(Closed) Need Some Advice…Not thrilled with my engagement photos…

posted 9 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
2674 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
2706 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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 # 7
8481 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
3189 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Could we see any of the pictures? Sometimes we’re far too critical of photos of ourself compared to those of others!

Post # 9
2674 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@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.


Good luck!


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