Post # 1
I need your opinions or knowledge on this subject matter.
We are suppose to be shooting our engagement photos this sunday.
We set this date sometime in October.
The photographer didn’t contact me I contacted her over this past weekend to get details etc for the shoot. I had some places in mind for the shoot but was not a 100% sure of locations.
She has been contacting me here and there this week. And I’ve given her some of my ideas but she keeps asking me for locations etc etc.
After looking for locations myself (keep in mind I just started a new job this week) I found two and told her about them and she in returns asks me to call the locations to see if permits are required?
Okay this is where I need your opinion or knowledge, Am I responsible for the that or is the photographer suppose to be the one to call places inregards to permits and such?
Sorry this was long ya’ll it was mildly a venting session for me as well lol
Thanks in advance for your help girls!!
Post # 3
I had my photos taken in a public park but I’m thinking it is the responsibility of the couple because it is the location you chose. But hey I’m not an expert in the matter either.
Post # 4
I think permits fall on the responsibility of the client. Many times permits cost money, which the photographer doesn’t cover.
Post # 5
That makes sense. We are fine with paying any additional costs but I was wondering more if after I tell them the location if I in return have to do the leg work of calling and actually asking if permits are required and such. (Im not sure if that made sense sorry)
Post # 6
@coffeegal85: I think this sounds fair. Experienced photographers may know the permit requirements of certain locations from having worked there before, but otherwise I think it’s fair for the client to be responsible for dealing with all issues related to permits. The photographers just is to take and deliver great photos.
Post # 7
thanks for the tip 🙂 yea we were confused on where we wanted to shoot our photos we asked for the photographer if she had any ideas based on what we told her we invisioned etc and when I did select the location and presented it to her it just made more sense for the photographer to be responsible in calling and asking if permits were required etc (just because we have no idea about what it takes for permit etc)
Post # 8
For our photographer, it was up to us to pick the locations (though she offered to help if we wanted it) and was also up to us to ensure anywhere we wanted to go (aka in a bar, etc) that we were permitted to do so.
Post # 9
@MrsWBS: thank you for your input 🙂 I am probably looking more into the situation than I am suppose to ya know. I think it is part frustration at this point. When they were trying to get us to book with them they were constantly calling, texting, us etc and talking about how much they wanted to help us etc. and then when we finally booked with them they almost went mia.
Post # 10
Sorry but as a photographer this is one of my pet peeves. We are photographers NOT wedding planners. It is not our job to come up with “unique ideas” for your shoot, endlessly research locations that fit YOUR ideas, or call for permissions for locations YOU chose. Your photographer has any number of clients with engagement sessions, and you just can’t expect us to PLAN each of their engagement sessions from start to finish. That’s like asking your wedding photographer to plan your wedding for you,only on a smaller scale.
Besides it goes without mention that if we were to plan your whole shoot and you later decided you don’t like how the location looks etc that’s more stuff you’re going to blame us for, which is absurd because the only reason we would be doing it in the first place is because you were too lazy to do it yourself and no good deed goes unpunished.
Post # 11
I don’t know. Me and our photographer worked as a team. We both bounced ideas off of each other for location, inspiration, etc.
I feel as though your photographer could be offering a little more input, though. For example, some suggestions I made to my photographer didn’t work because of lighting, unwanted background images, etc. These are things that I wouldn’t know about since my job is NOT to be a photographer.
I think it needs to be a team effort, not one sided.
I find it a little harsh if a photographer has the opinion of: “you do everything, I just show up and take your pictures.” That would piss me off, honestly. Yes, I’m the bride, but you, as a professional photographer, need to have some input.
Post # 12
@PassionatePhotoLady: I think you’re being pretty harsh here and not really painting photographers in a good light with the way you chose to phrase “lazy” and some other terms.
I am asking my photographer to help guide me on a location for our first look and wedding party photos. I am from out of town and have no idea what is good in the area. He has been shooting there for 20+ years. Surely he has some favorites. I could go drive around town and look, but I don’t have the knowledge of what looks good to a photographer’S eye. I don’t know location specific stuff, like “Oh, that location has bad light at 3 PM,” or “That gets swamped with students on Saturdays.”
I dd go through the photos of his I could look at and say “I really liked these photos – where were those taken? Can we use that spot too or did they have to have connections to take pics there?”
I am greatful my photographer was generous with sharing his experience and didn’t consider me “lazy.” I just don’t have the eye for it he does – that’s why I’m hiring him. Ultimately, it should make both of our days smother to have his input – he can guide me to locations he has had success with, and I don’t have to stress that I picked an unrealistic location.
LBPhotography, I don’t know if that is your business name, but if I was googling a possible vendor to find reviews, and I came across such harsh ways of describing clients, I would be really turned off. And maybe you want that, you don’t want clients like me who would ask for input on timeline and location. But something to think about.
Post # 14
@Stace126: I disagree – we don’t get to choose your wedding venue, yet you expect us to shoot there and get great photo, so how is it any different with an engagement location? Obviously if we foresee a major problem with the location you choose, we’ll let you know, but unless it’s illegal to take photos there, just like with your wedding venue, good photographers are equipped to get beautiful images just about anywhere.
Also there is a difference between a little bit of back and forth (thats expected) and the OP getting all outraged because her photographer refuses to do all the work of planning her shoot for her.
Post # 15
@PassionatePhotoLady: I would expect a photographer to know if permits are needed for certain locations within the city. That is their job to photograph objects, people, animals in various locations, and they should know if the city requires a permit or not. How is a client to go about getting that information on their own? Where do they start? How do they ask? A phtographer should do THAT legwork at least once (the first time they do a photo shoot there) and have a list on file for reference for future photographic clients.
But I do agree that a photographer is not responsible in choosing the location or helping the choosing for their clients.
Post # 16
@happyface: do you have ANY idea how many possible photo locations there are in a 50 mile radius. That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard that we should just KNOW off the top of our heads for every single one. All the photographer did was ask her to call and find out if a permit is required. It’s that simple. A monkey can look up a phone number for a location online, call and ask that question. If one is required, then you ask “how can I get one.” requirements vary by location, so that is exactly the same question her photographer would be asking. Pretending you don’t know how to do something that simple is just an excuse to get someone else to do it for you. The op clearly just wants people to come on here and tell her her photographer is lazy and should do the work for her, so since she doesn’t want an honest response I’ll excuse myself from this conversation.