Post # 1
So here is a question for you professionals out there. How does someone who has trouble putting their thoughts and ideas into words communicate to you (as a professional) what they want? I would like to be able to give my photographer some direction, but not too much. I want to make sure I have some posed shots and certain shots of people together… but not all of those have to be posed. I mostly want fun photos that show off personality. How do I make the life of my photographer easier, while getting what I want?
Post # 3
Do you mean you want to give your photographer a list of family type photos and also give them an idea what you want for couples posed photos?
Post # 4
@LadyCupcake: Why do you not think you’re going to get what you want? You hired someone whose work spoke to your vision did you not?
The way I work may be different from other photographers, but usually one of us is close to the bride and groom throughout the day. The focus of my day outside of family formals and creative portraits (which are usually scheduled for a specific time) is to document candidly. If something I perceive interesting or meaningful is happening I will photograph it. I always tell my clients if there is a photo you want on the day of, just ask. I’m here for you.
Post # 5
@Lashmont: I would like to give them what I want for the FEEL of photos and let them use their creativity. I want the photos to be fun and fresh not necessairly posed. I would like to have the group of people together … but not just standing in a line smiling. Those are nice and all but they show no personality and where we were in that moment that day.
Post # 6
@LadyCupcake: Ask your photographer to share with you some photos of families that they have taken in previous weddings. There may be some on their blog, but not all photographers choose to include them as they aren’t generally the most “interesting” shots. Hopefully you will find a few photos in their samples that will be good examples of what you’re looking for, and you can let them know.
Post # 7
i had emailed and printed some pictures of inspiration, and got to know my photographer, then we had fun at the engagement shoot. she was able to remember some things i said at the wedding 🙂 as long as you speak sweetly, i’m sure they wont mind listening!
Post # 8
If you have specific shots/ combinations of people in shots in mind, just write them down and email them! It’s really not a big deal, and it’s MUCH easier to deal with before the wedding then after when those shots didin’t get taken. If your photog has done millions of weddings it may be unnessesary to remind them of what shots you want, but I think it never hurts. Just write something like, “here are a couple of shots that I really want/want to make sure we get, I’m sure you know already, but it helps ease my mind that I’ve told you, thanks!”
Post # 9
@LadyCupcake: what I really hate is when people bring photos from other photographers. It’s kind of like if your fiancé brought you pictures of other girls and asked you to look like them! What is super helpful is when a client goes on my site and blog and points out images I’ve shot that are very representative of what they want. I ask them to tell me what they love, the lighting, the pose, how the people look emotionally. Then I can get a feel for exactly what they want within my own style. I hope that helps!:)