Shooting my first wedding this Sat: Things you wish your photographer did?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Did your photographer meet your expectations on your wedding day?
    No. The quality and/or service were not what was advertised. : (3 votes)
    13 %
    Yes, I got exactly the service and quality I expected (whether good or bad) : (13 votes)
    54 %
    Yes, my expectations were blown away! : (6 votes)
    25 %
    Other? / I didn't have any expectations. : (2 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    1248 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @OnceUponATime:  I would just tell her that is in now way going to be enough time for what she wants to capture. I just sent my survey back to my photog and she replied making suggestions to allow extra time for a few things – she is the expert so I’m happy to take her advice 🙂

    Post # 4
    84 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Give posing suggestions and have ideas! I always appreciate when my photographer tells me I have a double chin or I’m slouching, etc. keep it light with a sense of humor. If you feel inspired to have them do something unique mention it! Make sure it’s fun with some memorable meaningful shots 🙂

    Post # 6
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    My photog was amazing! We were his 5th or 6th wedding?

    He got all the family shots, and TONS of amazing pictures of us!

    I think my favorite two pictures he came up with–DH dipping and kissing me, and a picture of my hand on DH’s, showing off our wedding rings! And you can see us silhouetted in the background.

    Post # 7
    804 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @OnceUponATime:  You need to tell her the reality of how long pictures take.  My photographer estimated 1 minute per picture – that was helpful to me in planning what I wanted and what was reasonable.

    Post # 8
    318 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Yes, I would have liked ours to pose us a little. And to fix little things like my hair falling out, my dress not fluffed, my dad’s vest making his belly pop out.  We said we wanted the natural look but some little help would have been great.  Also ours didn’t follow our sheet so we missed some key people that I would have really liked individual shots with.

    Good luck!

    Post # 9
    1608 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We are smiling in all of our pictures (which is great), but I would’ve liked just one a bit more serious, just looking at each other lovingly, instead of smiling our faces off in all of them haha.

    My hair piece started to fall out in one pic and I didn’t notice until after a couple pics were taken, I got my bridesmaid to fix it, but we didn’t re-do the pics and it’s noticeable.

    I liked some of our reception pics where the photographer caught us laughing at some of the speeches and the hugs after the speeches 🙂

    Photograph the quirky/non-weddingy stuff too! My MOH’s dress broke and there’s a couple pics of all of our reactions when we noticed it and I laugh at them every time! Sometimes the imperfect things are awesome!

    Post # 12
    5697 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    The only thing that my photographer and second shooter missed, was a photo of my husband watching me walk down the aisle. I literally have no shot’s of his face seeing me. It’s a bit sad. 

    Other thing’s she missed can’t be helped, there were some family that barely made it in shots, but that’s no fault of hers.

    Candid’s are some of the best photo’s ever. I really love our family shots because we used a bench for part of them. It changed things up and was much more creative than just lining people up and making them say cheese so you can get it over with.

    I do wish my photog had been a bit more… commanding of everyone’s attention, it was a bit chaotic, which is my family’s fault but still. She kinda was like oh i’ll wait for you to be ready… You don’t have time for that typically.

    I loved that they got degtailed photo’s of all the decor, you put so much work into the little things and as a bride, you dn’t get to enjoy them or even see half of them (or any!) before the wedding and reception starts. 

    And it’s good you reached out to her, 15 minutes is NOT enough time to do family photos. It took us I think 1.5 hours to do both sides.

    Post # 13
    582 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @OnceUponATime:  I think you should communicate with her now about the time issue.  Be up front, honest, and transparent. 

    Post # 14
    582 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @OnceUponATime:  Here’s something cool one of the photogs we interviewed asked us to do, was to tell him why/what we loved about each other.  He was telling us that when you do this, your face totally changes and it’s easier to capture the emotion.  Not sure if that kind of thing is your style, but maybe you can work it in and get some cool shots– at the very least, it might be a nice touch for them!

    Post # 15
    3202 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    We, like, crazy loved our photog. One of the best things she did was just really take charge–there were times when we were all kind of milling around being confused, and she was super clear and assertive. It really helped everything be on time! Also, she decided we needed a first dance (we were just having a dinner reception), so she whipped out her iPhone, stuck it in my DH’s jacket, and had us dance. It was one of the best moments of the day. 🙂

    Post # 16
    9526 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’d ask if there are people in vendor type roles who are actually friends. My photog realized that we knew the officiants from his sermon, but didn’t realize that the guitar player is actually one of my best friends. My bad for not pointing it out, but it would have been a good question to ask. 

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