Post # 1
Hi bees! I need your help! A “friend” (someone I went to high school with) has hired me to shoot his wedding May 31st. It of course has been made aware to both bride and groom that I have never NEVER NEVER EVER NEVER shot a wedding before. I am bringing another friend as my second shooter as well to assist me, as I’ve never done this before and want to do all I can to make this a good experience for everyone.
I know all the “lists” of what photos people usually want (family/bride getting ready/etc.) but wanted to ask you guys what photos did you absolutely want from the day of your wedding and could NOT do without.
What do you expect from your photographer? Lots of guidance? More freedom? More candid shots?
What photos did you want but didn’t get? What photos did you get but could care less about?
The bride isn’t very responsive (or she just doesn’t really care much about it) – as they wanted to stay within a (low) budget for photography, which is why they hired me. I’ve asked for an outline on what she wants but have not gotten any response yet.
Post # 2
Do you have a contract? If not it’s really in your interest to do that asap. In my experience those who claim to not care much about photos before the wedding tend to care a LOT about them after the fact.
Post # 3
continuumphotography: I do have one to protect myself actually. LOL 🙂
Post # 4
Eep. I hired my photographer for her experience and skills.
I liked her guidance for poses that she knew worked, but also the flexibility for us to kind of come up with or own. Our photographer was really easy to work with, so DH and I both appreciated that a lot.
Post # 5
I would make sure to get a list of the family members they want pictures with – put it in writing that you need this by XX date so you have time to organize it to make sure that you don’t miss that picture with great great aunt bea.
Does she have a pinterest board you can follow? That might give you some ideas.
Otherwise, I would just look at ‘standard’ wedding photography and make sure you get those shots or the details and the people. I would plan to pose them and if they ‘fight it’ then go with the more casual. I think everyone really wants some formal pictures even if they say otherwise (some people just want more casual formals).
Post # 6
I chose my photographer for her experiance and style. She is really good with both indoor and outdoor spaces, and that’s something I really needed.
I really don’t care so much about getting ready pictures, so I will not be doing those. We plan to start taking pictures before the ceremony, all the way through the reception. Some of the things I’d really like captured are the decor but it was all very personal and DIY – I spent alot of time on everything so i’d really like pictures. I don’t really want a whole lot of posed type pictures, they look so unnatural to me and I much prefer candids. I would also like pictures of my guests enjoying everything we have the offer.. cocktail hour, the photo booth, the candy buffet… i’d really like pictures of the reception venue before people enter.
Post # 7
heathuhhhhwebbbb: I expect the photographers to understand exposure theory and to be able to get excellent detail in both whites and blacks. I also expect the photographers to have good timing and to get a fair number of candid shots as well as the usual portrait images. I want to see the event as if I were in their shoes, and to see moments I would otherwise have missed. Also I expect the photographers to have professional equipment and to have terrific post processing skills.