Post # 1
How do we make our wedding photos better?
He blames it on the photographer but I think it’s a combination of both..but mostly our issue! He thinks the photographer didn’t take enough pictures in each pose, which means that some of the 70 she gave us caught one or both of us with funny expressions or sometimes with eyes closed by accident.
I think that it’s mostly our fault because a photographer can only do so much with her subjects. If I have a stupid look on my face or his eyes are closed, that’s partly our fault for not being conscious enough of the camera. Ok honestly, it was mostly funny expressions on his part! I don’t think Fiance is very comfortable in front of cameras so he had a number of odd expressions in the pictures because I think he felt the engagement photos were more of a chore than a fun experience.
So what can we do? I am planning to ask the photographer to try to take more pictures in every pose on the wedding day and even volunteer to help pick our favorite shots after the fact so that she is definitely editing photos we like.
But I kinda feel like we both (mostly him!) need to work on our ‘modeling’. Should I make him sit through ANTM and teach him how to ‘smize’ and ‘find the light’ and be conscious of his body position and all that jazz? Make him stand in front of a mirror and practice and remember his expressions? I was thinking of getting my sister to take some pictures of us to help him learn how his facial and body poses come across on camera.
Help! I want our wedding photos to be fabulous!
Post # 3
Without looking at the photos it’s pretty hard to give advice. Engagement photos are always much more difficult than wedding shots though, especially if one person isn’t feeling the experience or isn’t comfortable in front of the camera. When you’re doing an engagement session you are completely focused in on being in a photograph… whereas on your wedding day you will have the distraction of the day itself. It’s likely not the fault of your photographer, there really is only so much you can do when you’re subject isn’t into the idea of being photographed. A lot of guys are just doing the engagements to humor their fiances and could really care less too. Usually when I am faced with that I do more photos where the subjects are interacting with one another instead of focused on the lens.
Also I wouldn’t be surprised if your photographer isn’t super keen on the idea of you choosing which photos you want edited. Most pros do not work in that fashion.
Post # 4
@continuumphotography: Thanks for the comments. I totally get what you mean about the photographer not being comfortable with that. I really don’t think it’s the photographer’s fault…although instead of taking 1-2 snaps in each pose she could have done a couple more. I am debating bringing this up to her before the wedding day. I just think Fiance doesn’t like posing, but some shots have to be posed! Ahhh. I really hope you are right about the distraction of the wedding being enough. He is a gorgeous guy, just uncomfortable in front of the camera!
Post # 5
I agree that some people are just awkward but what I don’t get is that your photographer showed you those image. Blinks and funny faces would have never made it into my final edit.
You can try to teach his to smize but really you are just making him more self conscious in front of the camera and may not let his guard down to capture real expression and moments. It’s really up to the photographer to find the light, making the subject comfortable, controling the enviroment and directing the pose. Great photographers know how to do this. I haven’t seen any examples so I can’t comment on your photographer in particular.
I do know that 99% of the photographers I know, including myself, would never allow a client to handhold during post production. Feel free to PM me if you want to send me the link and I will give you my professional opinion.
Post # 6
I suggest finding a different photographer, find someone that really knows how to work with what she is given, ie a vocal, fun, real people person that pays attention to the pictues she is taking. I told my photographer that all my in-laws were camera shy including my Hubby and that she was going to have to work hard to get them all smiling. I let her know that she was free to give direction and do whatever she needed to get awesome pictures. Well I kid you not she had everyone laughing and smiling through the entire photo session, she made everyone feel as ease and made the experiance fun. I also warned her that I had a very hard time with PDA, and she did a great job of fixing that too. We turned out with great photos of everyone.
Post # 7
I really don’t understand why the photographer would have shown you any photos were you had your eyes closed. Unless you asked to see ALL photos?
Yes, your Fiance probably want his most comfortable in front of the camera but something doesn’t sound right on the Photogos end either. But it’s hard to know without seeing the photos.
I agree with @continuumphotography: that it will be different on the wedding day because you are being photographed doing things, not just in front of the camera. But if you are really worried, perhaps organise some “props” to use for your wedding photos after the ceremony. Perhaps a panic blanket, or some balloons, or heart shaped candy to hold out or something. This will give your Fiance something to “do” and focus on so that he can ignore the camera.
Post # 8
@PizzutiStudios: Thank you for your input. I appreciate it! I definitely will not be asking to choose pictures in post production after hearing from some professionals that it’s totally inappropriate. Do you think it is appropriate to let her know what we thought of the photos and find a way to work together to make the wedding ones great? I would say that the lighting and environments were really nice, just the expressions in some of the photos I wasn’t so happy with.
@Genuine513: I totally see where you are coming from, but I would really hate to change photographers! She was the only one really in our price range and has photographed a couple of other friends weddings and they were BEAUTIFUL! I really think that we can get the results we want with her. Maybe I should give her more direction to what we hope to see in our wedding photos so that she can help us achieve that by telling us what to do!
@Everdeen: We definitely didn’t see all the photos. There were only 1 or 2 with the eyes closed where I felt it wasn’t intended, but there were some where Fiance had awkward expressions on his face. I didn’t want to post the ones we didn’t like here because I’m sure Fiance would hate to have his face plasted all over here when he’s not looking his best! I like the idea of some props and activities planned that will give us something else to focus on. I think a list of posed shots we want would be helpful as well.
Switching photographers is totally not something I want to do at this point, so if any of you wonderful bees have tips on how to communicate with the photographer to make it work, that would be great!
Post # 9
@crystalrae: Maybe email your photographer and ask if there are any tips for how to act better in front of the camera because you felt awkward that whole day. They are probably the best person to ask and may be able to give some advice specific to you as a couple.
Post # 10
Are you talking about unsatisfactory engagement photos or actual wedding day photos?