(Closed) is this ok to ask my photographer to do?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

haha that wouldn’t be rude at all! I love it.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think this is something you should talk to a photographer about before you book. I definitely don’t think it’s unreasonable, but I also think you both should know what the expectations are before you start a business relationship together. Some photographers still prefer traditional posed shots and others do ‘photojournalism’ – just depends on what you want and what they like to shoot (but In My Humble Opinion any photographer who is good at what they do should listen to what you want and do what they can to make you and Fiance happy). Just sit down and talk with them and draw out EXACTLY what you want so there is not confusion.

Bella

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

You have the right to tell your photographer what you want! You are hiring him to take pictures of your big day, and if for some reason he had a problem with your suggestions (Which I doubt he will, because usually photographers WANT to do what you want) I wouldn’t work with him.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

Absolutely not rude at all! You are his paying customer.. it’s his goal to make you happy.  Since those are HIS engagement pics you know he’s capable of giving you exactly what you want.  This shouldn’t be an issue at all.  And PS.. I love those shots.. great inspiration pics!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Obviously your photographer knows how to shoot this type of photo so go ahead and ask for it.  Its not like you are asking them to do something new or unreasonable.  

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I don’t think this would be rude to ask, especially since you’re using his own photos as inspiration! Regarding your comment on wanting more posed portraits vs shots of ceremony and reception, I think that is a function of how much time you allocate to portraits. For example, if you have a 5 hour wedding and only allocate one hour to the portraits (i.e. taking them during cocktail hour), clearly you’ll have many more ceremony and reception photos. If you want more posed portraits, you’ll need more time to do them, whether it’s a few hours before the ceremony, between the ceremony and reception etc. If you have a fixed number of hours with your photographer, just get him to come a few hours early and spend that time on the portraits. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Like Bella_Luna mentioned, I think a good term to describe what you like is photojournalism. And definitely share pics you love with your photog!

Post # 10
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Newbee

I agree, if you have pictures you love, it’s always helpful to the photographer to see them. I mean, you picked him because you liked his style, so asking for more of that shouldn’t be a problem ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Is it rude? Probably not, but here is the thing. You should always look for a photographer with the type of photography you want in their portfolio.  It’s actually quite frustrating for a photographer when the bride asks you to shoot in a style that is not their own.  You should hire a photographer because you like the style of their work, not just because they can take a decent photo.  It’s like walking into a French restaurant and asking for tacos.  Sure the cook may know how to make them but you might offend him that you are asking him to go against what he has built his art around.

That said, it looks like your photographer already has a ‘candid portrait’ style that you are looking for in his eng sessions so he def wouldn’t be out of his element shooting this way for your wedding.  Just make sure that if you want lots of portraits, you schedule enough time for them on your day {first look or extra long cocktail hour} or schedule a rock the dress or day after session. @Girlwithring couldn’t have said it better.

 

 

 

Post # 12
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Newbee

Definitely not rude!  Communicating what you want is always a good thing.  My one suggestion for you is, if you want more portraits together, SERIOUSLY consider seeing each other before the ceremony.  It just allows so much more time for creativity and doesn’t keep you away from the party.  And when you see each other for the first time, you can still have that great “Kodak moment” with the photographer around. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - The 19th Century Club

I agree with the comments above about having a phtoographer who shoots in the style you like. Not all photographers have a photojournalistic style. It’s not necessarily that they wouldn’t want to shoot like that, it’s that it is may not be their style.

Since you have already booked your photog, I would have a conversation with him or her sharing why you like best obout their work and your vision for the day and see if you can find a compromise that will work.

Also, be clear about what you want. Just reading through your post, you say you want more candid shots but then say you want a lot of formals. If you want more relaxed photos of your bridal party, for example, hanging out, laughing, etc vs. them all stiffly lined up smiling at the camera, then explaining it that way may help get your ideas across.

As far as the quantity of pictures (formals vs. ceremony/reception coverage). You have your photographer for XX amount of hours…you’re paying for the hours not the number of shots.  So just plan your timeline out well so that you have enough time for the formals that you want, and beyond that, just let them shoot how they would normally shoot during the ceremony and then during the time they’re at the reception. Not every picture they take will come out perfectly, so give them the opportunity to get the shots they need to ensure they have enough to give you ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You can ask for a photo-journalistic approach to get the more candid shots like you love. It’s really a style so they shouldn’t be offended, just make sure they feel comfortable shooting in that style.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Stargal, I think this is a great question- I shoot engagement photos for most of my clients and the session is often more relaxed than the wedding day. The key to having that relaxed atmosphere for your wedding photos is to set aside time to create them. If my couples give me 15-20 mins alone with them, I can deliver lots of those types of images because I have time to be creative and notice how the bride and groom are interacting while they have a moment to enjoy beign together, with no one else around except possibly my assistant. While you are being photographed, stand so that the camera can record most of your face and expressions, and then give your new husband your full attention. Let yourself really feel – and even tell him- what the moment means to you. In otherwords, don’t let your focus be on the camera, but on each other in a genuine way.

Ask your photographer what you can do to help him get these photos- he will probably be happy to hear it phrased this way and flattered that you like his engagement photos so much.

Good luck and have fun!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I shot my engagment photos with the photographers I booked for my wedding specifically to test them out.  I want these type of photos in my wedding album, not the tired, posed pictures everyone else has (no offense meant to those that like that style).  Since my photographers styles are more outlandish and spontaneous than a traditional wedding photographer, they’re completely down with this. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So my best advice is just to talk to your photographer!

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