Post # 1
I found a photographer who offers wedding photography at $150 an hour, which would be awesome for our budget – up until now I’d basically written off professional photography as too expensive for us.
But, when the photographer sent me the contract and initial info, etc., included was a list of “Images required by the photographer”. Okay…kinda weird, but it wouldn’t be an issue – except that about half the “required” images are things we’re not doing at our wedding: bouquet toss, first dance (I can’t dance worth crap), garter removal (not wearing one; also, eww). Some of the other required images are, like, pictures of my shoes. I got my shoes for $6 at JCPenney – they’re not really photo-worthy. Honestly I figured they’d be hiding under my dress all day so it wouldn’t matter. The photographer also talks about bridal party photo requirements like I’m supposed to have a Hollywood entourage of people with me. I’ll be lucky if I have one bridesmaid.
Anyway – is this something that all photographers do? Are “required” photographs a thing now? I thought the bride & groom were the ones who got to have a list of required photos.
Seriously, all I want are 1) Pictures of the ceremony, 2) A few good pictures of me and new hubby, and 3) A few pictures of us with our family/small wedding party. That’s it. Is that really too much to ask? Peoples’ iPhone cameras will do just fine for the reception, and I don’t want or need a bunch of pictures of my cheapo shoes. Why is it so hard to find a basic wedding photography package?
Post # 3
@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
@cassclaw: are they perhaps working on building a portfolio? It sounds like they might be trying to ‘break in’ to wedding photography.
Post # 5
Sounds like he may be trying to build his portfolio and wants these images.
Post # 6
@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
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
Sounds like he’s building his portfolio. Explain your situation and see what he says.
Post # 9
@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
@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 # 11
@continuumphotography: This photographer does offer comprehensive wedding photography packages, with engagement shoots, meeting with the bride and groom in advance, first looks, and the whole all-day photo thing (which I don’t really understand as a trend, but whatever floats peoples’ boats). But she also offers $150 an hour “a la carte” pricing (minimum two hours), which is why we’re interested in her – our budget is small. The photos on her website certainly look professional to me.
I sent an email asking for clarification about it the required photos – on closer inspection, I suspect the list may just be guidelines for how long it takes, in general, to shoot certain things, so that people interested in the a la carte pricing can figure out how much time they’d need to book.
Post # 12
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
Oops just discuss it with them and go from there