Not Happy with Wedding Photos

posted 4 months ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Have you redone your wedding photos?
    Yes : (0 votes)
    No : (18 votes)
    82 %
    No...but still not over the wedding photos : (1 votes)
    5 %
    No..but got over it : (3 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    6500 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    The whole idea of reception photos is to shoot people OTHER than the couple who was married. 

    Aside from that, which shots didn’t you get? OR are you just unhappy with the versions of the shots you did get?  Of course you can dress up and “re-take” wedding photos, but looking back on them, you will always know they AREN’T wedding photos. Will that satisfy you?

    Ultimately, it may seem that wedding photos are the most important thing in the world right now, but they aren’t. If you have one nice photo to display, you’re fine. After a year, NO ONE (including you) will ever look at those photos again, unless you force others to look at them, which they will out of obligation, but won’t notice or remember anything about them after the book is shut. 

    I know it is hard to recognize now, but if you re-shoot them you will ALWAYS be able to identify the “do-overs” as opposed to the real thing. I’d bet a lot that it wouldn’t be worth it. What’s done is done, and that includes your wedding and your photos.

    Post # 3
    Hostess
    8714 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: Dorset, UK

    I am so sorry you aren’t happy with your photos. As OP said, in a years time it won’t matter as much but I understand how upsetting it must be for you now. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    1144 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018

    I just wanted to say that you’re not alone and many brides seem to feel the same way. We had a very similar situation in that I was disappointed in the few photos of us that we got back. There are very few photos of just us and the portraits we do have aren’t what I envisioned due to lack of time to take photos and my being extremely ill at the time. 

    We’ve considered doing an anniversary shoot where we dress up again and take photos at our venue, (it seems like it would be fun too!). We may do that, we may not. Like PP’s said, it wouldn’t be our wedding photos so I haven’t decided if getting my dream portraits of us would be worth the high cost of doing a photo shoot.

    Another suggestion, editing in Lightroom and Photoshop can do wonders with mediocre photos too! 

    Post # 5
    Member
    2086 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    “Ultimately, it may seem that wedding photos are the most important thing in the world right now, but they aren’t. If you have one nice photo to display, you’re fine. After a year, NO ONE (including you) will ever look at those photos again, unless you force others to look at them, which they will out of obligation, but won’t notice or remember anything about them after the book is shut.”

    The OP didn’t say the wedding photos were the most important thing in the world. She said she was unhappy with them. And I don’t see how chastizing her that in a year she won’t give a flying f**k about her photos is helpful or true. Maybe you’re the exception, but people look at their wedding pictures even after a year, and they are important. Personally, I didn’t want my pictures in order to force others to look at them out of obligation. That’s a bizarre assertion. I wanted them to help remember a wonderful day and the OP is entitled to the same.

    Post # 6
    Hostess
    3868 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    echomomm :  I agree.  I love our photos, have a photo album, and still don’t really look at them.  I do need to order some prints to frame now that it’s been nearly 3 years lol.

    OP, I am sorry you don’t love your photos.  My brother and his wife recently took some additional photos in a different location in their wedding outfits (they are newlyweds).  I don’t think it was a do-over, but they did get additonal photos that were gorgeous.  

    Post # 7
    Member
    710 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2019

    Here is what I realized the other day. You only have about 2-3 photos from your wedding in your home. Probably those same photos your family might have in their home. You have 1-2 photos as your social media profile photo. The rest? when do you ever actually look at or use?

    What I do is make a shutterfly book for each big trip I take in my life. I have about 5 of them. They are short and sweet and go on my coffee table. They are the only thing anyone ever would really look at besides the few on social media, or printed out and hung up on my walls. The end. Any and all photos you won’t actually be using for anything are just white noise. So don’t sweat it too much. 

    Post # 8
    Member
    51 posts
    Worker bee

    I can’t personally speak to redoing photos, but I do know that day-after photo sessions or trash the dress sessions are a thing. That could be a fun thing to do especially now that the wedding day pressure is off. You could get really creative with it. 

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