So disappointed in our wedding photos :(

posted 1 year ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • 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
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Bumble bee

Are the photographers other photos similar with the flooded with light look?

Post # 4
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Helper bee

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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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
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Helper bee

Do you have some examples? I’m so sorry this happened to you bee!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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
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Blushing bee

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
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Helper bee

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 # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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. 

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