Post # 1
I’ve been a long time lurker on WB. However, this been bothering me as of late. Everytime I check the photography section, all I see is negativity. If someone spends “x” amount of dollars, their pictures and photographer is not good enough. If photography style doesn’t approve the “experts” on this board, it’s not good enough. All I’m seeing is everything is not good enough.
I wish people are a little supportive of who they choose as a photographer. There is a difference between giving advice and being snobby because it doesn’t fit a certain “standard”.
Post # 3
@IHeartWeddings123: Well, my photographer is fantastic. I love her to bits. I picked her because I like her style, not because I wanted her to meet some Pinterest ideal. She’s fun and I enjoy her company, which to me is important because I will spend more time with her on my wedding day than probably anyone else.
I am so thankful I’ve got her (she is very picky about what weddings she does these days, as she’s so busy with corporate work, and weddings and brides can be a PITA) and can’t wait to see what she gives us. She’s about as excited about our wedding (interesting and different locations) as we are.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Mine is also fantastic – super cool as a person and incredibly talented as an artist. But I’m not going to write a post just to rave, ya know? People mostly do to rant or get advice on a crappy situation. It’s the way of the world…
Post # 5
I’m not totally sure what you’re referring to. The only thing I can think of is when people come on complaining about the results of their photographer, only to reveal they paid a relatively low amount. In that case, it is true that you get what you paid for.
Post # 6
Some people have a specific idea of how they should look for their engagement shoot or wedding day, and when the photos don’t match their vision, the photographer usually gets the flak.
Post # 7
@IHeartWeddings123: I have noticed that too. I sometimes think people have very unrealistic self-concepts, like in their head they are thinner, prettier, tanner etc. than they actually are in real life. Thus, when the reality of how they look hits them as the see the photos, and/or the camera adds five pounds, they blame the photographer. I saw one post where a bee was literally blaming how her photographer posed her for her weight. While posing can make a major difference, it does not make you look 40 lbs lighter. I felt bad for her photographer. Also, some people expect to look perfect in all of the photos. Few people look amazing in every single photo taken of them.
Post # 8
Some photographers are just not that good. Why pay someone money to take photos that look like they were taken with a little digital point and shoot? A great camera and good editing can make a WORLD of difference. We did not pay very much for our photographer, but she was fantastic. She also has the great equipment, the eye, and the editing capabilites. The problem is that anyone can go out and buy a DSLR camera and point it at things. Part of being a good photographer is being able to also pose people in flattering ways, find the best lighting, and have an eye for detail, shots, backgrounds, etc. I own a DSLR and Photoshop, but I sure don’t have any business charging people thousands of dollars to take their picture.
Post # 9
Photography is an art and is thus open to critique. I’ve seen some amazing photogs here over the years, and i’ve seen some really, really awful ones. Usually you get what you pay for – it’s typically fairly obvious when someone gets a super budget photog (“$800 for unlimited hours, second shooter and a flush mount album!”) vs a more established photog that has had more experience and thus more opportunity to hone their craft.
Post # 10
I actually think people here are rather supportive. I’ve seen some really horrible photography on here that people have been kind enough to leave nice comments.
Post # 11
The only time I’ve ever seen other posters criticize the photographer is when the bride has posted, criticizing her photographer. I’ve never seen someone say, “look at pictures of my wedding, aren’t they great?” and have people post that the photographer sucks.
Post # 12
edit – misunderstood original post
Post # 13
@IHeartWeddings123: Your original post is confusing but I think you’re saying photographers here shouldn’t point out issues with photographers who deliver a terrible product and I disagree wholeheartedly. I don’t get anything out of sharing advice on the bee (for free, with no benefit to me) except that sometimes I am able to help resolve a conflict with a photographer or help a bee dodge a shitshow if the bee doesn’t see the glaring issues I may see as a full time professional. You can take the advice or leave it, but I’m not going to give bad advice or fake praise. I see horror stories here on a weekly basis and it’s not something that can be remedied after the fact so if I’m able to bring something to someone’s attention I’m going to.
As for “standards” im not really sure what youre talking about. There are lots of different styles and I don’t tend to comment on different styles. But style and capability are not the same thing. If I spot a photographer who is an OBVIOUS risk to hire I will say so in a heartbeat.
Post # 14
@IHeartWeddings123: I have been quoted from $2500-$4500 for a photographer. I liked ALL of their work. But I think the reason I chose the one I did, is from seeing some behind the scene shots…….shots or her catching the shot.
All photographers ARE NOT created equal. I have seem some horrible wedding photography. But where I draw the line is by not making critical comments.
I wanted more of an photo-journalist feel, this is what she does. And her work is fabulous IMO.
I went in the middle of the road. Total cost $3050.
I thnik we each just have different ideas of what we like. Some people don’t mind shelling out $5000 or more for a photographer. That is a personal choice, not one that I could personally afford. But I agree, there does sometimes seem to be some harsh critics when it comes to photography.
Post # 15
Not everyone has the same standards. Photography is an artform, but there are certain technical aspects that are fairly objective (exposure, focus, composition, color balance). (Just like music is an art, but there are certain objective aspects like intonation and rhythm.) It’s very easy to fake people out with style if you can make your photos look like the current trend, which I think is very frustrating to a lot of people who have honed the craft and understand the technical aspects. Regardless, it seems like most people here are tactful enough to keep their mouths shut when a bride is happy with pictures that are run-of-the-mill to not-so-good, so I really don’t know what you’re complaining about.
Post # 16
@Groominator: +1. The only time I see ” opinions” given here are when they are asked for. And then I would hope they are honest. If something is bad, I’m going to say its bad If asked for input. Shooting sunshine up someone’s skirt is not going to help them. I’ve never seen anyone ever say anything critical when a person posts photos they are obviously happy with. And I’ve seen some really bad ones.