I know people often say they hate how they look in photos even when they look gorgeous, but I can tell you that I actually look really bad in my maternity photos! I know these are particularly bad, because I had maternity photos with my first pregnancy, and I looked happy, glowing and beautiful in those. In these pictures I look fat! I think it's partly my fault, because I wore a cap sleeved shirt, which made my arms look big in every photo. But the poses weren't flattering at all! I have a double chin in every photo, and I feel like the poses all emphasize my flaws! Even my husband admitted the photos weren't any good and said we should find another photographer for our newborn pics. I'm so disappointed!
Any advice on what to do? I don't want to complain to the photographer, because I feel like this is just her shooting style, and I should have done more research before hiring her. I'm considering getting new maternity photos taken by someone else, but then I will have to pay them in addition to what I've already paid this person, so that would really add up.
nectarine / 2086 posts
Would it hurt to just be honest with the photographer? Tell her that you are unhappy with them? If I were a photographer and someone told me that I would definitely want to reshoot them to make the customer happy. Same with a haircut. If you called your stylist super duper unhappy with it, I think they usually fix it for free! You could do a shorter re-shoot, but just something so that you get a few pics you actually want to look at!
pear / 1809 posts
@buttermilk: I just feel bad about complaining. She seemed like a good photographer from her online gallery, but maybe those people just photographed better than I did that day. I didn't request any specific poses, but in hindsight, it would have been good to have some pictures where the camera was angling down at me, or less pictures of me looking down at my stomach.
pear / 1788 posts
@aprild: I had an issue with "fat face" in my looking down poses too! I had a few that looked good though, and the other poses were fine. If you don't feel beautiful in the photos I would request a reshoot with a few new poses in mind (pinterest ftw!). You paid money, you should get what you want!
eggplant / 11861 posts
@aprild: awww I'm sorry, I had this too! I looked
awful full on whale status
I just didn't order any and kind of chalked it up and made sure we took a lot of pics as the months went on to make sure we had some at least!
wonderful kiwi / 23653 posts
I'd definitely have a talk with her. Tell her she was great but you just don't love the way you look from certain angles, b/c of your outfit, etc. I feel like anyone with some compassion in them will help you maybe just do a mini re-shoot?
And if she says no, maybe you can look around and contact a few other ones, explain your situation and see if they're willing to offer a discounted mini shoot as well?
pear / 1809 posts
I talked to my husband, and he doesn't want to reshoot with that photographer. It's so much work and time consuming to get ready for the photos, drive 45 minutes to her shooting location, and then pose for pictures for an hour and a half. Plus, we had my toddler son in some pics, so it was hard to keep him entertained and happy. Anyway, he thinks that it would be easier just to find someone else than to risk having another set of bad pics.
pomelo / 5678 posts
@aprild: I am so sorry. That makes me so sad. As a photographer (I don't do commercial, I do mainly artistic, wildlife, photojournalism, etc.) I think the photographer's MAIN goal should be to make you look the best POSSIBLE. This is one of the reason I avoid having my photo taken, I just fear they won't approach it with the same obsessive determination. If I was your photographer I would shoot you again until you were happy. I don't know if she would try again? (It isn't you!)
pomelo / 5678 posts
@aprild: Oh, I just read your update. Good luck, I hope you find someone that makes you happier, what a hassle!