(Closed) pictures of wedding guests are all candids?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
8426 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Unless you specified that you wanted posed photos of the guests, it’s pretty typical that they are candids in my experience. Pretty much everything except for our family/portrait type photos are all candids. 

Post # 3
590 posts
Busy bee

All of our photos of guests are candids except for the ones we specifically asked for. A photographer is supposed to blend in and capture the wedding. If they start lining groups up to smile for pictures, a lot of people feel they become a nuisance. 

Post # 4
3187 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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knightmiss :  unless our guests specfically asked the photog for a posed photo (a few did), then all our pics of them are candids. that’s pretty normal for guest photos. it sounds like maybe the issue isn’t that they’re candids, but that they’re BAD candids. there’s a large gap betwee really GREAT candids (which are my absolute favorite kind of photos – and what we have of most of our guests) and just random snapshots with no thought to composure (aka BAD candids). candid doesn’t mean “point and shoot” – it requires a lot of skill to capture good candids.

Post # 5
2949 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

Sorry, but like PP said, if you didn’t specify to your photographer that you wanted posed photos of your guests, they would not have known to do them. It’s pretty standard for the photographer to take some candid shots at the reception, but it’s not the norm to take posed shots of every guest. You would almost certainly be paying extra for that since it would take a lot of wrangling to get one of every guest.

Perhaps some of your guests have photos from the reception that they would be happy to share? Have you thought about setting up an online folder somewhere for people  to drop their photos from the day? 

Post # 6
5170 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

I’ve never seen a photographer take posed photos of guests, they are almost always candid. 

Ive only seen amateur photographers go around events or a wedding and ask people to smile for the camera.

Im sorry you’re disappointed in your photos but I don’t think it’s fair to blame this on the photographer, you had some pretty unique requests which you didn’t communicate.

Post # 7
42 posts
  • Wedding: August 2017

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knightmiss :  

Most photographers will do candid photos of guests during dinner, cocktail hour, and the reception.

Posed photos can take a few minutes to get one good shot, so unless you specified that a certain guest was important (such as your aunt who wasn’t in the bridal party, or your mom’s best friend, etc.) there’s no way a photographer will pose them unless you ask ahead of time or if you specifically ask. 

Post # 8
1829 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I think we have two posed pictures of guests. Almost everything at the reception, even us are candid. I loved it. There are amazing pictures of people talking, dancing, really getting into whatever was going on. 

I feel like this is very normal. Posed of guests would be weird to me. 

Post # 9
4766 posts
Honey bee

I think candid vs. posed shots is what separates a wedding from a prom.  The prom photographer was capturing as many students for one last hurrah for posterity.  Wedding photographers generally have a more photojournalistic style capturing what is… and what is at most parties is not people posing.  Were there posed guest shots when you were interviewing your photographer and looking through their portfolio deciding whether or not to hire them?  Are your shots a departure from what they showed you in their portfolio?  I’m sure there are some photographers whose style is similar to what you are describing, but that is part of the interview and portfolio viewing to get a sense if their style is what you are looking for.

Post # 10
2839 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t know if they requested it but we have a few posed photos of guests. They were mostly in front of our sweetheart table since it made for a very pretty backdrop.

But the rest were candids and they were really good shots ie someone raising their glass for a toast, another laughing at a joke or speech..

Post # 11
3090 posts
Sugar bee

Are they good candids (ie, someone raising a glass for a toast) or bad candids (everyone has triple chins and is snorting champagne out their nose while laughing)?

Post # 12
2922 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

Only candids of guests is standard.

Post # 13
7806 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Unless your wedding is on a red-carpet I think posed photos would be weird lol

Post # 14
2023 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Yes, most photographers won’t go around posing your guests. They should be able to get great shots of them candidly, not just of their backs!

Post # 15
13568 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Unfortunately, common these days unless you specify otherwise, but personally I think it’s a mistake. I always recommend table or group photos in combination with candids. Years from now, people are going to be most interested in the people who were there, not the centerpieces or artsy photojournalistic shots. 

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