at least you DO have some avenues to explore just in case. It’s not a lost cause!
Post # 11
I didn’t read all of the posts above, so I’m sorry if I repeat anything. First of all, your photographer should have told you not to wear white or patterns, solid colors photograph better. Also, it looks like maybe he didn’t take into account lighting and it looks like he didn’t do any touch-ups or editing. If you hired him as your wedding photographer, I would seriously consider cutting your losses and hiring someone else, if not then you know not to hire him. If you hire someone new it is possible to negotiate a free epic session –that is what I did. What was your downpayment? If you are in Southern California I can give you info on my photographer — you can check out his work at http://www.theweddingphotographer.com or you can see my engagement pics at http://www.christinaanddaryl.com (click on photo album). We paid $1100 for the wedding and epic session together.
Post # 12
Are the proofs you posted the post processed pictures? The reason I asked is that they look SOOC (SOOC is when the picture is straight out of the camera). If they are SOOC, ask your photog if she plans on post processing that may help. Hopefully your photographer is smart enough to shoot in raw and not in aperture/priority/or the dreaded automatic mode. If that is the case (you can tell if you have access to the exif data on the pics), I’d have to agree with MrsSpitzer and having a friend take pics since the quality would probably be the same. Sorry you had to deal with this situation with your photograher. 🙁
Post # 13
I am very sorry that you are in this position . However, I am glad that you have the chance to work a few things out b/f that special day.
I am from the North, but have lived in the South long enough to know how to "say" a few things without really saying them. If you HAVE to continue working with him/her, then I think it best to have an informal sit down. Be sure to make it casual and start off on a good note. Then, you can say something along the lines of "I might be just a crazy bridezilla . . . I am so stressed with the wedding . . . I have poured over my pictures and I think I/we just look better in some shots . . . maybe it is the lighting or the position of our bodies or the camera placement (be sure not to place blame). . . and you know how brides always want to look their best on that special day . . . can we work on making sure that all of our photos maximize our best qualities like these (point to the photos you like) . . . I really loooooved the work you did with so and so because (name the person and mention a few specific things and even show the pictures if you have them – ex: the way the light hits her hair made her look like an angel, can we get a few shots of me like that?) . . .
You get the idea. Then, at least hopfeully you will still have a good working relationship with him/her if you can’t afford to go somewhere else. I can be a very direct person, yet I have learned from my Fiance that sometimes it is easier to get what you want when you go a different route. I hope it works out.
Post # 14
I’m sorry 🙁 Your photographer’s problem isn’t so much light as it is (likely) not the best equipment mixed with poor composition. He/she is seriously lacking in the DOF (depth of field) arena.
A big reason these images look much like snapshots is because of the aperture used. The smaller the number the more artistic blur you’ll get. Most serious pro wedding photographers will have f/2.8 (that’s aperture) zoom lenses and more are getting f/1.2 prime lenses (my personal favorite). Shooting at such wide apertures creates that dreamy images that only really wide open (small number) aperture lenses can shoot.
If you’re photographer doesn’t have these lenses (most of which are Canon’s "L" series lenses – their most expensive), no matter how great a photographer he/she is, they won’t be able to separate you from the background – which is a similar problem that point and shoot cameras suffer from.
My suggestion? You’ve got two options. The first is start accepting that your wedding photos are going to look somewhat similiar. Sure, they might look better, but my hunch is that they won’t. The second, pony up the dough and book a photographer that YOU love for all of THEIR work. Honestly, it sounds like photography is VERY important to you. I have a feeling that you’ll have serious regrets years from now if you don’t do this option.
What not to do… DON’T think that talking to your photographer about what you prefer will in any way make your photographer better at wedding photography. If you want a better photographer, you’re going to have to get one. If you CAN’T get one, you’ll have to settle. But talking to them isn’t going to do much. I hate sounding so mean, but these photos are photos of a very inexperience photographer. They need another 20 weddings under their belt to get better – not a peptalk.
Really, I hope something else works out for you. It’s your wedding day and you deseve it.
p.s. It’s so important to pick your photographer based off of their wor
Post # 15
In case you have not registered I would consider to only ask for cash gifts instead. I would definetly book another photographer. If you tell us from which area you are from someone may be able to suggest you a good and affordable photographer.