(Closed) My Wedding Day Photo Advice…

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I agree. My photog didn’t get any of my husband either while I was walking down the aisle, just me. He had the most amazing look on his face too, it was a cross between awe and amazement. I wish he had gotten a picture, but I’ll never forget that look as long as I live eve without one!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Make sure your contract doesn’t have any loopholes that “allows” your photog to be late.  Our contract had a bit that said they were not liable for photos not captured on a “must take” list.  They were an hour late on my wedding day (missed all of our “getting ready” photos).

Also, bring an extra printed copy of everything you need your photog to have on the wedding day (timeline, phone numbers, shot list, directions and addresses) in case they don’t have their sh*t together and don’t bring all the things you took the time to put together for them.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Lindsay05:(Photographers please argue with me on anything I have mentioned!)

I don’t know what the new craze is with the grooms face as the bride is walking down the aisle. Honestly, I have had brides tell me lately that it is the most important photo to them of the WHOLE BUNCH. What is the first kiss now? Chop liver?

It’s gotten to the point of obsession, and bordering on ridiculous if you ask me. As a photographer, I’ve taken this shot time and time again, and more than half of the time there is absolutely NOTHING SPECIAL about that shot. The groom is standing there with a stock look on his face. No special smile, no tears, no emotion, whatsoever. Again, this is the case MORE THAN HALF the time. Brides expect grooms to go all bezerk over seeing them in the white dress for the first time and sorry to burst bubbles here, but most grooms just really don’t get that emotional about it. Lets just say, first they’re GUYS, and second they know what you look like and they are expecting a white dress, not too much shock and awe to be expected.

Also if you only have one photog. We have time for 1-2 shots tops and you get whatever look you get or we miss the bride coming down the aisle all together. We can’t sit there and wait for the perfect look that never comes while the bride walks right past us with her father. Seriously, I think this craze needs to dial down a few notches. Five years ago brides weren’t even thinking about this photo and now suddenly they can’t live without it. I think the whole thing is just plain silly.

Just my .02

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Sometimes its hard to get both the bride walking down the isle & the groom seing the bride, since they’re in different directions. It could be timing, it could be they were at an angle & couldn’t see him, or someone could have stood in their way. Or they could have captured a really odd expression on his face.

That’s my favorite part of the wedding, when the groom sees the bride for the 1st time. They had the lights on during the rehearsal, but during the ceremony, they dimmed the lights so it was pretty dark. Most of my ceremony pics are blurry & there aren’t any pics of him looking at me. It wasn’t the photographer’s fault, it was the super dim lighting. I got so many great pics that day, I’m ok without having pics of his face then, I was bummed at first, but there’s SO many great pics of us with our friends/family having a fun amazing day :).

A list really helps out the photographer. If I don’t have a list, I go off my own. Without a list, photogs pay special attention to the parts they like the most. I make sure to get the groom’s look on his face before I take any photos of the bride walking down the isle. It can be tricky if the bride walks really fast & its a short isle. So far, I’ve always gotten both but if your photog loves seeing the bride walking down the isle, they’ll photograph that 1st.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My photographer specifically states that she photographs in a photojounalistic style, she makes an effort to capture the moments as they happen but can not be responsible if a specific shot you want isn’t achived.  She will make an effort to capture specific shots I want, but I almost feel like it is an insult to her art if I start telling her what she should and should not be capturing.  I assume photogs do thier best to capture any and everything they can at each wedding they do, any oversight it strictly a result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@LBPhotography – My favorite pic has always been of the groom seing the bride. Idk why. I just love it. The first kiss to me is wierd. I don’t like kissing in public, I didn’t want to kiss DH front of EVERYONE. Its not that I’m ashamed of kissing him or anything. I always feel wierd photographing the first kiss thou. Always. I know its important to a lot of brides, so I do it, plus its part of the wedding. To me, its wierd. I’ve only been doing wedding photography for 3.5 years (its on the side, so not as much experience as you), but every guy has always had a smily or crying face at that time.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Lindsay05: LOL well, I’m glad you got a kick 🙂 If nothing else, I hope it makes you feel a little less bad about the fact you didnt get that shot. I feel bad for the brides who talk up the importance of that shot til they’re blue in the face and then the groom literally just stands there like a stone the whole time lol. I hate to even show them the picture then! It does suck the photog didn’t get ANY of the guys at all though. Kind of feels like a missing piece at that point.

@sera: Sure, I get a lot of half grins, but unless it’s a big beaming smile or a really emotional face, crying or holding back tears, the shot just bores me and I feel bad for the bride who expected some big emotional reaction. Maybe your grooms have just been more emotional than mine, too. I suppose it’s possible I’ve had some really emotionless grooms 😉

P.S. I love the kiss, because even if you don’t love kissing in public, which a lot of couples don’t, it will still always be your FIRST KISS as a married couple! It’s just wonderful to have that captured in a photograph forever.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@PassionatePhotoLady: I agree.  I don’t get the hype.  I think maybe too many girls watched “The Wedding Planner”.  There’s a whole section there about JLo liking that the best. 

My photographer took a bunch of pictures of the groom standing at the front of the ceremony and me coming down the aisle.  I just picked two that I thought we looked the best in, and called it the moment we saw eachother in our parent albums.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@LB – haha, I’m sure they were just good at holding back emotions ;). It may even be a little wierd to the guys cause they just stand there, the bride is walking towards them but they’re not supposed to move. Not every guy has that “amazing wow face look”, even if he feels it, he may not show it in his face. I think most of the grooms I’ve met have been really expressive.

It is frustrating you didn’t get any guys at all in your ceremony photos. Did you get a lot of ceremony pics of the girls? & at least you have the ones after of everyone!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@SapphireSun: 27 Dresses has a line about “the look on the groom’s face” too!

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