(Closed) Not sure I like our engagement photos… (Photo heavy)

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 61
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1376 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

bri00012:  If getting another photographer isn’t an option because of potential hurt feelings, your best bet is to go the selfie stick route. At least your phone’s camera will do a better job with exposure and skin tones! Really the sister is not a competent photographer.

I’m not exactly sure what’s going on with the colors if she didn’t edit these, but I’m guessing she didn’t use correct white balance. Your skin should not look greenish as you both do in these images. The fact that you and your fiancé have different skin tones has no bearing on the problems with color and exposure. The problem here is entirely the photographer lacking basic skills. You could both be Swedish and the skin tones would still look wrong. 

Highlights being blown out means areas of the image that are so overexposed they’ve lost all detail. 

Price is hugely variable depending on your location and the photographer. They might cost anywhere from $50 or less to $2,000 or more. Many photogs include engagement photos as part of the price of wedding photography. 

But don’t worry, if you can’t get another photographer you really can manage some nice images with a selfie stick, assuming your phone isn’t super old. As I said, some of my favorite pics of dh and myself are from my phone. Try going out around sunset, when the light is really golden, and taking some pics together. Shoot from above and experiment with different angles and lighting. Your new ring will look fab!

Post # 62
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1376 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Also, just to add, if she hasn’t edited these at all you might be happier after editing — many of the problems can be at least partly corrected in post processing. She could fix your skin tones and most of the exposure problems with a few edits, if she knows what she’s doing, so the photos might look a whole lot better!

Post # 63
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1411 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Well, I like them!

Don’t be hard on yourself. You are not fat or ‘puffy’ in the least. You look happy and glowing. I love your hair, too- quite envious of those thick romantic curls.  No double chin, no fat rolls, and your arms look pretty good to me. Maybe this isn’t your best size in your opinion (I also fluctuate in weight from slim to slightly overweight on BMI), but as someone who doesn’t know you, your weight is not something I’d even think to comment on.

Photo 6 is such a lovely photo- it’s cute and real and happy and you both look great. Photo 5 is beautiful and intimate.

Just to give you a reality check, most people I know don’t have engagemnt photos as nice as yours. Comparing yours to perfect photo shoots done on a big budget with make-up artists etc is pointless. Weddingbee is brilliant but it does inevitably encourage competitiveness. For example, noone in real life I know has 3 carat diamonds or Lazaro dresses, but if you read too much here, you’ll start to adjust what you think of as normal/ acceptable.

I’d suggest editing the photos a little to see if you prefer the result. Black and white can be slimming and you can do a lot with artistic cropping too. Your sister in law could help with that as long as you explain your problem is with yourself, not her skills.

And it’s actually great that you had these done as you now understand what you need to do to get wedding photos that please you better than these did. That is a huge positive as they will be the ones that really matter.

Post # 64
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5948 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

bri00012:  Personally most engagement photos looks posed and cheesy to me. Like in #2 and #5. BUT they ALL look like everyone else’s taken by a pro! The only “awkward” one to me is #1 where your FI’s hand is. Hands are difficult to place in photos. I think she did a really good job. Seriously. They look like everyone else’s and they all paid big bucks for theirs. You have some really nice ones, my favorites are 3 and 4.

Post # 65
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98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I think these are lovely photos, they look nice and natural to me 🙂

Post # 70
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Newbee

I looked at your photos before I read your post and I think they look great! I certainly don’t think you’re heavy or “puffy”; on the contrary, I think you look hot! However, at the end of the day, you have to be happy with how you looked or else it will eat you up alive; I recently wrote a post about how I hated how I looked in my wedding photos becaue I felt my body looked less than ideal.

Since your wedding is still a year away, you can definitely retake your engagment photos if you guys are absolutely unhappy with them. As far as poses go, I don’t think you guys look “cheesy” but, if you want to do your photos differently next time around, I’d suggest doing less photos were you guys are looking directly at the camera and more natural interactions/positions.

Post # 71
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Newbee

Whoops! I think I was writing my comment as you were posting your photos XD Your new photos look absolutely wonderful and I’m glad you’re happy with them 🙂

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