Not Completely Happy with Wedding Photos

posted 1 week ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

If it’s just getting pictures of the two of you in your wedding clothes, I think it’s worth considering a mini shoot where you guys get dolled up again and take some when you are both relaxed and feeling good. Yes, it might cost a few hundred more dollars (not minimizing, weddings are expensive!) but it’s relatively painless since it’s just the two of you and photographer, not the whole party, for an hour or two. It’s possible your original photographer might do this for you at a low cost too, especially if he is local and you are flexible on time!

Post # 4
628 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

We are doing something similar we will have are photos done at our wedding and then we are going to have another photo shoot dressed up somewhere else on a different day. It is a more money because you have to do your hair and makeup again but it’s worth it. Plus being sick before that’s out of your control. Is there some neat location you guys could do a redo photo shoot? 

Post # 5
2082 posts
Buzzing bee

This is the one thing I wish I had more of from my wedding too, so I can empathize. There are great candids and ceremony shots, etc., but I don’t love any of my posed portrait style photos, and I was hoping for at least one really great one that I could frame and send to family. But I realize I’m still lucky to have so many other great photos. I also feel better about it since I did have an engagement shoot with lots of portraits, so even though I was hoping for a beautiful bride and groom portrait, there will be plenty of other portrait style photos of me and dh in our lives.

Post # 7
1580 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

newbeegirl :  My wedding pictures turned out pretty shitty, the photographer did a terrible job at editing and the lighting was off in all the photos. We’re going to have a family friend who does photography (out of state so we didnt hire her) edit a few so we have some to frame. 

Perhaps you guys could do a one year anniversary photo shoot or something?

Sorry they didn’t turn out how you wanted them to.

Post # 8
911 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Ugh I feel you on the disappointment.  I just ordered Thank You cards and realized that there are zero nice, formal portraits of the 2 of us.  I just wanted one posed, formal, both of us smiling at the camera, photo to frame.  And instead I have a ton of candid moments (and those didn’t turn out great).  So I don’t really have advice, just letting you know that you’re not alone in your feelings.

Post # 9
628 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

I’m not sure we’re still in the process of planning it. Normally they do it a few days after your wedding but the location is having work done on it so it’s looking like a month after. I don’t know if we will do boutineer and bouquet because I would have to get another set made but everything else we plan on dressing up and hair & makeup the same. I think it’s a good idea and you get another day in your wedding dress. 

newbeegirl :  

Post # 10
119 posts
Blushing bee

I think a bridal shower type dress with bouquet could be cute if you don’t want to get fully dolled up again. But I get wanting good pics in the big dress! I think using a landmark day like 1 year anniversary (or 6 months, or first Valentine’s Day) could be nice so it’s not just makeup wedding pictures.

Post # 11
6633 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

To me it doesn’t sound like your photographer’s fault, but rather a lot of factors that all came together and set the whole situation up for failure. I dont’ say that to make you feel bad, because at this point it’s done and there’s no going back. You hired a documentary photographer, but said formal portraits were really important to you. Those two things don’t go together. Between not doing a first look (which is when you get the best couples photos!) and being sick, it sounds like a lot of those things were just out of the photographers control. 

I would suggest having your hair/makeup done and both of you getting back into your wedding attire and doing a wedding portrait session. I wouldn’t wait for your anniversary because speaking from experience, life gets in the way and you never end up doing them. I’m a wedding photographer, who hired a phenominal wedding photographer for my day. What she captured was beautiful, but it was horrible weather and we didn’t get near the quality of couples photos I wanted. It’s not her fault, it was out of everyone’s control. I always intended to do a session in our wedding attire later and here we are 6 years and 1 baby down the road and we still haven’t done it! 

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