Post # 1
I’m really struggling over the quality of our photos. Overall, I think our pictures are ok, but when I compare them to the photographer’s other pictures I don’t think they look good at all. I’m really trying hard not to compare, but its been a struggle.
Maybe I’m ridiculous but there are things that I feel like the phographer should have picked up on such as my father in laws flower being upside down in almost every single family photo. With the editing that was done everyone looks extremely pale and washed out…even people that were really tan. In a lot of pictures you can see our videographer in them… which could have easily been cropped out (I’ll probably do this myself, but not sure how it will affect when I print).
All of that is petty in comparison to the fact that there isn’t a single picture of my husband and I that I LOVE. Not a single one. There are some that are ehhh, ok, but nothing great. There isn’t a single natural picture where he and I are facing the camera straight on. We are either kissing, hugging, or in some awkward pose. I’m just really disappointed and don’t know how to get over this. I want a nice picture where you can actually see our faces and its too late now.
If any of you had to deal with a similiar situation, how did you handle it?
Post # 3
I haven’t been in this situation, but are you comfortable speaking with your photographer? Maybe they can do some of the editing you’re unhappy with, or maybe they will be willing to do a post-wedding photo shoot so you can get some shots you love.
Post # 4
@Mz2BeJager1: Why did you hire your photographer? I imagine the editing/posing/style is similar in all of his/her photos. If you can pin something down specifically about how you think the photos you got differ from the ones they advertised you can bring that to them, but if not it’s sort of on you for choosing a photographer with a style that wasn’t what you really loved. The issues of the upside down boutineer happen occasionally even to the most professional photographers (we are thinking about a lot of things other than boutineers!)
Post # 5
atalante – I hope you dont have to be in this situation and love your photos 🙂 Thanks for the input. I thought about a post-wedding shoot, but highly doubt the hubby would go for it. Never hurts to ask though!
BeeM – we hired the photgrapher based on their style and you are correct, a big part of the reason we hired photographer was their style/editing/posing, BUT it doesnt seem like we got that same attention (for lack of a better word) as other weddings/couples. We really loved her style previously, but ours don’t seem to match up in quality. Even a bridesmaid mentioned after the fact that it didnt seem like we did as much as other wedding parties.
The editing/style is not my biggest concern. Its that we don’t have a good picture of the two of us. Hindsight is 20/20 and I should have realized that we weren’t taking any shots other than kissing/hugging/”awkward facing camera with my arm around his head” etc shots.
I will try to talk to the photographer. Another reason we hired her is because we absolutely loved her personality so hopefully she will be understanding.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
I hear you – I love/like most of our pictures – but I realised after I got the photos back that there are NO bridal shots of just me, and no simple, close up, smiling shots of hubby & I. Sad face.
Post # 7
I would do a post wedding session. Ask your photographer if she would be willing to do it at a discount if you address your displeasure, I am sure she would fee like giving that to you!
Post # 8
i felt this way about my bridal party photos – i didn’t get any ones i loved of me and my girls and i had realllllly wanted that – especially i had wanted pics of us on the beach for our beach wedding! we got some with the guys, but not girls only. I also felt like i wished i had spoken up in the moment, but try not to be hard on yourself. you had so much going on that day, you were probably overwhelmed with emotion and you probably had a million things to remember and take in, that its practically impossible to remember every little thing!
I was able to organize another photo shoot. since i had a Destination Wedding and two of my BMs hadn’t come but had bought their dresses, i had a great excuse for another photo shoot. i would have loved to use my photographer again, but she didn’t live near me, so i found someone super cheap off craigslist. while the quality was not the same, i was happy with the overall turnout and felt it was worth it.
so for you, like a PP said, i suggest you do the same. organize a one hour photo shoot just for you and your husband and this come prepared with a list of exactly what you want! let me tell you it was so much fun to get all dressed up again. i made it cheaper by doing my makeup myself and getting a cheaper hairstyle (that i ended up liking better than my real wedding day hair!).
good luck and i hope you figure out something that you will you be happy with.
oh, i had a friend years ago do the same thing because her photog had not got one single close up shot of her and her husband together on their wedding day! so you are not the only one this has happened to, in case that helps to know that…
Post # 9
Its hard to make a judgement without comparing your pics to what is displayed on the website. Is it possible to post a few and link either the website or blog?
Sometimes people have issues with themselves in photos and not the photos themselves.
Post # 10
I feel the exact same disappointment with our wedding photos and I am really struggling to get over it. I absolutely LOVE the photos our photographer has on his website/blog. He has a distinct style and I love his processing but it is not at all what we got. There are a few great photos but overall I feel like they are sloppy – both in the photography itself and in the post-processing. I also feel like he missed a lot of the details I worked so hard on. He didn’t blog our engagement photos, so I almost feel like he had decided beforehand that our wedding wasn’t going to be blog-worthy and he just didn’t try as hard.
I still haven’t decided if I am going to address the issue with the photographer or not, but it makes me super sad every time I see that he has posted new work on his website and it is all amazing. I feel so cheated.
I’m really sorry the same thing happened to you. I don’t really have any advice, just wanted to say I know how you feel and it sucks. : (
Post # 11
When booking a photographer I always suggest viewing a complete wedding gallery, basing such an important purchase on a few images from the entire day based on a blog post is sometimes misleading. There are photographers who will only edit the images they post on the blog or website and unless you see their entire finished wedding you will not know until you get your images.
Post # 12
Agree with atalante and to reply to your saying you don’t think he’d go for it, just explain to him how important it is to you!
Post # 13
“He didn’t blog our engagement photos, so I almost feel like he had decided beforehand that our wedding wasn’t going to be blog-worthy and he just didn’t try as hard.”
I can totally relate! Our engagement session was blogged, but I specifically asked for our wedding not to be because I’m a weirdo and didn’t want our special day out on the Internet. A part of me feels like the photographer didn’t care as much b/c they knew it wasn’t going to be on their blog and a representation of their work.
I think I’m slowly getting over the fact that we don’t have any pictures that we LOVE of us as a couple. I really think the bee has helped becaues I’ve realized that it really could have been worse. To our photogrpaher’s credit – they didn’t miss any special moments (cake cutting, first kiss, first dance etc) so I’m really thankful for that.
I’m still considering a post-wedding shoot, but that means I’ll have to lay off the cookies and pizza b/c I’ve already gained some weight post wedding, EEEEK!
Thanks for all the kind words everyone!
Post # 14
I love our photos but wasn’t able to get all the pics I wanted due to timeline. I’m going to do a “Rock The Dress” session so I can get the additional pics that were missed. I’m soo excited cause my Gown is Rockin…
Post # 15
We just got our photos and I feel the same. The photographer did a good job at capturing all the moments but all the pictures are just ok. I really wanted a good picture of my husband and I so we could enlarge and frame it but so far, I am not sure if there’s any that’s worthy of such 🙁