(Closed) FI wasn't really happy with our engagement photos..

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

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 # 5
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739 posts
Busy bee

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
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1327 posts
Bumble bee

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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 # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@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
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Busy bee

Are you talking about unsatisfactory engagement photos or actual wedding day photos?

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