(Closed) Shooting my first wedding this Sat: Things you wish your photographer did?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Did your photographer meet your expectations on your wedding day?

    No. The quality and/or service were not what was advertised.

    Yes, I got exactly the service and quality I expected (whether good or bad)

    Yes, my expectations were blown away!

    Other? / I didn't have any expectations.

  • Post # 17
    344 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I would say ask them what is their best and least favorite body parts, and help them find poses the accentuate the best part of themselves. 

    Post # 18
    362 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @OnceUponATime:  It’s actually your job as the hired photographer to communicate to the client that they need to make ____ minutes of room in their timeline to accomplish the very basic shots. 

    You should ask this question on a photography forum like photo.net to get advice from experienced photographers on the dos and don’ts of shooting your first wedding. Do you have back up gear? Are you insured? Do you have a back up plan in the event that you get ill or injured and can’t be there on Saturday? 

    Post # 19
    6302 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @mariematt:  +1


    My first thought is that this is the last place to be seeking advice about photographing a wedding. It’s not the brides job to know anything about what you should be doing. That is 100% on you. As the hired professional, it’s your job to be in control and get the job done.

    You need a meeting with this bride where you outline everything – including their time alloted for photos and any concerns you have about their timeline. This is not meant to be snarky or in any way “deflate you” but you need to really really prep for this event. A bride giving you a timeline that only allocates 15 minutes for photos? That shows me right off the bat that : a) you didn’t manage her expectations about what you need to do the best job you can, and b) you’re in for a wild ride because she has NO CLUE about the flow of her day.

    I discuss and essentially create a timeline for each of my brides in the inital stages of them meeting with me. They need to know right off the bat how much time it will take to meet their photo expectations. When a bride tells me they want photos of A, B, & C, I tell them exactly how much time it takes *me* to do that. Every photographer is different, and unfortunately, that’s one of those things that only comes from experience.

    Outside of ALL of that – do you have sufficient backup gear, insurance, can you handle any lighting scenerio? Oh, and I’d be nipping that Pintrest board in the bud ASAP.

    Post # 21
    93 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Lots of ceremony pics! Make sure to get bride walking down the aisle, groom watching her walk, close ups of ceremony, some far away pics of ceremony. I wished I had multiple photographers to shoot the wedding from diff angles. There were some key shots missing there for me.

    Post # 22
    1776 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Definitely give direction. I loved our photographer but wish he would have given us more help with ideas for poses and that sort of thing.


    Make sure you get some shots of the bride and groom facing the camera straight on. I find a lot of wedding pictures today are artsy and more candid, which is nice most of the time, but it is also nice to have a few more traditional, posed, front facing shots.


    Post # 23
    615 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I wish I had a lot less photos of guests at my reception.

    That is my only complaint

    Post # 24
    83 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    What is this survey of which you speak? Our photographer didn’t have us fill out anything. I’m pretty pleased with the way our pictures turned out–especially our first look!–but if there’s one thing I could go back and change, it would be to sit down with the photographer and let him know exactly what my expectations were. We didn’t do this because the guy we used is super laid back (almost TOO laid back for my OCD self, but then, that’s more my problem than his) and as a result there aren’t any pictures of our decorated venue, which I really wanted because the day goes by so fast you just don’t have time to appreciate how nice everything looked. I also wanted pics of the favors that my sister and I had worked so hard to make, a picture of my husband’s face as I was coming down the aisle, pictures of my bridesmaids walking down, some full-length shots of me because my dress was totally awesome, and more varied pictures of our guests. There are practically zero photos of my side of the family, including my grandmother who is not doing too well health-wise, but there are tons of DH’s family and friends. There are also none of me at the reception with any of the guests except for maybe one or two, and in pretty much every.single.picture where you can see the bottom of my dress, including our formal portraits, nobody helped fluff it out or drap it all pretty so you can’t even tell it had a train. At the time I didn’t really think to tell the photographer about this stuff, but in hindsight I wish I’d made my expectations crystal clear. Don’t get me wrong, I love what photos we do have but if these other things were included I would be super stoked about them instead of like, “Yeah, these are pretty good.”  So I guess if I were you, I’d find out exactly how the bride envisions her pictures and if she doesn’t volunteer that into, I’d drag it out of her! She’ll thank you later.

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