(Closed) Just got wedding pictures from photographers – heart broken!

posted 5 years ago in Emotional
Post # 31
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Busy bee

PS. Don’t go on pintrest and wedding sites and start comparing your photos to others. Trust me, it doesn’t make you feel any better!

Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Loft

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starfish0116:  that’s a pretty awful generalization.  I can assure you our photographer was neither inexperienced or new to the industry. On the contrary in fact. Perhaps the connection of my husband being a photographer came into play but you do not need to attempt to discredit someone else’s argument to enforce your own. Poor business practice as a “professional”. 

Post # 33
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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missjz:  I’m sorry you feel that way, and while there are certainly expections to anything – in general yes, I stand by what I said. Sure, you might find someone willing to do a smaller package for that price range but anyone with years of experience running a full time professional business can’t charge those rates for all day coverage. That’s not to say you can’t find good people with talent at that price range, but it’s the exception not the rule. You can’t sustain a full-time business on those rates.

That’s way almost always someone charging those prices are newer with less experience – because someone who has been doing this as long as I have knows that you’d be out of business. Less experience is most certainly a factor when it comes to what a photographer delivers. I can’t tell you how many times I’m shooting a wedding when people in the bridal party engage me in converstaion about their wedding photographer regret. Almost always it boils down to not being happy with the final product because at the time they didn’t realize what they should be looking for. As someone who has been doing this a LONG time, there will always be factors out of our control that can prohibit us from getting certain shots (like a wedding starting an hour late and being rushed for time during family formals) but an experienced pro is not going to miss the bride and her dad walking down the isle. 

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Loft

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starfish0116:  ….. Not once did I bring up pricing. I think you may have misinterpreted my post and the OP. Regardless, thank you for the photography education lesson lol. it’s quite clear you just responded with an answer in mind because it had very little to do with the content of my initial post and response. Again, very “professional”. 

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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missjz:  Your situation would definitely fall under the “exception to the rule” umbrella. I would give a photographer friend all their files…but that’s the ONLY circumstance I’d do that in. 😀

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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Starshollow:  This happened to me with some of my pictures from the photographer as well. I am sure they still have them, they tend to just send the best photos to you. I would definitely contact the photographer and have them send you the missing photos. Our wedding was in a different state so I had the photographer add them to a drop box account so I would have access to them all. Dont stress hopefully they have them!!

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I used to do professional photography of models and some weddings.  I stopped doing weddings for all the reasons talked about here.  Wedding photography is stressful and brides expect a lot.

From a photographers point of view…  No, you won’t get all of the images. The reason…  Its way to easy to complain about the images that didn’t come out good/ great/ perfect.  Maybe the lighting could not be controlled well while the bride walked down the aisle.  Maybe the pictures came out extremely dark or to light, etc.  Brides complaining about bad images can bring a photographers business down.  Brides expect a lot and wedding photographers are very tuned into this and well aware of the seriousness of the situation.  A wedding photographer would rather control every image than to let a bad image leak out.  

If I didn’t give a model or bride an image it was not by mistake or oversight on my part.  Many photos are taken at events.  The odds are on the professional photographers side that more images will come out than not.  However, there will still be some images that won’t come out for one reason or another and this is normal and expected.  

If the photographer is ultra precise as OP stated I would question the photographer on why the aisle image didn’t come out exposed correctly.  That said, if the photographer is that concerned with lighting, etc I doubt he will release any images that are so-so.  His name is connected to all images no matter what.  

A few more things  to ponder…  Did you provide the photograher with a list of everything you wanted pictures of?  Were the aisle shots on that list?  Also, as a side note…  If the photographer didn’t get a full body shot, close up, etc and it was on ‘the list?’  Contact that photographer back and say you are owned those images.  Did the photographer have  ‘wedding photographer insurance?  ‘Wedding photographer insurance’ covers some of the following if images don’t come out for one reason or antoher:  tux rentals, venue rentals, wedding cake, airplane tickets, bridal party days off, catering, etc.  If you didn’t get images of things on ‘the list’ from the photographer I’d be having a serious conversation with him about it and how to fix the situation.  

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Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Loft

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cateyes:  thank you for the industry perspective. I appreciate the feedback from someone else in the industry. Looks like we got lucky! 

Post # 41
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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Starshollow:  wow, I’m so sorry u had to go through this! Regardless of the amount of money u paid, those moments should have been captured and given to u, those are very important shots that u would think all expert photographers would know to catch! It def sounds like something happened and they’re just being shady about it.. U seem like through it all u have a very positive outlook on it and I’m glad to see that you’re replaying the memories even though u may not have Pictures of it. 

Post # 42
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Worker bee

Are the file numbers renamed, or are they the numbers that came from the camera? If the photos are still named with the numbers from the camera, you will be able to tell how many photos have been deleted.

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Beautiful place.

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Starshollow:  Did you guys have videographer??? If you did, maybe you could get some of the frames that are missing from the photographer and have those printed as picutres. =)

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Beautiful place.

Maybe some of your guests took some pictures of you and your Darling Husband. 

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