Post # 1
When I first got engaged, I knew one of the most important things to me was choosing an amazing photographer. I researched, and researched, and RESEARCHED and finally decided on one. He has a GREAT rep and I fell inlove with his work. He is pricey, but I can justify it because it will be the ONE thing we will have forever to remember the day.
Now after months of trying to schedule our engagement shoot (which was included with the package), I have viewed the online gallery and I have to say I am a little disappointed. I can’t tell you how many trips back and forth the mall I made and the amount of money I spent trying to find the perfect casual outfit to wear, deciding on the perfect pair of shoes, insisting Fiance wear THOSE jeans b/c I love the way his butt looks in them, to get the photos back and all of them are from the waist up.
One of the main reasons I chose him was the creativity I saw in his work. I am just kinda bumbed out that I am disappointed and I am half tempted to ask him if he plans on shooting the bottom half of my dress on the wedding day?
Am I over-reacting? Should I say something or let it be? I dont want to feel uncomfortable or cause any awkwardness, but I also dont want to be disappointed when I get my wedding photos back. I do think he would be offended if I criticized his work, so I am not sure what the best way to approach the situation would be. He advertises that he specializes in photojournalism and wedding photography and these are only engagement shots i have seen – I havent seen any of his engagement shots of other couples but now Im just starting to worry.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Post # 3
Did you discuss with your photographer what style you were looking to do? Any ideal shots? How about full body vs. close ups? Trust me PHOTOGRAPHERS SHOULD KNOW THIS! lol as a photographer its a given to do a variety! lol but it sounds like your photographer may not have been in a right mind set? or just lazy that day.
You should contact him && inform him how you feel! As photographers we should be used to getting criticized and if he can’t handle it and listen to HIS clients then he isn’t worth it :/
Sorry you had this happen to you! I never wish it on anyone!
Post # 4
Did you receive all of the images or just the best ones? If you only received some of them I would ask him if he has some full body shots.
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
Did you request full body shots and he didn’t do it? Or is your problem that you just don’t like his photography as much as you thought after all?
For our engagement pics, I did the same thing picking out entire outfits and then most were waist up, but I still loved them.
If you’re not happy get another photog, you don’t want the same to happen with your wedding photos.
Post # 6
@FutureMuniz: Thanks for the reply, I will let him know
@ asscherlover: Hmm, I’m not sure, I didn’t even think to ask. That is an easy way to approach it.
@mchitt329: I didn’t request anything specific, I assumed (based on other work I’ve seen from him) that there would be more of a variety. My wedding is 2 days shy of being 2 weeks away, I don’t have the time or the funds to hire another photographer. Even if I had the time, Im bound by contract. Its not that I hate my photos, I am just disappointed and I want to LOVE them, and I really want to LOVE my wedding photos. Maybe he just had an off day?
Post # 7
You could always just ask. Just say you’re looking for a full body shot to frame, and by chance does he have any that he didn’t post in the gallery? Sometimes they have extras they didn’t use. But if you are really unhappy with his work I would be hesitant to have him shoot your wedding too.
Post # 8
Could we see any of the pictures? Sometimes we’re far too critical of photos of ourself compared to those of others!
Post # 9
Have you prepared a list of “must have” shots for the wedding? If not I would make one and go over it with him. While going over it you can mention that you mostly want a variety of creative shots, including full body shots.
Post # 10
@lmg32: I had a similar problem at first with my engagement photos. I am not a big fan of my profile, although I don’t mind if *some* pictures are taken of my profile. But when I got back my engagement pictures, literally 98% of them were of my face from the side. I was SO disappointed. Even if the overall photo looked good (our body placement, the background, et)c–almost every single one emphasized my nose, which I don’t love.
After my initial disappointment (our photographer was also really expensive), the pictures began to grow on me, and now I like them quite a lot. But it literally took me a week or two to start liking them.
However, for my wedding I made sure to request that the photographer try to get some pictures of my face from the front. It seems obvious, but they didn’t do it in the E shoot–so most pictures are of us looking at each other, me looking back at him, me looking off to the side. Those are “typical” poses and they don’t work for me.
So I would suggest waiting a week or so and looking over the pictures again. Eventually, you’ll find some you really like. Then, don’t be afraid to send an email and request that they get some full-body shots and a lot of shots of your dress, shoes, etc. Then, they’ll be sure to remember those. I’ve been in a lot of weddings, and I had my own wedding…and I’ve never seen a photographer with a list in their hand. So I think they sometimes forget what should be very “obvious” shots. Making your own list and sending it to them should help.
Post # 11
@Wonderstruck: I just PMed you.
Thanks girls, Im now googling and searching for must have’s…any suggestions are welcome! 🙂