Post # 1
To make a long story short, I fell in love with a particular photographer’s work but — as it was one of the first wedding-related decisions I *attempted* to make — I couldn’t justify her rates.
Time went by, and I came to understand that once you tell someone you are planning a W-E-D-D-I-N-G, the prices triples. In other words, I was willing to pay for good wedding photography. By then, my fave photographer was booked. 🙁 So I scrambled around and contacted a bunch of other photographers who had a similiar style, and took my best shot. (For more than the original photographer would have cost, of course. Bees-to-be, please take note!! Book the vendor you love while you still can!)
Well, the wedding and the honeymoon are over, and we’ve got the photos back. And I’ve read about the phenomem of not initially liking your wedding photos but eventually coming around… but so far, I haven’t exactly fallen in love.
So, I’m soliciting HONEST opinions.. here’s the link:
The password is: moyerwed.
Post # 3
I clicked on the link but don’t really have the time to go through all of them since there are hundreds, but I wanted to give you my two cents based on my engagement picture experience. I got my engagement photos from my photog and had 722 pictures. In bulk like that, I was overwhelmed and kind of disappointed because I didn’t like many of them. However, once I spent the time (many hours) sifting through them all and going through multiple rounds of narrowing down my favorites, I was left with about 85 photos…that I LOVE. Now, when I show people that batch of 85 photos, they are all stunned at how beautiful each photo is. I’ve been blown away by how many people have commented on my amazing wedding photography. I can’t believe how much I love them now. SO, I think you may be in the early stages of that and just need to take some time to pare down the huge amount of photos you have now so you can really see the wonderful ones.
Post # 4
I think the photos are fine. There are a few that I’d probably not put in a wedding album, but I think that’s pretty normal for tons of pictures being taken. Some of the candids are really cute!
Post # 5
OK, I’m not going to lie. If I hadn’t read that these were professional, I might think they were from family and friends who had a very nice SLR camera. It does feel that they wre trying to acheive the artsy-what-everyone-is-taking-pictures-of photos without getting it completely.
This being said (and mind you, I randomly clicked on thumbnails), they are nice photos and captured your day for future memories.
My parents wedding photos were so awful they declined paying for anything and have none. They have one shot from a friend that was taken at their sweetheart table. It’s really sad. You, at least, have many nice pictures.
Post # 6
Most of my budget went to my photographer… and I was upset when I first got my proofs back. As time went on, I realized that I had a few (as in a handful) of very, very wonderful shots and the rest were disappointing. I imagine you’re a bit frustrated with her cropping or choice of angle (there were quite a few cut off legs and heads) but you do have so many beautiful shots. She took A LOT of photos; you have so much to work with. Give yourself some time to revisit them and you’ll begin to create a series of favorite shots that tell the story of your wedding. You can crop out what you don’t like to focus on certain aspects… and when she edits, she most likely will add some effects you don’t see yet.
I had a tough time letting it go, but a year later, I adore looking through the pictures… even without the shot of our first kiss, or the moment we turned around to smile at our loved ones at the end, or… no shots of any one walking down the rose arbor/ aisle (because the lighting didn’t allow it apparently). So yes, I miss what I hoped would be caught on film, but what I do have takes me back to the beautiful emotions we had going on that day and that makes it all worth it.
Post # 7
You got a ton of pictures ….. Haven’t had my wedding yet but I wasn’t expecting to see quite so many. I think there are some that are just so-so and some are good. To be honest I didn’t see anything that just blew me away…. Or I didn’t see anything that I thought was terrible either.
Post # 8
They are definitely not bad photos. First, you look beautiful. Second, you & your fiance look very happy. Third, it looks like a great wedding.
That said, I do understand your disappointment because a lot of the photos I’ve looked at don’t look super professional to me (though keep in mind, I definitely haven’t gone through even close to all of them). I am having a hard time describing what I mean, but it’s like a lot of them are at odd angles, or too far away (the shot isn’t cropped close enough). The quality looks a little off to me, too. They almost look like they were taken with a point and shoot camera (not a professional quality cam). Have they been edited?
I think @hardtoconcentrate is probably dead on in her advice to pare down the photos to the ones that stand out to you, and you will likely fall in love. At the very least, you have photos documenting your special day and they are great just because of that alone.
Sorry you are disappointed. 🙁 I feel bad agreeing with you because again, they aren’t “bad” photos. I just know that if I were you, I would be disappointed by the quality of them because they aren’t exactly what I would expect from a professional photographer (especially an expensive one).
Post # 9
@MandyNichole: As PPs said, I can see what you mean… there are more cut off heads and feet and such than I think there should be. That said, I only glanced through a few, but I did see a couple really lovely shots. With about 800 shots to work with, I’m sure you can find a lot of individual shots that you are happy with, as @hardtoconcentrate: said. The photography isn’t terrible- I do think that once you narrow it down to the best ones and see them together in an album, you’ll be much happier.
Post # 10
I voted they were fantastic. I think there’s some great ones and I think there are tons of “in the moment” shots. Which personally I like. I actually told Fiance I wanted someone who would get all those random moments of real candid shots, beause I don’t want all the posed stuff. I would love to see all the little randomness of us and the people around us that I’m sure I’ll miss being too “in the moment” that day. However if that’s not how you feel, I’d see where you would be disappointed.
Post # 11
I think the failing of this particular photog was in giving you too many photos. It dilutes out the really good ones (most photogs wouldn’t have given you as many as this one did). I suspect that the majority of women who voted that the photos aren’t good are people who have not gotten married yet, and don’t know what to expect from 8+ hours of photography. Every single photo won’t look like it came from a blog spread, because it hasn’t been edited down to look like that!
Post # 12
I think you have a lot of really nice pictures. Keep in mind (for you and everyone reading this/looking at these) that these are PROOFS, therefore unedited.
Post # 13
@crayfish: I just came back to say this.
I browsed around your photog’s blog, and her work looks really beautiful. The quality of her pictures is great, and I love the mixture of posed and candid photos. I think she gave you too many pictures without editing them down for you. On the one hand, it’s nice that she isn’t withholding pictures you might want to see, but on the other hand (as crayfish said), the volume of so-so pictures (which I’ve no doubt is common for every wedding) prevents the amazing pics from standing out. I just saw the blog post she did featuring your pictures, and they are GORGEOUS. Seriously, it makes a world of difference seeing all the beautiful pictures lined up together. I guess my one standing “nitpick” is that I don’t care for the pictures where she cuts people’s heads off for (apparently) no reason (to be artsy?) – but she’s not the only photog who does that. Overall, your pictures are wonderful.
I think you should sit down with your husband and pick out your favorites. Once you see them all lined up next to each other without the so-so pictures crowding them out, I bet you will fall in love!
Post # 14
As previous posters have said, many are just soso but I think there are some potential GREAT ones in there. There are some odd angles and things but once you have them paired down you will find they add more uniqueness and interest. There is a great vintage flare both in the style of your wedding (which I LOVE) and the photography, so there is a great match there. I do think they need some good editting. The colors in most of them are off, washed out (I looked at a lot) which I think the eye is drawn to. Some are even slightly out of focus but again there are many to weed through and narrow down. A good editting session can really clean this up and make them pop! Once you narrow it down, as others have said, they can edit them and make some really wow pictures.
Mabye you could ask your photog if you can pick one picture you like the most and have them edit it and see how much that affects your opinion as a whole.
Edit: Just saw her blog and your pictures on there are amazing and tell a great story of your wedding. I don’t think you have anything to worry about 🙂
Post # 15
I agree with @crayfish: and @Ms Bookworm: because when my photographer first gave me my engagement pictures, I too was disappointed. However, I think it’s because they were proofs and they didn’t come out very well. When I went to look at them later, they were actually nicer. Also, after my wedding, when she sent me the hi-res pictures, the pictures were really nice. You can see some of her work on my recaps. Also, your pictures on her blog are gorgeous and *edited* Thosew are the pictures you are going to see.
Post # 16
I saw quite a few gorgeous pictures! I think they look wonderful!