Photographer photoshops bride without her knowledge to make her look skinnier, claims that he deleted original photos

Oct 25, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photographer photoshops bride without her knowledge to make her look skinnier, claims that he deleted original photos

Oct 25, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Join the Discussion

Share on:

I think that choosing to get married is one of the most important decisions in your life. And choosing the right photographer to document this day is certainly a big decision, too. Sadly, there are many unprofessional photographers out there who can ruin your big day. This happened to a New Zealand couple, who got unpleasantly surprised after seeing their wedding photos. The bride was photoshopped to look skinnier, and when they asked for the original files – the photographer claimed that he deleted them.


Andrew and Irene Leathwick got married last November. They hired photographer Mike Sheng to shoot their wedding and they say they paid him $4,000 NZD ($2,500 USD) for his work. In an interview with TVNZ’s Fair Go, the couple said that they chose Sheng after viewing the gorgeous photos on his website. Irene said that, on the wedding day, everything went as planned. “He was really, really professional. He knew exactly what shots he wanted,” she told TVNZ. “He knew exactly how to talk to us into acting natural — everything a photographer should do.”

However, the unpleasant surprise came after the photographer delivered the final selection of photos. While he left Andrew largely untouched, Irene was heavily photoshopped.  Her face and arms were made slimmer, her chest was made smaller and sunken in, and her waist was pulled in. The problem is that they’d never discussed this with the photographer. Either of them hadn’t wanted to have their physical appearance changed in the wedding photos, yet Shang did it without consulting them.

The couple contacted the photographer, asking for the original images from the wedding. They say that it was even a part of the contrast. However, the photographer reportedly said that he had deleted the original files, so he couldn’t send them to the couple. They then requested him to “un-retouch” the images.

The couple claims that he wasn’t happy about it, as it would “take a long time” to do it and “he had a lot of other clients.” The couple then asked him to undo just two of the photos, which he did. But later, he reportedly blocked them from contacting him further. TVNZ’s Fair Go says that they contacted him for a comment, but they also never heard back.

The Leathwicks say that they’re considering court action against Shang. They want to at least get their money back and try and get new photos taken.

On the one hand, I think this is a major misunderstanding and a serious lack of communication. In the world where photoshopped and fake photos are pretty much a standard, it’s important to remember that not everyone wants them. As a photographer, you should discuss this matter with your clients. And as a client, you should note it to the photographer if you don’t want your photos heavily retouched, just in case. I think you should even add this clause to the contract. But on the other hand, what kind of photographer deletes original files? Especially if they’re included in the contract?

Anyways, if you photograph people (at weddings or any other occasions), remember that communication is key. Discuss everything with your clients and make clear arrangements. If you’re not sure about something, feel free to ask them. And while you’re retouching images, have the “ten-second rule” in mind and remember: “you should make people look as beautiful in the photo as they were while you were looking at them.”

[via FStoppers, TVNZ]

Filed Under:

Tagged With:

Find this interesting? Share it with your friends!

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Join the Discussion

DIYP Comment Policy
Be nice, be on-topic, no personal information or flames.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

19 responses to “Photographer photoshops bride without her knowledge to make her look skinnier, claims that he deleted original photos”

  1. Huge Dom Avatar
    Huge Dom

    Take on additional unwanted work, breaks contact and cheap out on storage… not “Pro” at all.

  2. Not fair Avatar
    Not fair

    You could be ruining a photographers career with baseless claims. You are aware that people make things up or exaggerate ? Do the clients know about lense distortion? Does it matter ? I hope the photographer Sue’s you for taking this clickbait world wide.

    1. Dra Avatar
      Dra

      You seem to have read a different article – based on the story, the photographer admitted to altering the photos…

      1. Not fair Avatar
        Not fair

        Admitted to altering the photos how? Color ? Crop? Or as the article alleges? To make the bride look skinnier? Nowhere is a direct and qualified response from the photographer. We live in an age where people can be ruined by accusations from the public and you’re contributing to that.

        1. Ben Brandenberg Avatar
          Ben Brandenberg

          Unprofessional at the very least. He admits to altering photos. He doesn’t have original files ! Come on. Stay away from this guy

        2. Jrbdog Avatar
          Jrbdog

          You sound like somebody who’s definitely assaulted someone at some point.

    2. Dan Nodden123 Avatar
      Dan Nodden123

      Baseless? Hell no. I’d be more than glad if they ruin a scammer’s career.

    3. Brianne Glazier Avatar
      Brianne Glazier

      You sound ignorant. You must be that photographer that Photoshoped their pictures without their consent. I hope these couple shut down his con business for good. That’s bad business and he had no right to do that anyways. Sue his ass for that crap. For the record it does matter. Wedding pictures means everything to someone. It’s important, sad that you don’t see it that way

  3. Rick Satterwhite Avatar
    Rick Satterwhite

    They should be sued by the photographer.

    1. Brianne Glazier Avatar
      Brianne Glazier

      No. They need to sue him, I hope they win. You just don’t do that to wedding pictures. I guess this day and age photographers don’t know how to ask for permission.

      1. Rick Satterwhite Avatar
        Rick Satterwhite

        They hired the photographer after looking over his entire body of work so it is their fault they didn’t like the same results.

        1. Brianne Glazier Avatar
          Brianne Glazier

          No it’s not their fault. It doesn’t matter how great he is or even if he has a 5 star for that matter. The photographer still need to ask for their consent. Especially when they’re paying out of pocket for their pictures.

      2. RANMAN Avatar
        RANMAN

        All wedding pictures are edited…..

        1. Brianne Glazier Avatar
          Brianne Glazier

          And? The photographer still needs to ask them. There are options that photographers gives to wedding couples all the time.

  4. Dan Nodden123 Avatar
    Dan Nodden123

    Lol I hope that scammer gets sued into oblivion. I could take more detailed photos on my phone. Without charging multiple thousand. Seriously, there’s so little detail that it looks out of focus.

    1. Not fair Avatar
      Not fair

      Threads a perfect example of how mob rules can destroy an innocent. I hope you all just stay on the web doing nothing.

  5. John jacob Avatar
    John jacob

    If he’s already photoshoppin, how’d he miss that tooth though…

  6. Gigapepeg Avatar
    Gigapepeg

    Omegalulw photoshop

  7. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
    Duncan Dimanche

    …. what a stupid photographer !!!

    I still have every single wedding pictures that I have taken !

    And the recent ones I have a copy of them…