(Closed) Etiquette for Informing Your Wedding Photographer Your Vision for the Day

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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841 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You could just ask him for no vigniette. I would not show other photographers and imply youre looking for a different photography style. If thats the case you should just hire someone whos work you actually like!

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

He doesn’t have ANY photos in his portfolio that aren’t heavily edited? I think it would be much better to show him pictures he has taken and say you would prefer more than X than Y. 

I get the logic of you being his customers and you should get what you want. But every photographer has their own style and I really think you should have picked someone who does the style you want rather than pick the one you have and ask him to change his style.

But really all you can do is be upfront with him at this point and hope he takes it into consideration.

Post # 4
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4845 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

flower2324:  You are the customer, but please remember you chose your photographer knowing his style.  If most of his photos are vignetted, and heavily edited, then that is his style.   If you feel you need to show him photos to illustrate what you want, you may be better off with another photographer.  Just my thoughts….  

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

flower2324:  my advice: find a new photographer.

here’s the thing: he has a certain style. you saw samples of his work before you hired him, and decided you liked that style. the fact that you’ve now decided you’d like a different style better, is not his fault, and it’s not up to him to change.

certainly, you can talk to him about his editing and show his samples of other work and ask for photos like those. how receptive he is to this, and whether or not he agrees, is just really an unknown. you’ve already put down a deposit (i’m assuming), so you have nothing to lose to ask. THAT SAID, even if he responds super positively and says he’d be happy to take more natural pictures, etc, it’s still a gamble. you don’t know what photos you’ll actually get in the end, and since those pics are NOT his style, you’ll likely still end up with photos that are his style, and those will be your wedding photos, end of story (you have no recourse in getting your money back due to difference in style).

if photography is important to you, you’re better off just walking away from that deposit, calling it a lesson learned, and hiring a photographer who creates photos in the style you want. remember, this is a one-time chance…if you get pics you don’t like, you can’t re-do your wedding day.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by  ilovesophia.
Post # 6
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422 posts
Helper bee

I think your vision clashes with your photographer’s artistic style, and in my experience most photographers would feel that you were stepping on their toes by asking them to photograph/edit in a different style. You might want to consider booking a different photographer whose style matches your vision more closely.

Post # 7
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2098 posts
Buzzing bee

I think she already booked him though, am I right OP? 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

you can’t ask an artist to change their style for you.. it’s both insulting and often won’t result in very good work.

Its like you hired Metallica but then decided you wanted them to sing some smooth R&B ballads.  See the problem?  

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It’s hard to say. Is the vignette truly “his style” or is it more of a fashionable ornament he favors? Or, a better way of putting this is, is his aesthetic style or “look” just naturally darker than what you envision (ie, most of his photos are “too dark” for your liking) OR is it a simple editing choice that he happens to prefer? Some photogs really like using fisheye, for example, but that shouldn’t mean that’s ALL they can shoot. 

If it’s an aesthetic choice, you are fine with asking him to curtail the vignette. But if it’s an aesthetic (sans ‘choice’) find a new photographer. 

Post # 10
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1112 posts
Bumble bee

flower2324:  Have you seen an entire wedding from this photographer? It could be that the photos he is choosing to highlight on his website are of this style, but there is an entire wedding album of beautiful photos, with just a few edited this way for dramatics? 

I know I was concerned about some aspects of my wedding photographer’s style because he highlights really dramatic shots on his website, but I also wanted shots of our friends and family enjoying themselves, and other candid moments. My full wedding album is stunning and is a great mix of the dramatic, posed shots, and the candid moments that really capture the day. 

Post # 12
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2098 posts
Buzzing bee

flower2324:  I think this is best done with a phone call. You’re more likely to set a pleasant tone and then you can have a back and forth dialouge. Throw in some compliments about which photos of his you really like, then work up to “I was hoping to have some photos that are ____ , ____, ___ in addition to your signature style of ______, ______” You are the customer and most photographers would want to stretch themselves, within reason, outside their comfort zone to make you happy. Especially if it’s just for variety and not a total disregard of their personal style. It’s a good idea anyway to discuss vision and stuff. I did with my photog on the phone and she asked me to send her some examples which I did. So hopefuly if he’s not totally understanding what you’re descriibing he’ll ask you to send some samples. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I think chatting with him would be the best option. The vignette’s and other filters he’s adding can easily be left out if you just ask to adjust some color/lighting and send those images rather than palying with them too much. 

 

Post # 14
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252 posts
Helper bee

As a photographer I would personally be pretty offended if a client told me how to do my job… I don’t like heavy vignettes either having said that, and I think it’s a mistake many amateurs make, so maybe your “pro” photographer isn’t that “pro”. Just my $0.02.

Post # 15
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2507 posts
Sugar bee

flower2324:  oh i realized you’ve already booked him. and you CAN cancel. you can cancel anything. will you get your deposit back? nope. but if photography is important to you, it’s worth eating the deposit to get once-in-a-lifetime photos you like.

“I was hoping a photographer with over 20 years experience would be adaptable.” And I’m sure that your photograper is hoping that people who hire him have looked at his style and are choosing him for those pictures.

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