- 8 years ago
- Wedding: April 2013
Lol, as a photographer I would be peeved if a client handed me a list with 50 different pictures that were “must have.” When taking family pictures, then of course, you want so and so in the picture. Your photographer is probably a stranger and has no idea who great grandma Betty is. I feel it is my clients responsibility to make sure they have the people around that they want posed pictures of.
My style is my style. The shots that I get are dependent upon lighting, location, whether or not I am ABLE to move around (some churches don’t allow it), etc. Your photographer will probably take hundreds if not into the thousands of photos to get you your album.
I picked him based on his candid work lol and I just recently saw a total pinterest photo shot he did and now I’m super super happy I didn’t do that. While his pinterest like work was still good I found it boring because I have seen those shots over and over and over again. Hindsight is 20/20 though..
Definitely send a list of shots you want! My friend’s photographer came to me (the MOH) to ask me for the “details” shots when we were getting ready – I had to find her shoes, headpiece, etc. to get all those shots taken. Good thing I knew what all her details were because I bought a lot of them for her (the back of her robe had her name in rhinestones, the hanger with her new name on it made out of wire, etc) and helped her pick the rest out (her jewelry, head piece, shoes, etc), which any good Maid/Matron of Honor should know, but some aren’t that much a part of the wedding process.
That being said, he completely missed shots of the ENTIRE back of her dress including the train. There are none of her from the back walking down the aisle. And the back of her dress is stunning and the most important part – it has beautiful beadwork up top and a ruffle train that can’t be seen from the front. He did bring the ruffle train around so it can be seen in some of the pictures and he did take pictures of the back from the top, but it wasn’t the full thing and she feels like she missed out on professional pictures of that. If she had mentioned to him what she wanted before, I’m sure he would have gotten it. And while he’s taking the pictures and telling you how to pose, you’re probably not thinking to yourself, “Wait, did we get one like this..?”
I think it’s different for you to dictate every single pose that you do with everyone you take pictures with, but to have a small list of very important photos for you will be helpful and I think it makes communication clear. She paid over $4k for pictures and not a single one includes the entire back of her dress which was the reason she picked the dress! Are the pictures still beautiful and worth every penny? Yes, of course, they’re stunning and a lot of the poses he had were still great, but that doesn’t change the fact that you might have something in mind that you want and not get it if you don’t speak up.
I will be telling my photographer I want the detail shots, I’m not going to list them all (unless there’s something that I’m especially proud of that’s not obvious).
I will be providing a list of family members and combos I want. (Me and Mom, Me, Mom & Dad, Me, Mom Dad & 4 full siblings, Me Dad, SM & Half Bro, etc) My family is a little complicated and I want to make sure I get them all. Other than that I’m going to let them do their thing. As part of my homework before booking I’m going through weddings they’ve done and I’m looking for photogs that have captured all the things that I want to see. I will also be asking to see a compete wedding before I book – yes, I want to see all 300 shots you gave to the couple so I know if you got everything or if I see big holes in your work.
I trust my photographers to capture our moments, however i do have a list of must have family shots im working on, plus i have a few pics saved to my pinterest that i really want!
Were having a bubble exit and i want lots of pics of that!
A picture with our marriage licnese
Close up of ring bearer! too cute!
Would love our familes in the background for our first kiss!
Besides some of the more obvious ‘wedding’ pictures, there are a few details that I would really like:
-jewelry before putting it on, nail polish bottle, perfume bottle
-FI suit and tie hanging up, his shoes
-me getting ready in my nicely nerdy anime shirt
-invitation suite with stamped envelope
-the ruins that accompany our modern art venue
-the few DIY details I’ve made
-shots of the street the venue is on(historical row houses)
-various ones of us in our living room and outside our historical apartment building
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