(Closed) When you got your pictures back, how many did you actually like?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

For our engagement pictures we liked about 25% of them.  For our wedding ones we liked about 85%.  I think it was easier to look happy/natural in the wedding pictures because it wasn’t as forced as the engagment?

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

montrealbride2017 :  I felt the same way about mine! I felt like I had a weird face/looked awkward in a lot of them or that even though we had a lot of different locations our photographer chose the same/similar poses for us. I would say I liked about 37 out of 200. I think 37 is enough for a 90min shoot. But I plan on contacting my photographer and letting him know what I liked and didn’t like.

Question: did you use a private photographer or one of the larger “boutiques” like George Street or TWA?

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond

We loved a vast majority of them but I also had a firm communication with them ahead of time about ideas and plans. I’ve done wedding and family photography before so when they were setting up certain shots I knew how to act/look/move etc…my Darling Husband kept saying “what am I supposed to be doing”.

Our photos were great because they were great- but it’s also about the comfortability of the couple with themselves and with being photographed. You have to ignore the camera and pretend you’re on a date… whisper in his ear to make him smile, move slowly to let the camera pick up the motions…always smile (doesn’t have to include teeth). My friends did a photo shoot recently and it was clear they weren’t comfortable with their photos being taken as they look stiff and awkward faces at time. 

Learn your angles and strong points and stick with that. And that’s why you do engagement photos- to get comfortable and learn what you like before the big day. 

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We loved less than 20% of our wedding photos, but there were so many that we still had a few hundred we loved. Part of our contract was that we would get all the photos with the copyright release, so there are often 5 versions of the same photo for group shots. One may have blinking eyes, another may have a crying kid, and so on.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

montrealbride2017 :  Ya I’m glad this is normal.  I just got back my ephotos and like maybe 20%.  They’re just awkward!  Hoping I’ll like more of the wedding photos.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

montrealbride2017 :  Oh gotcha! I was wondering because sometimes big companies have other photographers you could choose from instead if you weren’t totally happy. Or bigger companies sometimes don’t have as high quality of photographers on staff. I am using George Street and it has mixed reviews so I was wondering if you were experiencing somethign similar.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I only liked a handful of photos… It was actually quite depressing. I’ve said this in other posts, but I truly only have myself to blame. (And the weather… it was like 30+ degrees… And to think I was crying the night before thinking it would rain.) Anyway, I didn’t take the time to pose, freshen up, etc. So you can see sweat. I’m not looking at the camera. I didn’t even get my dress fluffed. I literally ran away from my photographer because I wanted to party. In hindsight, if I could do a first look, I would.

In sum, I’ve looked better in selfies. Ha.

If it had of just turned out like that I’d let it go, but since it was completely my fault I refuse to let those photographs be the result, lol.

Darling Husband and I are getting professional Christmas photos done, complete with hair, makeup, a nice suit and dress (not a wedding gown, obviously). 

We’re also going to get back into the tux and dress in 1 year for a post photoshoot. I want better photos and I shall have them! My mom also wasn’t happy with how she looked and she confessed she wished she had a better one of us. To her credit she looked gorgeous, but the sweat made her bangs go limp and she’s not used to posing (she’s 66 and doesn’t even know what a selfie is) so she’s never really been aware of how to stand. She had that weird no neck thing in a lot of photos. When I asked her if she wanted to get back in her dress and retake them with us she was excited. Even asked me how to to pose and what not.

Post # 25
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

we liked most of our photos, both from the engagement shoot and from the wedding.. but in the end, you can only put so many up on facebook/have framed without coming off as narcissistic, IMO.  So really, I just have a dozen engagement photos I ever look at (the ones I posted on facebook or the 4 i had framed and have around the house, two of which are landscapes with just our backs in them–again because there is a limit to my narcissim) and about a hundred wedding photos (because of the album, if you don’t count the album it’s down to maybe 2 dozen).

So, basically, what I’m saying is you don’t need a few hundred photos that you love.. you just need a few dozen.

Post # 26
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Helper bee

I liked all of our photos but I used to be a model so I’m used to posing for photos and keeping a fixed smile. My Darling Husband was nervous and was smiling only in every other photo as he couldn’t keep it up for long periods of time, but it was easy to just select the smiling ones. My advice would be to practice your smile in the mirror and hold it for as long as possible! Your cheeks will start hurting after a while if you’re not used to it!

Post # 28
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340 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Birtsmorton Court, Worcestershire, UK

montrealbride2017 :  We are still waiting for our professional photos, but our photographer was good enough to send us 12 photos recently as a sneak peak. Our photographer is a friend of my husband’s family and we chose him because we loved his relaxed style. Of the 12 photos I’ve seen so far, I like maybe 1 or 2 of them… They are nice enough photos, but I am very self critical and  can’t help but see the “flaws” in them – my baby fine limp hair, my double chin when I laugh, the way my small eyes look really sleepy drunk when I smile, my veil all tangled up in the hedge… etc etc. I think I look ok in real life, but I’m not photogenic at all! The rest of our pro pics should be in by the end of next week. Our photographer took over 3000 photos on the day and I think we’ll be given about 600 – so I’m just praying I like enough to be able to fill a small album!

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