Post # 1
Okay so I received the USB drive with our wedding pictures- a little over 4000 pictures- none edited at all. Out of all these, there are less than 100 that I semi like- and even these need editing/photoshopping!
I am so upset! We paid over $2000 for our photographer- WATERS MILL PHOTOGRAPHY in Dahlonega GA. I really like the photographer, Jim, but the pictures are not what we expected. In many the lighting is completely awful, the angles are terrible, the other photographer is in the background in multiple important shots and just all kinds of stuff. I guess that is the difference between a photographer who is doing it on the side and one who is making a career out of photography.
I am so upset and dislike the pictures so much that I am getting a bridal portrait session done by a completely different photographer in a few months. I am also searching for another photographer to edit the pictures on the USB drive and I am hoping they can salvage some of them by playing with lighting/contrasting/photoshop etc.
I just want to give advice to those that are planning their wedding and say SPLURGE on the photography, look through wedding portrait books of the chosen photographer excessively!, do not feel you must just deal with a subpar photographer- cut your florals down and spend the extra $ on photography! Research plenty- there are SO many people out there doing great photography now you just have to look for them. Make sure to get everything in writing as well! Do a sample session with the photographer early on to see how you like their work with you and your fiance. Just do as much research as you can before your wedding day so you arent crazy disappointed when you receive your pics after the day. You cant get this day nor its special once in a lifetime moments back. Choose wisely!
And for all the brides considering Waters Mill in Dahlonega, GA- the venue and the photography- Keep looking is my advice! If you want to know why, just message me!
Post # 3
I don’t know 2,000 seems like a good amount to spend on pictures. How come you just got a usb? I”m so sorry this situation sucks.
Post # 4
I can see why you would be upset if none of your photos came back with any editing. However- is it possible that you’re possibly just a little overly sensitive about the pictures? When I first got my pictures back, there were tons that I didn’t like. I thought there were like, two good pictures of me and my husband. I actually was so upset about them that I was going to schedule another photographer and have us dress up again so that we could take new ones. And I put my pictures away and didn’t even look at them again for 6 months.
Now, I love those pictures. I really, really do. A lot of bees on here have had similar things happen. Sometimes, we get a little caught up in things- and I think it’s really natural to be disappointed in your wedding photos. We tend to overhype a lot of the details about weddings.
Could you post a few so we can see? Maybe some love from the bee would help 🙂
Post # 5
I felt the same way as Miss Root, I looked at them and at first I was so disappointed, a few days later I went back and looked again and now I love them. I think at first you have these insane expectations and then you feel like they weren’t met and you’re sad and when you go back again you realize they are good. One thing though that I’m surprised about is that there is no editing, that is very strange…
Post # 6
Could he have perhaps given you the wrong USB? Maybe he gave you the one with the original files but meant to provide the edited ones? $2000 is a lot of money and a ‘snap and load’ shouldn’t be all you get for that price tag.
Are you sure they’re not edited? If you are, I’d definitely ask him about it. If he says everything is as it should be, I’d tell him you won’t be shy about complaining and talking about his sub-par services on wedding message boards to warn other brides about his work. He may agree to do more with your photos after that. If he wants the USB back, make sure you back the files up somewhere in case he runs… You can never be too careful.
Post # 7
I’m really sorry that you’re upset with your wedding photography–what bum deal!
As a photographer myself, I can tell you that when it comes to choosing a package–splurge. If you go back and re-read your contract, I’ll bet it says you will get “All wedding day images–unedited.” I offer a package similar to that, and I discourage people from purchasing it if I know they can afford more. Some folks just can’t afford a higher-priced package, but if you can, do it!
One option you might consider is finding another photographer who would edit your images for you–I’ve done this before for folks who HATED their images and once I worked my magic, they loved them!
Best of luck, girlfriend!
Post # 8
@Wed2Attn: Isn’t $2000 a lot to pay for unedited images, though? Should that not at least include basic editing and retouching?
Post # 9
Where I live (super-rural MidWest), yes, that is A LOT to pay for unedited images, but my wedding photographer (who was from Kansas City) had a $2,500 package that had only unedited images, so prices really depend on your location and on the photography market in that area. It’s just one of those things that you have to be so careful when purchasing–reading all the fine print is super important.
Post # 10
4000 photos. This means you saw every terrible expression, bad angle, camera misfire. Quantity over quality. It needs to be the other way around. You probably would have much rather had 500 nice looking edited images. Digital photos just like film photos NEED to be developed. They are not ready to be viewed right after they come off of the camera. Some effort has to be made in post production.
You see a lot of threads pop up on Wedding Bee in regards to how many photos should you get. Bees will weigh in and everyone will say something different. I talk to a lot of photographers, and my peers come from the quality vs. quantity camp. Most of us hand over about 100 images per hour of shooting. We edit our images with some sort of post processing software. We color correct. We enhance color and constrast. Some of us retouch. We hand over enough to tell the story of the day.
Some Bees want to see ALL of the photos. They don’t trust the photographer to choose the best ones etc. But seeing all of the photos can sometimes be painful if you’re seeing them unedited, and editing all of the photos would take too much time to be feasible.
While I look at a budget like $2000 at the lower end of what a good pro should charge, it still should be a GIVEN that the images handed over are going to be edited files. Was this not discussed in the meeting? What does your contract say in regards to this?
Post # 11
@BlingBride2012: 4,000 pictures is an obscene amount of images to deliver. It’s no wonder they aren’t edited! What does your contract say about this type of thing? It sounds like a case of poor communication (and terrible ability to cull and edit down images on the part of your photographer). If a photographer is processing and delivering 4,000 photos there’s no way they have time to edit them – I deliver 500-600 images for an 8 hour day and edit all of them and that takes me 30-40 hours easily.