(Closed) So disappointed in pro pics – this happen to anyone else?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m in your boat. I do not like the majority of my pics and have yet to go back and get my album made! I’ll be married a year soon!

Post # 18
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Busy bee

@conkin420 your quote: “There wasn’t any good ones?? That’s awful. How do these photog get away with this. After posting this and reading a few others I see this isn’t so uncommon. I wish we had gone with another photographer but what’s done it done.”

I’m truly sorry you are in this situation, but in all honesty it’s really up to the client to make sure they are hiring a competent wedding photographer. And not just someone who takes nice photos.

Camara’s are tools – having a nice camera doesn’t mean anything unless the person using it knows what they are doing. ANYONE can buy a camera, set up a website and call themselves a pro photographer. It’s totally diluted that title for those who are actual photographic artists.

My Rant – that these hack photographers are giving the rest of us in the industry a bad name.

MY ADVICE TO FUTURE BRIDES: Make sure to see AT LEAST two recent full weddings similar to your wedding before you hire anyone. That will give you an idea of what your wedding photos will look like.

Post # 19
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Busy bee

A side note: In the last year I’ve shot a handful of styled anniversary shoots from couples in the ‘I hired a hack-tographer’ boat as you. We have them dance, feed each other cake, etc super fun. It’s not the wedding, but you get to wear your dress again and it’s wedding related.

Post # 21
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Busy bee

@conkin420 Maybe since those pictures were taken their staff has changed and those were different photographers?

OHH boy – Did you hire a large company that showed you lots of albums from different photographer or the exact people your cousin used? Meaning the same exact people photographed both weddings.

Rant #2 – Big wedding companies like Bella {now bankrupt}, The Pros, AFI, and now Davids Bridal go out and hired those same hack-tographers to show up and the wedding and “cover the event” they are paid $300-$500 to show up and then turn over the files to the company. There are smaller versions of these companies within each community.


MY ADVICE TO FUTURE BRIDES PART TWO: Make sure you are seeing the work of the person you are hiring, not just a collection from the company. The quality of photo is determined by person who pushed the button of the camera.

Post # 22
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Newbee

@conkin420: (and everyone else!)  Have you thought about hiring an editing company to try and take your photos to the next level, give them more “pop”, or even a vintage or “hip” look.  you might be able to spruce up the mediocre images with a little editing.  I know Pro Photo Edits works with pro photogs, as well as regular people with poor images.

 

http://www.ProPhotoEdits.com  – Check out their beauty edits, artistic edtis, and custom edits 🙂

 

Post # 26
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@conkin420:  Oh my goodness! Thanks for letting me know that. It’s been almost a year! I will check it out when I get home from work. 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@kris325:  Ugh, I kind of want to slap your photographer! If you send me the full resolution files of those top two pics I can try to edit them using photoshop to get rid of the feather and open your husband’s eyes in the first pic (if you would like). No promises, but looking at them I don’t think it would be too difficult to do.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Arrowchan:  Oh my gosh I would be absolutely thrilled for that! How could I send you the pictures?

Post # 29
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Newbee

@conkin420:  Glad to help!  I recenty heard/booked a 2012 bride who hired a budget photographer who delivered blurry, and extremely underexposed image (almost black) photos.  Appearantly they shot the entire ceremony and many of the bridal creatives with their lens in manual focus, so none of them turned out. We scheduled a re-shoot at the venue for mid August.  I was also able to take many of the poor images and edit them to a point where the bride didn’t cringe when she looked at them.  They weren’t perfect, but they are WAY better than before.

Post # 30
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@FoxyBride14:  This thread is scaring me too!

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@kris325:  I will PM you my email. 🙂

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