(Closed) My engagement photos turned out crappy. Considering changing Photographers.

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Shockolate:  I’m so sorry, I know its awkward, but it will totally be worth it! She’s a professional, hopefully she won’t take it personally.

I noticed you’re in Ohio – if you’re in the Cleveland/Akron area, PM me and I’ll give you the name of our photog, he’s been pretty good so far!

Post # 18
6533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I switched photographers too and I’m so glad I did. Wedding pictures are one of the most important parts for me so I couldn’t live with crappy ones. Even if you lose your deposit, it will be so worth it in the end to be happy with your photos. 

Post # 20
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Shockolate:  I like the new choice of photographer a lot.  I had the same issues after my engagement shoot with my photographer.  I loved her blog and was just obsessed with her – I nailed her down before I even had a venue.  And then after the engagement shoot -wow.  Not very much variety, in a lot of the photos she told us TO CLOSE OUR EYES.  So in all of the photos I actually liked me or my Fiance has his eyes closed.  Many of the pictures are profile pictures and I hate how I look in profile. And she didn’t pose me in flattering ways, actually she didn’t pose me at all. She just told us to cuddle.  And I’m still going with her because my deposit was 2600+ and I just can’t afford to throw that away.

Post # 22
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Ya I would find someone else, I know how much it sucks to feel like your just throwing te money away but pictures will be the only thing you have left of our wedding. If your not happy with engagement photos that were done in a controlled setting I don’t think your going to be happy with her wedding photos. Our engagement shoot was an hour. Got 50 photos edited. No more than 3-4 are the same thing. We love prolly 12-15, the rest are nice but we have our favorites. I feel like it was a great turn out fom an hour shoot and te first time meeting her.

Post # 24
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Shockolate:  I cried a lot at first.  And still haven’t shown anyone the “blogged” photos of us on our site.  Luckily I am great with photoshop (humble brag) and was able to salvage enough photos to use for our save the dates and our wedding website.  What made me get over it a little bit was when I realized, “What the hell am I going to do with all of these photos anyway?”  I mean even if they were great.. you only need one great one for a hung print. Nonetheless I haven’t spoken to the photographer since and know when the day comes closer I will tell her how disappointed I was in the engagement shoot.  But now I know specifics to tell her like you have to pose me in flattering ways, and tell me when I have double chin so I can adjust my positioning, and I am not closing my eyes and you will not be shooting all of our photos in profile.  I’m hoping it works out for the best.  If not, photoshop.

Post # 25
8601 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

It’s weird to me that they even showed you all the raw images. 

Post # 26
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’ve owned my own Wedding Photography business in the past and am sorry to hear your experience so far.

I would definitely be looking to choose a new Photog for your wedding… even if you discussed your concerns with her and kept her for your wedding you will be worrying about it on the day when you should be enjoying your celebration.

I’m wondering – are your photo’s a very different look to the sample ones of hers you viewed before choosing her? ie did most on her website/albums show a lot of close-ups and ‘distant’ men? If not, that’s an angle you could take with her in pursuing a partial refund – not that she is no good, just that she doesn’t fit with your vision for the day.

I love the look of the new photographer and would certainly pencil her in while you try to sort things with the current one. I wouldn’t aim for or expect a full (minus the E shoot) refund, she is going to potentially be unable to rebook your date and would therefore lose out on income that week.

Would you be happy to share a couple of the photo’s you got?

Post # 27
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015


Oh no 🙁 I’m sorry that you had a bad experience!

Would you mind sharing your shots with us?

Post # 28
2 posts
  • Wedding: August 2007

If your main complaint was the bra strap I’d tell you to see if you could have a re-shoot or if she could edit it out.  I’ve sometimes left straps in because you never know if someone planned their outfit that way or not (my nieces always dress to show off their bras, sigh). However, it sounds like that’s not the only issue and you weren’t happy with the style of photography which isn’t an easy fix.  

Engagement pictures can be reshot but weddings don’t get a do-over.  Trust your gut.  

The linked photographer has nice work, although it seems she’s pretty new.  She looks like a wonderful photographer for you if your wedding is outdoors.  

When interviewing new photographers, ask to see a full wedding that is comparable to the wedding you’ll be having lighting wise – i.e. church ceremony, indoor reception.  It’s easy to show 5-10 great images from any wedding for any photographer new or seasoned.  You aren’t looking for 5 to 10 great pics though, you want pics that are going to make your heart happy from beginning to end.  Make sure that your photographer meets those marks.  You also need to make sure they can handle photographing in the lighting conditions your wedding will present – be it a beautiful outdoor ceremony or a dark reception lit entirely by candlelight.  

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