(Closed) Got Pro Pics, *VERY* disappointed. Don’t know what to do. (link to pics)

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 107
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t think they are horrible, and you got some really good shots of you and your husband!! 

Post # 108
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

The pictures aren’t terrible, but I agree that they aren’t very high quality. What I would suggest would be to A) choose some of your favorite pictures and have them retouched/photoshopped. That is what usually gives them that “wow” factor, and if he is a *professional* photographer he should easily be able to do that. As much as you love having allll those proofs to look at right now, in all reality you will most likely only look back at the album once everything is said and done. If you could find all the photos that are album worthy and have him spruce them up a bit on photoshop, I think you would be happy.

B) I saw another comment that said you can’t go back to the day and re-take them, but have you considered having a bridal shoot? Maybe you did have one and I just didnt see the pictures.. But if you have a bridal shoot you could get back in your dress and get your hair similarly done and have some beautiful photos of just you and your hubby. This time around you could make sure he knows EXACTLY what you like or don’t like, that way you will surely love them. Just my two cents! I still think your wedding was beautiful though!

Post # 109
390 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

OK wait. Question time.

How much did you pay for him? And then you have to pay extra for a CD?

I agree, the photos aren’t GREAT, like artisitic, but you look good! And there is a lot to remember your day by. Photos were the one thing I wanted to spurge on. They are almost half our budget ahah.. But the way he seems to be doing it is different. Didn’t you know this or look at the photos before signing a contract?

For us, we get 2 photographers for 8 hours, and the engagement as well. But with the engagement and wedding, they take a lot of photos, then go back and go through and pick the best ones, and edit them and give them. So the engagment CD is 30 fully edited photos, and the wedding is 500 fully edited photos. We don’t pay extra for the CD’s…

Post # 110
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m really sorry these didn’t come out the way you wanted them to.  This is one of my bigger fears for my wedding as well.  These pictures just look amateurish.  Like someone above said… like a guest took them with a regular camera.

Post # 111
739 posts
Busy bee

I always hate when I hear a bride talk about how they hate their photos or their experience with their photog. I don’t mean to salt the wound but this is a case of you get what you pay for. The photos are consistent to what he shows on his website and is par with what you paid for. I would even go as far as saying on par without the discount especially in your area. Do I think they look like an amature, yes. There are quite a few lighting mistakes and they lack creativity. But your wedding photos match the work he presented to you, why would you think yours would be different? Do I think you have an recourse to get a discount on the disk or refund? Absolutely not! You already received a discount in the first place. Just becuase you jumped the gun and hired someone who wasn’t up to your standards doesn’t mean he should suffer the consequences of that. He is just trying to run his business as best as he can. You should have hired a photo who’s images wowed you if you wanted to be wowed by your own wedding photos. Not all photogs are created equal and there is a reason some charge much much more. It’s because {and yes there is always an exception} they put more time and their own money into perfecting their craft and business to produce those images.

You only have a couple of options to go forward.

  1. Buy the disk and make sure you have the rights to edit and reproduce. We do not allow others to edit our work but this photog may let you. Most will not give you the RAWs or full copyright without paying big bucks for them so I wouldn’t even go there. Then have them edited somewhere else. There are quite a few online editing companies out there. OR you can just try and edit them yourself but if you don’t know much about editing there is a good chance you wouldn’t do any better then he would.
  2. Pick your favorites {minus the editing on them} and ask to just purchase those on a disk that are fully edited.
  3. Order you albums, prints and books through him and hope his editing is better then his photography. 

I wanted to make some comments on previous posts:

  • Taking the photos from his website and editing out the watermark is ILLEGAL!!! He can come at you with a copyright lawsuit for far more then what you paid him to take the images in the first place. Not to mention you are only going to get screen resolution so anything you try and print will look even crappier. Especially now that there is a link to his site and it is almost certain he will be pointed to his post, if he hasn’t already seen it.
  • Most photogs will only slightly edit photos before they are proofed then fully retouch the ones that are purchased. It’s standard.
  • I agree with BeeM on the editing posted on here of course it is amateurish as they obviously not professionals … Low res or not. But it is a quick fix and if you are willing to put in the time and happy with the outcome then why not?

It’s unfortunate you are going through this. Hopefully it will help future brides not make the mistake. Do your homework and pic a photo who you LOVE their work and look like the photos you want for your wedding. Read your contract and find out what you are getting, how much post processing is done and what kind of rights do you have with the files.

ps. sorry for the typos – feeding my baby as i type this 🙂

Post # 112
1403 posts
Bumble bee

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@Rubies: That is incorrect information.  All photo’s are copyrighted by their creator.  Also, it’s unethical to take a picture someone took and posted on flickr and post it somewhere else.  It’s called phototheft.

Post # 113
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012



Post # 114
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

To me it just looks like this photographer does not understand how light and how to use it. But I could tell that from looking at the work he has on his website. I do feel like your images are pretty similar to the ones he has advertised and since you chose him, you knew what you were choosing. 

Though in his defense I use instaproofs for proofing too and it does not always showcase the photos the best. But as a pro photographer he should know that and be optimizing the photos for the gallery.

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