(Closed) Rude to send inspiration pics to photographer?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Is it rude to send photographer inspiration pics?
    Yes : (7 votes)
    13 %
    No : (42 votes)
    78 %
    Other (see below) : (5 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    10851 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’m sort of on the fence about this mainly because I feel the same way. I think at the end of the day I won’t for a number of reasons. First, he’s amazing. I’ve seen what he can do and I trust him implicitly. Second, it’s art (or at least with my guy it is!). As a fellow creative person, I really wouldn’t want someone stepping on my toes telling me how to do what I do. Third, I want my own photos, not a copy of someone elses. I’ll let him do his thing and create something awesome for me and Fiance and I know we’ll be really happy with the results! That’s why we picked our photographer!

    Post # 4
    7174 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I think you should ask!  I’d think that knowing what you especially like (or shots you really want) are important to the photog and will help them get a sense of your style.  If you do it – you could preface it knowing that they’ll add their creative genius to the shoot – but these were shots you were particularly drawn to (but don’t assume they would recreate exactly).

    Post # 5
    524 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    When I worked with a photographer for our engagement pictures he was happy to look through some ideas of what I liked.  It takes some pressure off of them to be creative 110% of the time and helps make you happy.  You’re already stroking the photographer’s ego by having chosen him for the extremely important task of photographing your wedding day; showing him a few idea pictures should not offend him. 

    Post # 6
    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I think you should ask your photographer if they would be willing to look at some inspirations pictures, so they know what you are looking for. Our photographer is really good, and she encourages us to send any inspiration photos to her that we come across, so she knows the direction that we want to go with the photos.

    Post # 7
    3148 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    My photographer asked me to send pics that i liked. It was a good way for her to feel out my style and what i was looking for, she has sent me some pics from blogs as well they I have yes or no’d.

    I think its very helpful but i would run it by your photographer first so they dont find it as insulting.

    Post # 8
    34 posts

    I don’t think so!  I invite my clients to do this, because it helps me understand what they want, and sometimes it’s fun to get to try out things I’ve never done before and maybe wouldn’t have thought of on my own.  I’d never try to copy someone’s shot exactly (lame sauce), but variations, re-creations, and reimaginings are totally fun and I think actually enhance my creativity a lot of the time.

    Post # 9
    1757 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    It would be one thing if you were declaring, “TAKE THESE EXACT PICTURES OR ELSE!!!” But you’re just providing input to your photographer as to what sorts of shots have struck your fancy. I see nothing wrong with that.

    Post # 10
    1426 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I would send one or two, like your absolute most favorite, and see how he/she reacts.  I don’t think its rude to send some, but you also don’t want to send along so many that the photographer is overwhelmed and can’t remember them on the wedding day.

    Post # 11
    1014 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Not rude at all.  As a fellow creative, I appreciate it when a client can clearly show me what inspires them, as long as they don’t intend for me to copy it!  I probably wouldn’t send 100s of images, but a handful of your faves and explanations why you love them.

    Post # 12
    573 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    That’s a great idea! I wish I’d thought of it.

    Post # 13
    149 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’m with bakerella on this one. Our photog is a true artist and I trust him that our pictures will be wonderful. On the other hand, when I was looking at other photographers some of them have a cookie-cutter- same pictures at every wedding (you can tell by looking through their portfolio). In that case, I think it’s fine to specify particular pictures you would like.

    Post # 14
    3762 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I did this with my photographer however: 

    I first went through their portfolio and selected a few of my favorite of theirs (aka complimenting their work and showing her why I selected her)

    Then, I went back to the blogs and looked at a few that I also really liked and sent her those.  

    Post # 15
    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think it’s a good idea. Obviously you picked your florist because you were impressed by their work, so I don’t think it would be offensive to email other pictures that you like. If there are pictures on your florists website that you like I would make sure to include them as well. I showed our floral inspiration board to every florist that we interviewed and they all said it was really helpful. After we hired our florist I made a revised floral board with some ideas that she had suggested as well as some of my own.

    I don’t think it’s any different than bringing a picture to your hair stylist or telling them that you want bangs like Heidi Klum…

    Post # 16
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    It’s not rude at all and your photographer will appreciate having an idea of what exactly you want. But be aware that many shots are spontaneous and can not be recreated.

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