Not happy with final wedding pictures

posted 4 months ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

Did she have engagement photos done or look at this persons work beforehand?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

Our photographer certainly didn’t photoshop elements of different photos together. It should be included in the contract. Ours included some light color correction but not major photoshopping. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Photoshop editing takes a lot of time and skill, and is something that should be stipulated in the contract as to whether it is include or not. I use a photographer in my line of work all the time and I actually pay him more by the hour to edit the images then the time it takes to actually shoot them. If it is not in her contract, or if she is unhappy with the final product, she should ask for all the raw images and find a photographer/editor who could see if they can do anything (provided the raw are high res enough).

Edit to say: they wont be perfect, even with editing if the originals are as bad as you say they are. However, maybe she could post something to her guests and see if people could send any photos they took so she has something?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I don’t think you’re wrong about having usable shots (to me photoshop is a whole other beast). Have you seen the photos?

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

kstir2015 :  I disagree with the photographer asking the couple to pause or redo something. Sure for portraits it’s fine to do some posing and direction but action shots? No way! I was at a wedding once where the photographer ran up the aisle and told the couple to restart their walk because she missed the shot. So awkward and tacky. I would have straight up throttled my photographer if he did that (and I warned him as much). Which is probably why there is really only one shot of us coming down the aisle that I love but I’d rather less shots than the memory of someone interrupting my wedding. He joked after that we were the fastest couple he’d ever had walk down the aisle but you can tell on our faces that he captured a true moment – excited and giddy and unable to wait one more second to get going and party with everyone we love! 

Also not all professional photographers are the same. Some specialize in portrait work, others in more photojournalism style, etc etc. Because I didn’t want any interruption I purposely choose a photojournalist who was more adept at action shots. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

If the pictures for her engagement are good it makes me wonder if something was really, really off in the camera settings. If the ones the photographer showed are this bad I’m doubtful there is anything better in the RAW files. It almost makes me wonder if some how the photographer screwed up and is trying to cover it up.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Colour correction and changing a facial expression is like comparing a tiger to a bear. If the photographer can’t do it ask him to recommend someone who can. That being said there’s only so much photoshop can do and it may never look right. 

Her best bet is probably retaking a few photos. 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I know a few photographers that offer portrait sessions for couples after the fact. The couple puts their wedding clothes back on, heads to their venue and gets the perfect shot without the stress of the day. May be worth it to have them ask about an option like that if there really aren’t some nice, plain portraits of them?

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