- 8 years ago
- Wedding: May 2010
I just got my professional pics from our photographer and I have a love/hate relationship with them! I love the pictures that we have (well, most of them) but there are sooooo many moments missing and overall the pictures are just lacking and the more I think about our photographers from that day, the more disappointed I am.
I hired them because they shot my best friend’s wedding (I was her MOH) so i knew them and her pics were great. I was planning from out-of-state so it was easy just to go with it. I knew after our engagement shoot that I didn’t love them but we paid a 50% deposit, so there was really no room in the budget to make changes.
Anyway…some of the pictures that are missing? There is no picture of my friend who wrote and performed a poem during our ceremony. There is only one picture of our best man’s toast. There is no picture of my hubs and his grandma. There is no picture of our families together. No picture of me dancing with my mom or my brother at the reception. In fact, there are more pictures of my best friend and HER family than there are of me and mine at the reception. There is a close up shot of every person in our wedding party during the ceremony – except for ME. There are 10+ shots of our bouquets, but only 4 posed shots of me with my bridal party.
Anyway, my advice to every bride out there is to really communicate with your photographers about your expectations so that you aren’t disappointed. Don’t think that because they are “professionals” that they know what shots to get. We had a list but a few were missed and even then there is only ONE posed picture of me and my MOH! ONE! And be sure to give someone else (your Maid/Matron of Honor, anyone!) your list of the important pictures so that they can make sure the photographers capture it all (though to me a lot of our missed moments were obvious, like our wedding poem!)
And most importantly, follow your gut. I wish, for all the expense, that I had listened to my gut when I knew I didn’t love our photographers. We did get some great pictures so it wasn’t a total loss, but I can only imagine what another photographer could have done with our day.
Good luck, ladies!