Post # 62
Yes there are technical issues with the photos, but the OP didn’t ask for advice about that. She actually explicitly said she just needed to vent. The technical issues with the photos are likely not causing her to be upset about the photos. I think it probably has more to do with self-esteem issues. Technically improving the white balance, tones, exposure, etc, wouldn’t change what I imagine she wishes could be changed (she said she didn’t like her hair and makeup). In this case I don’t think it was necessary to start critiquing the technical aspects of the photos, and I certainly think it’s crazy to tell this poor girl she needs to find a new wedding photographer based on TWO photos you’ve seen from this photographer, especially when the OP isn’t necessarily upset about the photo quality. You’d be pissed if someone did that to you, strangers planting seeds of doubt in your clients’ minds based on two photos they saw online. I am all for speaking up when someone posts photos that are out-of-this-world horrible and require an intervention or at least a warning, but these are much better than some of the threads I’ve seen here where none of you spoke up at all. Before you tell someone they should hire someone else it’s probably best to see more than two images.
Post # 63
No one told her to hire someone else
Post # 64
You said it in the follow up thread (that you were doing it because she still had time to hire another photographer), and statements from others like “hope you didn’t pay a lot for these”, etc, imply that she picked a horrible photographer and should be worried about it. I just think a complete portfolio should be seen (or at least more than 2 photos) before that sort of advice is given. Your premise that folks should get thicker skin if they’re asking for critique is true, but the OP didn’t ask for it, and I think you know that a lot of your “honest feedback” is unsolicited. Again, you’d be angry if someone trashed you or made a client of yours not trust you based on one photo they (a total stranger, whose credentials aren’t readily available) don’t like.
Post # 65
No, I mentioned that if she has that same feeling after seeing the entire session, they she may want to consider finding a new photographer. A different photographer may and probably will capture the subject differently, which may be more to her liking. If you hate the way you look in these pictures, I don’t see the wedding pictures being much different. Some of this may not be the photographers fault, but as I said someone different will have a different approach. If the entire session is not liked, it is something that could possibly be considered.
I didn’t say anything about the cost of the photographer, so please don’t associate me with that.
Post # 66
Edited: gah, I give up, WB keeps cutting me off
Post # 67
I think they’re lovely! You’re definitely being over-critical of yourself. This is a HUGE fear of mine with wedding photography… every time I see a picture of myself I completely pick it apart and focus on something that only I would notice.
I see so many engagement photos that I love and worry that I’ll never end up with a picture like that- but I’ve realized it’s all in your head. Looking at pictures of a total stranger is very different than looking at yourself.
I really do think you look great, though! I hope you can see it, too.
Post # 68
Wow… this is certainly blowing out of proportion…… (no pun intended)