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

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 77
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

 

@darkflame:  your moments must linger for long periods of time because its not easy to perfectly catch every single quick passing moment and you can ask any professional. But then again what we see as photogs most clients don’t even notice. 

Post # 78
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@MrsCasanova:  my photog does this…and yeah, I notice this…actually, my photog came to my bachelorette party (as a friend..lol) and brought her camera and captured many amazing pictures….

 

I just can’t imagine a photographer missing the important moment with your mother….the fixing of your veil etc…that should be an automatic thing…but knowing 3 people who had that MISSED just makes me wonder…..how professional are “professional” photographers…

 

It’s not like there’s a “standard” in photography….there’s nowhere for people to have an association (like the college of social workers, or college of doctors and nurses)…so there’s no guarantee of professionality…

 

and yet, most OTHER photographers would consider my photog as a “shoot and burn” photographer since she doesn’t offer books and prints…..but her phtoography is amazing and is very thorough and professional

Post # 79
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@lettuce:  WOW. Hiring a wedding vendor does not make you their “boss”. Sorry. It means you are paying them for their vision, and you definitely collaborate, but no, you are not their boss and don’t own them for the day. 

Post # 80
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@darkflame:  I think you misunderstand. Like I stated in my post to the OP I provide a list for formals so that people aren’t forgotten. I also always ask after every segment if theres anything additional the bride my have forgotten.

And I see that your wedding hasn’t past yet so its possible that you may be singing a different tune once the wedding happens. A wedding is very different from a portrait session, if you blink you can retake a shot, if you talk mid picture it can be reshot. Its not like that a wedding unless you pose or recreate shots which is more traditional then photojournalistic. So of course you can use pinterest and pull up inspiration from google but truth is not every pose or shot can be garunteed to look exactly like those seen on the internet. We can’t garuntee weather, or lighting, or any of that. We can’t tell you mid ceremony to remember to smile (this happens a lot) or tell you that your veil is in the way. We can’t tell you to re-do the kiss if you and and your hubby decide to do a peck instead of a full fledge kiss that lingers. These things happen that are out of our control. We can retake shots durring the prep pictures, or durring formals or bride and groom shots but thats about it. 

 

But i don’t need a list. Ive shot enough weddings to know what i need to shoot. I also know my brides well enough that I know what they want. But even though I know what to do, I still ask if theres anything else she needs. Because I want to ensure her happiness. 

 

I am a selective photographer though. Potential clients come to me, and I decide if theyre a good fit personality wise and If not I recommend them to photogs I know who would fit there style and personality better. I want to love my brides and I want my brides to love me. Thats why 10% of my guest list are past brides. Because to me its not a job. And they don’t see themselves as my boss.  

 

Post # 81
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Helper bee

When you hire a good wedding photographer you aren’t paying to ” become our boss”. you’re paying to become the subject of our latest work of art. 

Post # 82
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

This is a good post… commenting to follow for the near future 🙂 Thanks for all of the great ideas!

Post # 83
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Old Mill Boathouse

Commenting to remember this post. 

Post # 84
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

 

 

If you choose the right photographer, they won’t need a list. Sure, you might want to mention one or two vital shots, but you need to trust their ability and talent.

This one of my favourites, captures us perfectly.

 

Post # 86
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I think my photographer just asked for family formal pics and to make sure she knows about anyone special. For example, I have someone who was a “chemo angel” for me during treatment that will be there. She would never know he is someone super important to me so I’ll add him to the list but other than that, I completely trust her to get the shots.

In fact, I hired a studio at first and among other things didn’t like that I needed to give them such a hugely detailed list because it made me feel like they didn’t know what they were doing.

I guess it’s just a matter of your photographer’s preference but I think the ones that have chimed in making really great points.

Post # 87
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@lettuce:  WOW, that comment about bossing your photographer around is BANANAS and I agree with Continuum’s response. I would pray that if I ever came across a bride with your mindset I would have the good sense to see it coming and NOT take their money.

As for lists, we actually ask for:

1.) A list of family formals

2.) A list of no more than 10 shots you might be interested in that AREN’T standard. Listing your first kiss, ring exchange, bride walking down the aisle etc. isn’t going to make you any more likely to get those shots – your photographer is obviously going to know to try for them anyway and if they don’t get them it’s more about the fact that you didn’t hire someone with enough experience than having ANYTHING to do with the shot not being on a list.

I’ve had people even list things that might not even happen on their day such as **dad crying as he sees me for the first time** We’d rather see a list of only a few shots we might not figure out on the day, like “heirloom broach on my bouquet.” “Grandmas apple pie at the reception because it’s a family tradition.” Listing the no brainers is just insulting and overwhelming for the photographer who then feels obligated to stare down at the list all day instead of capturing real moments.

3.) A list of important people to receive special photographic attention at the wedding. This usually includes close family that has come a great distance and sickly grandparents, or mom if she footed the bill and wants some extra face time.

Post # 88
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Helper bee

@TwoStatesBride:  Thank you for this list… one last thing to do!!! You. Are. Awesome!

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