(Closed) Photographers: What shots would YOU want to get?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What wedding shot is the biggest cliche?
    Bride standing at the window. : (7 votes)
    25 %
    Wedding dress hanging on a hanger. : (7 votes)
    25 %
    Left hands with the new wedding rings on. : (6 votes)
    21 %
    Groomsmen holding bride (or bridesmaid holding groom) : (8 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
    255 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2004

    Not sure if this answers your question or not….

    For all of those shots you have listed, I’ve seen stunning, creative versions, and also pretty lame, dull versions. Even the “cliche” shots can be absolutely gorgeous. Totally depends on the photographer.

    Obviously, if you have any of those shots that you want to get, definitely list them. Even if you’re not sure if you want them–you don’t have to order them, and you can omit them from your album. Also any specific ones of centerpieces, place settings, etc. A lot of photographers (mine included) tend to miss those.

    Beyond that, very clearly list out all the family/group shots you want with all the combinations of people. Even the best photographer can’t guess on the spot that s/he should get a pic of your fiance’s aunt with your godmother with the bride/groom because they went to school together.

    Photographers and their styles and their versions of “must-have” differ so widely from photog to photog–don’t assume anything. Definitely talk it over and list it out.

    Like I said, not sure if this answered your questions or if it went way off into left field…. But good luck!

    Post # 5
    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    After being a Bridesmaid or Best Man in tons of weddings I’ve heard the bride complain about not getting a photo of this or that of shots that seemed to be pretty standard so I think that’s why you might see the standard shots on a must do list.  For our wedding there is a beautiful staircase in the lobby of the hotel and I want a photo of myself and then one of us together on the stairs.  The last two weddings I’ve been in the bride and groom didn’t get good portrait shots of the two of them in a pretty setting. 

    Post # 6
    216 posts
    Helper bee

    I consistenly do 2 of 4 ( the bride at window + dress on hanger ).       I really like using natural light though …. there are some reasons while certains images become wedding cliches.   Sometimes the cliches just consistenly work well. 😉

    Post # 7
    216 posts
    Helper bee

    Photographers who shoot in a documentary/photojournalism style ( like me ) don’t really need a shot list for the whole day.     It’s really true they we will get everything as it happens.      The only shot lists I like to have my brides do  beforehand is a list of different groups they want to make the formals go smooth.     One way to double check this ( if you are still nervous about letting them do your wedding without a full list ) is to view WHOLE weddings by the photographer.

    Post # 9
    2470 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’ve seen great photos of the  bridal party taking a shot at the bar (or all with a glass of wine), the newlyweds kissing while the rest of the guests are dancing at the reception, pictures of the guests’ reactions during the ceremony.

    Another shot I really want it our entrance into the reception following behind us, instead of our faces the photog will capture the faces of everyone cheering for us

    Post # 10
    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2018 - LDS Seattle Temple & Hotel 1000

    I think the problem with this question is that creative portraits don’t usually about because a bride made a list. If you send me a list of a bunch of shots you want me to take, I spend my time worrying about making sure I please you with your list of shots instead of focusing on capturing how your day really went. Most creative and unique portraits seem to happen because of a few different factors:

    1. A photographer with an eye/talent for creativity. Some photographers are brilliantly creative and use angles and post-processing that create one-of-a-kind shots, some are crazy funny and get lots of smiles, some work with light in ways I can’t believe, others excel at capturing shots that convey real emotion. The key is hiring someone based on their photos, not on their price. It’s not going to work if you hire the “real emotion” photog, in hopes you are going to get the one who works with light in incredible ways.

    2. The couple facilitates creativity by incorporating prop or interesting locations. When you see photo shoots with lollipops, balloons, old schoolhouses, etc, it’s usually because the couple came up with the ideas and made it happen, not the photographer. As a photographer I don’t know YOU well enough to come up with this stuff, and if my clients want something other than a park or shots by a lake I need them to brainstorm with me beforehand. What are some items/locations that really describe you as a couple? Incorporate those in your photos, use them to help you relax and interact with each other in unique ways.

    3. The couple knows how to interact with each other naturally in front of the camera and they aren’t constnatly turning to the photographer and asking “What do I do now?” The majority of exciting and creative photography work now is done by photographers who bill themselves as a cross between photojournalistic and traditional. A true photojournalist doesn’t coach anything, they just capture things as they happen. A traditional photographer coaches everything. I personally like the style of those who are an even mix of the two, letting emotions come through and capturing them as they happen, but also providing help to clients who are feeling lost or awkward. Unfortunately sometimes I get clients who want me to show/tell them how to do every little things. The easiest way to avoid the “What do I do now?” experience? Do an engagement session! It provides an opportunity to loosen up in front of the camera and learn what kind of photographer you are going to be working with on your wedding day.

    4. The couple, instead breaking apart in between each pose, makes small changes to the way they are posing to come up with different angles, looks, etc. It’s difficult to coach those kind of things without it feeling forced, and in turn looking forced. Sit next to him and hold hands and both look over at the camera, then one of you looks at the photographer, then both of you look away, then both of you laugh (try it! it really is possible to laugh on command because you will both end up laughing at your own ridiculousness), then lean into him and whisper into his ear. Those might not be the most creative things you’ve ever seen, but you doing that, combined with your photographer moving in and our trying different angles, will yeild REAL photos, which I think are the best kind anyway.

    Post # 12
    42 posts

    After a session is posted, i’ve noticed that my favorite shots are usually completely different than my client’s favorites, they are usually less detailed, and might even have technical problems, but overwhelmingly will show a STRONG emotion that seems captured at a split second. Sometimes they come from a happy accident, sometimes it’s execution. But it almost always immediately reminds me of EXACTLY what was going on and the complete personalities of everyone in the photo.


    So I guess if I had complete creative control, I would be attempting to shoot like that every single time.



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