(Closed) is it OK that I asked my photographer….

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: would you ask your photographer to see more of the pics she took?

    yes - you should get to see all the pics and choose which ones you like best

    no - be happy with what she gave you as she knows best

  • Post # 46
    1338 posts
    Bumble bee

    To me, photographs that aren’t the photographer’s “style simply shouldn’t be included in their portfolio. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be offered as an option to the consumer.

    Post # 47
    1245 posts
    Bumble bee

    @MissHobbit: Even if they aren’t in the portfolio, they are on the wall, or worse, on the internet. That persons name still gets tagged to that terrible photo that you love.

    Post # 48
    91 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    When I got married, my engagement photographer gave us 400+ photos to choose from. She put everything she shot in the online gallery.

    That’s fine, but you know what, it definitely made her work look not as good. NO ONE likes seeing unedited photos of themselves. And to show outtakes/mistakes is a mark of an amateur, in my eyes.

    What are you going to do with 400 engagement photos, honestly?

    I’d rather show you 3 fully edited files where you look and feel amazing than 30 where you look awkward, uncomfy, have a blemish, and have a poochy stomach.

    That’s not going to make you feel great! That’s going to make us all cringe to see that.

    Photographers aren’t perfect and a client will choose that photo to make a large print of! So I don’t show everything.

    We see photos posted here every day on Wedding Bee for critique. Just in this thread alone, a bride posted a photo that the photographer wanted to remove from the gallery.

    Most photographers are not keeping something really good from you, honestly. We are protecting are reputations. We are making sure you make good choices about photos. At work, do you show a document you prepared with typos and miscalculations? No, of course not, you show the finished product.

    How would you feel if your boss insisted you show every draft to him to make sure he didn’t like the previuous draft best?


    Post # 50
    1245 posts
    Bumble bee

    @cherrycoke: She probably said she’d go back through because really, what else can she say? No, that’s all of them? Seems like that response would not go over well, right?

    Post # 52
    17 posts

    Belle2Be    October 1, 2011  

    As a photographer I would never show ALL the images I take. I’d also NEVER show unedited photos, that’s really unprofessional.”


    I agree with Belle2Be. 


    Also, folks, keep in mind that before the digital age, one would be lucky to get 3 different photos from a shoot at Sears portrait session. ..and that would cost a bunch.   Expecting 50-150 photos these days just seems like too much.

      I usually give my clients about 40-70 e-photos. All edited. They never see the rest. For each one they get, there are usually several others very very similar to it, then I picked out the best one. It’s what we do for a living. We have a pretty good eye for it.  ; )

    Post # 54
    1245 posts
    Bumble bee

    @cherrycoke: The taking too long is an extra issue, she can’t make pictures be there if they aren’t just because she took a few extra weeks in delivering, you know? I’d ask for compensation, maybe a free 8X10 or something.

    Post # 55
    3 posts

    As a professional photographer, I think your expectations are EXTREMELY high for an $85 1 hour session, with full copyright release.  I recently had profile photos taken by a professional photographer and I was thrilled to get 6 photos from a 90 minute session.  If you got 23 photos in 1 hour, that means that she took one good photo EVERY 2.6 MINUTES!!!!  Any more and she should have just turned on a video camera.  Do you really need 20 frames of exactly the same pose?  Do you really need to see the shot with one eye shut, drool coming out of your mouth or hubby rolling his eyes?  Do you have so little confidence in her ability that you can’t trust her to cull the photos properly?  What exactly are you expecting?

    Post # 57
    4771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    My photographer explained that she wouldl ahve to retouch them all in order to make sure that she didn’t look like a an ass when people asked who took our photos. It made sense to me.

    Post # 59
    237 posts
    Helper bee

    If you are unhappy with your engagement photos I’d say it’s definately time to look for someone else.  Not to say she didn’t do a good just, just wans’t what you hoped for.  You were disappointed and let’s face it, noone wants that for wedding day. 

    Also, if she took 7 weeks when she quoted 4 weeks, she should have been up your butt to make you happy after that IMO 🙂

    Post # 60
    2014 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I asked too as it was the same for me. I asked and she gave me a copyoof the unedited ones. I did not get to choose which photos she edited or how 

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