Post # 1
As I live and breathe, if I see one more jumping bridal party I may puke!! I am all for original/funky photos, but come on! I have been finding photogs with at least 3 jumping photos on their site…i am looking for fresh, clean, natural photos at our wedding. This is more of a vent, than an actual question. Also…is this a sign to NOT book someone who has tons of cheesy candids, but a great eye…would I offend someone if I asked them NOT to do these kinds of photos? I wouldn’t be upset, but I am not a PRO!
Post # 3
This isn’t really answering your question, but for the wedding I was recently in, the photographer made us all line up and hold hands and “play Red Rover” swinging our arms back and forth. Not just the bridesmaids, but the groomsmen too in a big line. It looked and felt absolutely rediculous and I vowed to never hire a photographer who makes people do stupid things like that if it has zero significance to the couple 😛
I think it depends how many photos are the cheesy type. Sometimes the couple may have asked for the photos so it wouldn’t be fair to blame the photographer, but if the majority are photos you don’t like, then it’s probably best to keep looking because you want to make sure you end up with photos you love in the end.
Post # 4
I think some of those things are just to loosen up a bit, rather than for the photo itself?
Post # 5
When you meet with potential photographers, I’d definitely talk to them to get a feel for their style and express the style you’re looking for. We found that we could look at websites all day, but the true sense of their style came from talking to them. To me, it was a personality meshing. If you know they fit your style, and they understand you (i.e. they know you’re a joker, a traditional person, a laugh in every photo person…) it should be fine.
If you’re able to, maybe you could book a mini session or engagement photo session with the photographer you think is the one you want and see how that session goes to get a better feel?
Post # 6
I also hate them and the all the bridesmaids holding up the groom/groomsmen holding up the bride. I am not a fan of photographers that just do the same shots at every wedding and don’t respond to the couple.
Post # 7
Photos of the bridesmaids swooning over the groom really bother me. And, cheesy photoshop effects, like the whole picture is black and white, except the bouquet, etc. Not a fan. To ,me, processing should be classic. A photo shouldn’t need gimmicks to stand on it’s own as a pice of art.
Post # 8
My family’s been taking “jumping shots” for like five years. Silly photographers are way behind the times. 😛
What I don’t like are the “getting ready” shots. I’ve seen so many hanging dress photos that I could keep my family warm for an entire winter if I printed them out to burn. Ugh.
Post # 9
To answer your question, I am not offended when brides tell me no jumping shots. I usually only do jumping shots when the couple specifically asks for them anyway. However, I am all for different fun/funky bridal party shots. It’s just boring when everyone just stands in a line.
Post # 10
The best way for you to let your photog know what you want it to tell them and then make a shot list. Thats what I did. I made a list of my “must have” photos and the I also included my “absolutely not” photos. For instance, I asked for minimal formal posed pictures, lots of detail shots and I wanted the shoe/sock/stocking pictures (because I am/was mildly obsessed with my shoes lol.)
Just tell them. Im sure theyd be willing to include/exclude specific things that you want/dont want.
Post # 11
A good photographer will listen to you. Sit down and have a good meeting so he/she gets to know you. The better your photographer knows you, the better they will shoot to your liking.
Post # 12
Be like every otherbride in this world and make a list of shots you want that you think are fun and fresh and cool.
Just like the brides who got the jumping shots did and asked for that shot.(because they thought it was fun and fresh and oh so cool)
Post # 13
@Baileyh: I didn’t necessarily ask for the jump shots, but I thought it was a good way to kind of loosen up. The pictures of us cracking up AFTER the jump shots were totally worth it.
Post # 14
@sapphiresun Oh i got the jumping shot as well. Its actually one of my faves, everyone just looks like they are having so much fun. It looks best in the video as well!
My comment was a little sarcastic bc it kind of sucks when someone writes a post not about how they want to get a photographer who doesnt just do candid shots but cuts into how some peoples choice in wedding pics is enough to make them PUKE…
Post # 15
@Baileyh: I checked out your pictures/video… I was just concurring with you, not calling you out 🙂
Post # 16
I’m over the jumps, I do like the hanging dress- might be over it by my day though… What I am really loving though is the all guest photo. It kind of reminds me of an awkward work or year book photo- but I love the idea of having everyone in one pic! Who knows what I will do when it actually happens though. My photog is on board with all of my nutty ideas though 🙂