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What to Do If You're Unhappy with Your Wedding Photos

Here, simple steps you can take to solve this dilemma.

Contributing Writer
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Photography by: KT Merry

With so much access to beautiful imagery in today's day and age, it can be a real let down to finally receive your wedding photos and find that the images aren't what you'd hoped for. Rather than panicking and keeping this struggle harbored internally, here are a few key things you can do if you're unhappy with the final photography results. And before you start stressing out, remember that this almost never happens in the first place!

 

Related: Questions You Need to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

 

Ask yourself if this is fixable.

First, figure out exactly what it is you're unhappy with, and determine whether or not what you don't like is fixable. Really look at the images as a whole. You may be unhappy with just a few shots, which is making you second guess the rest of the images, or maybe you're noticing something simple like a blemish that pops out in a few shots. In that case, you can likely ask your photographer to make the change quickly. If there's a simple solution, you should be able to address your photographer directly and work through the problem. 

 

Talk it out.

If you're not a photo editor, explaining exactly what you do and don't like can be hard. Talk to your wedding planner, your friends, and your family, and get some other opinions about the photos. It could be a matter of you disliking the photos because you find them unflattering, inconsistent, or just a bit flat. Talking through this with the people who know you well may help you figure out exactly what it is that you don't like so you can tactfully address the issue when you're ready.

 

Check your photography contract.

Next, consult your photographer's contract. There's a possibility that he/she may include some info about post-editing, the quantity of photos, and the quality of photos in their contract's wording. Before you address the issue with your photographer, you'll want to know exactly what's promised in the contract so you can handle the issue accordingly.

 

Decide what you think the best solution is and make a plan.

Once you've pinpointed the issue, it's time to call your photographer. Rather than calling and letting them know you dislike the photos, it's usually best to take a solution-oriented approach so your photographer has an option to fix the problem at hand. Let's say, for example, that the photographer hasn't provided enough photos. You may be able to request any outtakes if they're available. There's usually a reason your photographer has cut down the selections, but there may be a few shots in the outtakes that are valuable to you (i.e. a shot of you and your grandmother that didn't make the final edit). Once you've talked it through with him or her you can make a plan for how best to move forward and get what you want.