(Closed) Photogs: Do you find it annoying when your clients have a “must have” list?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m not a photog, but everyone we talked to recommended doing just that, making a list of shots we want.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

You might be getting a discount, but you’re still paying for a service. As long as you don’t have a list of 20 super specific things I don’t see a problem. Narrow it down to the ones you absolutely want and then let him to his thing from there.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

When I booked my engagement photos I sent the photographer a bunch of pictures I had found on line that I loved. I just wanted her to get the feel of what I was looking for. I made sure I said “I have seen you work and trust you will do an excellent job but, I just wanted to try and make your job a little easier”. She was very appreciative that I sent her the pictures and said it would really help her a lot when it comes time to do the photos. I think as long as you give the list in a respectful, not demanding, manner, maybe by starting with a compliment like I did, it will be received very well.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Mine wanted us to have a “must have” list so I know they at least didn’t think it annoying. (and they stuck to it wonderfully for what it’s worth)

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I think its perfectly acceptable!..  you gotta be clear with the photographer.. otherwise you can miss some very important pictures you want!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think that specific shots like you describe are the perfect reasons for a shot list. Those, the photog wouldn’t necessarily think of on his own, since they are personally significant to you guys. Or, specific groupings of people who aren’t in the family-bridal party rotation, that you would like to make sure and get.

It’s the long long lists of the obvious things they would be getting anyway that can be annoying, and sounds like you wouldn’t include those in your list, so go for it!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

As a photographer myself, I’d rather you told me beforehand what you were looking for rather than saying after “Oh, I really wanted THIS and THAT.” That said, an event esp a wedding can be crazy (don’t we know that! LOL) so I’d designate someone you trust to remind you to ask for the shots the day of, as both you and the photographer will be caught up in what’s going on. Good luck!

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had a conversation with my photographer about this last week and she says that she’s generally against overly detailed checklists because it can distract her from capturing what’s going on to make sure she’s getting everything on the list.  But she did say to let us know any special details or posed picture groupings we wanted included, since that’s not a distraction issue and can definitely be helpful.

It sounds like the stuff you want pictures of falls mostly into the latter category in whcih case I’d say definitely make sure you give your photographer a list ahead of time.  He has no way of knowing you want iPhone pictures or pictures by the lake otherwise and these can be done during “picture time” rather than when he’s trying to watch for important moments during the wedding.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

If I were photographing a wedding I would take the photos the bride and groom wanted… a list is the best way of knowing what they want =) it’s so easy to forget things too at such an exciting event… having that list will mean the photographer themselves not forgetting a picture they wanted to take!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The only list I ask for is one that has all the formal portraits they would like to have taken. I ask the bride if there is anything specific that she would like, sometimes it comes in list form or I just write it down. Either way, I think it’s perfectly acceptable.

The thing to remember is that if you are requesting a ton of specific shots, you need to schedule more time for pictures. When I’m working on a shot that’s been requested I will usually take a few more frames than normal, just to make sure that I’ve got plenty for you to choose from.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

My photographer suggested that we do that. Because she doesnt fully know our vision, nobody does but you. I am very much like  you. Very organized, and have my hands in every part of planning. I think no matter if a photographer thinks it annoying or not, you are paying them to do their job. At least your giving them an outline, You would think that actually would make it a bit easier. Idk I made a list for the photog that was broken down into sections

before ceremoy I want us getting ready, etc etc

ceremony, dads walking me down the aisle, his face when he first sees me, our first kiss etc.

details shoes, cake, centerpieces, aisle runner etc

reception parent dances first dance, toasts etc.

kinda so she has a timeline and its organized and she doesnt have to be searching all over a list to make sure she is getting everything.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My photographers told me if there’s something specific like details that we want captured then to let them know, but they said they’ve done a lot of weddings, so they pretty much know what all they should get. 

I would just make a list of some things you really want them to get, but I wouldn’t put 100 things on the list.

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Better to have a list (or at least guidelines/must-haves) than to be upset about not having the right shots later! I think most professionals would appreciate, or at least be willing to accommodate, your preferences as long as you don’t have a really long, unrealistic list of expectations. And you definitely shouldn’t feel like you deserve less just because you’re paying a discounted rate.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

I review must have shots with the couple before hand.  These tend to be things like details, a certain location, certain people, and certain groups of people, but it’s never more than a handful of requests.

I would be insulted if someone sent me sample pics of what they wanted that another photographer has captured.  If they like that work so much, why didn’t they just hire that photographer?

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