So I HATED my Engagament Pictures… Should I Keep Her for the Wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What to do??
    Stick with the original photog, but only if you like how the pre-wedding photoshoot goes. : (67 votes)
    37 %
    Get out now! Your wedding pictures are too important to risk. : (107 votes)
    59 %
    Other -- Please explain! : (8 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @silkspectre94:  Well we are usually our own worst critics, so I doubt you look as horrible as you think you do.  Of course, it’s hard to say without seeing pictures for comparison (your photos vs her photos).  That being said, if you don’t like her work, you need to let her know.  I would not stick with someone that you’re not comfortable with.  An engagement shoot can be redone on another day, your wedding can’t.  *HUGS*

    Post # 4
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    900 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Can you post one of the E photos you hate and one of your regular photos where you liked what you look like?  That will help with the advice you’ll get.  One of the great things about WB is that you can delete your picture later, after getting some responses.

    Post # 5
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    13294 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @BookGirrl:  I agree with this — post one or two for us to see! I’m sure it’s not as bad as you think!

    Post # 7
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    1024 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    i think the pictures are beautiful and you are over criticising yourself!

    Post # 9
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    2515 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @lauraashley09:  +1

    OP- you look fine! i love your engagement pics!

    Post # 10
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    11384 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    @lauraashley09:  Agreed.

    I think you look exactly like you in your engagement photos, only enhanced with loads of better lighting and focus.

    Post # 11
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    13294 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I don’t think you look like you’re 45 – really!  I do this you should talk to your photographer about angles, though;   Especially the one with you leaning on the fence; the angle itself isn’t flattering, it’s not you!

    Post # 12
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    3053 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    Tilting your head up like you are in the 2nd pic is not flattering on anyone. It doesn’t look bad but I can understand critiquing it like you are. I really like the 3rd one though, I’m not sure why you think you look old lol

    Post # 13
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    900 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @silkspectre94:  Okay, actually, I do see what you mean…and both my E-pic photgrapher AND my wedding photographer did the same thing with me..

    In every picture of you, either your chin is up, or you are tilted slightly to one side–this seems to be the new trend in the “journalistic” style photos, so you aren’t posed and they let you just do whatever and don’t give much direction.  In most of those picture, you would have looked better if they told you to put your chin down and actually turn your face to the camera, instead of tilting your face away and then having your eyes look at the camera.

    I know it’s no consolation, but I went through the SAME THING and was disappointed in both my E-pics and my wedding photos, and those were two different photogs.

    I just think a lot of photographers don’t know how to make regular people look most flattering, you know?  I don’t like my profile (I’m honest with myself, I accept it’s not a good profile), and I told both photographers that, and still….98% of all the photos were me from the side.

    Blah.

    Even getting a new photographer won’t ensure better face photos.  I just think a lot of photographers now get really wrapped up in the overall photo, and not what the couple looks like, even though the whole point of wedding and engagement photography is making the couple look good.

    I’ve ranted about this before on the Photo boards.  =)

    I can post some of my own hideous pictures, if it makes you feel better.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @silkspectre94:  I think that its maybe just that the posing that you’re doing in the e-pics isn’t what you’re used to. In the regular pictures you’re very straight on. I also get a weird feeling when I have pictures that aren’t my usual, but then I realize that I do look good later on.

    I think your pictures are great. Like @jcw522: said, the pose in the 2nd e-pic isn’t the most flattering, but it looks like that was just a mistake. I think your pictures are breautiful, and I love the last one.

    Post # 15
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    1102 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    You look great in your pictures. I think you are being over critical of yourself!!

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