Post # 1
Oh why, oh why did I not listen to my Bee friends here & book a WEDDING photographer?! I waited too long & had trouble finding someone, but it wasn’t impossible. I just wanted things done & hired a guy who does a lot of commercial work. He was highly recommended by another photog & my hair/make up lady.
The pics of the venue are breathtaking–straight out of a glossy mag or brochure. the pics of people are terrible! Nobody looks good. Even FH’s young nieces look wrinkled. I look terrible in many of the pics.
He obviously did zero retouching. I em’d him about it & he said he’d retouch for $60 per photo!!!
I thought that was a typical part of the package?! Our epics were nicely retouched/edited for no extra cost by a different photog who wasn’t available on our date.
Post # 3
Ummmmmm yah, retouching should be included–$60 a pic sounds INSANE. I would totally lose my mind!! I am SO sorry!!!
Post # 4
Some photographers include retouching and some don’t. It sounds have said in the contract. That being said, I’m sorry you don’t like your pictures.
Post # 5
@sassy411: oh this is AWFUL. But you should remember that the bride is th worst critic (although she should be the most happy as well)
I know there is a Bee on here who was retouching someones pics the otherday and she did an amazing job!
Can you post some of your pics? Maybe they arent as bad as you think they are?!
Post # 6
I will try to post some once I get the disc. DH agrees, nobody in the family looks good! Every flaw & wrinkle shows on everybody.
We have a Retouch Bee?
Post # 7
@sassy411: *laugh* No we dont have a retouch bee…someone had just posted that they hate all their wedding pics but their husband liked one specifiaclly…a bee offered to touch it up for her and made a few of her pics look fantastic…
I will see if i can find the thread….in the meantime, does anyone else know the thread i am talking about?
Post # 8
Do you own the copyright to your photos? Be careful about allowing someone else to retouch them, it can be dangerous legal ground. Check your contract 🙂
I’m sorry that you don’t like your photos though. That is a tough one.
Post # 9
I’m a wizz with photoshop. I’d retouch for you for a heck of a lot less than $60/photo. I’m sorry you don’t like your photos 🙁
Post # 10
@sassy411: Here is the thread!
Yay or Nay? Please vote on this pic. – Another attached
As christalynn11 said though, make sure to read the contract. I know for my wedding pics im not allowed to retouch them!
Post # 11
I’ll look for the file, I’m sure we do own them. I recall asking about that.
I’m glad we have talented photoshop Bees here.
Post # 12
Difficult to say without seeing the pics. If you didn’t get the disk yet where did you see the images? Blog?
Most photographers don’t retouch the disk of XXX images, just a handful of images here and there, the album images, and may be a few that you order prints from.
They DO provide global type edits like color correction, cropping, and sharpening, but I wouldn’t call that necessarilty retouching.
I wonder if the images are just oversharpened and that is why you don’t like the skin textures. You mentioned he was a commercial photographer specializing in landscape….hmmmm.
Post # 13
@sassy411: A copyright release for printing is not a copyright release for editing. He wouldn’t get away with charging that much per picture if he gave you editing rights.
Post # 14
LOL hey! I’m the retouch Bee! Shoot me a PM and I’ll send you my email, you can forward me the pics when you get them and I’ll touch em up 🙂
Post # 15
Photographers cannot possibly retouch every photo from a wedding. It would take months to remove every blemish, whiten teeth, dodge eyes, smooth skin, take away under eye bags, liquify, and fix double chins on each and every person in each and every photo.
For a photo shoot with XX proofs or for ordered photos from a shoot? Yes.
Photos that go in an album or prints ordered through the photog? Yes.
1200 wedding proofs? No way.
Add in a bridesmaid with a skin issue or a broken blood vessel and I would only be able to do like 4 weddings per year! 🙂
I think the industry standard is color correcting, straightening, cropping, white balancing, exposure on all images and extensive retouching on photographer selected formals (bride, groom, and B+G closeups) and anything purchased.
Hope that helps!
Post # 16
This is why it’s so important to read and understand your contract/what you’re getting.