(Closed) Unhappy with engagement pics…. advice?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
45 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Kalderman882:  If it were me, I wouldn’t ask for a reshoot, and I would find another photographer for the wedding.  Read through the contract and see what the terms and payment options are.  If it doesn’t say anything in the contract, try to negotiate paying for the engagement shoot according to their a la carte price and cancel the remainder of the contract.  I don’t think you should risk your wedding photos on a photographer you already know has a different style than you!

Post # 4
2067 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@tokyohamster:  Agree – There should be a way out in the contract… I would hope

Post # 5
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Kalderman882:  What don’t you like about the photos?  Are they nothing like his work on his site?  If so state that as a cause for cancellation and find a new photog asap.

Post # 6
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think there are a few details missing from your post – it’s hard to answer without knowing:

– did you tell him what kind of photos you had in mind for your save the dates?

– do you like his usual style?

– did these pictures differ from his usual style?

– did you tell him what style you wanted?

It’s not clear if you asked for something and didn’t get it, or if you didn’t tell him what you wanted… you shouldn’t love the pictures just because you are paying lots, it’s down to communication with your supplier. Did he ignore your wishes or did you not tell him what they were?

Post # 7
11356 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m so sorry this happened to you. 🙁  I think some of the pps have had good advice for you.

Post # 8
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Kalderman882: If you really want to stay with this photographer then yes, you should ask for a re-shoot and for the price it shouldn’t be an extra cost to you. Our photographer told us before we shot our engagement shoot that if for any reason we did not like out e-pics she will re-shoot an entire engagement session without additional charge. We had a 3 hour shoot, we had amazing pictures and our package is below 3k.  I have learned that the most reputable photographers are not always the best and the amount these photographers charge are not worth it.

Before you decide to cancel ask yourself if you truly like his work and the way you worked with him. Also, were you clear with him/her on what you wanted in the engagement shoot. If you did and he didn’t come thru then look for another photographer.

Good luck!

Post # 10
394 posts
Helper bee

i know it would be a risk..but i know that we are always our own worst critic also..could you post some of the ones you are teetering with and maybe that would give us a better opinion…also..a lot of those things you were mentioning can be photoshopped out…my boyfriend did our good friends editing of the pictures because of what you just stated…they turned out great after a few snips & clips!

Post # 11
3501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

we had the same thing happen to us – hired a photographer that some friends used, had wonderful reviews, and the pictures from his albums and website were AH-MAYZING. but after our engagement pictures, we got them back 3 weeks later – 156 pictures and i only enjoyed about 22 of them. my bra was showing in a lot or my belt was loose, and i was just irritated that he didnt pay attention to the details or use his time to edit them out when he went on and on about his editing and production work. needless to say, we put $500 down as a deposit towards our almost 5k package as well – and just decided to go with someone else. 

we got new photographers, did an e-session with them. got 353 pictures and i was obsessed wih 350 of them. decision made easy! kind of a bummer that we lost, or “spent” $500 on our first e-session. but pictures are so important! i was way too worried to chance wedding day photos by sticking with our first choice. and felt too bad to tell him i hated them and wanted a new session, lol.

Post # 12
1405 posts
Bumble bee

So is the photography “bad” or not representative of other sessions you have seen in his portfolio?  Or do you just not like the way you look?


You are not supposed to like all 81 pictures, that is what proofing is for.  Images you see posted here are also the favorite 3-5 images of the set.  How many do you like?  Did you pay for this E shoot or was it included?

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