(Closed) FMIL Asking too much

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 62
616 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@continuumphotography:  i agree it’s not the photographer’s job to fight the family. and i totally agree with you that the OP should work out the timeline, inform the Mother-In-Law about it ahead of time. 

my photographer did an amazing job sticking with the timeline/shots we had agreed upon. but it’s not unusual for photographers to have to handle weird requests. politely declined to do a mini family portrait session (!!) for my husband’s, her parents and children during our cocktail hour by saying she would be sure to get great candids of the family. 

Post # 63
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Um, I’m thinking that your Mother-In-Law doesn’t really know how long it takes to get a few shots in. She’s thinking 15-20 minutes, when it actually takes less than 5. So, I would let her get the few shots in, because it is hard for families to be dressed formally and color coordinated at the same time, so many ppl opt for family shots during weddings.

I would tell the photographer to get a few shots in while you’re either taking a restroom break or changing into a reception gown, or any other time when you’re going to be away from everyone. This way you’re not away from your hubby or the wedding any extra amount of time. 🙂

Post # 64
520 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@mariematt:  +1, I would absolutely not even agree to do this either. I am not in the business of turning weddings into a family session free for all. It’s actually a huge pet peeve of mine when families come up to me at the wedding or reception wanting pictures of JUST their family (no bride and/or groom). Then when they realize how much of your time theyre taking up they add insult to injury saying things like “I’ll buy prints of it!” Yeah, cause a family photoshoot with me costs $8 … Or not.

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