Post # 1
Hello fellow bees,
Here are my little situation: I went through a lot of researching in order to find a photographer for our e-pictures. I finally decided on one. Her work is great and I still think so! It wasn’t cheap for us because she was out of state and including travel expenses, it was quite a lot of money.
Pictures ARE very important to me so I don’t mind the investment. Well, the day came, I was nervous, didn’t know how to pose, umm, I forced myself to smile, no one bothered to tell me that my veil was completely off (I had one of those birdcage veil and the thing was sort of up-side-down!). Anyway, I think I was a complete mess. I don’t blame my photographer or anyone, heck, if you don’t have good models, it’s almost impossible to have good pictures. So that’s the story.
Being as crazy as I am, I want to do it again, and I can’t really afford to have it wrong again. I’m looking at many more photographers, many that I love, try to find someone that I can afford. But how do I know that he or she is the one?? What questions should I ask? I know it’s different for each couple but I just need some of your advices.
Post # 3
Hmm, that’s tough. Are engagement pictures worth potentially eating into you wedding photography budget? Is there even one picture you like? I usually try to approach photography situations with the hope that I get one great shot, since only one shot ends up getting framed, sent to family, used in the newspaper, etc. I might not look at the pictures for a few days and then see them again. It is really hard not to be supercritical of pictures of yourself. You might feel differently after a little distance.
If course, if you’re heart is set on new pictures you could always look for someone more local. Or if you have any trips planning try to find someone who can work with you in a location you’ll already be?
Post # 4
Maybe you can a student who is working on his/her portofolio and would take pictures for the cheaper side…like off craig list? try a local community college. they usually have a photography class and you can contact the teacher and he knows you would be the best qualified…(hey, I kind of got started like this..because my photographer teacher recommended me)
Have you talked to your photographer about it? I would assume that she would rather than a happy camper than the risk of getting bad reviews…and it’s the photographers job description to make you feel relax and help you pose…she should have helped you pose and try to relax you because us as photographers, know that people get nervous in front of the camera. heck, i’m behind the camera and hate to have my picture taken and I know what to do 🙂
Post # 5
aww this makes me sad to hear 🙁 as a photographer myself, i beg to you please not beat yourself up about this! it was totally your photographer’s job to pose you, and yes even to make sure your veil was looking great before he/she snapped those photos. have you talked to your photographer about how you feel about the finished product? i’m not sure if you signed any kind of contract, but pehaps they can offer a partial refund? if you’ve decided to have another go-round with a different photographer, my advice would be to meet with them in person before the actual shoot if possible. once you find someone you feel comfortable with, and with a great idea for detail, mabye you won’t even need to force that smile! it’s amazing how much better shots i get when i have a comfortable relationship with the person i’m photographing 🙂 floridabeachbride’s suggestion about craigslist and junior colleges was also a great idea! you never know what kind of amazing up and coming talent you can find that is still super affordable!
also, i’m pretty much a pro with photoshop. if you think there’s anything that a little retouching could help please get in touch with me! i would honestly be more than happy to retouch a few photos for you to see if that helps?
Post # 6
Thank you for all your kind words and suggestions! I posted this and meant to check back but got stressed out with other plannings so I didn’t reply.
I decided to go with another photographer and crossing all my fingers that it will go well!
Post # 7
@ BellaMArgot; I couldnt agree more, it is photographer’s job to help with posing and it is so important to feel comfortable around the photographer you choose. So sweet of you to offer help!
Forest I hope that another photographer will work out for you! Good luck!!!