(Closed) Mixed Feelings on Wedding Day Photos: Things I Wish I’d Thought About Sooner…

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What was your reaction to your wedding pictures?

    They were what I expected, and am glad I used that photographer.

    I was disappointed overall and wished I'd picked someone else.

    There were too many.

    There were too few.

    They weren't great but I wish I had communicated better beforehand about what I wanted.

  • Post # 3
    52 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @alabamalibrarian:  do you have any pictures you can give as examples to see. i am prolly not having a photographer. but maybe you can tell the photographer you’d like to see ALL the images and maybe there are ones you may like better that she didnt think you’d like. just a suggestion.

    Post # 4
    3214 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    My photographer was a semi-pro family friend. She did a good job, but there were tons of detail shots that a regular wedding photog would have known to take that she missed. It’s my fault – I should have made a list and didn’t. I’m mostly happy with the ones she got, although the formal ones don’t look quite as perfect as a lot of the ones I’ve seen on the bee.

    Post # 5
    1954 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    None of the choices in the poll fit well for me. As far as photos, we received some great photos from the pro photographer, but it took her 5 months to get us the dvd of images. Because of planning long distance I had only spoken to her on the phone and I ended up not liking her personality-wise when we met in person.

    So good photos but bad experience with the photographer.

    Post # 6
    915 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We have great photos, but there were some shots that I would like to have that were not got. I don’t blame her though, I should have given a more specific list to her of things I wanted, these are mostly detail photos. And the others I didn’t get are because nobody helped to make sure the pictures on my list were taken and I was so overwhelmed with emotions I couldn’t remember who we had group shots with even two minutes before.

    But I loved my photographer and would use her again. And my DH had never met her as we were planning long distance and even he liked her, which is a lot as he dislikes lots of people.

    Post # 7
    587 posts
    Busy bee

    How long has your photographer been around?  Most of your comments make them sound like am amateur…..things you normally don’t have to worry about and normally don’t happen with seasoned pro’s.

    Post # 8
    2639 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    Is your photographer giving you a CD with all the raw images? There may be ones on there that you like better than the 50 you mentioned.

    Post # 10
    840 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Wow, did he not even ask you guys to take a minute for just Bride and Groom photos during your day? I can’t believe he wouldn’t at least ask… although there’s nothing he could do if he did and you said no. For me that would be my biggest disappointment to not have those. Maybe you can get dressed up again and have a “Day-After Session” with another photographer. Of if the guy takes great portraits, ask him instead of a partial refund you can have a free day-after session with him. They won’t be from your exact wedding day, but you’ll get even nicer photos probably having more time and getting to choose a nice location.


    Post # 11
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @alabamalibrarian:  He did a GREAT job on so many people’s senior pics , that I expected the same from our wedding pics. Now, after the fact, I just found out that I was only his 15th wedding. That could definitely have something to do with it.

    Those are completely different events, for sure. Senior pics are all posed. Weddings have a ton going on all at once, all moving. Very tricky if you are inexperienced. $2500 is way too much for a photog to be charging if they don’t have experience yet. Mine has been doing this full time for 7 years and charged $1900.

    I would put up some pictures but I’m scared he has that tracking software embedded in his photos, where photographers can track and know if their pictures are posted anywhere online without their permission.

    Did you sign a contract that gives you rights to use the images? Also, I don’t know what the tracking software is…

    Post # 12
    59 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Printing this! Thank you for your tips!!!

    Post # 13
    1666 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Your comment about redheads ruining your photos by being distracting irks me, as a redhead myself. If your photographer knew what they were doing when they framed a picture, I am sure you wouldn’t be looking at anyone in the background, regardless of their hair color.

    Sorry for your experience though, I understand how disappointing that must be.

    Post # 14
    2063 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    A 5 day turnaround? That’s unheard of!

    In fact, most of the pro photogs tell me that the reason for the cost is really because of all the time they put in to editing, not the actual shooting.

    Sorry about your experience, hon. Are there at least a few that you like?

    Post # 15
    192 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    My photographer is going to meet with us beforehand about our expectations and she asked me to prepare a list of shots I want. I thought that was pretty standard, but now I feel lucky that she is on the ball. Yikes. 

    Post # 16
    1860 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    “I would put up some pictures but I’m scared he has that tracking software embedded in his photos, where photographers can track and know if their pictures are posted anywhere online without their permission.”

    I really wouldn’t worry, if he isn’t that sophisticated with this camera as a profession, I don’t think he would be someone who could track thei photos.

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