Post # 1
So we booked our photographer in September of last year. Mostly because the first 2 picks that we had wanted got booked out from under us and it sent me into a panic.
As someone who listed photography as her second priority for the wedding (after open bar. :D), I’ve always been bummed that I had to ‘settle’ for my third choice.
So now the months have gone by, and the more I look at my photographers blog and proof website the less I happy I am. For a while I was still checking out my top choices work, but that was just torture so I made myself stop. But in fact, I think I’m doomed to pictures that I don’t like. So much so that I’ve ended up in tears whenever anyone asks how wedding planning is going.
There’s no going back-the wedding is in 8 weeks. I just don’t know how to shake this horrible feeling in my stomach, and am really really disappointed that the one aspect that was the most important to me has fallen by the wayside. How do I get over this?
Post # 3
I would speak with the photographer and nicely voice your concerns. Photography
is not cheap, that’s why my photos came from family. It is your money, your day, you should have it the way YOU want. Just be nice about it.
Post # 4
What about the pictures don’t you like? Some things can be changed with good editing after the fact and some things can’t. Photographers have different styles of taking pictures and editing them. Maybe you could compile some sample pictures that you like to show your photographer what you’re looking for?
I did this for my photographer, who I settled for because she was a childhood friend of my husband’s. I wasn’t a huge fan of her work, but she was inexpensive which was a plus, and my husband felt bad not hiring her. For both my engagement pics and the wedding, I compiled a bunch of pictures that gave her an idea of the style I was looking for. Thankfully she was good at taking direction, and they turned out really nice! I know some photographers would hate you doing that, but it worked for me. We did it in a nice way, so I don’t think she was too offended. And now she uses them a lot on her website because they are so vastly different than her other work.
You could also consider getting a DVD of the proofs and having someone else edit them (or learn to edit yourself if you have the time, artistic ability, and a lot of patience). Hopefully that helps?
Post # 5
Editing or having someone else edit a photographer’s work can get you into a lawsuit. Unless you have the photographer’s permission to edit, you can’t edit their work.
I usually like it when a client gives me a few “inspiration” photos or they tell me what style of my work they like. Just do it nicely! I had one client tell me over the phone that she wanted to meet with me & tell me all the photos on my website that she didn’t like at all. Turned out she just didn’t like one wedding where I did custom vintage editing. I would MUCH rather her have said “can we meet so I can show you the photos you took that I like/love”, just makes things more positive. Honestly, I was dreading our meeting when she said that, but it turned out to be just the editing in those specific photos.
Also, you said you settled for your 3rd choice, however she was up there in your top 3 so I’m assuming her work is really nice & you did like her at some point. Is it that her work isn’t as great as the other 2, or is it that her work isn’t as good as it was when you hired her?
Feel free to PM me your photog’s website & I can review them for you :). It could be they’re trying a different editing style.
Post # 6
True, I should have written buy the DVD with rights. That’s what we did with our pictures. I believe that’s more expensive usually, but if you really hate their editing style and they’re not willing to try something different for you it’s an option at least. It’s obviously a last resort though, and it’s probably best to wait until after you get your pictures back because you might be surprised with how well they turn out! Plus, it will be your wedding with your details and everything you picked out, so I’m willing to bet you will be happier with yours than the other pictures you see on their website.
Post # 7
I’m just not a big fan of her angles and am thinking that her portrait skills have started to slip. Alot of them are super tight shots of couples from the shoudlers up, and I def want some great outdoor atmosphere shots (which has also started to slip)