Your wedding day has come and gone, and you’ve finally received your wedding photos back from your photographer! For many, looking through their wedding gallery brings back all the memories and love of the spectacular day. But unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. If you find yourself looking through your wedding images cringing, we have a few ideas for you to explore!
The very first thing you can do to avoid putting yourself in this position is pick the right photographer. Now, obviously this is easier said than done as your photographer wont have a sign on their forehead identifying them as “the one”. But there are steps to can take to make sure they will fit with your vision!
Spend plenty of time researching photographers online. I suggest you start through social media to find photographers in the style you like. Once you find a few you like style wise, move onto reviews. Look through their website, sites like wedding wire, the knot and even yelp. You’ll hear the good and bad through strangers experiences. Also consider asking any family and friends for recommendations on who they have used. You can ask what they did or didn’t like about the entire process. Plus, the last thing those closest to you is to steer you the wrong way!
Set up a consultation, either by phone or in person! Meeting vendors face to face will always give you a better sense of who they are, and what they bring to the table. You’re going to be sharing a big chunk of your wedding day interacting with this person, so its important to get to know them. You’ll be able to talk to them and get an idea of their personality and if this is someone you would feel comfortable with. It’s also very important that you can communicate openly with your photographer. Share your vision! If there are certain shots that are a must have on your list, or even poses you don’t like, they should know. The more informative and comfortable you are with your photographer, the less likely you are to hate your wedding photos!
At first glance you may think the whole wedding gallery is a waste. But look a little deeper. Is it the editing or quality of the photos that you don’t like? If your answer is editing, that could be fixable!
You should be able to ask your wedding photographer for your raw unedited files, and reach out to another photographer, to re-edit them. There may be opportunity for the new photographer to get some great detail shots by cropping around what you don’t like. You may be surprised by what they can do in post processing to try and save some of the photos!
Another idea would be to reach out to friends and family that were at the wedding. Send out an email asking your guests to send any photos they may have taken. They may not all be winners but iPhones these days have pretty decent camera, so its absolutely worth a try!
If your photos are not salvageable, you may want to look into having a portrait shoot done. I know this is not the most ideal option for most newlyweds, but it can still leave you with great results! Typically I wouldn’t recommend using the same photographer that you were dissatisfied with the first time. If you reach out to someone new, follow the steps I listed at the beginning. Don’t be afraid to let them know your story and that these photos will be in replacement of your wedding images.
During your re-shoot you can react as much or as little of your wedding as you want. Wear the same attire and accessories. Shoot at the same location. Or you can use this as your second chance to do anything different that you didn’t like the first time around. Say you weren’t happy with your makeup on your wedding day. Get someone better to do it for you this time! Were you unhappy with the lighting inside of the venue? Re-shoot at a completely new location!
Although I wouldn’t wish this situation on anyone, there are a few options to get you through it. Rather than dwelling on the fact Plan A didn’t pan out, look at it as a fresh start. Make the best out of the situation, and hey, it’ll make a great story to tell your kids!