Post # 1
I had the most amazing destination wedding in June but I just got my photos back (well most as 30 didn’t upload properly so I haven’t seen them yet) but I’m not sure how to feel about them.
We have a few of the most amazing artistic style shots ever that are just absolutely perfect but we just don’t really have any photos that are more portrait style. Nearly all are us looking at each other/kissing each other/from a distance but I really wanted some more close up ones with us both looking at the camera… We just don’t have any like that unless it’s in the 30 I haven’t received yet of course.
Our wedding was really small, just me, my now husband and our son and we had the photographer for 5 hours so time was not an issue. Also I told my photographer that as I hate my teeth I really wanted the photos to be mainly posed with me smiling with my mouth shut if you get what I mean but there are quite a few with my horrible teeth showing smile (if anyone could make my teeth look better in photoshop I would love you forever) … I think this problem may be because my photographer was ill so got another photographer to fill in at the last minute and maybe forgot to pass on this message so maybe there were photos he rejected that I would personally much prefer but that he may be considered were not smiley enough.
They were alooking no pics of me and my son alone, my husband and our son alone or the 3 if us together. Fortunately in the evening my husband took a load of photos of me and my son so I’m very thankful for that but I wish there were some pro ones still.
IIt’s like I look at some photos and want to ask my photographer who I don’t even have any contact details for, if he had taken another photo at the time where I was closed mouth smiling or where we were both looking at the camera.
I guess ideally I just want to see every photo taken as I’m sure there were loads that were rejected that I may have loved but I’m not sure whether it’s OK to do that. My photographer was so nice so I don’t want to offend him but I’m really stressing about this.
Please someone give me some advice
Post # 2
I bet your pics are awesome, you should post a few for us! I loved our photographer and like you, I didn’t end up with many portrait style photos of the two of us together. The day was such a blur that I don’t know if we even posed for pics like that.
Do you remember posing for portraits together? If so, I think it would be ok to ask if there are any photos like that even if they didn’t make the final cut of the photos you received.
You could also ask about the possibility of photoshop for your smile although I’m sure you actually look lovely! I loved my photos but found so much fault with how I looked – awkward smile, armpit fat, tanline, eyebags, messy hair, double chin, wonky eye, etc. I realize I’m (hopefully!) way more aware of these perceived flaws than anyone else.
Post # 3
Thank you, I just received the extra 30 and there is a nice portrait one of myself and one of my partner and son without me that are nice but even them are taken quite far away so were quite blurred. I really wanted a nice posed one of the three of us but there is only one which is nice but my son is standing really uncomfortably (also a bit blurry) and the other i dont like as im smiling with an open mouth….
I made sure to smile with an open mouth in some just incase they turned out nice (which they do if taken from my right side only but not from the front/left due to overcrowding of teeth on my left side) but mostly open mouthed so there must have been some, but i think he has chosen some photos deliberately because i am open mouth smiling as im not sure if my original photographer told him that I dont like my smile.
I also think that maybe he rejected some becuase he was looking for a photo where all 3 of us look perfect but thats rarely the case with a 6 year old and although i cant do much with photoshop i can switch a persons face.
I guess I just wanted at least one nice posed photo of the three of us, my partner and our son, my partner alone and me and my son alone. I also worry he picked some photos with me open mouth smiling and rejected some with me closed mouth smiling because he wasnt told about my preferences… also maybe there were some photos that i would have loved that were rejected.
Im not sure whether to ask for all the photos taken unedited or whether to ask for more of certain ones. I really dont want to offend him. maybe i should bring up the smiling issue and/or maybe i could offer to pay more for him to edit an extra 50 photos of my choice?
Post # 4
Most photographers will go above and beyond to please their customers. I don’t think it is rude at all if a client asks me to work on a photo a little bit more, or for them to ask me to go through the RAW images to make sure I didn’t eliminate something specific. As long as it’s not a gazillion things that we didn’t agree to in the contract, which it doesn’t sound like that is what you are asking. Just ask them if you can see some more of the closeup portrait photos that didn’t make the cut.
Post # 5
- Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
I understand you being upset. I too did not get any pictures alone with my daughter who is 7. But my husband got a few photos of him and his son who is 5. I also did not get any bridal shots that showed my gown and train in its entirety…all the pics had my dress cut off even though the photographer took her time to fluff out the bottom of my dress and train so that her husband could take the pictures!
Any good photographer should be able to edit your teeth shots. For our engagement session/love session our photographer was able to fix my husbands teeth. But she didn’t need to for our wedding photos as he had made it to the dentist by then. I also had to ask her for a close up of us kissing because all the pics she sent in our preview were taken at a distance. She was able to do this without distorting the image.
I too was initially upset about some of my images. Some were dull and lack-luster?? I expected bold colors and sharp images that popped because those were the pics I seen on her website. But I talked to her about it and told her I expected something different. And she went through them and edited everyone I did not like. She used some new trend on my pictures…matte finish. And I hated it. She went back and did what she could to make the photos more vibrant. So now I am ok with the pictures. You just have to be upfront. I too asked if there were double pictures that I could choose which I preferred myself but she had already narrowed down and placed the best ones (over 400) into my preview.
Post # 6
Thank you both of you. It makes me feel a lot better.
Since my last post I hadn’t realised how warm the photos had been edited (my face was orange in a lot of them) but I have just corrected them myself with just using a white balace on the photos… fortunately i have copright
I have now contacted the photographer and asked for all the photos of the day unedited and said I didnt mind paying an extra fee for this so I am just waiting for his reply, if he says no to that I will then ask for him to things like correct my teeth/provide me with some more photos where my mouth is closed smiling.
I guess I am upset because of the whole teeth situation regardless…. It will cost me £4000 for braces which as a student I cant see myself having for quite some time.
Reagrdless of these of these problems I ahve so many that I love whch is great I just hope I can get the profile shots thing sorted. I would posty a photo but I dont wnat my photog to come across it and be offended as I really am so happy with his work but I will do a recap once i get this issue sorted