Post # 1
We just got the link to our wedding photo gallery this morning and all I feel is disappointment. I have been so excited to see them since the day of the wedding, and really looking forward to re-living the beautiful day that flew by, and they ended being a huge let down. I was a little surprised we got them back so fast since we just got married on 9/29, but of course was still incredibly excited to look through them. The biggest problem is that so many of the photos seem overexposed. I can see how this would happen outside since it was very sunny, but it wasn’t bright in the church or the reception hall. I don’t mind brightening up photos, but not to the point where people are washed out and colors are off. Most of the photos that were taken outside are not printable since it was so bright. I only have one photo with my sisters and you can’t see half of my head/face because of the way the sun is hitting me. I just don’t understand why the photographer wouldn’t move us into the shade or somewhere the lighting would have worked better. So then we have photos inside, and half of those are horrible lighting as well. It’s like they tried to overcompensate with a ridiculous flash or something.
My other issue with the gallery is the amount of photos we received. There were 2 photographers so we were expecting all these photos of moments from different angles and viewpoints. And somehow we got a grand total of 2 photos of me walking down the aisle (neither of which are good ones), 1 photo of our cord tying ceremony, and so on. Those are just 2 examples of many. Like what was the other photographer doing and why did we pay them!? The family portraits were bad with overexposure and weird lighting. And some there is only one photo to choose from. I really wanted a few nice family photos to hang around the house and now I’m wondering if I will ever want to hang them.
To me those are moments that we will never get back and they were captured horribly. I looked at the photographer’s online galleries, blogs, and wedding albums before booking and really liked their work. So I’m not even sure how ours turned out so bad. They also did our engagement photos and we really liked them as well. All I want is for our photos to match the beautiful memories I have of our wedding day, and they’re not even close. I know I will get over it eventually, but right now I am just so incredibly disappointed. Any other bees feel similar? Or have words of wisdom?
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
The overexposure “flooded with light” style seems to be getting pretty popular with wedding photographers lately, at least near me. So sorry bee. =( Maybe you could write the photographer and ask if he could re-edit a couple of your favorites to bring down the exposure if possible?
Post # 3
Are the photographers other photos similar with the flooded with light look?
Post # 4
Definitely ask if your photographer can reedit the ones where it’s too bright – sometimes they can be salvaged. As for the only 2 of you walking down the aisle, that’s pretty unacceptable. Typically I give me bride at least 6-7 pictures of her walking down the aisle, though to be fair if you were somehow making a not-so-flattering face, the photographer might have nixed some. It happens. I’d reach out to them and express your disappointment and see if there’s anything they can do to fix it.
Post # 5
Have you talked with the photographer? You can ask to see all the pics. They also have the ability to adjust a lot of things.
Post # 6
hickoryhills : kristin36890 : I’ve noticed others that are obviously brightened, but they didn’t look washed out. Plus the indoor ones look like we are standing in a dark room and they used a basic digital camera with a flash. Just flat out bad lighting.
simplebee92 : julies1949 : I emailed them back expressing my disappointment and why. I tried to be nice about it, but we’ll see what they say back. I’m very nervous for the reply.
On top of everything, we paid these photographers $3,200. Now I just feel like it was a waste of money and we would have been happier with a cheaper option.
Post # 7
We are date twins. Though we haven’t got our pictures back yet.
I’m so sorry you’re disappointed with the photos. Have you spoken to the photographer?
Post # 8
Date twins as well, we haven’t gotten ours back yet. do you have examples of the pics that you have issues with?
I would try to speak to the photographer first…see how they respond to your email.
Post # 9
cjm18 : I feel your pain. Really. I have gotten some sneak peeks of ours and I am already dissapointed. (lots of reasons.) Still holding out though for all of them but I am definitely preparing myself for a let down.
At first I really really had the sads. My thoughts kept circling about how I could get better pictures (re-shoot!??! edit the pics myself?? ) I just kept coming to the same conclusion: the day is over and I have to let it go. I do not want this disappointment to overshadow the beauty of that day. Though I wish the pictures would capture the love and amazingness of the day, the memories will still always live in my heart.
I truly hope you can either fix the issues with your pictures or find peace with the situation. Hugs!
ETA: commenting on your post made me want to go back to the photgraphers instagram and check out any new sneak peeks from our wedding. Yeah, she posted a new one and I spontaneously broke out in tears. Everyone else’s pictures are so lovely and I literally do not know what is going on with mine. I feel embarrassed, because they are there for everyone to see.
I am trying really hard to take my own advice, so Bee, do not feel like you are alone with this issue. So I’m sad, but trying to be brave.
Post # 10
Do you have some examples? I’m so sorry this happened to you bee!
Post # 11
I’m so sorry this happened to you bee. I know the amount of photos your receive can feel a bit disappointing, I too only received a few photos of me walking down the aisle, during ceremony with my face showing, and my eyes are closed in a lot of them or I’m making a weird face. Sometimes I wish I had done a first look to get more nice (non-sweaty from dancing) portraits of my husband and I, but in the end, you have something to look back on and photos could never truly recapture the entire essence of the most perfect day of many of our lives.
A suggestion I have for your overexposed photos: Lightroom is a free editing tool, like photoshop, that can do wonders on fixing lighting issues while keeping the integrity of the presumably high quality photos. Also reach out to your photographer!
Post # 12
I too would be devastated, especially when you spent a lot. But I believe they can be saved – have you see how much people edit pics on Instagram?! So much can be achieved
I agree with others, it would be good to see an example. If it was me, I’d do as you’ve done as see if the photographer is willing to re edit them first. If not, or you’re still unhappy, I’d ask for the photos in RAW (rather than just jpegs), you could then ask someone with experience in Lightroom to have a go at editing and show you what’s possible. You can edit from the JPEGs but you can do so much more with the RAW files.
My fiancé is pretty good with this sorts of thing and we have all the software, so I’m very happy to ask his opinion if you can show us an example 🙂
Post # 13
Just remember that unless specified in your contract, you do not own the images. The photographer may not grant you the rights to edit the photos yourself and or print them. View your contract to see all that you are legally entiiled to and then have a frank discussion with your photographer about how your expectations and not matching reality. Most vendors want you to be happy so they should be willing to hear you out and try to accomodate your wishes.
Post # 14
ladyartichoke : beevincent18 : I emailed the photographer on Friday and she emailed back yesterday asking if there was a good time to call and discuss. So I haven’t really gotten an explanation from them yet.
kathymoreira : louiseoxford : I haven’t downloaded any of the photos yet to share. Just waiting to see what happens first.
Shesaidyes : ugh I’m so sorry you’re feeling the same. It’s the worst! We had only seen one sneak peak before getting the photos and that one actually was a good one. So major disappointment when we actually saw the rest. I feel the same way though -when I look at their other photos they are nice so I don’t know how ours turned out so differently.
Post # 15
cjm18 : at this point, and after (I’ll be real honest here) a very tearful weekend, we’ve decided to do bridal portraits with another photograher. I’m still feeling strange about it, but I want just a few normal, relaxed, well posed pictures of my husband and I in our bridal finery even if it is in a neutral environment. I am so sorry you are going through this too! Again, trying to take my own advice, but it IS hard.