Post # 1
Hi hive! This question is for photographers, brides, and grooms 🙂
We’ve booked our photographer (love them and excited to see their work with us) and have chosen a location for the engagement session. It’s a spot they’ve shot before and featured on their blog/website, but…although their pictures at the location are beautiful, they are not the backgrounds I want to shoot in front of for our session. So here are my questions:
1) Who leads the engagement session? The photographer or the client?
2) Will the photographer be open to me running around to certain places?
3) Is it offensive to photographers to show them others’ work in the location to let them know what backgrounds I prefer?
4) How do I respectfully let them know that I definitely want “fun” pictures, but we have to have some of the traditional-smile-pose shots for the parents and grandparents?
I apologize if this seems silly, but I really want to know how to best navigate these subjects with my photographer because although I know these are “my” pictures, photography is their art.
Post # 3
As far as I’m concerned, you lead the session. You are paying for a service, so your requests should be met.
Photographers, however, are great for suggesting poses and ideas. Most have locales they’re familiar with, but don’t be scared or nervous to suggest something new or different. Remember, the happier you are with what you are getting, the more you will enjoy your session and your photos!
If you’re not sure how to approach your photographer, write out the things you want/need in a list and see what they boil down to. Then call your photog and just mention you were hoping to have a few things done during your session.
A good professional will work with you all the way!
Post # 4
I told my photographer some ideas that I had, and he incorpoated his own photography style into the kind of background and poses we used. I knew that i wanted to use props, and the photographer was totally open to me using them, even though he had never done a shoot like that before!
If he is a good photographer, his main concern should be getting you the photos YOU love. He will want you to be satisfied. most photographers are extremely open to shooting where you would like, so don’t feel bad running around to different places! i am sure he will gladly follow.
I found that the photogrpaher really helped me with poses. I found places and props that i liked, but didn’t know how to stand or what to do with my Fiance once we were there.
It is totally not rude to show him other’s work. Briing/send as many as you like, i am sure your photographer would be open to the inspiration.