Other than the big day itself, there is nothing more exciting than getting your wedding photos back. They should be a gorgeous account of the happiest day of your life. They should be beautiful, detailed, and something you want to keep and frame as art.
But what if they are a complete flop?
We’ve put together 3 things you can do to save your wedding photos. Before I get into this, though, I’d like to give you a few tips for avoiding this situation in the first place, because prevention is always better than cure.
1: Look at the Google reviews
Because businesses can’t edit Google reviews, the comments you get on a photographer generally reflect their actual work ethic. Read the positive and the negative reviews so that you know exactly what you are in for.
2: Look on the photographer’s website
Go and look at the photographs on the photographer’s website. Take note of picture composition, lighting, and editing. Photography, much like art, is very personal, so if you don’t like the photographer’s style – even if they come highly recommended – go somewhere else.
3: Ask to chat to happy customers
Ask the photographer if they have customers you could chat to so that you can better understand how the photographer works. This will give you a first-hand account of the way the photographer works.
4: Include a photo booth or disposable cameras in your wedding planning.
If you can’t afford a backup photographer, then include a photo booth or disposable cameras as part of your wedding planning. Although the photos won’t be the same as a professional photographer, they can provide some nice wedding memories.
These are all great pre-wedding ideas, but if you are in the unfortunate situation where the photos you received from your photographer are awful, here are three things you can try:
1: RAW photos
If you are very unhappy with your wedding photographs, contact your wedding photographer as soon as possible and request the RAW, unedited photograph files. You need to move quickly though because many photographers delete these files a few days after the event.
Once you have the RAW files, contact a photographer whose work you like and ask them to edit the photographs in a style you like.
You would be surprised what a difference editing style makes to photographs.
2: Key moment retake
It’s all very well to edit photographs, but what if your photographer neglected to take photographs of key moments in your wedding?
In that case, you can ask the photographer to do a key moments retake at the venue and in your bridal clothing. While this is not ideal, you will, at least, have the moments in a photograph for the future.
3: Wedding love shoot
If you really dislike the photographs taken of your wedding, you may want to hire a different photographer and do a wedding love shoot. These photograph shoots are very popular in Europe and with couples who get married in court but then choose to have a wedding love shoot afterwards.
There are lovely opportunities for exquisite love shoots in a location that may not have been ideal for your wedding but may provide you with a gorgeous set of photographs to add to your album.
Some ideas for your wedding love shoot include:
• A church or castle ruin
• A lake or river boat ride
• A forest in autumn
• A different season that lends itself to a romantic feel.
As mentioned, prevention really is better than cure when it comes to wedding photographs, but if the worst has happened, there are a number of ways you can make the best of a bad situation, resulting in gorgeous wedding photographs and some new and beautiful memories.