Post # 1
Is anyone else having this problem? My mother wants a photographer who does stiffly-posed shots, with everyone looking directly into the camera and baring their teeth in a big, fake smile. I hate that style beyond words! I prefer more natural-looking shots that actually capture the special moments of the day. My mother hates that style because it’s, in her words, “not nice.” Is there any way to come to a compromise?
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
@Sevillealaube: Most photojournalism-style photographers will catch your posed shots too.
Post # 4
Uhm, your mom had her wedding day. This one is yours. I say make the decision YOU will be happy with. Like the other poster said, candid style shots also come with posed photos as well.
Post # 5
Be sure you get a photographer that you like. If you don’t love their style, you won’t love your photos.
I agree that the still-posed photos are kind of old school. That’s what I think of when I think of my parents wedding!
The casual, fun ones are the best!
Post # 6
My photo-journalistic wedding photographer does both. Mostly because he realized that parents/older generation want the group photos to hang in frames. So when we do cocktail hour family photos they will all be posed, but otherwise his shots will be much more candid for the rest of the evening.
Post # 7
I like your style of photography also, both parents wanted family portraits. My photographer assured me she could knocked them out quickly. It’s not a black and white thing. You can easily take a small amount of time to take portraits.
My Wedding planners are going to gather all the inlaws, extend family members and siblings, and we plan on knocking out family portraits in about 20-25mins. The rest of the day is going to be captured naturally.
Post # 8
@mrsSonthebeach: + 1 /end thread
@Sevillealaube: The thing that you or many brides might not realize when looking at a photog’s blog is that while they do not showcase boring posed family photos (because they are uninteresting to look at)… that DOES NOT mean that they were not taken. They almost definitely were, if the photographer you choose has any clue what they are doing. A posed photo with grandma might be boring to take, and boring to look at on the photog’s website, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t seriously miss it if it wasn’t on your CD. And grandma will DEFINITELY miss it too, because that’s the photo she wants to frame.
The compromise here:
1. Find a talented, well reviewed professional whose style really moves you.
2. Ask said professional to share with you some of their boring posed family shots from a few weddings that they’ve done. Show those to your mother. She’ll be happy, you’ll be happy.
End thread… lol.
Post # 9
Yeah, most all photojournalistic style photographers can do posed shots too. My mom just wanted posed shots whereas we like the photojournalistic style, but our photographer can do both really amazingly well. We told her to suck it up, we were throwing a fancy party and wanted pics of the party too. We’ll do portraits with the bridal party and with the family, and the rest of it will be photojournalistic style.
Post # 10
Posed bridal/family portraits All photographers shoot, its just standard wedding practice. All other parts of the day is were our “style” is used. Thats the part you need to like and hire them for; style/work. Dont worry you’ll get the standard portraits for your mom.
As boring as they are, those “posed” portraits are needed and the most printed/framed pictures from a wedding day.
Post # 11
Yep, what all of the photographers said. 30 minutes to an hour of boring as hell family photos that are totally posed that everyone (including the older generations that have to have them) are totally standard at every wedding we shoot. Seasoned photographers will have systems for getting through them as quickly as possible.
Post # 12
Why are you asking your mum’s opinion on this anyway? It’s not her wedding.