(Closed) Event Photography vs. Wedding Photography. Big Diff?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

It’s your wedding day, I absolutely think you should go all art director on him! I’m a former graphic designer, and I understand exactly what you’re saying.

Hate to ask this so late in the game, but are you going to get what you want from this photographer? Your standards are going to be higher than a lot of brides (I know mine are, considering the design background.). Have you met with him yet, to show him work you like? 

He might love the opportunity to do something totally different from his usual bookings. One of  the photographers I interviewed also had some fabulous table top work, and location/travel shots.  Has he done weddings before? If so, ask to see what he’s done, and show him the photos that appeal to you. I know he’s free, which is good, but…

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Show him things you like from other wedding photographers for sure.  I have a huge file, on the advice of my photog, of other people’s work to show her the type of things that I am interested in.  He wants you to be happy, it should be no big deal for you to tell him how to do that.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Yes weddings are a whole different beast compared to events. The emotions, moments, constant changing of whats happening around you and know how and when to anticipate a moment to capture it correctly comes from experience only a professional wedding photographer can have. You can show him what you like but I will tell you it wont matter. Every photographer has their own style. You can’t just say I want this style and these shots and he will even know how to create them. There is also the portrait factor. Did you want romantic portraits of you and the hubby? Do you know if this photog knows how to pose brides so they look their best? These are things you should think about. There are so so so so so many stories out there where brides regret not going with a reputable wedding photographer. If having great wedding photos is important to you then I wouldn’t take the risk.  

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

If you have money in your budget, I would go with a wedding professional who has a portfolio you can see and like.

 

If you go with the friend, GET A CONTRACT.  Too many “free” photography sessions turn into the photographer friend losing interest spending so much time on the images and calling it quits.  No one thinks it can happen to them.

 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

It’s your wedding day, you have every right to be pushy- there’s not an option to do a second shoot with a wedding. The pdf sounds good, or maybe something on pininterest? And a shot list, of who you needs photos of, etc.

USER876 had a great point about a contract- specifying when you’re going to get your photos, etc. There’s another post on WB right now- the bride’s friend’s sister shot the wedding for $200, and now is wanting more money before she sends the pictures- even if it’s free, you still should have a contract, specifying the terms, what he’s going to provide, etc..  

It bothers me that this is how you described your engagement photos- “they were not the greatest but they were okay.” This might be how you describe your wedding photos- it’s not too late to consider a wedding photographer instead.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My photographers are also not SUPER experienced with weddings — that is, the posed portraits and making sure they’re neat and not just everyone standing in a line. So I asked the bees for help and put together a document with all my favorite photos put into categories (like “bride with arched back kissing groom” and “bride and groom in silhouette from far away”) and emailed it to my photogs. They really appreciated the input, and it helped open a dialogue so they could get a better feel for what I wanted from them. As for the non-posed pictures, you’ll mostly just have to trust him … but for some reason, I have no fear that those won’t turn out well. It’s just the posed sorts of shots that I really wanted to make sure my photogs nailed.

Btw, if you want to see my shot examples list, just PM me and I can send it to you. The bees really came through with some AMAZING shot ideas!!!  I think putting them into categories instead of saying “copy this picture” will work better, too.  That gives more opportunity to use the natural beauty of your venue instead of hunting around for the perfect pillar to lean against and copy a photo you liked 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

It would be a big mistake to give a lengthy shot list to someone that has little experience with weddings.  It will most likely stress them out and result in them missing important moments trying to capture stuff you wanted.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Event photography and wedding are completely different.  That being said this guy is doing it for free, so I’m not sure how much direction you can really give someone who’s performing such a huge task for you pro bono.

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