Post # 1
I’m slightly concerned that I am crazy and need therapy. Here’s my deal:
We’ve been married for almost a year now, but I can’t help but have major regrets about the professional photographs taken at our wedding. I tried to skimp on expenses so I went for a "cheaper" photographe. And while I feel he did a decent job for what we paid, I definitely feel let down. One thing that is really bothering me is the lack of photos of myself alone and of me and my husband. I feel like this is partly my fault because perhaps I wasn’t specific about this…
Anyway, in trying to move forward, I was wondering if it would be totally crazy, totally ridiculous, totally pathetic to have additional professional photographs taken of me in my wedding dress and possibly with my husband. ONE YEAR LATER. OK, just writing that made me feel like a fool. But I’m trying to figure this out and move on.
We didn’t get engagement photos taken, so maybe that will do?
Is something totally wrong with me? HELP!
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2018 - Rainforest wedding, beachfront restaurant reception
I don’t think you are crazy at all. My photographer was just telling me that he recently shot a couple in the exact same situation. They weren’t happy with their photos taken by another wedding photographer and so they took professional photos for their one year anniversary. I say "Go for it!"
Post # 4
We lucked out and a friend who is breaking into photography took a fabulous pic that became our engagement photo, though we never had a formal session. We subsequently saw some very stylin’ e-pics and decided to do an anniversary shoot one year after we married. I may ask my friend to do a trash the dress shoot as well… Bottom line – go for it! If it’s still bugging you, there is obviously a need. 🙂
Post # 5
I think it is a wonderful idea and a way to relive the magic with your hubby. Don’t feel silly at all!
Post # 6
There is absolutely no reason why you should not be able to take photographs again! I’m a newbie photographer and a friend and I put an free ad out to build our portfolio. Immediately, we were booked by a couple who have been married for a year already. They had their original photos from the wedding but wanted something a little more different. They dressed up in their wedding gown and suit and we spent the entire day shooting. It’s an excellent idea to just shoot pictures in general at any timeframe (whether in your original wedding dress or not). I’ve also seen several couples who do photoshoots for their anniversaries so this would be great idea for you. Go for it…the time difference should not matter for the pictures you are aiming to get.
Post # 7
I don’t think it’s silly. I’ve had friends who couldn’t afford pro pics at the time of their wedding or had a quickie wedding (marrying guys in the military.. sigh) and not having time to book a photographer. But they did pictures on their anniversary. And not only did they get amazing pictures.. the girls got to get all dolled up and feel like princesses again!
Post # 8
I just saw you are in Boulder! I don’t know if you already have someone lined up, but we are using Ross and Kammi from Elegant Images and Photograph and we love them (their work/personalities). Ross charged $175 for a 1.5 hr shoot which produced 200+ pictures; we also got a $50 credit toward ordering prints as a part of the deal. Less than a week later he posted our pics on his blog and a week after that we got a book with all of our proofs. I know his prices have increased slightly, but I feel that he is an excellent photographer at a great value. Here is a link to his site:http://www.elegant-image.com/index2.php. Feel free to PM me if you want a link to our pics from him:)
Post # 9
If you’re crazy, then that makes two of us! I had this done just last week. While I also had frequent doubts about my sanity, my circumstances were pretty much identical to yours and I eventually caved. We hired an awesome photographer and called it an anniversary shoot. It was actually quite romantic, just the two of us in our wedding gear… I don’t plan to tell anyone, because the pictures are just for us. Maybe I’m crazy, maybe I’m selfish, but I strangely have no regrets! I’d be happy to send you the link to our shoot if you would like.
Post # 10
I think it’s a great idea. I think it would be a lot of fun. We’re renewing our vows and though we are having a great photographer, we’re planning on doing a shoot the day after the wedding with us and some with our daughter. We really don’t have a ton of family shots, since I am the one who takes the pictures. I also want to get a christmas card beach shot as well. So, go for it. Have fun!
Post # 11
Personally, and this is JUST me – because I’m nuts and I too need therepy! I woulnd’t do it becuse I would know every time I looked at them that it wasn’t taken on my wedding day.
I would do it at a vow renewal so it held sentimental value to me – but like I said I’m a nut case…and it would bug me out knowing it wasn’t my wedding day. But if you’re cool with it then go for it! 😉
As a side note….next year, you could see a photo you like, and think yours wern’t great again, and then what? There will always be a better photog out there, a picture that wasn’t taken. While there should have been more of you guys alone and together – you will always find something that wasn’t taken and want it.
Maybe just make it a point each year to take amaing photos – I know that any future children you have will love them! And this way you’ll be in the habbit for when and if children or fur babies come along and you’ll always have this amazing time line to show everything from that moment on.
Good luck with whatever you do.
Post # 12
Crazy would be re-creating your entire wedding. =) You’re not crazy at all — have fun!
Post # 13
P.S. Don’t know if this helps, but… we chose an arty style of photography, much different than our actual wedding day. Since, like you, we didn’t do engagement photos, I really treasure the emotions that were captured. Our wedding day was beautiful, but somewhat overcome by family drama, etc., plus we could only afford the photographer for two hours.
In the new pictures it is, of course, completely obvious that it is not our wedding day or venue, so I didn’t wear a veil, and I made minor changes to the dress to make it more casual. It’s not a poufy dress to begin with, so it felt more like having your Sunday best on. Anyway, you could always do nice pictures in non-wedding attire, but if this is still eating at you a year later, I say go for it!
Post # 14
It’s not crazy at all. You can call this your trash the dress session and take all sorts of cool photos. Go for it and have fun!
Post # 15
Thank you everyone! It’s great to know that I’m not insane and that others have gone through the same thing!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Post # 16
yeah i’m with everyone else. i think it’s perfectly normal. you’d want something that you would be happy with when you look at the photos. go for it, and make sure you find a really good photographer now! 🙂