Post # 1
So I found out through FB that this girl who went to my alma mater (didn’t really know her, but had mutual friends) is launching a photography business. I liked her work and contacted her and get this – she is only charging $400 for two photographers and unlimited pics for twelve hours the day of the wedding AND an engagement shoot! We asked for a CD and picture rights so we could do printing ourselves and that was only $100 more! Best part of our budget. So we are really excited but want to make sure we are telling her exactly what we want. Has anyone else done something like this? Do you think it would be appropriate to show her other pictures we like or would that be rude?
Don’t worry, my legal training was enough for me to make sure I got everything in a written contract! 😉
Post # 3
I think it’s fine to have poses and things in mind. It sounds like you like her composition overall so hopefully there won’t be a lot of problems with you not liking how she takes pictures.
Post # 4
I did something like this as well. She is charging me 500 for all the same things. With minor touch ups and all on cd with rights. And no it is not rude to show your photographer what your wanting for your day. Just show her the pics and say we would really like to have a few pics like this, or “do you think we can do something like this”, most photographers appreciate you telling them what it is your looking for on ur day, it makes their jobs easier and takes stress off their shoulders on if you will like the pics they took or not.
Post # 5
As someone who recently shot my first wedding, I actually requested that the client show me examples of work they loved. WHile I have an extensive portfolio for other types of photography, discussing other people’s work really established for me what their expectations were, and what styles they really loved. It helped facilitate the conversation about their vision for their wedding. I’m sure your photographer would feel the same – she wouldn’t be charging you only $500 for that kind of coverage if she had a portfolio you could mine for ideas (she’s probably barely breaking even/losing money on this deal actually, but that’s what you’ve got to do to get established sometimes….!)
Post # 6
Absolutely you should show pictures you like to the photographer! Even experts like to see examples, to get an idea of what the bride likes. For a new photographer, it’ll help get the creative juices flowing.
Make sure you give your photographer a list of all the important events you want pictures of (first dance, cake cutting, etc) and the approximate time line. Even seasoned photographers sometimes miss something, or they coordinate with the DJ to know when things are happening.
Post # 7
I have a similar situation with my photographers… I’ve been emailing them photo lists and they’ve been communicating their ideas… as long as you both can approach it as a collaboration (your wedding vision, their talents) it should be fine! Congrats on the great deal!
Post # 8
As a photographer, I think it’s rude to send photographers other people’s work. But, since this person is so new to the biz, it might be helpful.. Just e-mail your photog and ask her how she feels about it!
Post # 9
So great to hear from actual photographers! Thanks so much
@crayfish I feel terrible if she is losing money! We figured since we weren’t asking her to print anything we were basically paying for “intangibles” like her time, expertise, and use of equipment. We told her even though we were buying the rights that she could use them on her website to grow her business. We are obviously paying for her and assistant’s meals – is there anything else we could do? I need the deal but want to support her!
@stacyreeves I thought this might be rude, too (that’s why I asked) is there anything you can think of that would help me put this nicely? We haven’t met with her yet, but I wanted to start by pointing out things I love about the pics she has already posted in her gallery. Its just that she’s hasn’t done a wedding yet (but will have done several before ours!) so I almost need other people’s examples to describe what I’m talking about.
All of your comments are so helpful! I just had a few additional questions for photographers. My MOB and FMIL are freaking out so it was nice to hear this worked out for other people.
Post # 10
If it were me, I might say something like “Would it be helpful for you if I sent you some photos I’ve found on other websites or blogs that I like? I’ve got a collection of images I love (some of which are yours!) that I would like to share with you to help you get to know our style, but I also don’t want to make you feel pressured to copy them or change your style.”
Don’t worry about what you’re paying her – she set her prices that way for a reason, I’m sure at this point in her career she is thrilled to just have you as a client, regardless of how much she’s making!
Post # 11
I have my clients find photos of the moments they would like captured, then I can look at the lighting situation in the venue to see what i need to make it possible. I work for my clients and while i find my work as art, I love the feedback and examples. I can give realistic expectations to my clients when I know what they want! As far as prices/experience we all have to start somewhere!
Post # 12
What is with people (vendors) digging up old threads today? This is the 2nd one I’ve seen of old threads resurrecting.