(Closed) Does anyone have a sample "must have" shots for the photographer?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Trust me, it will just end in pages and pages of arguments of bad vs good photographers. I’d say 99% of good ones just want family photos. No offense but that list above is cray cray. Who could walk around with that list all day and check off all those items and have any chance to take any candid photos or cpasture moments? Your head would be down all day looking at the list. I’d say just tell your photographer the family and any special requests. If you have to tell your photograoher to take a picture of you coming down the aisle I’d be afraid!

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@chouette:  I’d sit down and have a real chat with your photograPher. You shouldn’t be the one having to come up with poses. That’s your photographers fault. You don’t want to have that same feeling after the wedding. I swear our photographer can take ten different poses without a couple moving any more than their hands and heads

Post # 19
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Blushing bee

@rickhurst35:  isnt the whole point of paying the photographer so much money that you DO become their boss, and do get to tell them what to do, you know, since that’s what youre paying them for?

I definitely have a right to tell my photographer what specific shots I want if I have anything in mind. If the photographer wouldn’t let me do that, I would drop them. I’m paying them for a reason.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

The thing is that there are a lot of brides who are becoming more and more creative with their engagement photos and wedding photos. She was wanting to know if we were going to be creative, our engagement photos turned out fine but they looked like everyone else’s – holding hands, hugging, looking in eachother’s eyes, sitting on a bench, walking hand in hand, etc. I just wish I had thought to be more creative with it! One of her couples set up a little camp-site, and cooked s’mores together over a little campfire, another had a picnic and that’s why she asked, obviously she chose the angle, she chose the moment and she took the photo but they also had a part in how it was staged.

 

Yes we’re paying a lot less than what most people are because we booked her when she was first starting out and photography is her second job (she’s a teacher during the week). My photographer has been featured on the wedding blog and wedding magazine for my state so she’s definitely got some talent. I would never make a list of all the tiny details of what I want her to photograph, she knows I want a picture of our first dance, our cake, etc. (agreed that the list above is somewhat excessive) but like I said, brides have become much more creative and want their weddings (and photographs) to reflect their personalities and I don’t see a problem with that.

 

I understand that photography is an artistic endeavour, Fiance is finishing up his BFA at the moment but he is still critiqued, if someone commissions him for a painting they tell him how they want to be posed, I don’t understand why it’s such a bad thing to say “Hey, what if we tried to recreate ____ photo by doing it _____ way” all professionals get critiques at some point in their careers and what’s the harm in making a suggestion? I trust that no matter what my photos will come out beautiful because she is good at what she does, but if I spent 4 weeks DIY’g things for my wedding you better believe I’m going to ask her to make sure and take a photo because everyone has slip ups sometimes and she’s only human.

 

That being said, the girl I mentioned above was a brand new photographer (not mine but the one who forgot photos of bride + mom, she also touched up a photo where someone’s eyes were closed instead of choosing the one in which everyone had their eyes open) was not a professional, she was new to it and the bride was trying to get the best deal possible. I don’t see anything wrong with that and for those people you need a list of the details because they don’t really know what they’re doing. People shouldn’t be made to feel bad if their photographer asks for a list because they might just be starting out, every budget is different.

 

Sorry this is long, I don’t mean to insult anyone and I know that it’s easy for tones/feelings to be misconstrued. I agree that your photographer is above all-else a professional and you just have to trust them but if they ask you for a list of photos you would like I don’t think you should be afraid to say “hey can you make sure and get a picture of ____ I spent a lot of time on it and just want to make sure I have one for memory.” Even if it’s something silly they would have taken a photo of anyway, there’s no reason for the photographer to be upset you asked. They should understand it’s one of the most important days of your life and not about them and it doesn’t reflect how you feel about their abilities some people (like myself) are habitual worriers who tend to worry about little things. If the photographer doesn’t like how the photos turn out then they just won’t keep them in their portfolio, they’ll still get paid either way. 

 

 

 

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

As a photographer I only had one bride to give me a list and it was my second wedding ever and I was dumb enough to take it and say “sure!”. I had to remind her that these shots are not 100% garunteed, I have it in my contract too. Now before a wedding I send out an email with a sheet for the brides to fill out for formals. This helps me from making the mistake of asking “can I have grandma and grandpa?” and then hitting a sore spot because one of them may have passed, or asking for mom and dad when they are clearly divorced and can’t stand each other. 

As a Bride: The photographer I’ve hired for my wedding, I’ve hired for what she does. I’ve seen her work. And I know she will do what she can to capture all the special moments but like I said, I’m realistic and will not expect every shot to be nabbed. 

Its about trust. A person can come to me with twice as much as I charge and say “here, but you gotta do it my way” and I wouldnt take the money. But hey, that’s just me.

Good luck though! Try hard to find someone that you trust, and click with above all else. This vendor will be with you all day and chances are for other sessions. Make sure you feel comfortable and happy around them. 

Hope this helps.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

FOLLOWING

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I’d also like to add, sometimes the best moments are missed If a photographers busy worrying about getting certain shots on a paper. If your not sure on how to handle this, or if your photog is new, ask them nicely if they would like you to give them a list. If they need it, they’ll take it, If they don’t they will probably tell you not worry about it. Some might take it just in case there’s something out of the norm.

Also at the end of every segment (such as after I’m done shooting all the basic details in the room) I ask, “are there any other details other than ____, that you would like me to shoot” this is just in case the bride forgot to lay out her earings, or forgot the bridesmaid gifts in her suitcase. I do the same after I’ve shot all the formals and b&g pictures. I’ll ask “any last shots before we head to the reception?” and lastly after the reception, when Its time to head out I ask (you prob. guessed it) “any last shots before we leave?” 

 

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We had a small wedding but picked our photographer because the work she did was great candid stuff.  She wasn’t even 20, recommended by a friend, and her work was awesome.  I figured anyone could get the posed shots.  I told her we wanted all the candid fun stuff.  Stuff we might not notice or see being the bride and groom… of us and our guests.  She did an awesome job.  We did get the posed parents/family variety pics, but the majority were these awesome fun pics. 

My favorite, that took us a while to figure out is me and Darling Husband just before we kissed at some point during the reception.  Only I’m like a foot taller than him, and he’s 2 inches taller than me and I was wearing flats.  It took my best friend and I half an hour to figure out where Darling Husband and I were based on the scenery on her property (I was standing on a rock… I have this habit… even in a wedding dress apparently lol).

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@engleman10513:  my #1 shot i have been obsessing over this picture has been saved in my computer for ove a year i think now and its a must have i am in love with this shot and i already showed our photographer  my FH knows nothing of this shot caz i hope it will be just as beautiful i love the grooms face of anticipation and he just cant wait to see his beautiful love and i love her face too

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee

@HisNightOwl2014:  I hope he’ll pullthe right face for that perfect picture!

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I didn’t even have a list for portraits. There was one thing I asked – that my photographer keep an eye out for good moments with my grandmother, who is 95 years old and probably not long for this world. Everything else I just trusted him with. I see no point in hiring vendors I need to micromanage.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee

@MrsCasanova:  Agree!

 

This is what I give my clients in a FAQ’s form with New Client info.

Q:  Should I provide a Shot List?

A:  I have been given everything from fifteen-page shot lists to ” I trust you, do whatever you want.”  For most photographers the list doesn’t really matter, unless of course, you plan on checking off every item on the list and holding him or her to it.  But, that’s a big mistake and let me tell you why…

If a photographer is sticking to a shot list and knows that you are monitoring it he or she will be so set on getting that list for you that they will miss all the wonderful moments going on at your wedding that are probably far more valuable to you than a shot list you found in a wedding planning guide.  If you have interviewed properly and have heard positive feedback about your photographer then you have to trust that the photographer will do a good job for you as well.

Every photographer is different.  I know plenty who despise shot lists and say that it stifles their creativity and that they refuse to work with them.  I know others who love them and are happy to deliver everything on the list.  I personally don’t mind a shot list and it gives me a great idea of what is important to you.  The reality is that if you paid for a good photographer, he/she will give you everything you want without you having to ask for it.

If you have any doubts, ask the photographer to walk you through a typical day of shooting and some of the things that they cover.  Also ask to see a few galleries of full weddings and see if they normally cover the things on your list.  If they have, be confident and move on.  If not, politely suggest a small shot list.

Post # 29
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

my uncle did wedding photogrpahy for years and has since stopped doing weddings because he got sick of crazy brides – he now does mostly commercial work (and some portraits).

His only list of requests was the people who are important to you.  Everyone’s family is different, your great aunt bea might be super important to you – make sure your photog knows you want a picture with her but that list posted above is INSANE!

 

I’ll be letting my photog know the people/family members I want to make sure I have pictures with, but other than that I’ll be leaving them to it.

 

(my engagement photographer asked me to ‘pin’ some insipration shots so she could get a feel for the look we wanted)

Post # 31
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@HisNightOwl2014:  Awwww….Don’t know if you are a Downton Abbey fan but thats what this pic reminded me of!

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