(Closed) Photographer’s Worst Nightmare

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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394 posts
Helper bee

Not sure why you feel this makes you a “Photographer’s worst nightmare”. I am a photographer and to me it seems that you’d be a dream to work with. You seem to know Exactly what you want and don’t want. With weddings people always seem so indecisive. Kind of refreshing that you appear quite confident in your preferences. 

A photographer that shoots photojournalistic style will probably be a perfect match for you. Plus, with you not wanting shots of all the “traditional” wedding things, you probably don’t need but 3-5 hours of coverage. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

@cirrus:  Well you are taking a non-traditional approach, and I can see the photographers point of view.  Looking back in the future, they don’t want you to have any regrets.  A photographer will capture your day, whatever it may entail, I don’t think it’s an issue. I would, however, reconsider adding some of the more traditional aspects into your wedding.

Post # 6
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171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I see why you are doing the things you are doing. What kind of wedding photography do you like? Maybe wedding photography isn’t a good fit for you or you are going to photographers whose portfolios primarily depict these things.

A bouquet does help because it gives you something to do with your hands. It is a posing tool for photographers that helps brides if they are not great at posing. It moves your arms away from your sides, giving them definition.You don’t have to be emotionally attached to it and could even do something different, like ferns, feathers, a fan, whatever fits your wedding theme.

Preparation shots aren’t so much about the actual prep, but about the *moments* that come with that prep-whether it is your fiance, your mom, your sister, your friend and you spending a final day getting ready together. That’s why many girls like them.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@cirrus: You seem like you’re a person who knows what she wants, so as long as you’ve given it a good amount of thought I don’t think you’ll ever regret what you did for your wedding. I actually envy you a little for having such a simple and laid-back wedding.

I’d say look around for photographers more. I love our photographer and while she does typically do some of the higher-end weddings, she is a fantastic photographer and can make anything look like magazine quality. A photojournalistic photographer will be able to capture the day, the emotions, the faces of the people that are there, and the little accents of where you’re getting married – even if you’re not doing the full-blown traditional wedding.

I also recently saw this video and thought you might like it:

http://www.designsponge.com/2010/11/weekly-wrap-up-beautiful-elopement-video.html

It’s an elopement video, so not sure if you’re considering a videographer or not. But thought I’d throw it out there that even two people going to a JOP can be turned into something that will certainly make you cry. And no less special than a huge extravagant wedding.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think you may be talking to the wrong photographers. I don’t think they should have the reaction of, Oh NO, there’s no cake cutting? What will I photograph!?

Keep looking around, and as others have said, someone with a photojournalistic approach may be better suited to your style.

Post # 10
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236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@cirrus: I kinda feel the same way. My photographer was talking about talking shots of me wtih my girls, and FI with his boys, and there was this silent moment when I said, “We each have 1 attendant, and mine is a guy.” I keep telling myself to be proud about the choices we’ve made, and the vibe we’re trying to keep (calm calm calm and laid back!). I think a lot of photographers are used to brides doing the wacky. 🙂

Post # 14
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236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@cirrus: FI and I are also doing some comprimising as well. No cake for us, but we’ll do a photo of cutting into the pie. 🙂

I just keep telling myself that this wedding is a physical representation of how FI and I are – laid back, calm, quiet people.

And I tell myself, when I’m having a moment, “Look, we’re PAYING these people to provide a service for us. Therefore, if I tell you we won’t be having a flower toss, I expect a certain level of acceptance.” And no one can make me feel bad about not wanting a garter toss, or photos of said garter being removed.

I think we get off the hook a bit since it’s in Alaska. The land of the laid back. 🙂

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

@cirrus:  No one should be pressuring you, I was just explaining why these photographers may be suggesting the things they are.  If you feel pressured by all means walk….you are the customer.

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