(Closed) Photgraphers: Rude to compile others’ images to show show your vision?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
98 posts
Worker bee

I don’t think it is not rude per say, but my bigger question is, if that is not the style he shoots and that is what you want, why are you hiring him????????

You are basically telling him “I know you don’t shoot these style, but I like it, so can you put your creativity aside and shoot the way I want?”

I don’t know, but somehow I don’t think this is the best way of getting a photographer for your wedding, not to mention, just because you show him pictures doesn’t mean he can reproduce them.

Surely you can find someone else within your budget.

Post # 4
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t think it’s rude at all! Go for it

Post # 5
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I wouldn’t say its rude but I think you are going to end up unhappy with your pictures if you try to get your photographer to shoot them in a way that isn’t his style (if he’s even willing to consider doing that).  I’d keep looking for photographers who actually shoot in the style you’d prefer.

Post # 6
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

No, not rude at all. In fact I know my photographer actually asked me to show him expamples of shots that I wanted. Their job is to make you happy, and they know that we all like different shots/ angels/ props, ect.

I would say if your photographer gets upset by you showing him pics, then he/she might be a pain on the day of your wedding.

Post # 7
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think compiling a list of your photographer’s pictures that you particularly like is great. But showing them other people’s pictures would kind of annoy me if I were them (because if you don’t like my portfolio, don’t hire me). But I’m not a pro photog so I don’t know for sure 🙂 

Post # 10
15 posts

I totally understand where you’re coming from, and I wouldn’t think it was rude at all if a bride brought some photos of what she was looking for. Honestly I would only be worried that she’d be disappointed with her photos in the end. My advice would be to see if there’s any other photographer in a town nearby that would be willing to travel?  

Post # 11
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Whenever a client contacts me asking me to shoot something that goes against my style, I politely tell them I do not think I am the photographer for them. You just can’t change your style over night, so even asking your photographer to do that is like asking the impossible. However, I do not find it all insulting when a client wants something different than what I typically produce (everyone has different tastes and that’s OKAY!), I just appreciate it when they do this BEFORE THEY HIRE ME, because if it’s after, it would become a very difficult and uncomfortable situation for both of us, and ultimately I’d be looking for a way out, because I would never want to take on a bride a knew I couldn’t please.

Post # 13
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

If he doesn’t shoot in the style you like, find someone who does. I’m sure there is someone in your budget that fits what you want. He can definitley draw inspiration from other photographers- but catching those candid moments is kind of an art.

Post # 14
1235 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I don’t think it is rude but if you aren’t sure if he can provide that kind of photography you are wanting then I really wouldn’t have him taking your pictures.

Post # 15
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My photographer specifically asked me to look for other photos I like and explain what I like about them to her. I already like her style, but she tends to focus more on family photos (which are gorgeous and I have a feeling she’ll be our family photographer as well Haha) so she has only done a few weddings. I’m using them more to tell her specific shots I want (like the groom’s face when I walk down the aisle) rather than dictate her style.
I liked that she was open to seeing my inpsiration, but I don’t think I’d feel comfortable showing her pictures that aren’t already in the same basic style she shoots in.

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