- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2015
I want to start off by saying that I am a very hyper-critical person about my appearance, so the wedding photos were always going to be a bit of a stressful issue. But we received the gallery of photos back from our May wedding two weeks ago, and I am definitely disappointed with the posed shots. We had an engagement session with one of our photographers (and in this, we feel we were a bit mislead – the other photographer of the pair, it became clear, is much less experienced; we didn’t get to find that out ’til the wedding because he was sick the day of our engagement pics), but the setting made it so we weren’t able to get many pre-planned posed photos vs. candids, so we didn’t learn the issue with posed photos ’til the wedding. But in a number of our posed wedding family photos, I kind of can’t believe that professionals would release these pics and be proud of them, and would not have instructed us to take additional photos at the time – pics where part of my tulle skirt is caught on my dad’s pant leg, or where people in the group shot are several inches away from everone else, or where my hair became visibly messed up and they didn’t think to say, wait, fix that before we take more! If there was a second version of each of these poses, I’d be fine with it, but there’s not. That’s all we got, so now the only pic I have of myself, my husband, and my parents on the wedding day is one where my dad has visibly bunched up my skirt? (What makes it worse is that, apart from the father-daughter dance photos, there are basically no pics of my parents from the reception somehow, so these really are what I have to look at to remember my family at my own wedding) I had a DOC, but she was unfortunately setting up the reception site at the time of our portraits, so there wasn’t that extra eye to catch these issues, but I thought I was fine trusting the expertise of two supposed professional photographers who specialize in weddings. We meshed really well with them personality-wise, which is obviously important, but now I can’t help but feel that I wish I had hired someone else. I’m thinking I’m going to get additional portraits of myself in my gown taken later on (because there are also no bridal portraits of me in the entire collection of shots we got…), but the family pics can’t be recreated. While planning, I think we got caught up in wanting the pics to reflect the fun we and our guests would have at the wedding and didn’t critique their portfolio for portraits harshly enough (of course, they do have nice portraits of other couples and families in the portfolio they showed me, it just feels like they didn’t understand what we told them we wanted).
I don’t know, I’m not sure there is a point to this post, but I used to post here while planning under a different account and wanted to come back to vent. We have great action-shot, candid type photos from our wedding, but they really failed us on the portraits, and I’m just shocked that they would not have seen some of these noticeable composition issues in their work.