(Closed) BRIDES: What Do You Wish You Could Tell Your Wedding Photographer Now?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I would have appreciated being told earlier to hold my bouquet LOW, i.e. below waist level. It’s so natural to hold it at your waist, but about 2/3 of the way through pictures my sister told me to hold it lower because it creates a nicer line, doesn’t hide the detail of the gown, etc., and I can really see the difference in the last batch of pictures. Wish I would have known earlier!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Mine would’ve been don’t photograph me straight on or from an upward angle! I looked like I was round and in possession of multiple chins. I also would’ve said to let me leave my hair (I wore mine down) all around my face and not pull it back from my face because I look much better when my hair frames my face.

Post # 5
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8331 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wish I would have told her not to do so many pictures taken at an upward angle…hello super sexy double chin look!

Post # 6
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169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Commenting to look back on this later 🙂 but I definitely noticed the upward angle thing when I got my engagement pictures back. I was wondering if this is ever really flattering…

Post # 7
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2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t look good when posed. Just let us do our own thing and snap away with your camera.

 

Posed by him…. i look fat and unhappy.

My own thing “Lookit mah cute shoes!”

 

He posed us. it’s not bad… but it’s not one I ever link to from here… so i’m obviously not all that amazed with it.

 

Us being goofs. We look happy!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

A lot of these things come with experience of photography. A good photographer will know not to shoot anyone from below or up close with a wide-angle lens. A great photographer will pose you so you don’t look posed and will know how to direct you to make you look your best all while creating a good experience for your client.

I know you only asked brides but this is what I tell all the newbies I’ve mentored. #1 if you are looking to go pro then act like one. Make sure you have a business ID, pay taxes and have a separate business bank account. Get insurance!!! Have pro gear and then pro backup gear. Back up EVERY session/wedding the day they happen in TWO spots. ALWAYS have at least two separate backups of files on different hard drives.

LEARN TO TAKE PHOTOS don’t rely on “fixing” them after the fact you will waste away your life in front of the computer when you could be shooting more images and learning to get better. DON’T use {ugly} actions to mask the fact you did not create a good image. Over processing screams armature.

DON’T under charge or give away your services. Your time is valuable too and at least worth minimum wage. Know your numbers. Figure out how long it takes you to do a job, add hard costs and divide figure out how much you are making an hour. Take what it cost you to run your business {gear, insurance, software, marketing, etc} divide that by how many events you think you are going to shoot and charge accordingly to that. People WILL try and take advantage of you and you will burn out fast if you let them.

Have your work critiqued often by established pros. Don’t take it personally when they tell you, you suck. Just learn from it and make yourself better.

That’s all I have to now. Good luck. I would love to see it when it’s done. 🙂

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@rosworms:  I definitely like the pictures where you weren’t as pose-y better too! The pictures where you two are having fun are great. And I love your hair too. =)

I agree with the upward angle thing too. Not sure why some photographers do that… I have just about no photography skill but that seems like it would not be flattering for anyone!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I wish I had told her how important capturing the venue was to me and my full dress. As well as my Diy projects like my bouquets. Wish she avoided taking pictures of my problem areas. I wish we had moved around more and not had several photos in the same area with no unique background All in the same position as well. 

Post # 15
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3141 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@kgunz understandable, part of it is my fault with the bouquets as I had met with our photographer more than once. However the last month and ahalf leading up to the wedding was extremely stressful and there are some things I just assumed would happen, like taking advantage of the stunning historic backdrop and gardens. 


Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

STRAIGHTEN THE BOTTOM OF MY DRESS OUT!!! I don’t think I have one picture where the bottom is fully out. Maybe becuase he was male? Don’t know – I suppose I didn’t think of it either haha, but then again I wasn’t staring at me

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