Post # 1
So, when I found a photographer, I was excited because she was really affordable and she had some nice pics on her website, except they weren’t really wedding pics. She was new to the business but she’d have a couple of weddings under her belt before mine.
Now, the pictures are in and I’m a little disappointed. I have very few shots of just my bridesmaids and I, of just me, and few nice ones of my husband and I. In our first kiss pictures (you may kiss the bride part), The angles were terrible and in most you can’t see either of our faces, just the back of hubby’s head, or, in one, you could see my face but not hubby’s. Didn’t get any pictures of my train all the way stretched out. NONE of the pictures of us in the horse and carriage have us looking at the camera and you can’t really see our faces. Hubby has his eyes closed in a great number of shots. Just stuff like that
I’m just a little disappointed 🙁 I know part of it is my fault, with the you get what you pay for, and things like hubby’s eyes closed aren’t photog’s fault, or if we didn’t look and stuff, but we won’t be getting these moments back. I also really should have had a better list of must have shots, but it kind of got pushed back until last minute, which is again my fault. The photog herself was really, really nice, and she did get some very nice shots, just feel like I’m missing a lot.
Ah well. I’m an aspiring photographer as well so I guess I just have to learn from her mistakes, right?
Post # 3
Learn from her mistakes -tell her about her mistakes (she needs to learn too!), and hten find someone who is really good with photoshop. Someone who is good with it (or some other photo editting software) can fix MOST of those issues (including opening his eyes). You can’t change the angle, but you can change hte quality of the photo so it ends up looking romantic or artistic. The missing photos of you and friends – have a dress up day! Put on your dresses and go have fun somewhere and have someone else take more photos. Hopefully, your "moments" were captured by your photog or a guest, but you can always have some fun filler photos of friends (say that three times fast!)!
Post # 4
I agree, you should let your photog know! I feel ya on some of your issues, that’s for sure! The good news is, you can fix some of those things with photoshop (like closed eyes), but just make sure someone who knows what they are doing so your new hubby doesn’t look all weird after they open his eyes (that happened to a couple of the people at my wedding and one person doesn’t even look like the same person).
Post # 5
Thanks guys. I think I know a couple of people who have some photoshop skills. Didn’t realize you could open eyes with photoshop :p But, I guess you can do everything with it!
I wont be putting my dress on again, unfortunately. It’s at the cleaners and being preserved and I hope to be able to sell it actually. Half the wedding party is in Indiana, the other half is in NYC so I don’t see us all being together in a very long time lol I considered a trash the dress shoot for hubby and I though, so i can at least make up for the not so great pics of us. I’d buy another dress for that though, but, since I’m unemployed atm, that’s on hold. But, we’ll see!
Post # 6
Have the cleaners started the cleaning process yet? May be worth it to see if you can "borrow" it back for a weekend, to get some bridal portraits taken. I know you want to preserve and sell the dress, but you wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to get beautiful shots of you in your dress, if you loved it. Even if it has already been cleaned, I wouldn’t think you’d mess it up just getting some indoor portraits done… 🙂
I would explain to your photographer that you’re less than thrilled with the overall quality of the shots (list the specifics that you mentioned above), and you’d like her to offer you a complimentary bridal portrait session for a couple of hours. She needs great photos for her portfolio too, so it would benefit her just as much as you. Plus, I’m sure she wants to do all she can to make you happy, since she’s just starting out and needs as much positive feedback as possible. Or, hmmmm, I just realized that maybe the photographer is in Indiana. Anyway, good luck! I hope you get it sorted out to make you happy!
Post # 7
Not to put you down in any way, but that is the trade off with going for a budget/inexperienced photographer. It’s very important to understand your photographers capabilities and to view a complete wedding shot by them. Portraits and weddings are two different things – a wedding has a lot of uncontrollable elements.
I am sorry this happened to you, and maybe an after the wedding bridal session w/your hubby would help you recapture those memories.
And maybe they’re really not that bad and some creative edits could be what they need.
Post # 8
Yeah, I totally know it’s part of my fault for hiring her without seeing her wedding photos (well, I saw some, just not many). I just didnt have $1,000 to spend on wedding photos at the time (as much as I would have liked to!). They definitely could benefit from editing and touching up, even just some simple "auto correct" programs offer. The photos really aren’t THAT bad, they just aren’t amazing lol I’m also on the more critical side when it comes to photography. My mom really liked the photos. They’re still definitely better than other photographers I had seen who were charging more, or if I had just given my mom the camera.
Photog is in Indiana so I won’t be doing a bridal shoot with her, but it is a good idea and might be helpful advice for someone else in a similar situation (though hopefully that’s noone! lol).
I am kind of looking forward to getting another dress for a trash the dress shoot though. I liked my dress, but didn’t totally 100% think-this-is-the-one love it. It wasn’t what I originally imagined myself in anyway. Now I can try to find the nice flowy dress I wanted for some great pictures!
Post # 9
For a nice flowy dress, maybe check out some bridesmaids dresses that come in ivory or white. So pretty!
Post # 10
Yes, there is a bari jay dress I’m considering :p Mostly looking at Ebay and stuff though hoping to find something under $100
Post # 11
I’m sorry to hear about your photos , no matter how much you paid not having what you expected is always disappointing. That being said I did not get all the pics I wanted at the wedding. I’m getting dolled up around the same time next year and having my dad and hubby put their suits back on so we can get some more pics. I’m not wearing the same dress either , it was a last minute fix and I found another super cheap at a good will I LOVE! so its’ not weird to have a "second go" for photos for you and your groom.
Post # 12
Good luck finding a dress, you seem to have a good attitude about it! I hope you’e able to have a fun TTD session and able to save some of the photos you’re not thrilled with with processing. Good luck!
Post # 13
sorry to hear! its always sadto hear when clients are not happy with their photos.
and its no point after the fact saying "you get what you pay for"….unfortunately, many people make that mistake for one reason or another.
eyes closed IS photographer fault….as a photographer, if i miss an important shot because someone’s eyes are closed, i feel bad….i coulda just taken a few more shots quickly to make sure i ALWAYS have eyes open….its just basics of photography.
anyway, i hope your aftershoot plans work out!
Post # 14
I’m sorry to hear you’re dissappointed, but it sounds like you don’t really regret your decision to hire your photographer which is good. If you don’t have the money, then you don’t have it.
I agree with BunnyBlue, it’s disapointing to get less than what you’ve expected no matter what you paid. Is anyone really okay with lower quality photos because they didn’t pay much?
I second Darren’s statement, much of your disappointment is within the photographer’s control. They’re looking through the lens and should see if your eyes are closed. You can’t always avoid it, but you shouldn’t (imo) deliver it to a client. Also, having a shot list wouldn’t help. Brides don’t always know what they want. It’s not like you do this every week. Photographers, on the other hand do, at least experienced ones do.
When a bride is running late because the make up took too long and it’s time for the ceremony, but I haven’t done her bridal portraits – I KNOW, I have to get some later in the day. She may not remember, and probably won’t want to take the time away from her guests during the reception but I still have to do it anyway. It is the photographer’s responsibility to know & do that, not the brides.
And forgive my mini rant, but new to the business is no excuse for being inexperienced or unskilled. There are plenty of ways to learn photography such as school and assisting other photographers. It’s the same as any other career which requires training & experience before being expected to deliver a product/service.
BUT, if you’re okay with the worst case scenario (ie having no photos cause their camera broke with no back-up, or really bad photos that weren’t exposed properly, or they back out at the last minute) go for it.