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How to Tell a Photographer You Don’t Like the Photos?

Everybody once in a lifetime has been in a situation in which they had their picture taken, and they didn’t like it!

If the photographer is your friend, then it is the easiest way to ask for another photo, or you just say: “Hey, I don’t like it, in fact, I hate it, take another one!”

But what if your pictures were taken by a professional? What do you say to them? Can you directly say “I hate them”? Well, I don’t think so!

In this article, you will find some informational content in which I will answer the questions that are written above, and most importantly, I will tell you how to tell a photographer that you don’t like the photos!

Let’s get this journey started!

What Makes You Feel That You Look Bad in Photos?

Have you ever asked yourself “Why Do I Look Bad in Photos?” Well, the main reason that you hate your photos is psychology! Oh, that psychology!

Another thing that should be mentioned is that darn reflective mirror and the inverted thing that everybody hates!

How to Tell a Photographer You Don’t Like the Photos?

Based on the things that I mentioned above, I would like to say that you are more than free to tell the photographer that you don’t like the photos! How to do so? Let’s see!

Talk with the photographer

Talking or conversation, in general, is the main key that we as human beings understand each other! Well, that’s basically the thing that you should do. Talk with your photographer, of course after you have seen the pictures!

While talking I would advise you to not use the words “would have been better, you should have done this, you did this wrong”. If the photographer that took your photos is a professional, he or she definitely knows what was done during the session and how the pictures were taken (in what circumstances).

Ask to see all the photos that you took

After starting the conversation in the most polite way, check the pictures together with your photographer, they may look better than when you saw them at your home. The photographer will obviously show them to you because they are your belongings.

Define what is wrong

When you have all of the photos in front of you and you are looking at them, you should double-check them with your photographer! Tell the photographer what is going wrong, and what is the bad thing that you have noticed.

Let the photographer speak

Don’t rush at talking and don’t yell! If your “speech” is finished, let the photographer do his or her! If the pictures are not edited yes, I am pretty sure that the photographer will say that you should trust the process, if you cannot wait and don’t have trust, let’s see what you can do!

Take some other photos

As a professional photographer, if my client doesn’t like or better say hates the photos that I took, I would definitely care to do another session!

While having another session, take care and have in mind the mistakes or errors that were done in the first one and you yourself try to improve and take some better ones.

The photographer will definitely be concentrated more on your liking

How to Avoid The Issue of Not Liking the Photos?

Talk, talk, and talk! Avoiding “the hate of your photos” is better if you talk more with your photographer before you get into the work! Show them your preferences, your bad/right angle, and tell them what details you want to be noticed in your photos. It is the best thing that you can do!

What Not to Say to a Photographer?

Can you make me look younger, fatter, or slimmer?

Well, no they can’t! It is the most cliche sentence that all the photographers worldwide hate!

Your job is the easiest!

It is definitely not! They really wish their job is the easiest but no!

The camera takes some good pictures!

It is the photographer that adjusts the camera and the one that takes your pictures, the camera is just a device!

Final Words

A good photo is a memory, and a good memory is a happiness! Don’t worry if you look bad or you look good. Have some “bad” photos, so that in thirty or forty years you can tell your grandkids that sometimes even you looked bad. It would definitely be fun!

Jokes aside, I really hope this article will be in a way informational regarding the things that you should say to the photographer if you don’t like the photos!

Caleb Soppe