Post # 1
So my Fiance sister is a photographer and she takes great pictures so she offered to take engagement photos for us at no cost. We took them back in October and she brought her camera up over Christmas to show us the photos.
I think she did great with lighting and what not but neither of us are too happy with how we both look in the photos. My main issue is that I weigh more now than any other time in my life and I feel like I look puffy. We both feel like we look awkward and posed or cheesey and arnt happy with how they turned out. Also we have had my ring reset since taking these and I’m sad my new precious isn’t on them. I have seen so many amazing engagement photos that I just don’t think ours cuts the mustard! I don’t think they are bad Im just not excited about them.
I feel really bad about it because his sister is awesome and I love her but I really want to try again and don’t know how to ask without seeming ungrateful. Let me know your thoughts, am I being crazy? Any advice? Which do you guys think are worth keeping?
The only one we both like is this last one of us just being goofy and that’s just because it’s funny but not an engagement photo lol
Post # 2
Sorry you’re bummed, bee, but reading through what you don’t like about them in particular: “My main issue is that I weigh more now than any other time in my life and I feel like I look puffy. We both feel like we look awkward and posed or cheesey and arnt happy with how they turned out. Also we have had my ring reset since taking these and I’m sad my new precious isn’t on them.”
Those are all things that are up to you, not the photographer. If you aren’t thrilled, that’s fair, but please don’t reflect that back to her. She did a good job. She can’t control your weight or resetting your ring. The poses look pretty standard to me. I think they turned out really cute, so I hope you can adjust your expectations a little.
Post # 3
oh no! I absolutely know that the issues are all our fault lol that’s why I feel bad asking to try again because SHE did an amazing job!
We hadn’t seen a lot of engagement photos at the time of taking the photos and didnt really know what to do other than the prom pose.
Post # 4
I actually really like 3, 4, and 6!
Post # 5
I really like your photos.
It looks like you only recently got them in the past few weeks. Try not to critique yourself.
I didn’t enjoy my photos at first either. There are truthfully a few I still dislike, but that’s mostly because I was uncomfortable, not the pictures. It took me a few months to really appreciate them. Pick one or two you actually like and focus on those right now!
I can say that looking back about 6 months later, I like most of my pictures. I started out only liking 1. It was my first time doing professional photos, so it was actually pretty strange for me. You look really beautiful. Pick your favorite and frame it. Look back at them again in a few months.
Post # 6
I didn’t read your post before looking at the pictures, so I wouldn’t be influenced by what you think is the problem. I actually thought the problem was that those pictures aren’t as ‘glam’ as some engagement shoots. I’ve seen engagement shoots where both are super dressed up, the girl with tons of make up and the pictures could seriously be out of a fashion magazine. Yours are more down to earth, and I thought that’s what you didn’t like, lol.
Honestly, I don’t see any awkward position, you two look really cute and everything looks natural. I really wouldn’t worry about it, I think these are nice pictures and you don’t need to redo them!
Post # 7
I’m with the PP. I think the photos are fine. I have seen posts on here before where people didn’t like how they looked and I agreed with them that the photographer should have posed them differently or taken the shot from a more flattering angle. But that’s not the case here. You guys look great. The poses and angles are fine. If you don’t like how the two of you look, that’s your issue that new pics are not going to fix. I would not ask for new photos. It would be ungrateful and insulting. To me, all the photos look worth keeping and worth showing. My advice is try to be less critical of yourself. I know it’s hard sometimes.
Post # 8
I think they’re beautiful!
Post # 9
I understand what u mean in the sense that I was overly critical with how mine came out at first. Like you, my weight was annoying me (im the heaviest I’ve ever been and while most people don’t notice, I DO!) and I wasn’t crazy about how my make up turned out in pics, BUT,
The more I looked at them, the more I started to love them, and feel happy about how I looked. I realize that the love we have for each other really shines through, and in the end, thats all that matters to me.
with that said, I actually think u both look awesome! I love your outfits and your hair! You both look very happy and in love! The black and white one is amazing and I really love 2,3 & 4 especially!
my advice, give it some time and stop being overly critical and I think u will end up feeling the way I do now. If not then maybe ask your SIL if she can take a couple more with your new ring and maybe try to word it like that..
Post # 10
I adore pic #5. Pic #3 is my second favorite. Both of those are totally save the date worthy, IMO, if you haven’t sent them already.
I think this is just a case of “you are your own worst critic.” As an outsider, I think both of you look happy (you’re beaming in pic 3) and the poses don’t look unnatural/uncomfortable.
Post # 11
I think that may be part of why they don’t seem like engagement photos to me. We defiantly are more casual people and I am not a big makeup glam girl but I think that I maybe should have done a little more for them. Again I know that’s all my bad. Unfortunately, mascara is the extent of my make up abilities lol.
that is really great advice! The third one is my favorite of the group so maybe I will try doing that with that photo. Thank you! Its nice to hear I’m not the only one.
thanks! I think Fiance looks good in 3 and that one is defiantly the one I prefer right now
Post # 12
You look a little awkward in two and five but overall they’re lovely. If you’re really unhappy then maybe his sister will redo them if you explain you feel you two missed your chance.
Post # 13
Pic 3 love the lighting and you both look very comfortable and natural. You just need one! 🙂
Post # 14
Honestly I didnt like my pictures to begin with…. Someone told me I would like them more as time went by and they were right. Just look forward to your wedding pictures and then family pictures after getting married…. I really like your pictures lol Tis is the point in your life you are now, youll appreciate the pictures looking real in the future. =] hope this helps
Post # 15
I really like #3 and #4! Way better than our photos, and good enough to frame!