(Closed) Unflattering wedding guest photos.

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
6574 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ToTheRiot:  Trust me, you’d be surprised how often people are doing stupid stuff in wedding photos. I’m a wedding photographer, and sometimes its a struggle while editing to find any good photos of some people. Not kidding. With almost 95% of my weddings being outside, the squinting eyes and scrunched faces is ALWAYS an issue. I have brides who insist on wanting the water in the background, instead of the dunes, even if it means they can’t keep their eyes open (because they have to stare into the sun). I always say – it doesn’t matter how great the background is, if the people look like crap. 

As for candids – my job is the capture moments. I’m either going to get the shot in the moment or not, and usually by the time I were to move positions for a shot – the moment has passed. The reception candids are always the most difficult, because people honestly do not realize that they make “stupid” faces while dancing. If I cut out all the photos of guests making silly faces while dancing, my couples wouldn’t have any dancing pictures. 😉 I try my hardest not to include anything that is incredibly unflattering but sometimes silly faces are just unavoidable.

I shot a wedding last year with a good friend of mine, and her bride was VERY expressive. As in….the entire ceremony every facial expression, laugh, look, etc was very very exaggerated. She complained to my friend (their contracted photographer) that she looked stupid in all her photos. I can promise you, that is truely the expression she made the entire time. It was unavoidable. 🙁 We are our own worst critic, and I personally hate every photo of myself.

Post # 4
784 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think that the bride could bring this up to the wedding photographer, who may have been focused on getting the 150 most flattering shots of the bride and groom (hey, they’re paying!).  The photographer may have other more flattering shots of the guests/bridal party in the b-roll.

Post # 5
3028 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Also (someone can correct me if I am wrong) but a pro photographer will touch up bride and groom, but isn’t going into a shot of 10 people dancing and do more than some lighting, shadows and angle re-do’s.  The B&G always look the best because they have more “tweaking done” with editing.  

Post # 6
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@aliciapdx:  There is no guarantee a photographer is going to even touch up a bride and groom unless that is part of their policies and/or something that’s been negotiated for.

I’m not exactly sure what the point of this post is, but keep in mind that even taking hundreds and hundreds of photos doesn’t always yield guest or group shots that doesn’t have at least one person making an unflattering face. But having not seen the work of the photographer it’s kind of hard to really know.

Post # 7
910 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I got my wedding photos back awhile ago and liked many of them….

I can truly say that I loved,loved, loved (we are talking frame/canvas worthy) 50 out of 1500 and that to me was more than I could have ever asked for……

The group shots of the bridal party and immediate family were ok…. but it really is hard to get 5-12 people to all look good in the same photo…. (different heights, weights, etc) 

In my opinion, the photographers should be spending the majority of the time making sure they capture great photos of the bride and groom since it really is their day.  My photographers made sure to use the right angles to make us look great….


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