(Closed) SO Disappointed with Engagement Photos – Advice

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Re-take engagement photos?
    Yes - go for it : (16 votes)
    12 %
    No - be content with the handful of good photos : (115 votes)
    88 %
  • Post # 32
    150 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I am a HUGE fan of photojournalistic photography and I absolutely adore all of these photos BUT, I would also be disappointed if I didn’t have a variety of close-ups and scenic shots. However, I definitely don’t think it’s worth another $700. Save the beauty portraits for the wedding day and cherish the great artistry of these engagement photos.

    Post # 33
    1367 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    WOOO! TOTALLY AMAZING PHOTOS!!! I LOOOOVE!!! It’s interesting and gorgeous.

    If you are more of portrait kind of girl, how about a studio session? I have seen some STUNNING engagement photos shot in studio. Studio photos sound boring? Now adays with fashionable photographers, you can make it creative also.

    Post # 34
    1154 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    THESE ARE AMAZING! I love that stype of photography and think she did a great job. I would definitely just ask if you can do a quick portrait style shoot to get close ups of you and your Fiance.

    Post # 35
    4690 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

    Wow, i LOVE your photos!!! I wish mine were more like that, Mine were close up and after a while it’s annoying to look at the same sickeningly sweet smile. Your friend is very talented!

    I would ask him/her to take more close-ups tho if that’s what you want. I wouldn’t feel bad about it.


    Post # 36
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I love them!  However, it is up to you.  Maybe sleep on it a few days and see how you feel.  If it is worth it to you and your budget, go for another round.  I love them, however!

    Post # 37
    1408 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @bruinchick4:  i think theyre beautiful!!! i used them on my wedding website too & will be using them at our reception too. I think a dozen or so is all you really need. We are our own worst  critics but if youbwant some closeup head shots you could always ask. Looking back at ours, we had a good variety of both. Good luck!

    Post # 38
    789 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    She can do cropping with some of these…

    You seem to have hired a photographer that is not your style. You want a more traditional portrait style photographer.

    Post # 39
    444 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    They are simply beautiful!!!! Do some cropping and see which works best for you. all are stunning. What a great friend and photgrapher.

    Post # 40
    11744 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    those photos are amazing. I definitely don’t think it’s worth it to spend $ On more e-pics, you really don’t use them for anything.

    Post # 41
    129 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    You dont need more photos than that. Instead, save your money for a wedding photographer you’ll be happy with.

    Post # 43
    3885 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think this is a good lesson in being very clear with what you expect and what is important to you.  Most think the OP’s photos are really nice, but “nice” is subjective, not objective. It means different things to different people.  The OP indeed got many nice photos but they’re still not to her liking and she feels disappointed. For your wedding shots, OP, I would be a lot more clear about what shots and styles will make you happy, so you don’t run into the same disappointment again.

    Post # 44
    200 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    They are amazing photos, I myself would prefer a few similar to these and alot of close up personal photos.  However, I wouldn’t spend the extra money to have them re taken, there is a chance you won’t like the new ones as well.  Save the money and put it to better use for the wedding.

    Post # 45
    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    @photogestelle:  Poorly executed?  How are they poorly executed?


    It’s definitely unfortunate that you do not like these photos, like others have commented I think they are stellar and leagues above what people usually post here.  I really don’t understand why people are so fixated on the close up both people turned and looking at the camera stuff, but art is subjective.  These photos to me scream two people in love having real moments.  Engagements only usually represent the creative posed side of wedding photographer, which is generally a pretty small percentage of the photos taken at a wedding.  But that being said the photographer you hire should be allowed to do what they do best.  

    A free reshoot with results like these even if the photographer had time to do it I think is not fair to them either.

    Post # 46
    322 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Personally I LOVE them! If you really aren’t happy, I’d say do a shorter shoot and get some good close ups, then use this round for the more artistic side of things

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