Photographer has list of "required" images – is this a thing?

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

@cassclaw:  It sounds like that might be something that they left in the contract that most couples asked to be covered, I’m sure they’ll let you choose what things you want them to put in the contract.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@cassclaw:  are they perhaps working on building a portfolio? It sounds like they might be trying to ‘break in’ to wedding photography.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Sounds like he may be trying to build his portfolio and wants these images. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@cassclaw:  The only reason I can think of that they would require those is because they want them for their portfolio BUT if you aren’t having those things I think they will be fine with it (it never hurts to ask anyway!) 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Perhaps cross them off the photographers list, write next to them what you want photos of and see how it goes?

It’s probably just ideas from what brides generally want?

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Sounds like he’s building his portfolio. Explain your situation and see what he says.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@cassclaw:  Have you asked them about it? There are two possiblities IMO:

1. They are still new to this and is looking for those key images to build up their portfolio

2. They have had issues in the past with couples forgetting to specify those shots were important and want to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

I’d just ask. 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@cassclaw:  To be honest a wedding photographer who just prices themselves at $150/hr is likely not a full time professional. The list they’ve asked for is highly unusual – well actually I’ve just never heard of that period. Usually that sort of list comes from the bride who finds it online and thinks it’s something the photographer needs. That in of itself is a trust issue – if you hire a professional who has experience and is doing this full time they don’t need a list.  

The answer to your second question is two fold. First – good wedding photography is built on rapport and trust. That just doesn’t happen if a photographer shows up for the ceremony and does some family photos and departs. Most of us take what we do pretty seriously and are committed to telling stories and documenting days. That’s what most clients want. Second 0 a pro isn’t going to book a minimal coverage event (something less than 6 hours) for a prime weekend date in the summer unless it’s a last minute thing. Someone who wants more coverage will likely book that day at a much higher rate. So the reason why you don’t see actual pros offering limited coverage like that is it would be hard to make a living off of it. If a couple of hours is all you want or need you’re actually more likely to be able to find someone decent willing to photograph it as you’re much closer to the date.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Due to the price to agree most likely they are building a portfolio. A lot of those images are standard whether you want them or not. I don’t think they require them its more like a suggested list. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Oops just discuss it with them and go from there 

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