(Closed) Hour long wedding day session after the ceremony – share your stories!

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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 # 6
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

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
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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! 🙂

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