(Closed) Photo Disappointment – Am I crazy?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

A couple’s portrait session is a great idea! You can do that anytime, and it’s nice to have some great portraits up in your house that aren’t “wedding-y,” it looks more timeless.

Do you think you might have a different perspective later on? I had a picture taken of me for my senior prom, and I’d spent that morning crying because my hair & makeup looked weird (I thought). I put the picture away and couldn’t look at it. I found it years later and I loved it… it’s a candid shot, and yes, the wind blew my hair all over the place! But it adds to the picture, especially all these years later that I can remember the day so vividly.

I’m sure you look great! (I know you probably don’t want to hear that right now, sorry). Were you happy in any of them? Any candid shots? Can you show us?


Post # 4
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

you should totally do a re-shoot if you think it will make you feel better!! my fiance & i are considering taking our gown/tux on our honeymoon & hiring a photographer for a day there to do a gorgeous shoot somewhere. it’s always fun to get dressed up & take photos! I think you should totally do it & it’s never too late.

Post # 5
739 posts
Busy bee

We actually just started offering this in all our packages.  It also frees up a lot of time for you to enjoy your guests, when there is less stressful portrait sessions at your wedding.  The rock-the-dress, fearless bridals, trash-the-dress, day after session (photogs all have different names for them) tends to be a little more creative and you are fresh and relaxed.  It also gives you a chance to go some place you wanted to have photos done, but just wasn’t feasible during the wedding.  Not to mention we are in New England so we’ve had quite a few wet weddings this season, this gives our couples a chance to have beautiful outdoors portraits.  I think its a great idea and it’s a lot of fun. 

Good Luck!

Post # 6
1956 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

Can we see one or two of these “terrible” pics? I’m guessing they’re not anywhere as bad as you think….plus, i love wedding pictures πŸ™‚

Post # 7
563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

If you aren’t happy with your pictures, then I think a post-wedding photo session is a great idea.  

I do need to note the following in defense of your photographer:  there are some brides whose sense of fashion is a bit unusual, so if a bride is wearing too much makeup or her hair looks unusual it is possible that this is what she actually wanted and it would be really upsetting if someone told the bride to change her look.  My photographer only commented on my makeup after I specifically asked him how it looked, and he clearly could see that I really wanted his input. Otherwise, he would have stayed quiet since it was possible that I liked a lot of blush on my cheeks.  Also, there is the fact that there may be no alternative by the time you see the photographer.  If the photographer didn’t meet you at the salon, it would be hard to fix your hair and makeup onsite.  The last thing in the world you would want to do is upset the bride and make her feel bad about her hair, since hair might be able to be photoshopped or it might be blown by the wind into an interesting pattern but a sad bride comes through really clearly in all the pictures.

But you need to be completely comfortable with your photographer, and if you are at all unhappy with the technical aspects of your pictures or still can’t get over this, please find another photographer to shoot your trash the dress or post wedding shots.  I hope that you have a wonderful session!

Post # 8
36 posts
  • Wedding: January 2002

Actually lots of girls redo their wedding portraits. Summer time heat doesn’t make for good hair and you can look so wilted if you have a summer wedding.

I don’t think a lot of brides think about that. Hard to imagine 100 heat when you are planning your wedding in the winter and it is freezing outside. πŸ™‚


Also anyone planning an out side please think about having the ceremony later in the evening. You will be so much happier if you don’t have it under midday sun!

Your photos will look much better if it is after 4pm or better yet about an hour before sunset! Its cooler and the light rocks!

Post # 9
79 posts
Worker bee

aftershoot….for sure


as a photographer, i wouldnt dare to second guess the bride or makeup artist on what is being produced hair and makeup wise…afterall, it might be on purpose and im just sticking my mouth where i shouldnt….so if you’re unhappy with your hair and makeup artist, you should blame the hair and makeup person….we can only do so much to make people look great if the original problems is not ours! afterall, we cant do a wedding without taking pictures of the bride!

Post # 10
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

I highly recommend re-doing them if you’re unhappy. As Darren said, it’s not the photog’s job to make recommendations or critiques on your hair or makeup. They just do the best with what they’ve got. If you’re happy with your photog’s style, i’d suggest re-doing the hair and makeup with someone else and using the same photographer. you may even get a discounted price, especially if the photog knows you were unhappy with your wedding shots.

I hated the photos from my first wedding. I never was happy with them, and i never said anything about it. I should have though, and so should you (imo).

Post # 11
52 posts
Worker bee

Nothing wrong doing another take.

You could even wear your dress again and take some portraits with that to replace in your album?


Most photographers wouldn’t say something about a style, because it’s not our place and it could be offensive, as was mentioned. It’s a tough line and you need to balance accordingly.

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