(Closed) Our photos kind of suck… do I say anything?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would talk to him about it.  Maybe some things can be fixed with good photoshop skills.  I’m guessing that they might be just proofs since your wedding was only a few weeks ago?

Post # 4
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would see if there are additional pictures that you haven’t seen yet.  Maybe some capture the day the way you wanted it captured more so than those that he showed you.  You should at least ask and explain how you feel like what you have seen from him is not representative of his work.

Post # 5
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Aww, I’m so sorry to hear this phatenigma. I’m really curious to see some of the pics, and I might be able to offer an opinion of if they can be further improved at all with editing. Sometimes ceremony shots dont come out exactly as you envision them, because people get really upset when the photographer is disruptive to the ceremony. You mentioned “pew,” so you got married in a church? I can tell you right now the most challenging environment to shoot a ceremony in is a Catholic church. Priests literally HATE us and they are typically not well lit. Some priests don’t allow any photos to be taken at all during the ceremony, some don’t allow the use of flash, and some don’t allow you to get ANYWHERE NEAR the altar. This guy might have just had one too many priests yell at him for getting too close, so I definitely don’t blame him there.

Overuse of flash at the reception, not capturing details, those you can blame your photographers for. A good photographer will know that when he/she uses flash at a reception, you want to mix it with the ambient light to keep your lighting from completely drowning out the natural lighting. It’s important for me to provide photos that depict the light my clients remember those moments in, but everyone has their own style. Do his portfolio shots have a lot of blasted-flash-looking photos? The question you really have to ask at the end of the day is, do the photos match his portfolio. Sometimes I feel like hiring a photog with 20 years of experience really does you in. I mean that person has had TWENTY years and countless weddings to collect the 20 or so good photos you see on their site… it says nothing about their talent. Did you see a whole wedding before hiring him? To all brides out there, asking to see a whole wedding is the absolute BEST thing you can do to ensure the quality of your wedding photos.

Post # 7
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Ditto… Does he do a lot of print work or weddings? You mentioned he was featured in magazines. I am just wondering if that was for ads or actual weddings. Some photographers are fantastic at fashion shows/print ads etc while others are excellent wedding photographers….

Post # 8
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

I feel you. I told my photog that they were free to get up close and personal, and actually in the way to get good photos.  Instead they decided to take shots from 40 yards away to capture the scenery.  They never got any up close shots. 

Post # 12
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Who took the pic you like? I knew exactly what you were saying before you even showed the examples. While I do believe you should say something to him, I’m just going to play a little more devil’s advocate here. That light is REALLY drastic and he *may* not have been able to get clear (not blurry) action shots without the flash, or even if he could, your skin might have been red from the light in all of them. Ideally he could have used enough flash to light the subjects but keep the colored lights in the background like this photo of the Asian couple. Or at least mixed in a few shots with jsut the natural light, redness and all, like the second one I posted here. I think the light is delicious in some pics, but I doubt the bride would have wanted all her photos to look like that.

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Post # 13
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m so sorry you have to deal with this, but YES you need to say something!!

Do guests have any nice shots? Maybe approach with some of your guests shots that he may be able to touch up and make better and include in your albums, etc.  Can you set up a table with centerpiee so he can take those pics you so want and are missing?  There’s definately a way to make it better, even if it means he coughs up the money for a new bouqet to take these pics!!

I’d approach him calmly and explain just as you did here, how excited you were once you saw your epics and how you feel now.  Write it down, let him offer a solution but come to the table with a few of your own.  Your guests pics may be what save it for you, dont be afraid to ask for them!

Post # 14
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

P.S. I definitely think you should say something to him though. If there is a reason he didnt capture the essence of the natural light there, he could at least give it to you. You sound like a pretty reasonable person, so I’m sure you’d understand if there was a good reason.

Post # 15
11 posts
  • Wedding: January 2011

omg i would be sooo upset, definately say somthing so that this doesn’t happen to other brides… he might even offer some compensation, or at least a reason… although as you say u can’t have a re-do.

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