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Kiyome
Devoted December 2022

Photographer regrets

Kiyome, on October 30, 2022 at 3:45 PM Posted in Planning 0 11
Hey everyone! I just wanted to vent. We are getting married in Jamaica in December and we actually hired a photographer who was based in Vermont. We hired her because we originally going to get married in Vermont. So we decided that time that we wanted kind of a more moody, and intimate vibe. So the photos are darker and more filtered looking to give more of an intimate vibe. We stuck with her and paid most of our deposit and paid the extra for her travel fee and I see other brides that got married in Jamaica and they have what I realized I actually want for our Jamaica wedding photos... natural lighting, airy, breezy and vibrant colors. Also, I've realized the makeup in moody lighting photos comes off more orangy/brown and I don't want that. Well we can't really afford another photographer. At least one that's over like $1000. And we've already paid like $5000 for our photographer. I'm incredibly worried about hating our wedding photos😞 the good thing is, we have a videographer we hired a few months ago and his style is more natural and airy than our photographer. How can I stop freaking out over this???

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Latest activity by Michael, on November 2, 2022 at 7:00 PM
  • Cece
    Rockstar November 2023
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    Have you discussed your concerns with your photographer? Most photographers have a certain style they tend to favor, but usually they can shoot in various styles. I would reach out to her and let her know that your original vision was the moody vibe in Vermont, but now that you have completely changed locations, scenery, vibe, etc. that you prefer a bright, airy, “true to life” vibe. Honestly, this may be as simple as her simply not applying her signature filter to your photos (as that’s pretty much what most of these “moody” color palette photos are- just a filter). Or, you could maybe request she do you part of them in her style and part in your style (and you get the best of both worlds). Or, if she doesn’t think she can nail the vibe you were looking for, you could request the raw, untouched images as well- then you could adjust them yourself.
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  • Lisa
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    Can you ask your photographer if she can edit your photos with the style you like? Many photographers are able to do a variety of styles, and she might be able to match what you're looking for. If she agrees, I would suggest doing a mini photo session before the wedding to see how her photos turn out in that style. You could give her feedback on the photos from the mini session to help give her an idea of what you envision for your wedding photos, and of course also send her some inspiration photos/examples of what you're looking for.
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  • Kiyome
    Devoted December 2022
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    I just emailed her! Thank you for your advice! But on her website, it specifically says she doesn't do raw images😕
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  • Cece
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    Aw bummer on the raw images thing. Who knows though, if she feels she can’t deliver what you want, maybe she will make an exception! I’m sending lots of good vibes your way that she is able and willing to shoot your wedding exactly the way you want it!
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  • Kiyome
    Devoted December 2022
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    Thank you! Me too!🤞
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  • Michael
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    She may be okay with doing the pictures more of your renewed approach. Hopefully she is fine with that but would not be as inclined to feature these in her portfolio --if she really strongly holds to the moody theme as her reputation.

    It is just asking. It is unlikely that she wants to have dissatisfied customers.

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  • Bird
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    Maybe you can ask if she ever did a tropical destination wedding and if so, ask to see her photos. Also, you could send her some inspiration photos of lighting and mood of other weddings you’d love for your new change of venue. Good luck!!!
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  • Sara
    Devoted September 2022
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    I would show her specific examples of what you like and don't like.

    I think she is likely a visual person.,.. so examples will help.

    Tackle this before you get to Jamaica.

    Good luck!

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  • Kiyome
    Devoted December 2022
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    I did express my concerns and she did say ij an email that the reason a lot of her photos give off a brown, moody, and orangey vibe is because most of the stuff I see on her Insta are New England elopement and weddings. Which this kind of almost made sense to me, but then I saw this reel she made. It started out saying "What you see" and had natural lighting and was taken on a hilltop with really bright green grass. And then it switched into "What I see" which was heavily edited and the grass looked dull and brown and the lighting was more brown and orangey looking. She said at the end of the same email she sent me that she could outsource a different editing style at an additional cost if I wanted her to.





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  • Lisa
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    If it's in your budget and you like her pictures otherwise (poses, framing, etc) and want to continue to work with her, then I think the additional cost for outsourcing a different editing style would be worth it. It likely wouldn't be anywhere near as expensive as booking a new photographer in that style, and you'd still get the style of photos that you want.
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  • Michael
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    It is getting more confusing. The photographer seems to be saying that the normal editing (such as enhancing the colors) is creating the vibe that you originally noticed. Her discussion conveys the idea that the images come out darker but more colorful ... which make them appear nicer. This can be similar to the way louder music sounds fuller than when the sound is turned down.

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