(Closed) photography gripes

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

From the meetings I’ve had with photographers, I’ve learned that most photographers take 1000+ pictures, but they only give you the 300-400 (or however many you agree upon) best images in edited form. Did you and your photographer specifically agree upon a number of images, or did you just think there would be more based on how long he/she was there?

If you’re really unsatisfied, you might be able to ask for the unedited originals, just to see if there are any more pics of your friends and family members there. The photographer might have more in the originals, but didn’t consider them the "best" (most photographers probably assume that couples want mostly pictures of themselves and their families/wedding parties). 

I hope that helps. Good luck!

Post # 4
271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The way my photographer explained it to me is that they only give you the best pictures, and not all the ones that they took, because the pictures of course are a reflection of their work, and if it is not the best of their work then they rather not give it to you.

Hindsight is 20/20. If it was so important to have pictures of everyone then you should have told your photographer. They aren’t mindreaders and they have no clue what is important to you. I would be happy if my photographer only took pictures of me and not my guests, but you weren’t. Everyone is different- thats why you need to communicate with the photographer.

Post # 5
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I was really upset with my photos too.  The photos I got looked nothing like the shots in the photogs portfolio.

All the portraits are stand still, look straight ahead, and smile. Some were crooked (not artistically so), many had to have random stuff (ie lawn furniture) photoshopped out, etc.

Also- I specifically told the photog to take table shots.  Well she took about 5 table shots asking guests to smile for the camera- the rest she randomly snapped, so people are eating, looking away, etc.  

During our portrait session I told her that there was one particular shot I wanted- a wide angle shot of us with a pond.  Well when we got the proofs, those were the only shots she took!!!  No close ups at all at that location!!  And out of all the photos there was only 2 or 3 closeup shots- the rest were full body shots!  She wound up cropping some down.  But that totally sucked.

She also didn’t take a single shot of the groom by himself, and only 3 shots of him with his parents (the best of which cropped off his mom’s feet).

Oh.  And she missed THE KISS!  I had to harass my guests to see if anyone got a shot of it and thankfully one person did (but only one person).

I liked our photog and her portfolio going in, but now I hate her.  I still don’t have everything I need from her, so I haven’t reviewed her for fear that it will make things even worse.  Things are already touchy because of how upset we were with the photos (we basically sent an e-mail asking, "Is that it?).

I don’t know what I could have done differently, but I totally cried when I saw the proofs.  Even the photo we chose as our bridal portrait we aren’t crazy about- it was just the least bad.

Post # 6
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ask your photographer nicely whether he’s willing to share with you some unedited photos.  Tell him you can’t find pictures of your aunts etc, and would be nice to have them.

We went around all the tables to take pictures with guests and while we were taking portraits of the sunset, everybody who saw us came by to take pictures with us.

My photographer way exceeded my expectations.  The only thing that I was upset with was that he missed the centerpieces and I was very proud of the DIY table decorations I did.  Oh well, I guess I didn’t tell him it was important.  A lesson learned for me as well.

Post # 7
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

In terms of # of pictures, he posted about 900+ online (12  hours).  I also got all the raw images from him of these 900+.

Post # 8
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2020

What was your understanding with the photographer?  Ours specifically told us they didn’t take shots of every single guest (regardless of the size of the wedding).  That wasn’t their style.  They were much more artistic and candid.  They sent us a few days before the wedding a sheet asking who (family) should be photographed, and they did indeed capture all of them.

Some family members did get left out and some of my Asian guests and relatives were surprised that they didn’t snap a photo with us (the bride and groom) and each guest. I think that being a more traditional Asian custom at weddings (at least the ones I’ve been to).

Oh and we got 550 photos which I thought was okay. They told us 500 to 700 was normal.

Unfortunately, not all photographers work the same.  Good luck with everything.

Post # 9
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Definitely look at you contract for the # of photos they committed to (it’s typically a range, for example 600-800 images).  If the contract doesn’t cover it, then I would ask to see the other images. It would be easier to obtain if you said you were looking for specific people as they can’t argue with that.  You have a right to see more images but it’s really grey matter if the # of images wasn’t specified.

They may have the images but be really picky about editing.  I’m a photographer and I went to college with people who were stellar photographers but the worst editors.  Then there were others who’s work was decent but they were great at editing work. 

Same goes for wedding photogs:  I met with ones who I loved their work online (good editors) but not in person (mediocre photographers) and vice versa.  Hopefully the latter for you. GL!!

Post # 10
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m an amatuer trying to get into the wedding photography business, and in the 10 or so weddings I’ve done, I’ve never tried to get photos of each guest… especially when I don’t want to miss any special moments of the bride and groom! There is so much a photographer is trying to capture and keep track of… it’s really stressful! 

I’ve assisted a couple of pro-photographers, and they don’t try to get each guest either.  If the guests are dancing or getting in on the action, it’s easier.  But it would be hard to keep track of who you photographed and who you didn’t, on top of everything else.

Can you ask the photographer for the photos that didn’t make the cut?  I’m sure they would supply you with those if you asked. 

My advice for everyone is to be really specific with your photographer on what you want.  A lot of people have completely different things they want captured during the wedding and photographers aren’t mind readers. 🙂 

Post # 11
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@beanbride: Like others have said, ask your photog for copies of ALL the photos they took.  Mine threw out some perfectly good pictures they assumed I didn’t want, but I just asked for a copy of everything because I’m the only one who should decide what photos are the most important.

@rosychicklet: How funny, it almost sounds like we had the same photog!  I feel your pain, girl.


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