Bride shocked to find ‘crazy eyes’ Photoshopped into images after photographer outsourced the editing

May 6, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Bride shocked to find ‘crazy eyes’ Photoshopped into images after photographer outsourced the editing

May 6, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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A Pennsylvania bride was shocked to receive her wedding images to find that “crazy eyes” had been photoshopped onto anyone who was blinking. Anaya Ramos-Bridgeford had been excited about viewing the images from her wedding but was left in hysterics when she spotted the error.

Anaya subsequently posted the offending photos to Facebook giving pretty much the entire world a good laugh. It turned out, however, that the fault wasn’t that of her wedding photographer, but of the editing company he had outsourced the retouching to.

“I received our proofs back today. My photographer called to allow me to view my photos before he released them to our entire family to view,” Anaya said in her Facebook post. “I noticed that some of the pictures looked ODD… come to find out he sent our photos to a company that photoshopped EYES on everyone who blinked.”

Although understandably upset about the whole situation, fortunately, Anaya was able to see the funny side saying “I am so upset but can’t help but laugh. I’ve been laughing all day.”

She continues “even the photographer seemed shocked when I messaged him. He gave us all crazy eyes. At that point just keep the original photo of us blinking. We look crazy!!!”

Much hilarity ensued with comments saying that they were “still laughing at this almost 24 hours later”, and “laughing so much I’m peeing myself”.

The photographer has remained anonymous, luckily for him, and is apparently taking it up with the retouching company to get a refund. However, I do believe that the photographer needs to shoulder at least part of the blame for this error. He actually made a series of rookie mistakes here, for whatever reason. He’s incredibly lucky that his client could see the funny side of things, and presumably he still has the original images. So no great harm done.

Firstly, if it were me, I wouldn’t be sending any images to be retouched or to a client that had anyone blinking in them. The only exception would be if it was a large group image and there was just one person that needed a head swap. Those blinky images arguably should never have made the original cull.

Secondly, I would hope to have tried out any company I use for outsourcing prior to using it with a client. Maybe he had and everything was fine before, we will give him the benefit of the doubt on this one. But, he really really should have proofed the images first when they came back to him before showing them to the client. This is massively important and honestly, given a different natured client, could have potentially cost him a lot of future work and his reputation. Wedding photography after all is often based on favourable word-of-mouth for marketing.

Sure, these images are absolutely hilarious, and massive props to Anaya for being so gracious about the whole situation. But it’s an important lesson to any of us who outsource any part of our work to check it over very carefully first before signing off on it.

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9 responses to “Bride shocked to find ‘crazy eyes’ Photoshopped into images after photographer outsourced the editing”

  1. Valkyrie VF-2SS Avatar
    Valkyrie VF-2SS

    Errrrr….
    1)Does the photographer not look at any of the work he contracts out?
    2)Is there any chance the retouchers did this as a prank? Cause good lord….

    1. FrogLuvR Avatar
      FrogLuvR

      My first thought…… Why would you deliver the photos without even looking to check if they were the correct client?

      1. Valkyrie VF-2SS Avatar
        Valkyrie VF-2SS

        Hadn’t thought of that. Seems this photographer is rather dodgy! These are some very basic and simple quality control one must exercise to put out good material.

  2. Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
    Arthur_P_Dent

    Shouldn’t a good photographer know how to retouch as well?

    1. Dunja0712 Avatar
      Dunja0712

      Maybe he does but he just doesn’t want to (for whichever reason).

    2. Renlish Avatar
      Renlish

      Nope. There is no reason why a photographer should do their own retouching. If you’re a wedding photographer and you average 2-3 weddings per week, there’s not enough time in the day to edit potentially thousands of photos and do everything else that comes with running a business AND live some kind of life. But this ‘tog absolutely made some big mistakes.

  3. Chris Hutcheson Avatar
    Chris Hutcheson

    I’m thinking the photographer should have reviewed the images as he took them to ensure they were OK, and/or shot multiples to increase the odds for everyone’s eyes being open.

  4. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    Not taking too much stock in this story…
    Photographer remains unnamed. And the photos are subpar at best. I think not a professional. With the shenanigans of social media lately, I see this as a spoof.

  5. Whatdoyknow Avatar
    Whatdoyknow

    Taking photographs at a wedding has taught me to look at every photo I take for various reasons. But especially to see if anybody has their eyes closed. Just now you sit with a series of the same group photo and there you have all the photos with at least one on every photo that has their eyes closed. The way I have solved that problem to a large extend is to ask everybody to close their eyes once they have been arranged into the right position to close their eyes and on the count of three open the eyes, then wait half a second and take the photo. Most of the time nobody has their eyes closed at the moment the photo is taken.