(Closed) Got our engagement photos back. We’re extremely less than thrilled. What to do?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What to do?
    Ask her to re-take some : (22 votes)
    31 %
    Ask her for partial refund (though contract was not TECHNICALLY broken we got 25+ photos) : (7 votes)
    10 %
    Ask a friend with an OK camera to fill in our missing shots and give them a gift card : (13 votes)
    18 %
    Forget it entirely... live, learn, move on : (29 votes)
    41 %
  • Post # 3
    1473 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Tell you are not thrilled with them and she if she would do a reshoot. You are paying her for a service. It is not your fault she chose not to listen to what you were looking for. It is also not your fault she rushed you.

    I’m sort of having the same issue with my photographer right now, so I feel ya on this!

    If your photographer is any sort of professional at all, she will do a reshoot for you guys. If not, I’d ask a friend to shoot some pictures and find another photographer for you wedding day.

    Good luck with all of this and hope you get it all figured out!


    Post # 4
    2790 posts
    Sugar bee

    Is this woman supposed to be your wedding day photographer? If she is I would speak up and let her know that your extremely unhappy and you don’t feel you got what your money was worth.

    If she isn’t I would consider cutting your losses and having a friend do some or wait until you find your wedding photographer and seeing if they could possibly do a mini session to rectify your loss of usable photos.

    I’m so sorry this happened to you! Do you think she just wasn’t listening to you or that some how what you wanted was misinterpreted into what you got?

    Post # 5
    271 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    we were in a similar situation.  She offered to give us a discount on our wedding photos. 

    Post # 6
    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I would tell you are really dissatisfied with the quality of the pictures and you want a reshoot. Like a PP said, you are paying for her services, and she did not deliver. I hope that she will work with you because it sounds like you had tons of cute ideas that she did not even try to get to.

    Post # 7
    4583 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    This probably isn’t helpful to you, but I think you’re overreacting. Most of the pics you posted are really cute! And the “messy hair” ones look better than my hair in most of our e-pics. I understand that you’re disappointed but I definitely believe that we are our own worst critics. From where I stand, the pics look great. 

    Post # 8
    14496 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I just looked at your pictures and honestly, I dont think they are bad at all.  The ones that you think are awkward, I think I only think one of them looked a little awkward (#2 cause of your FI’s leg).  The ones where you said your faces are covered, like #14, I actually really liked!  Your face isnt covered but, he’s kissing you, so natually you wont see all of his.  If there were NONE with both of you facing the camera, I’d be upset too.  (From my wedding pictures, we only had ONE good posed picture we were both facing the camera.. I was pretty upset about that for a while)

    I think we are all more critical of our own pictures and have really high expectations.  But if you are unhappy with what you got, I’d definitely tell her if she is your wedding photographer also.  If not, you could try to tell her what you dont like and do a reshoot.  But I’d definitely do a shoot with whoever your wedding photog is so that you can do the same critique and let them know the specific style and shots you want.

    Post # 9
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    Quality wise, they aren’t bad photos… and I’ve only seen the “eh” ones. I think you are over reacting.

    BTDT. If you look back to early August, you’ll see my posts about the same situation. Turns out that I am my worst critic, and once I came to peace with myself, I loved our photos. There are still some that I don’t find flattering, but that has less to do with our photographer and more to do with our outfit choice for that photo series and the fact that it was wicked hot and humid that day. Mr. LK and I were just spent. And the few poses I didn’t like, I made sure to commmunicate to our photographer so that she would know. Our wedding photos exceeded our expectations, and I am so glad I stuck with our photog.

    Post # 13
    212 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I understand how you feel… but I think the photos look great, honestly, there’s a lot of cute ones there.

    Post # 14
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    @mandigrl04: I think the issue is more with the photographer not listening to your requests and making you feel rushed. Was the photog telling you which outfits to put on? It looks like you got 2-3 different outfits, which is typical. And while it is strange that there are no photos of your Fiance looking directly into the camera, I wouldn’t take it personally. He looks so adoringly at you. Maybe the photog just wanted to capture that emotion.


    For whatever it’s worth, I think your photos are cute and have loads of personality. I am really sorry that you don’t like them. Maybe you just need some time with them. And maybe a photog Bee will come in here to deliver some technical perspective. 

    Post # 15
    7403 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I think your overreacting. I really loved some of your Eh pics like #9 and #11. 

    Post # 16
    635 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @mandigrl04: Do you have a link to the rest of the photos that were taken? I’m curious to see them.

    I’m also confused as to why you didn’t start with the outfits you absolutely wanted to get photos in. 

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