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

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 33
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Nic01:  i hope so too caz im in love with this picture i cant keep secrets very well lol but im not going to spoil this one no way lol

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Commenting to follow!

Post # 35
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Sugar bee

@engleman10513:  I design wedding albums for a wedding photographer, so as an album designer, I definitely have shots that I NEED to do my job: wide shot of the church during vows, close up shot of your rings by/on your flowers, posed photo of you two alone on the altar after the ceremony, and a gorgeous detail shot of the cake (to name a few).  More than anything, I would strongly encourage you to take 20 or 30 minutes along with you two and the photographer.  Like a mini private portrait session.  Those are the pictures I love most from my wedding (below are a few of me and DH).

Post # 36
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@ceebree:  I’m not going to argue with how you do your job but it seems a lot of those shots are not ” must have” and that’s there are really no “must have shots” I have no desire to have my rings shot on/near flowers. We aren’t getting married in a church and we are getting married in the round so no altar. And we are having no cake but rather a mini donut truck scoring to serve custom gourmet donuts. The myth of ” must have” is just that. Different to everyone. 

Post # 37
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Sugar bee

@Atlanticbride:  I’m not going to argue with how you do your job but

And then you procede to argue with me about how to do my job.  But whatever.  You don’t know what I need, so there’s no point in arguing with someone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

You honestly would be happier with NOT having a ring shot?  A shot of the two of you alone after the ceremony?  A shot of your adorable little mini donut truck?

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

That list is insane.

Most pros only want a list of formals. Or to be told make sure you get some extra shots of my 98 year old Aunt as she wont be around for much longer. Usually newbies want lists.

@Atlanticbride:  Agreed on your point to the album designer bride.

Post # 40
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@ceebree:  I want a ring shot. Just not near flowers. I’m also a graphic designer so I’m sorry if you’re offended but ive designed more than a few wedding albums in my time too. I do actually know what’s needed. I’ve worked with some rather high end photographers and their albums don’t have the same elements eveRy time. Each couple is different. . And no, I wouldn’t want a posed photo on an altar. To me, the ceremony time is 100% candid and authentic. My point is there’s no ” must have” that’s universal to each wedding. If you don’t want xyz shot, don’t feel like you have to have it because its on a list. 

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@lettuce:  “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?”  OMG no.  I certainly hope not.  That sounds like the whole point of getting married is to hire vendors to boss them around.

If you hire an artist (any artist really) to make art for you, and you need to tell them how to do their job, something is wrong.  I’m not saying you can’t communicate with them to tell them your ideas, or the sort of things you like that they do normally that you want to be part of your day – but these controlling sorts of lists will not help your photos look better if you’ve hired a professional.  

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@ceebree:  I wouldn’t consider any of those must-have shots either. I just wanted some portraits (we did first look and then family portraits) and then candids. No funny weird ultra posed “set my shoes out with the ring on the heel” type of shots. I wanted my photographer to capture what was happening without getting in the way or creating things to “happen” except during portraits. I don’t think I have any of those “must have” shots you listed, yet my wedding album is still going to be complete.

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Commenting to follow and to get some photo ideas 🙂 

 

Post # 44
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Sugar bee

@distracts:  

@Atlanticbride:

Ok, but here’s what I don’t get.  OP asked a question.  I tried to help her by answering the question she asked with my own opinion/perspective (which neither of you particularly did).  Why call me out for being “wrong”?  If you thought OP’s question was stupid, why respond?

Post # 45
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I will only accept a list of FAMILY formals from my clients. I’m obviously open to hearing what they want if there is something specific, but I won’t take a shot list nor will I recreate shots from an entire pintrest board.

I’m really up front about that, so if I have a meeting with a bride who wants to give me a list of every image she’s pinned I just politely let her know I don’t think we’ll be a good fit. Same goes for those ridiculous internet lists about “must have shots”. I refuse to accept them, because 99% of what is on those lists are things I capture anyway at a wedding. 

A few weeks ago I filled in to shoot with a good friend of mine, while her assistant was out on maternity leave. Her bride handed her a must have list of pintrest photos (which she stupidly didn’t “nip it” from the get go). She spent the entire time SO stressed out making sure she got all those photos there were so many genuine beautiful moments that were missed. 

The best advice I give to any bride, for hiring ANY vendor, is to hire one whos work you love. If you love their work and what you see on their website, you should trust them to do their job and capture the day. 

I think the reason you see people getting defensive about “the list” is beacuse it makes photographers feel like you think they’re stupid and can’t do their job. With hundreds of weddings under my belt, I don’t need to be told to get a shot of the cake or flowers. Any photographer that does need to be told that, should still be second shooting and not taking on weddings as a primary photographer.

Post # 46
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My photographer is amazing..I LOVE HER STUFF…she’s done 3 different shoots for us already….

and YES, she has lists of must have shots (including detail etc)…..she gets an idea of the look I’m going for by me doing this….(all our shoots have been themed)

For the wedding she has the list of family shots (which is quite long unfortunately since FI’s parents are divorced and i have a large family)

 

For the wedding I have some ideas pinned that she has been looking at, but she also has her own ideas of what she is shooting (like wanting a list of the DIY I did to make sure she gets some shots of that….)

 

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