Post # 1
Hey bees, I have a photography related question and would love some insight.
I got in touch with a photographer about shooting our wedding and possibly engagement pictures. I’ve seen his work and love his style, which is why I chose him. When he emailed me back he told me to let him know of any “ideas/details” I have in mind so that we can discuss them. But I’m hiring him as our photographer because I like his ideas and details. I don’t have any of my own…except that I want him to do just as good a job with our wedding that he’s done with his other clients.
So my question is this: what ideas or details did you discuss with your photographer? This is my first time meeting with a professional photographer and really have no idea what kind of things we’ll even need to discuss.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Oooh, good question! I’m by no means an expert but I will tell you how I handled it.
First, think about the kind of style you want. Do you want classic photos? photojournalism? Candid? stylized? posed? natural? You chose your photographer based on his styles and ideas. Once you know what that is, you can brainstorm ideas. I really wanted my photos to be a storybook/journal type. I also wanted to incorporate things me and hubby liked. Ex: cigars (him not me) I even got them to take a picture of our beloved cats!
Next, look through wedding photoblogs for ideas. I scoured the net for hours and kept a notebook nearby to write down ideas that pop out at me.
Also, for your ceremony, you should discuss how much the photographer is able to do at your location (ie: if its a church, flash) And what kinds of shots, like candids potraits, a mix of both.
Also come up with a list of photos he absolutely has to get before the day is through, such as you with your family, sisters, brothers, etc.
Hope this helps. good luck! 🙂
Post # 4
He’ll want to know where you event is to start with. From there you want to give him a list of must have shots (bride and mom, bride and dad, bride in front of ___ at venue etc). He’ll also want to know if there is something you love like a black and white shot or some thing. If he has work posted online or sample books point out your favorites. He’ll also need a lot of your wedding day detail like when and where are you getting ready? Is the groom getting ready there too? Who should he talk to day of with a question if you are busy? Are you doing a first look etc. If he is experienced he may even have a worksheet to fill out with these details.
Post # 5
@QueenG: This is so helpful! I don’t know why it seemed so daunting to me at first, but now it makes more sense. Definitely will need to get ideas from blogs and things and write them down. Thanks!
@nikkialys: That would be awesome if he had a worksheet to fill out. I’m going to look for one online just to get an idea. Glad you mentioned the getting ready part, because I still need to figure that out. Thanks for your help!
Post # 6
I think looking through this photographer’s work and pinpointing what it is about his style you love so much would be helpful to him. WIth our photographer, I loved how she layered reflections in glass and mirrors in a lot of shots, so I made sure to tell her I loved it, and we got some amazing shots like that on our day.
Post # 7
Tell him just that – that you love his work (maybe tell him a specific wedding you saw on his blog that you loved) and let him know that you’re comfortable with him just doing his thing. Point out a few things about his style that you love but let him know to be as creative as he wants.
Seriously, my best clients are the ones that hire me because they love my work, and are confident in my abilites. They don’t want to mold me to shoot some way different than I normally do.
That being said, definitely tell him if there is anything special you want photographed. Too often brides don’t point stuff out that are important to them, but get upset when it wasn’t photographed. So for example, if you really put a lot of effort into something (like favors or a special decoration) make sure you say “I really spent a lot of time on the candy bar, and I want to make sure it get’s photographed”. Obviously we do our best, but weddings are busy days and we can’t be everywhere, KWIM?
Post # 8
@starfish0116: Thank you…this is exactly what I needed to hear.
Post # 9
what starfish0116 said is exactly it…with my clients I like to hear what attracts them to my work and also what kind of things might be important to them…either in the engagement session or for wedding day. It creates a dialogue and helps us get to know you better and gives us a glimpse at your perspective. True, most clients for me as well say “we just love what you do” so go for it….but that feedback is always great to have….good luck – I’m sure it will go great!