Post # 1
So, we just got our photos back and we love them…except for one thing. We had a very formal candlelit dinner and banquet tables. The flowers and long rows of glass were my favorite part, and what I actually worked hardest on (DIY, and each arrangement had different flowers in coordinating colors). The photographer was busy photographing the bridal party while the dining room was being set up, though, and although he got a few shots, none really capture the details I really wanted.
My husband’s father, however…it looks like he skipped out on cocktail hour and went to town, judging by the number of photos HE took of those details! I just like his shots better.
We got asked to submit some photos for promotional shots to blogs for the venue & the planner, and I’d really like to include FIL’s instead of the photographer’s for that stuff. Can I mix them in and credit both photogs?
What do I do about our official album? Is there a nice way to ask the photog to include some of FIL’s shots? The photog is great, I love his shots of US, but he just really didn’t take any good pictures of this stuff. :- And I hired him because I loved his details shots!
I’m trying not to be a bridezilla, but I really want shots of that dinner in my one official wedding album. Thanks a lot, guys.
Post # 3
I think its totally fine to include both sets of photos and give credit to them both Sounds like a great idea. Just say something like, a friend took some great shots we would love in our album how do we go about including them? Its your album and you need to be happy with it. 🙂
Post # 4
Why not! The photographer may appreciate it as well, as it gives him fresh and new ideas for his future contracts too. Reiterating what previous poster said – this is your album, and it’s important that you are happy with the results.
Post # 5
@chloe123: Oh this is an awkward situation! Did you guys discuss this with the photographer before the wedding? I would ask your photographer if there were any more detail shots that were not included in the ones he sent you. I’m not going to lie…I would probably be a little bit put off if someone asked me to put another photographers work in an album being purchased from me. I also don’t know if I would appreciate having my work and your father in law’s work submitted to wedding blogs. To outside observers reading the blogs it could seem that the photographer and your dad are a team or worked together on the wedding even.
That’s just me personally though…I always want to make my clients happy, but at the same time your photographer has to do what’s best for his or her business. I hope he has a few more shots he didn’t choose for whatever reason that he can add to your album!
Post # 6
I posted this on the other thread you made about this, but I’ll put it here as well:
I would make sure to give your photographer a heads up about having photos from 2 sets of photographers on the blogs so she’s not surprised by it.
She may want to link to the blogs to show her work and show that her photos were blogged, but you want her to know ahead of time that there was another “photographer” at the wedding.
As for the professional album, I’d first see how she responds to the fact that you are going to use someone else’s shots on the blogs first before broaching putting another person’s work in her albums.
Did you ever ask her if she had more detail shots? I know my photographer took over 1,000 photos and we got about 800, so your photog may have some that she didn’t show for some reason and may be willing to show you if they are good and she knows how important those details were to you.
Post # 7
Thanks guys – I asked him if he had more shots…fingers crossed. I did get a CD with 1000 images, though, so I doubt it’s going to happen.
I appreciate the business decisions involved in this, but at the same time, the only thing I requested on the must-have photo list was “details” b/c it was all DIY. He also didn’t send us a shot of the handmade place cards arranged on the card table, and I’m sure it’s because guests grabbed them while he was still photographing us.
It’s not like I’m saying “I didn’t like your version of this, so use this one instead.” I’m just trying to fill in the gaps that matter to me. I know photogs can’t be in 2 places at once. But I do happen to have those place-card and flower arrangement shots because someone else got them. I’m only paying for one professional album (a very expensive one), and I want those details included…I just don’t want to hurt the photographer’s feelings.
Post # 8
I’m on the other side of most pros in the fact that when a bride orders an album from me and has other guest shots to include I let her include them as long as they are large enough files to look good printed. It’s YOUR wedding album and you are paying A LOT for it. Just explain to said photog that the details were super important to you and you feel like those were missing from their take. Maybe he does have more. It never hurts to ask.
Post # 9
@PizzutiStudios: I agree that it should be fine to include the photos, I just don’t know if you should insult the photographer at the same time… you could just say you really like them and they are important to you rather than saying to the photographer “yours were lacking.” It just makes it a more pleasant experience for everyone if the bride is nice about it…
It could look weird to include photos that are not the same style as the rest in your album. I don’t know the quality of the details shots the relative got, but they just look out of place with the others – just something to consider.
Post # 10
I’d care more about the details in the wedding album than having the details on the blog, so I’d talk to the photographer about that one first. Just explain what you said here, that you love his photos of you, and you understand that he couldn’t be everywhere, but you really missed the detail shots from him that you had discussed in advance. Luckily! your father-in-law took some detail shots which turned out great – would he be so kind as to include those shots in the album?