- 9 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Well, the photographer I’m highering isn’t just starting out, but she isn’t well known either. She has suggested I make a list of everything, most of these are normal shots, yes. However, thanks to the Bee I’ve read TONS of comments from ladies who didn’t get the shots they really wanted. You can get flustered easily with all of the festivities and miss the shots you really wanted. Can’t hurt to have a list on hand.
@jenilynevette: It absolutely can hurt. you might get every shot you think you wanted and nothing artistic, candid, or unexpected at all because your photographer had their nose in a list all day trying to check things off. Believe me, I’ve shot weddings with and without them and it makes all the difference. I won’t accept them now. I ask clients to make a short list of things and people who are special to them on their wedding day, stuff I wouldn’t know otherwise. I do my best to focus on those aspects without worrying about how i need to be finding the father of the bride at the reception who is out there dancing with his own elderly mom but i need to stop that moment and get him in a particular spot so i can check off the photo of him kissing his daughter on the cheek since there was no time to do that shot earlier in the day.
@mariematt: We have two photographers. I assumed one could focus on the photos we wanted, while the other focused on candid. We actually omitted alot of family photos and before/after photos because we don’t care for them. And all the photos during the reception will be candid. The list is mainly for the hour after the ceremony of photos.
My photographer gives me a suggested list of “must haves” as well as room for input on MY must haves. I haven’t given it too much thought other than continuously pinning different photos on pinterest. I’ll keep an eye on this thread for inspiration, for sure!
Yeah, since we booked with our photographer I have been asking if there’s anything we need to do like send a picture list or anything and she seems NOT VERY INTERESTED lol. So I believe the bees who say this isn’t super awesome for the photographer.
However, I will make a short list of must haves…we will have several hours to take photos before the wedding starts so I want pics of getting ready and decor etc. I also really want a panoramic of our ceremony backdrop…an olive orchard. We’ll see LOL.
Sorry to be blunt but these lists are really dumb folks. The message they send is that you do not trust that your photographer has enough experience in weddings to capture the very basic fundamentals. If that’s truly how you feel about the person that you hired, then you hired the wrong person. Weddings are organic, you have to go with the flow or you will never enjoy it. They move really fast and if you take your eyes of what’s in front of you to consult your “list” there is a great chance you are going to miss something on it. The only list worth having is a list of family formal photos, and that’s one we insist on because we don’t know or have the memory capacity to learn 2-4 entire sets of families every weekend. So do a family formal list, and if you have one or two photos you want such as some panoramic or something communicate that to your photographer. But let them do their thing!
If your photographer is at all experienced and talented they do not need this. If they aren’t, by all means, hedge your bets. I won’t take any client that plans on tying my hands for the day. I want clients who trust me and my ability. Aside from family photos, must have lists should be about 5 items long. Max.
@jenilynevette: no advice on the list (altho I think the pros here are probably right), but are you sure you want to do a balloon release? If it’s outside, it’s soooo bad for wildlife 🙁 So many critters eat the deflated balloons and die a slow and painful death. Please think twice about it….
I don’t see why there is something wrong with having a list of must haves? Yes, I trust my photographer to do a great job and follow the flow of the wedding. But there are definitely specifics photos I want and would be terribly disappointed if I did not get them. I am sure she will do a great job, but it is my job as the client to let her know what my expectations are. It is fault if I don’t tell her.
We ask our couples for a list of family portraits, any details and out of the ordinary events. For those who send me a Pinterest board, I tell them I will use it as inspeiration, but they hired me because my artistic abilities, not to copy someone else’s. if you are hiring a newbie then putting more stress of a list on them beyond what I mentioned abowith will result in fewer good images. Not more. You hired someone inexperienced then your expectations should be in line with that.
Sorry for typos – on iphone
suggest that your ONE/two must have photos be that you have a full length photo of you in your gown without your bouquet… so you can see the detail… front and back!!! Make sure they take a few in different spots or angles as I have found that I only have one !! and I am on an angle not straight on
my favorite shots are me with my flowergirls and my husband with the ringbearer.
Also, candid shots were the best. Love capturing people off guard and the emotion that is unstaged.
The last client who was insistent upon giving me a list like that got their deposit refunded. I did it in the nicest way I could, but clearly they didn’t have faith in me to do my job. Everything on those “must have” lists are shots that we always get anyway. The only time I ever ask for a list are for family formals, because it’s pretty much impossible for me to remember each family member and grouping.
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