(Closed) Help. Should I ask my Photographer

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
34 posts
  • Wedding: January 2009

I don’t think it would be wrong to ask. When I contacted our photographer about the possibility of doing our wedding she sent me links to 4 complete weddings that she photographed, from the getting ready shots to the send off. Each wedding was in a different type of location so I could get a feel for how she and her husband worked with the space. I didn’t even ask her to do this, she just sent it to me so I could see her work. I don’t think it would be insulting to your photographer since you just want to see their full spectrum, but then again I’m not a photographer. Maybe some will chime in?

Post # 4
1 posts

Your first priority is that you feel very comfortable with the photographer that you choose for your day. Remember that you are hiring the photographer to be your personal paparazzi so it is important that you know what you are getting into and most importantly that you trust their work. Last thing you want is to question what she is doing during your wedding day.

Although you should ask, don’t forget there are some privacy issues with showing you a complete wedding. The contracts that I have my clients sign state that I will not show anyone all of their photos because there may be some photos that they won’t feel comfortable non family and friends seeing.

However, I have more than enough albums that they can see to understand my approach to the wedding and the style theyshould expect. I assume that she has a few you could look through as well. Those albums will show you how they (or if they) photograph candid , posed, detail, and some family photographs as well.

It sounds like you have signed a contract already and that it would be more expensive to get out of it and hire someone else. If you can’t get out of it you are going to just have to sit down with your photographer and tell her exaclty what you are looking for and the types of photographs you would like to see.

Most photographers are accomodating in this manner because they love photographing weddings.

 Hope this helps,


Post # 5
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

most photographers that I know fully expect you to want to see a "complete" wedding and usually have a portfolio ready to view (of course they’ve already gotten permission from the past couple to use said photos).

So no it wouldn’t be bad to ask. Also, you have almost an entire year until your wedding so your photogs style may grow and progress a bit, especially if they’re just starting out.

Post # 6
236 posts
Helper bee

I would ask to see a complete wedding. So may of the photogs don’t have  alot of the family portraits on thier websites. These are the photos you will most likely have hanging in the homes of your family and see most often. It’s important to find out if they come across the way you want them to.  I for one do not want mine to feel stiff as so many shots of this nature do. People should look relaxed and happy and in the moment.

Post # 7
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2000

Of course you should ask to see a full wedding! I’m a photographer and we typically offer that up front. Personally, the first time I’m contacted, I send a really detailed email which includes links to 3 clients wedding albums.  When I meet in person, I show 3 or 4 more complete albums. At least one is the same as online so you can see the difference between looking at a picture on a computer and a printed version.   My albums have anywhere from 80-140 photos that tell the complete day.  And for the (very) few who want to see even more, I’ll give them the password to a couple’s gallery where they can see all the hundreds of photos I provide.

As MissCamera points out, photographers’ style may change some between booking and you wedding. Even for experienced photographers, styles can change (less we lose our creative drive & get bored doing the same thing every week).  So don’t be afraid to ask again as it gets closer to your wedding date. Most photogs have a blog which shows their latest work. It’s still a best of but it’s a great way to keep up with any changes.

 Good luck!

Post # 8
109 posts
Blushing bee

Absolutly not you are paying good money and you should be able to get a preview. Also, it will help to stear your photographer in the direction you want the pictures to go.

Post # 9
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

yes you should absolutely ask.  every photographer I’ve spoken to has sent me a slideshow of a full wedding and/or I’ve seen an entire wedding in an album.  It will give you not only a sense of their style evolving, but their editing process.  If possible I would ask to see a wedding in the fall and if you wedding is outside or inside, ask to see that as well.  The last photographer I looked at suggested I look at these specific slideshows and it really helped me to imagine the day documented under those parameters.

Post # 10
29 posts

As a photographer, I just want to confirm what everyone else is telling you: it is 100% ok to ask to see a full wedding.  It is completely expected.  Most photographers should have a few weddings that closely resemble what your wedding will be like (time of year, indoor/outdoor, etc.) that you can look through.  Your photographer will not be offended at all.

Post # 12
51 posts
Worker bee

Sorry you had to lose your deposit. But you have a valuable lesson here that hopefully will help others who read this thread!

It’s important to see a good variety of RECENT weddings that the photographer has shot. In the best case scenario they can send you links to the complete gallery of all images provided to previous clients. But at the very least they should show you a good selection of, say, 60-100 images from 3 or 4 weddings so you get a good feel for their style. 

If they have samples of previous wedding taken at your venue, all the better!

If it helps, here are two pertinent articles that are on the ISPWP website:

Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

Good luck!

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