Post # 1
One of my dearest friends is gifting us with an hour photography session directly following our daytime wedding as she knows I am less than thrilled with the photography of a friend/co-worker of fiance who is shooting our wedding. (Remember the thread with our rather amateur looking engagement pics?)
Any suggestions on how to make the best of this gift? What poses are like? Has anyone done anything like this?
Post # 3
Awww! What a sweet gift!
Will it just be your husband and yourself, or the whole bridal party?
I would browse through engagement shoots and wedding pictures and save everything you like for inspiration. You could compile a list of desired poses/pose families, and bring along a friend to help keep track of them, to make sure you get everything in!
Or if your friend is a professional photog, she’ll probably have some ideas of her own as well.
Post # 4
There is no wedding party, just us 🙂
The photographer shooting our wedding will not be around for the photoshoot. I don’t plan to tell her we’re doing it, I don’t want to intentionally hurt her feelings. If she see’s it or anything I can tell the simple truth, “my friend fell in love with this womans style and gifted us with an hour of photography”
(Or, now that I typed that, did you mean we can ask the photographer doing the after wedding shoot for ideas?)
Post # 5
@cosmocity: yep, the latter 🙂
Post # 6
Did you sign a contract with the friend/coworker? Most photogs require that they are the exclusive photog of the event and won’t allow another shooter they don’t know to come in and do the bride and groom portraits-one of the most enjoyable parts of the day that yield the most sellable/pretty images.
The photog your friend hires for you is probably going to have this restriction as well on her contract too. And this could create bad blood in the photography community. AND it could result in one or both of your photogs leaving the event while the other is there-it has happened to Bee’s here.
Why not just hire the shooter you really want and let the other photographer out of their contract gracefully, allowing them to keep the retainer per the contract? You prefer photographer #2 and don’t like #1’s work, and nothing about this situation will get better.
You can do the portrait shoot on another day with photographer #2. But I think it is a bad idea to leave the very challenging part of the day (the non-posed, quick, changing lighting of ceremonies and receptions) up to #1 while the easier element (posed, hour long, jsut the two of you, portrait session) is given to #2, considering #1 seems to be less experienced.
Post # 7
Like @kwynn said, are you hiring the friend/coworker of your FI? Is there a contract? if so, make sure to respect it!
That said, my photographer was happy to allow my friend who is just getting started to “second shoot” at our wedding… In fact, she’s even invited my friend to second shoot other weddings with her and has even started to mentor her!
Here is the website of my “Second Shooter,” I love some of her engagement shoot posing. http://www.heatherscharfphotography.com/blog/
I love @daydreamwanderer’s suggestion to create an inspiration board! At the very least, you can show her what you don’t want! 🙂