(Closed) Photography disappointment

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@faye0314: 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
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@canthugallcats:  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.

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