You put all that effort into perfectly coordinating your outfits and choosing the perfect spot for your engagement shoot. After weeks of anxiously waiting, your photographer finally delivers the photos… and you absolutely hate them. A lot. If you're in tears over your pictures, take a deep breath and remember that your money hasn't gone completely to waste. Here's how to deal if you don't like your photos (so you can avoid a wedding photo disaster).
What Photographers Want You to Know About Engagement Photos
Sleep on it.
First impressions aren't always quite right, and you might have a bad initial reaction simply because of the expectations you had in your head. Give it time and you may come around and realize that the photos are much better than you originally thought.
Remember that you're your own worst critic.
It's so easy to find flaws in photos of yourself, but most people probably don't see what you see. For a little ego boost, ask your fiancé, family, and friends for their opinions. Chances are they'll think you look as gorgeous as ever.
Pinpoint what it is you don't like.
There are plenty of reasons why you might dislike your photos, but unless you figure out exactly what's bothering you, you won't be able to make any worthwhile changes or decisions. Do you think the posing is awkward? Think your outfits totally clash? Hate the lighting or the location? Determine those factors so you can act on them.
Talk to your photographer.
Now that you know what you don't like, you can politely communicate that to your photographer. While you may or may not get a second photo session, at the very least, this photographer will understand what you do like and can help find images from the shoot that you'll want to show off. That's especially important if they're shooting your wedding, too.
Decide whether or not you want the photographer to shoot your wedding.
Many couples use engagement photos as a sort of "trial run" with the photographer. If you don't like the end result and the photographer isn't responsive in making you happy, consider hiring someone else.
If after all this you still can't stand looking at your photos, you've got more options. You could schedule another session or you could take one-year anniversary photos instead. You'll have something fun to look forward to.