Post # 1
Did your photographer get detail pictures? Things like the wedding bands, or close ups of any of the decor? If so did you specifically have to ask for these things or are they considered “standard?”
I only had one “must have” photo, my parents wedding bands tied to my bouquet. Which is the only detail shot we got, and it didn’t even show off their rings all that well, which is ok. But I doubt my photog would have even gotten a shot of my bouquet if I didn’t specifically request the shot of my parents rings. I sort of feel like I should have presented at least a “nice to have” list, but part of me kind of feels that some of the things should have been “standard?”
Post # 3
Depends on who you hire, some are not into doing details. It was never standard just like two photographers were never standard. It starting to become that way.
Im personally a detail junkie and a DIY craft geek, was way before I ever picked up a camera so Im all about getting the couples details they worked hard on. Ring shots and the like are standard for me.
Post # 4
Our photog did without asking. We got a ton of detail shots.
Post # 5
We have a few (rings, cufflinks) but not many and that was fine with me. I prefer to have shots of people over things however that was my personal preference.
Post # 6
Did they show lots of detail shots on their site/blog?
Post # 7
Yes I got a few and had hoped for more. there could be a better outcome if there are two photographers, one can concentrate on moments and one can take detail pics
Post # 8
My photographer is really into details. She gave me a shot list of every picture she takes by default and I can add more if I choose, but here are what she shoots (detail-wise) no matter what:
– individuals of wedding dress, jewelry, shoes, perfume, makeup, etc
– buttoning wedding dress
– mother fastening necklace
– shoes peeking out from under dress (I laughed out loud at this one but it is cute in pictures)
– groom’s tie
– groom’s cologne
– groomsmen flasks (is this a thing? idk)
– the rings/bands sitting on vows/bible
– table centerpieces, settings
– bride and groom’s table
– guest book
– place card table
– close up of bride and groom’s place card
– wedding cake
– groom’s cake
– gift table
– card box
– candy bar (what lol not everyone has a candy bar!!)
– a plated dinner
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Our photographer took lots of basic detail shots, but not of everything that I wanted. I’m also a fan of macros which she didn’t get, but I didn’t specify. I really wish I had given her a list. Beforehand she asked what we wanted shots of, and I said we’d love shots of our diy tablescapes, but she ended up taking the whole table instead of close up shots of the pieces (there was a lot going on). One of my main regrets.
Post # 10
Given the choice, I’d always capture people over details and I’m not sure quite when this current fashion of detail over action seems to have crept in!
However, while there’s no “standard” by which a photographer has to work, I’d always expect to shoot certain details without being asked. These include boutonnieres, cufflinks, rings, bouquets and bouquet details, table centrepieces and other decorations, letterboxes, card trees and whatever other Pinteresting bits of decor are in attendance! But if a bride has really specific items that they really want pictures of then it makes more sense to tell the photographer in advance rather than be disappointed afterwards.
Post # 11
Thanks everyone. More than anything I was curious if their was a “standard.” I’m definitely not complaining, but I’ve seen on the boards here and other places pro photogs lamenting when brides give them long shot lists with “standard” shots. I guess in my mind rings are a standard detail, but I didn’t know if it that’s just my perception or if it really is.
@Jbbee: They had what I would consider the typical ones, not overly saturated like Pinterest details, but things like rings and centerpieces.
@SeaSalt: I agree that I’d rather have the people and the moment. I mean, heck I wear two out of the three rings all the time!
Post # 12
@elysion: I guess that’s my question, what detail shots are the “basic” shots? Centerpieces, bouquets?
@Steampunkbride: I’d agree with your expected shots like centerpieces and rings, in fact the details you listed are probably more detailed than what I would classify as standard. So I guess it’d never occur to me to ask for a photo of the bouquet, a centerpiece or the rings since I would consider those things standard or expected. It seems from what most people wrote those 3 things at a minimum would be the standard detail shots. I’m not disappointed, just surprised that they were missing. I guess if it were really important to me I could bring the rings to the photog and have him take one or two shots.
Post # 13
Most photographers shoot details during “getting ready” time (how many shots of the bride getting her hair done do you need?) and before the doors open for the reception. A good photographer should need 15 minutes tops for the reception details. I don’t think it’s a tradeoff between details and people.
Post # 14
@Groominator: I respectfully beg to differ if a happy medium isn’t achieved. But then I wholeheartedly support the writer of this article:
Post # 15
Yes, but not enough. I figured they’d take more at the reception/ceremony than they did (they focused on my jewelry and got several shots of our gifts for some reason). Oh well.
@elysion: Same here.
Post # 16
@Steampunkbride: Thank you for sharing. I agree with the sentiment of the post of what’s important is the people. Interestingly enough the photos from the wedding that inspired it were mostly of details and the setting although the photographer makes notes that the photos weren’t blog worthy due to the lack oh details. There were several of the tablescapes, the note the bride sent the groom, the books in the room.
And based on the responses from @vorpalette: and others it seems that some “detail” shots are the norm, irregardless if they are blog worthy. While the number or type of details the photographer captures may vary based on the couple and the photographer’s preference of such things, it does seem to be standard that at the least some detail shots are expected by both sides.
My main motivation in asking was not to complain, but to either confirm or disprove my opinion that it was odd that my photographer didn’t capture any details except for my parents rings which Is the only shot I specifically asked for-only because it was something the photographer might not know without being told.