When Your Professional Photos Are Disappointing

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Usually we talk about the planning aspect of weddings — since, you know, we are a planning app. But a recent conversation with a friend reminded us that sometimes the best laid plans can go awry. Our friend spent a nice chunk of cash on a local photographer that had great reviews. Then she got back photos that were less than complimentary, off-center, blurry, or too dark in general.

Imagine that you’ve spent tons of money on a professional photographer (or your cousin volunteers to do it for the low, low price of cake). You get the photos back and realize that everything has a weird green tinge, they’re blurry pictures of everyone but you and your spouse, or you didn’t get them back at all.

Insert panic here, right?

Your wedding day is literally a one-time event, bringing certain people and circumstances together to make your ultimate celebration. If you get awful photos back, it can spoil the memory for you. We have a few considerations for you to remember:

  1. Be specific beforehand. Tell the photographer exactly what you want out of these shots. Give them examples from friends (or Pinterest). See their previous work to get an idea of what you might get. Make sure that you read a contract before you sign it so you know what’s expected of you, too.
  2. Get your money back. Explain to your photographer what happened and why the photos aren’t to your liking. They may at least be able to give you a partial or full refund.
  3. Remember: You get what you pay for. This is such a cliché, but it’s so true. Great photographers can charge $3000 or more in our area. If you think you’ve got a crazy, amazing deal, make sure to check the photographer’s portfolio. Paying $250 for photos may be too little, as lovely as it makes your budget feel.
  4. Have them do a second shoot. Yes, this has happened. Understandably, you may not be able to get all of your friends and family back for a re-do. But you can get some solid shots looking fancy with your honey in a different setting.
  5. Do a second shoot with a different photographer. Same as above, but someone new. If you absolutely can’t have another session with the first photographer, scrap the idea and find someone new.

What do you think you would do in this situation? Let us know in the comments!

Happy planning!

– The Gala Pal Team

2 thoughts on “When Your Professional Photos Are Disappointing

  1. I’d also recommend showing your photos to another photographer and asking if they think there’s any way they could edit them to clean them up / make them sharper / apply the filters you like. They might be able to clean them up more than you think!

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