(Closed) Question about engagement photos

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What percentage of your e-pics did you like?
    75-100% of our photos looked good : (17 votes)
    50 %
    50-74% of our photos looked good : (10 votes)
    29 %
    25-49% of our photos looked good : (4 votes)
    12 %
    Less than 25% of our photos looked good : (3 votes)
    9 %
    All of our photos sucked : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    11167 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    Well we women are sooo hard on ourselves that this doesn’t really surprise me.

    I would say I ended up liking about half of our photos but could really nitpick myself down to 25% if I let myself. I am sticking with my photographer because it isn’t his fault really.

    If your photographer really did a crappy job than yeah there isn’t any issue with finding another one, as long as you don’t have a full contract and deposit. However, I would make sure that the issues you are having aren’t you being harsh on yourself rather than actually disliking the photos themselves.

    Post # 4
    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    How many images were in the gallery?  This will help me answer your question.

    You are not going to like every image, if you like 25% I think that is pretty good.  I never sell every image in my viewing gallery, the customer buys what they love and usually it’s under 20% of the images.  Now most of this is because of budget due to my pricing structure, but how many images do you really need?  Also, are you buying images ala-cart or getting the entire set on CD?

    The next question is do you not like the way you look in the images or do you not like the photography?  Unflattering angles, bad lighting or editing,etc.  A photographer can’t help the way you look and most of us are hard on yourself.  A good photographer should be able to work with a subject though to bring out the best of them and minimize problem areas.

    I suggest showing them to your friends, they see you every day and know what you look like better than you, and can tell you if the images look awkward.  You can post a few here too, it will help me determine if it was the photographers fault or not.

    The upskirt thing is common with photographers not versed in portraiture.  They don’t pay attention to composition and usually see it after the fact when they are editing.  You just don’t shoot that low when they are wearing a dress or skirt, it really ruins the image because it’s the first thing that draws the eye.  Maybe some of them can be cropped tighter at the waistline.

    Post # 6
    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    How long was your shoot for?  I would discuss your concerns with your photographer, maybe they will be willing to reshoot them.  How do these images compare with the photographer’s general portfolio?  Care to share the photographer’s blog?

    Post # 7
    7695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    My photographer took approximately 300 photos and of those I LOVED 2 of them and I liked 10 of them. That’s 3%! Once I got my e-pics back was when I knew I had to change photographers for our wedding day.

    Post # 8
    197 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I wasn’t a big fan of ours, but our session wasn’t very long…  I say I really liked 2 or 3 out of about 60.  The nice thing about not caring for them, I have TONS of pics of Fiance and me, so I didn’t let it get to me.  I am sure the wedding pics will be different, it will be a full day of picutres! 

    Post # 9
    3142 posts
    Sugar bee


    My photographer took maybe a hundred photos and chose to show me about 50 or so and I liked about half.

    But… thats 50 % of only 50, not hundreds.

    From what you’ve said, you should def not use this photographer again (if you were planning on it)

    Post # 10
    2161 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We had about 5 favourites and loved a lot of them.   I didn’t hate any of them.  

    If you’re planning using this photographer again, I would re-think it.

    Post # 11
    3142 posts
    Sugar bee


    i loooooove your avatar picture!  *goes to check and see if mapleBecky has posted a wedding recap*

    Post # 13
    1269 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    sometimes a picture can change dramatically by cropping- zoooming etc.  Are you purchasing prints or the .raw files?  

    Post # 14
    236 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    It’s great that other people love your pictures, but I think it’s really important for you to love your pictures! It doesn’t sound like this is a case of “my smile looks stupid” or anything like that.  It seems like you actually don’t like the poses you were put in, the way the shots were taken, etc.  Because of this, I would at least think about switching photographers for your wedding, if I were you.

    We got about 105 pictures back (I know he took a ton more, but these were the edited ones we received).  There is only one picture I don’t like, and that’s because it’s not my particular style.  My photographer was really good about having us change angles, poses, leg position, etc. when he thought we looked awkward or knew that it would be an unflattering shot.

    Anyway, it’s just something to think about! Good luck with whatever you decide!

    Post # 15
    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    I agree, even if you are hard on yourself it doesn’t change the boob and upskirt shots.

    Post # 16
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I loved all of my engagement photos. There were a few where I didn’t like how I looked as much, but just in that funny way that we are over critical on ourselves. Out of 150 photos, I thought that the photographic technique on all of them is outstanding. It was almost impossible to choose which ones to print.

    I would wish that kind of photographic satisfaction on all brides! I was equally thrilled with our wedding photos, and I have high standards. I think you should look for a different photographer.

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