I hate our wedding pictures.
And before I give you several reasons why, let me just start out with a visual see?
Because who doesn't want a beautiful black and white picture of yourself at your wedding....stuffing your face with pasta.
If this picture were one of several hundred, then I would feel differently. But this picture is one of about 50 that we got from our photographer. Yes, you heard me correctly. He took pictures for about 3 hours and we got 50 pictures. How do I emphasize this? I'm not exaggerating.
Here's why I hate our wedding pictures and had an awful experience with our photographer:
1. He was very rude and uninterested. I still chose to go with him though because he was a friend of a friend and this friend raved about his skill so I thought good pictures would trump bad personality. Wrong.
2. We have ZERO pictures of the ceremony. Zero. You know, the important part where we stand surrounded by the people who love us and have flown and driven great distances to celebrate with us as we make life-altering vows before God and friends? Zero. His reason for this once I saw the pictures was that ceremonies are too quick to capture photos.
Did he just say what I thought he said? So you mean all those millions upon millions of ceremony pictures that are in existence today actually don't exist? Oh my, would I have known. I would've lowered my expectations.
3. Of the few pictures we do have, 97% are lame, 2% are straight out of Cheeseville, and 1% I actually like. When you have 50 pictures, 1% is a very small number of your wedding pictures to like. Here are some examples, divided by category. (Aren't I so organized?)
I"m sorry, but what's the fascination with stuffing our faces?
My face! Frameable, for sure.
Hey Laura, how about one with you stuffing your face?
Umm, awkward. And weird.
(That's my father-in-law by the way. He's not awkward and weird. This photo is.)
Seriously, it hardly needs a caption.
I thought I was 10 the year 1993, but apparently I was getting married.
As one person described this photo, it looks like the cover of a soap opera.
Bad lighting, bad posing, bad background, bad, bad, bad. Bad everything.
(Except the people. They are very, very good.)
The 1% that are just ok:
My mom is so beautiful.
So my math is off. But my point still stands. I hate our wedding pictures. And that makes me very, very sad. And I keep it in mind as I think about how I want to photograph others and the kind of experience I want them to have. If this were a scale, our wedding would be a negative 739. I'd like others to be somewhere in the vicinity of the positives.
And then here are a few just for nostalgia's sake.
My nephews and my niece in her mama's belly (born 5 days later!).
My beautiful mama and Matt's best friend, Shep.
This one isn't by the photographer but it's so cute, I had to include it.
1. Make sure you see LOTS of photos your photographer has taken, specifically from weddings they've shot.
2. Make sure you connect with them, because they are going to have a very important role on one of the most important days of your life.
3. Be clear in advance about what you would like pictures of. And what you do not want pictures of. Stuffing your face? I think we could scratch that off the list.
4. Have a contract that includes exactly when you'll get your pictures. We didn't get ours for FOUR months after the fact.
5. I can't think of anything else.
Have a happy weekend.