(Closed) Very Disappointed With Pro Pics

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
4311 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ummmmmm yah, retouching should be included–$60 a pic sounds INSANE.  I would totally lose my mind!!  I am SO sorry!!!

Post # 4
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@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 # 7
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@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
1129 posts
Bumble bee

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m sorry that you don’t like your photos though. That is a tough one.

Post # 9
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 ๐Ÿ™

Post # 12
1405 posts
Bumble bee

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
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@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
1986 posts
Buzzing bee

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

This is why it’s so important to read and understand your contract/what you’re getting.

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