Post # 1
I am in some desperate need of some advice/help! I got engaged earlier this year and one of the first things I decided to look into was a photographer. I wanted someone with some pop to their pictures, some pizzaz, some vibrancy! And I found someone like that and was very happy….for a while…
Now, as I am browsing more photographers and wedding blogs, I realize my tastes have changed somewhat and I am not 100% sure anymore that this photographer will deliver the photos I ultimately want. One of my concerns is that the my photographer’s picture pops, the colors are really contrasted, but to the point where the color is overpowering and you lose some detail. For example, the wedding dress.. the picture will be so contrasted that the detail in the wedding dress is almost all "whited-out."
I am now looking for something of a more calm style and I am not sure I will get that. I have already paid a whopping 50% deposit for her services and my wedding is not until 8 months from now. She lives rather far away (few hours drive) so I have not met with her in person, but have maintained email contact, which she has always been responsive to. She is a wonderful photographer, so her talent or personality are not the problem – it is more of a style issue. I will see her in a few months for an E-session.
So the question is: Would it be rude to email her and ask her to tone down her post processing? I was hesitant to do this because some photographers have a very unique style and that is what you are hiring. Have any of you ever had to direct or ask your photographer to change their style a little bit? I do not want to risk alienating her because I will be seeing her in a couple of months…
Any help/advice/thoughts/comments are appreciated! Thank you in advance!
Post # 3
hmm…do you think you might be able to email her some examples of pictures with coloring effects that you LOVE and say "wow i love the subtle post processing of this picture, it really brings out the details in the dress without washing it out too. do you have any examples of pictures you’ve taken/photoshopped that reflect this particular style? i’m trying to get a better idea of the the engagement/wedding album i want to put together, so i’m getting a head start on putting together my shots list."
perhaps that might sound better than asking her to adjust her post processing style…just assuming that she already knows how to adjust her style for different preferences.
hope that helps!
Post # 4
I think that you have every right to suggest to her to ‘tone it down’…not in those words thou! lol
Photographers, especially those that photograph weddings, want to give their client exactly what they want. It is more than simple to change her editing styles, or not to over edit…
My fiance is a photographer and he is always open and receptive of his clients needs, he in no way takes it as a hit to his work or his style. Everyone wants something different!
Post # 5
The term for the problem you’re describing is “blown out”. It’s not good. Your photographer should be actively working to avoid this problem, and you should definitely point it out. Just be sure that you bring it up tactfully-we artist types are a little sensitive with things like that!
If you have any doubts after your conversation, consider hiring someone else. Wedding photography is a terrible thing to have to regret.
Post # 6
This is a tough question, especially since you said your taste has changed since you hired this photographer. Jessica is correct, most photographers are concerned with maintaining detail in the dress so if your photographer’s portfolio shows a LOT of blown out whites then she: A) doesn’t know how to avoid blowing out her whites (over exposing) or B) prefers a style of over exposure and extreme contrast and saturation.
Since you (understandably) don’t want to lose your 50% deposit, it wouldn’t hurt to have an honest conversation with your photographer stating your concerns. If she can show you enough samples of photos of the style you like then you can just tell her to shoot more in THAT style and you should be good to go. Let us know how it goes!
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