(Closed) Not very happy with your wedding pics?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

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
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 # 6
1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

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
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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 # 9
1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

For a nice flowy dress, maybe check out some bridesmaids dresses that come in ivory or white.  So pretty!

Post # 11
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

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
694 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
79 posts
Worker bee

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
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2000

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. 


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