Post # 1
I’ve found a potential photographer…here’s the problem, I do not like how he edits some of his photos. Stylistically, the way he shoots is beautiful. Especially his outdoor photos.
My problem is with how he shoots indoors. He tends to do HDR photo editing. HDR photography is better suited for outdoor photos, not indoor, in my opinion. Our venue has amazing lighting, and I want him to take advantage of that. I want something romantic and softer looking for the ceremony.
Would me telling him how I want him to edit our photos be insulting? I wanted to send him a link to lighting/editing style photos that I like. Is it insulting to show him another photographer’s work?
Here’s an example:
His indoor photography using HDR editing (too dark for the mood, in my opinion):
Here is something I prefer. It’s much more bright/romantic/fitting for the mood, in my opinion:
And here is his outdoor photography, which I love, so I have no problem with that:
Post # 3
Insulting? no. But some photographers might mentally label you as ‘a potential problem client’.
Post # 4
Just remeber, this is their profession, and their “baby”.. If you are going to say something, do it very nicely as you dont know how people will take what you say.. And as stated, may end up with you being labelled a ‘problem client’
Post # 5
I was afraid of that. :/
How about: “We are looking for something along the lines of this (insert link) as far as lighting goes. The Fourth Floor is renown for it’s lighting, so I’d like to take full advantage of that. With your way of styling a photo I think it would be a winning combination.”
Post # 6
@petalpetal: That sounds good:) Compliment, compliment, compliment:)
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2014 - Beach
That sound great just put along a few more compliments so that he doesn’t get offended or anything but your wording sounds good 🙂 good luck
Post # 8
@petalpetal: I would really not advise doing that. I would personally choose not to work with you because I want to work with couples who want what I produce, and I would not be receptive to someone asking me to shoot and edit like a different photographer. In the example provided, you’d be asking him to shoot overexposed and edit his color balance from cool to warm which does not appear to be his style based on the two photos you shared. Why not just hire the people who take the photos you actually like?
Post # 9
I would find a photographer that fits the style you want.
Post # 10
Sorry OP – what you’re asking is kind of like going to a baker and saying I like the icing you make, but I want you to use this recipe for your cake. Or asking a chef to change the way he cooks. I’ve found that these professionals have their way of doing things – as they should – and it’s difficult/near impossible to get them to change.
I would suggest you keep on looking for someone who fits your style. Most likely this photographer will chose not to work with you, since the impression will be that you will be “difficult”.
Post # 11
@mariematt: I just have to t/j a bit, but am trying to learn. When you say cool color balance is that because … as I see it, in the top picture has more bluish undertones to the tile and floor and in the bottom her white dress has the same bluish undertones?
Is color balance just a subjective preference? Do you try to keep color balance the same througout the whole shoot or do you alter it picture by picture to try for different ‘feels’ in different settings… ceremony different from outside garden pictures, different from indoor dance floor setting? Or color balance stays the same and exposure, depth of field/focus change to alter the mood?
Post # 12
Yeah… kinda insulting. I’d go with a photographer that you don’t feel like you need to micromanage (I don’t mean that in a snarky way, the photos are THE biggest deal for me at my wedding).
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2014 - Stevens Estate
I know nothing about photography so I could be way off here…but what if instead of putting it like your asking him to change his editing style, you just ask him if he can make the pictures look the way you want. I mean I’m sure he deals with a lot of different people who like things in different ways. Give him your vision of how you picture your wedding photos to look. I think that wouldn’t be rude at all …you are paying for a service might as well get what you want. And if he cannot do it I’m sure he will tell you.
Post # 14
I would just find a photographer who already has the style you’re looking for. You’re pretty much running the risk you won’t like your photos otherwise.
Post # 15
No, you are a client and have concerns. Express it that way with examples of work that you like. If he comes back with I am the professional and I know best. Move on.
Post # 16
I’m afraid that if you made those suggestions to me then I would politely decline to cover your wedding. Not because I think you are unreasonable but because I would think you had picked the wrong photographer. Therefore I would invite you to choose a photographer whose style suited your expectations.
Incidentally, it is also important to distinguish between the type of photographs you want and the style that they are presented in. I have no issue with anyone suggesting that there are certain “must-have” pictures and giving me a heads-up as to which these are. I do have an issue with anyone inviting me to shoot them in the style of a quite different photographer.