- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
The photographer was one of the most important aspects of the wedding to me. I had one I really wanted to use- but the cost ended up being too much for us. ($3400) We ended up going with a photographer our friend had used (and was also a past co-worker of hers.)
She was still a lot of money- $2400 plus we did a photo lounge which was another $480 (We set up our own booth and she brought camera and flashes- photos were posted online, but everyone had to pay to get them, which was not very clear.)
I have spent years and years looking at wedding photos and had all sorts of ideas I liked, but knew that many of them take a certain location. The day ended up being so rushed that I had a feeling a lot of the photos I wanted may not have been taken.
Fast forward- we just got our photos back. There were a few great ones we loved… but a lot that were missing. I didn’t get any bridal shots of just me… we got a few of my husband and I… none of my Maid/Matron of Honor and I… none of my mom and I (getting ready or afterward-except group photos)… there were a lot of guests missing in our photos (we had about 110 guests, so not hard to get all of them in the small space)… very few of our whole wedding party… very little food pictures… we had a very busy smore’s bar- but no pictures of people eating Smore’s… it all was very disorganized.
Some of it was my own fault- we needed a better schedule and I should have made a very detailed list of what shots I wanted- but I figured she was the professional and would have her own creative ideas. I am an amateur photographer and I have gotten more creative images at weddings I have been to. (Some of my favorites were done by her assistant.)
I know we can’t go back and get photos of the guests or of the wedding party (although I may be able to get some of the girls together) or my mom and I… but would it be weird to get all dressed up again and have some portraits done of my husband and I? (We even did a first look in hopes of getting more photos together!) Does it sort of lose the magic now that it’s 3 months later? It would be a great excuse to go back to Maine and see family… and I want more than 8 shots of us in the traditional poses.
One of my biggest worries was that I wouldn’t have the wedding photos I dreamed of… and while I am 75% happy I am not as excited about them as I hoped.
Has anyone else gone back after the wedding and had formals and bridals done? If you were disappointed with your photos how did you handle it?