- 6 years ago
- Wedding: April 2012
1. I wouldn’t want thousands of pics to go through, but my package of “ALL wedding pictures, edited, of your choice. minimum 350.” produced 360 of which 50 I hate and don’t understand why they’re even in there. I didn’t know that 350 would feel like a small amount, but it really is when it’s trying to capture an entire 8 hours of emotion and flurry.
2. The bridal portraits and engagement session were FABULOUS, as in, every shot made me go “wow I didn’t know I could look THAT GOOD.” 🙂 But just because someone’s posed sessions with you are good doesn’t mean the ‘action’ shots of the actual wedding and reception will be on the same level. I gave no guidance to him for the earlier 2 sessions, and clearly didn’t need to. But I REALLY should have been specific on the wedding day itself. Things I thought were obvious (take one with me and my mom, take a wide-angle of the whole reception room, try to get ones with people laughing or smiling rather than looking blah and bored) were missed.
3. Tell him it’s okay for him to ‘be visible’ during the ceremony. Mine tried to hide and be discreet, with the result being lots of backs, backs of heads, & blocking out what could have been great shots. He said he’d had an earlier bride complain about him being too visible, and ever since then he’s tried to be really hidden. But I would have been fine with him being visible, if I could have gotten good pics of the ceremony!
4. Tell him to ROAM THE ROOM during the reception. We have literally 12 of the same 2 little girls who we are not related to…and just a ton of the same 2 families who happened to be standing in the corner where the photographer was. I should have directed him to roam the room and get pictures of different people, not tons of pictures of the same few people. Seemed obvious.
5. Make sure to tell him to take at least SOME posed pictures of just the bride and groom that day. Seems so obvious! How did I not realize we didn’t have any pictures of just us 2, during the wedding or reception? I guess I can crop us out of the group photo or something.
6. DO NOT EVER LET THEM SIT YOU ALL DOWN ON A SOFT COUCH FOR YOUR FAMILY GROUP SHOTS!!! I’m 6′, my family has some extremely tall people, a couple of them are almost 7 feet, but we all look like squatty dwarves in our extended-family pictures. We were lined up on a soft couch and facing head-on to the photographer..all of us somehow look the exact same size. Plus fat people look even fatter…but even skinny people aren’t flattered by that pose. If you can make a whole row of extremely tall elegant people look like Little People: Big World , that is a problem.
7. Things that make for a boring picture: pictures of the musicians playing their instruments. The back of a head. The backs of bunches of heads.
8. Tell him to take more than one of important moments, so that if one of you is blinking for a 1/3 of a second, that’s not the only photo you have of the moment.
9. BEWARE THE REDHEADS! Sorry for all you ginger ladies, but some of my photos were completely bombed by the back of the head of a certain neon-orange haired friend of a friend. It was larger than life and seriously becomes the focus of the pic. I will probably have to put those in black-and-white because of it.
10. If your pictures come back and you’re extremely disappointed, COMMUNICATION even after the wedding is crucial! But the key is to be specific. Most photographers hopefully would feel open to some constructive criticism, and you might be helping out a future bride by telling him what he needs to hear. Some of it is differences in taste, but if you have legitimate specific issues with your pictures, communicate that. Even if they can’t do anything to fix it at this point, it will at least make you feel better to know you’ve vented and gotten it off your chest. : )