Post # 1
So I had my bridal portrait yesterday, and I must say, it was a blast putting on THE wedding look for a trial run! I had met with the photographer before our shoot and I thought he knew that I am a meticulous, detail-oriented bride, and capturing the moment with good pictures was one of the most important things to me. I met him at the site where pictures were to be taken, he made me feel comfortable and told me how to pose and where to stand which was great, because there were no awkward “am I doing this right” moments. He did a few shots that felt really cliche to me and asked me to do the same things with my hands/bouquet etc, and lots of shots I had seen on his website before. I havent seen the pictures yet, but I have a feeling there won’t be many that I like. I feel as if I’ve wasted money on getting my hair done and photography fees, I suggested some shots of my own, but he seemed unwilling to go with my ideas. How can I get accross to him the type of photography I’m looking for on wedding day without sounding like a complete bridezilla? I want to make sure he gets it without insulting him or making it weird for wedding day. Anybody have any advice??
Post # 3
Did you like what you saw when reviewing his work? It sounds like maybe you hired a person with a style you don’t mesh with.
If the work he presented you with is on par with your bridal session I have trouble finding fault in him. My suggestion is to hire a different photographer for your wedding. Make sure you hire someone who shoots in a style you like.
Post # 4
Maybe give him inspiration pictures? A friend of mine is giving her photographer a list of shots/poses she wanted and her reasoning was to help the shoot go “smoothly.”
Post # 5
You felt comfortable, he directed you well, and there were no awkward moments. You hired him based on his portfolio and he did poses from his portfolio.
Why did you hire someone if you don’t like the photos shown on his website? That is on you. Lose your wedding day deposit and find someone whose style you like.
You can’t expect his style to change much to accommodate you-instead, find a good photographer who has a style you like.
Also, often when brides “suggest” poses, they don’t realize that they may be unflattering, etc, and the photog is guiding you to better ones,
Post # 6
you can’t tell until you see the photos. Wait and see the photos first and then make a decision on what you should do. you said the poses are what you saw on his website and I’m assuming you like the work on the website for you to hire him. If it’s not what you envision then either have a talk with the photographer on what you envision vs what you got or look for a new one.
Post # 7
I agree with the other bees, that if you liked his work on his website and had a good repoire, why are you concerned? You may feel differently once you see the final result.
Since your wedding is so close, it is probably too late to hire anyone else. I would set up an appointment with him and bring some samples that you do like. Have an honest, but very professional conversation with him about your concerns.
My photographer came highly recommended and the samples of her work were beautiful. My wedding–not a total fail but pretty close. Since I live out of town, i did not do bridal portraits with her. I hate all the pictures of me, my dress, etc.
Post # 8
Our photographers went AWOL after the ceremony. They never showed up at the reception! I don’t have a single photograph of the reception. Although my feelings were hurt by their unprofessionalism, I am grateful that we have beautiful pictures of the ceremony. Yes, it would have been nice to have pictures of the reception too, but there is no use stressing about it. The memories of our wedding is etched in my heart. And what is most important is that I am with the one I love.
I am sorry that your photographer did not meet your expectations. It is but natural to feel disappointed. Rest assured that you are not being a bridezilla. You will need to meet with the photgrpaher to discuss your vision for the wedding photography. If he/she is unable to relate to your style of photography, it is in your best interest to find a different photographer who suits your needs better.
Post # 9
@kat_maz3: Please, NEVER hire a photographer expecting anything other than the types of photos you see in his or her portfolio. We can’t change our style for every single customer; you have to hire a photographer who already shoots in the style you like. If you ask your current one to change, you will A.) Insult him and ruin your relationship and B.) Not get the photos you want because he doesnt’ know how to shoot in the style you do like and can’t learn overnight even if he wanted to… which he probably doesn’t. I’m not trying to be mean, but my advice is to sacrifice your deposit and find someone new whose style you like better 🙂 At least these weren’t your wedding photos!