(Closed) Photographer update! Help me find ideas for good types of shots.

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

This is not a criticism of the OP, just a general observation. 

Looking at popular wedding photography in general, I’m always surprised how many people try to be quirky or unique by copying ideas from blogs or pinterest. The more you look at the edgy, quirky, modern photographs, the more you realise they’re kind of all the same as well. The best way to get truly different, creative images is to find a photographer who already has unique images that you love in their portfolio. 

 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

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@Klein2bReidy:  Maybe that’s what you need and appreciate for the weddings you photograph I don’t know.  Personally as a photographer if a potential client were to come in to a meeting with a ton of images from other photographers I would not get the sense that they were interested in my work at all.  It might be different if you were referencing the photographer’s own work as examples (hey I really loved what you did for this couple, but something like this other couple wouldn’t fit our personalities etc).  It’s not the same as going into the hair salon.  Of course you can absolutely approach it however you want.  

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I went on my photographer’s website and looked at their portfolio. If there was a certain shoot, location, pose that I liked, then I made sure to tell them how much I admired it. But I also picked that photographer because I really liked their style.

If you’re really concerned about this, then I’d send your photographer the links to a few photos you like and leave it up to them how to recreate them. Be prepared to be disappointed, though, if they don’t turn out like the original. This is especially true if the photos you like don’t match the photographer’s style or ability level.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would pick inspirations from that photographer’s portfolio.  It shows you trust his photography style & skill, plus directs him to the specific photos that you like.  If there is 1 or 2 pinterest-esque photos that you absolutely MUST have (like the one with everyone standing in a heart shape), that’s fine to show him later, but I don’t think its critical at an initial booking meeting.

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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@continuumphotography:  And I don’t understand what you’re saying. There is no way you have never repeated a pose between clients. Every wedding you shoot does not have only “unique” poses unless you do no posed shots at all. Every photographer has a few “go to” shots so it shouldn’t be a big deal if I want to add some. I’m not saying the photographer can only shoot what I want. I’m saying the photographer can shoot the posed shots they like AND the ones I like.

And I’ve looked at your site. Your wedding pictures are beautiful but the poses repeat. What’s wrong with expanding your line-up and doing something different? Or are you really so set in your ways or even egotistical that someone suggesting other poses would be too much to handle? What happened to always learning, always growing, always adapting?

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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@Klein2bReidy:  I think ego is getting involved here. Again, there is no way a photographer is going to know every freaking pose and we’re talking about posed shots. Every photographer has certain posed shots they shoot. You’re just adding to that lineup. If it’s really cute, he might add it to his line up of poses. If it’s not, you have it for your album.

In the end, it’s your day, your money, and your shot. I seriously doubt he’s as egotistical as some people here are thinking he might be.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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@LushanaB:  Then you’re copying what they’ve already done too. Which goes back to what I said about them doing the same poses for their clients. Photographers need to learn and grow. They do this by looking at what others are doing AND trying something new that they think up. Shooting a different pose that a client brings is a valid way expand their portfolio. And I haven’t seen any of the pictures that have been posted here. What I have seen a lot of, even from $5,000 photographers, is the same family pics, couple pics, ceremony pics.

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Education brings great growth and knowledge to expand horizons this will help any photographer.  Be open to suggestions.


The same could be said to you.  I think its a little silly to think that after looking at Pinterest and wedding blogs for a few days/months, a bride’s knowledge of “good shots” is more expanded than a professional photographer.  I’m not a photographer, but I did end up changing my photographer halfway through my planning because I realized that I didn’t trust my photographer’s vision for my wedding when I was compiling lists of different shots I wanted.  You don’t have to agree with me but don’t give out esoteric quotes to those with a different opinion than yours.

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