Post # 1
Hi everyone. Just wanted to hear your thoughts…
We received our proofs for our May wedding and I can’t explain how disappointed we are with the photos. Out of the 1000+ shots, I can honestly say that we are satisfied with not even 50 of the photos. (I’m not even over exaggerating.) We understand that these are only the proofs and are hoping (*fingers crossed) that the photos in our albums will somehow look nicer. =(
My question to the hive is: What percent of your proofs were you happy/satisfied with?
Thank you SO much!
Post # 3
We haven’t had our wedding yet, but we were very happy with our engagement photos. I would say there were only a few shots that I wasn’t that happy with, that said my photographer didn’t let us see the bad ones, so I am sure there were plenty of them! We took photos for less than two hours and in that time we changed clothes and switched locations, so there wern’t that many to choose from. I was told to expect only 200 – 400 decent shots in a 5 hour time period for a wedding, depending on the number of photos your photographer takes, You can "usually" expect more with digital photography because they don’t waste film by taking more shots.
Post # 4
We had 2300 (!) pics from our wedding and I love so many of them, I would imagine we will order at least 400 printed proofs to help us narrow it down….
Post # 5
Being a photographer, that number does not sound right AT ALL. Before we send you your proofs, we first go through all of them and delete the ones we think are bad (i.e. bad lighting, out of focus, etc.)
That way you get a better selection of what we think you will like as the client.
What was it that you didnt like about the photos? Keep in mind that the proofs are exactly that, no touch ups included. Touch ups come after you pick the pictures for your album. The fact that you liked maybe 50 out of 1,000 + pictures is not acceptable. It does not speak very highly of the photographer you used.
Did you see samples of the photog’s work before you booked him/her?? Were they cheap? Usually you end up getting what you pay for.
If I were you I would speak to the photog and let them know how dissapointed you are. I would also ask for a portion of the money back because they didnt deliver what you were expecting. Either that or ask that they set up another time to reshoot you and your groom in your wedding clothes (for free), that way maybe you could get portraits you like.
Post # 6
Hi. Thanks for the info. Sorry about the venting…
Before we selected our photographer, we met with about 5 candidates. It was very important that we saw lots of their work. We viewed tons of it and we also got a reference from friends of ours who had used the person we used at their wedding. One of the bees had used this person too and did a great job at their wedding. We paid 8K (but with albums) so we expected a lot more.
We had an engagement shoot and we loved the photos! We thought that our wedding photos would be up to par with the engagement ones or even be better because there was no reason to expect anything else!
We weren’t happy with the quality of the photos. Most of the pictures are blurred. Looks like our point and shoot camera could have taken nicer ones. And here isn’t much of a variety either.
MissCamera, we will take your advice and contact the photog, but it’s so difficult to express our disappointment in a "nice" way.
Post # 7
Wow. After hearing that, yes I would agree, you shouldn’t have had any reason to doubt their abilities… I would definitely call/email them and relay your dissatisfaction.
Say something like, "You came highly recommended from various people, and we absolutely loved the photos from our engagement shoot, so we couldnt wait to see our wedding pictures!! Unfortunately we dont feel as enthused about our wedding pictures as our previous ones. It seems as if a lot of the photos are blurred, was that the intentional effect you were going for? At this point we dont feel we’re getting what we paid for, what will you do to rectify the situation? We cant help but feel dissapointed with the minimal pictures we have from one of the most important days of our lives." Just try to stay calm and somewhat pleasant if you do call. Some people dont respond well if they feel like they’re being attacked. The photographer should then be bending over backwards to help, after all it is their reputation on the line.