- 9 years ago
- Wedding: April 2011
Need help working with my photographer! Vendor or pro photographer info would be greatly appreciated here as well!
Basically, I have to use a family friend as my photographer. I can technically use whoever I want, however, my family would have a fit and it would be very obvious to this guy that he was being snubbed as he always shoots weddings for people in my family. I’m ok with this, to me keeping a lifelong family friend is more important than having the absolute most fantabulous photos.
I think he’s a great photographer but not my style at all. I love artistic shots – brides in profile gazing out windows full of light, close-ups of details like shoes and buttons, great angles – like sweeping down a spiral staircase – that sort of thing. He does very standard, straight on shots. No playing with lighting, angles, fun poses, etc.
Also, I noticed that some of the pictures from the last wedding he shot are fairly dark and grainy, so I’m assuming he doesn’t have top equipment.
So, trying to make the best of the situation, I’m wondering…
1. How to politely tell him my style is different than what I’ve seen him do before and ask if he can accommodate me. Keeping in mind that he will be working at a very reduced rate as a favor to my family. I want to get my point across without offending him.
2. What’s the best way to get my ideas across to him? Would it be rude to show him ‘my style’ by sending him sites of photographers whose work I like? Should I come prepared with some shots/poses in mind that I want him to take and just name specific shots?
2. Is there anything I can do to help with the quality of the photos? Talk about lighting beforehand? Offer to pay for additional rentals that might help with photo quality? I know you can rent camera and photo supplies, would there be a polite way to tell him I’ll pick up the tab for better equipment (without making it sound like I’m insulting the stuff he has)?
Thanks a bunch for any input! Sorry, I know this is kind of a long, boring, question, but if there are any photo-bees out there I’d love to hear your input.