(Closed) Wedding is over and pictures are horrible :(

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
112 posts
Blushing bee

What is terrible about them? Are they blurry? Too dark? Are there at least a couple dozen good ones that can be used to put together a beautiful album?

Post # 5
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

First, allow me to say that really stinks.  But, water under the bridge, let’s try to come up with options.

1. Is there any chance that pictures could be salvaged if someone else (another photographer, or a graphic artist, etc) did post processing on the raw images?

2.  Set up a photo sharing site (like Flickr, Photobucket, Snapfish, etc) and get the word out to your guests.  I’m sure you’d like their pictures anyway, but people might be a bit more responsive if you put the plea out that your pro pics were terrible.  You may well be pleasantly suprised with what your guests captured!

3.  Post-wedding pics.  Get dressed up again, and pay a different photopgrapher to essentially do an engagement shoot….but with your wedding duds.  I know this isn’t your wedding and a lot of details will be missing, but you should still be able to get some really lovely photos of you and the hubs.  And I bet a lot of photographers might even cut you a deal, if you showed them your wedding pictures.

4.  money-wise, definitely check your contract and discuss with your husband (or mom, if she paid, or both) how you want to handle refund/withholding final payment, etc.  Your friend’s photos may actually work in your favor, to show what you believed you were getting in comparison to what you got.

 Good luck!

Post # 6
122 posts
Blushing bee

I am sorry! That sucks! Did you get your husbands opinion on them? Maybe he can convince you they are not as bad as you think.  If the quality really is poor and worse than you’ve seen from their previous work, I would definitely speak to your photographer about some sort of refund.  It is worth a try, especially if you can really point to specific problems with the photos.  As far as getting some good photos, set up a flickr or kodak account right away and email all of your friends and family the password and ask them to upload all the pics they took from the wedding.  Hopefully you will find some that you love!

Post # 7
5399 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m SOOO sorry that happened to you!  Could you maybe post some of the ones on here that you are talking about?  Some photographers or photoshop savvy people might be able to tell you if you can still fix them. 

Post # 8
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

Chocolatechip – I am so sorry! Ostara77 had great suggestions and I definitely recommend doing an after shoot like Mrs Flamingo did. I know that mean paying more money but you may be able to find a student at a local school or try craigslist.

Post # 9
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I am so sorry this happened to you!!  

Can you ask your photographer to give you RAW images so you can get someone else to do post processing?

Post # 10
209 posts
Helper bee

" I probably wouldnt be so disappointed if my good friends pictures from the same photogrpaher werent gorgeous! What do i do?"


Your friends had the same photographer, but had gorgeous photographs?   Did your photographer have a bad day? 

Could you show examples of the said photographs or give more descriptions?

Post # 11
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I think I’ve read a post a long time ago with someone who was really unhappy with their wedding photos. The advice given then — from another bride who was initially not happy with her photos — was to put the album away for a few weeks. The bride said once she did that and came back to it, she was thrilled to have photos of her day captured and she was happy with the results.

Post # 12
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Put an email/postcard out to your guests, and say something like


Our wedding was extra special with you there,

if you have photos, we’d love it if you’d share!

w w w.bride and groom’spicturepage.c o m


-bride and groom

Post # 13
5 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

I feel like I am in the same boat. My photographer just informed me that he has only ONE photo of my hubby and I looking at the camera. WHAT?! I just saw it and the ONE photo is terrible! My wedding day wasn’t ideal – we were to get married in a garden only to wake up to 40 degree weather and pouring rain. That definiely hampered the opportunities for a ton of photos, but we did spend about 30 minutes outside in the rain with a cute umbrella with the photographer… and only ONE turned out. He told me “the exposure wasn’t right”… isn’t that the job of a professional photographer to make sure the exposure is right?!?!? I am waiting to hear abck to him to see if we can sit down and look at what he does have to see if maybe someone else can fix the ones that “didn’t turn out.” He suggested doing a re-shoot, but the thought of re-creating my wedding day does not appeal to me at all. Everytime I look at the new photos I will cringe, knowing they weren’t really taken on my wedding day.

Also same as you – I have seen a ton of his work before I hired him and they were all amazing – including other photos taken in the rain. I am starting to fear that maybe something happened to my photos and he isn’t telling me?

Hope everything works out for the best for you!!!

Post # 14
361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m so sorry.  I’m certain that others will have gorgeous pictures that would be great to help compensate for your current album, like LLauRRa suggested.  Is there anyone with you there that can give you an opinion on them?  I mean, does your mom like all of your pictures that you hate?

Post # 15
428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009 - Church Ceremony/Reception at The Waterford House

We are going to include a card in our thank-yous asking guests to upload their photos to our shutterfly website (I found that this site was easiest to set up and you can make it password protected… also I think there is a wiki on this topic).  Is there any way the photos could be photoshopped into something better?  You could get a friend who knows what they are doing or possibly hire someone to do this for you.  **Hugs** and congrats on getting married!

Post # 16
42 posts


That made my stomach turn. I feel so bad. I sometimes read the pointers given at wedding boards for brides in their search for a photographer, but I don’t believe I’ve seen one that is as important as exposure, and you hit the nail on the head: Is the photographer good at exposure?

Just a suggestion for you brides, when checking out your photographer’s websites and portfolios, look for actual changes in lighting conditions, pro wedding photographers should be able to make magic in any lighting condition or location. Period. If they can’t do that, then walk away. Harsh sunlight, clouds, night time, dungeon lighting, whatever, it’s not even about gear, these are 100 year old rules of exposure, and if a photographer doesn’t understand them or is uneasy in certain lighting conditions he shouldn’t be charging people, particularly on something as important as their wedding day.


– Vic



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