(Closed) Posed or Candid?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@crh1729: I think it’s good to have a combination of both. After the wedding you will want something you can frame and a candid may not fit the bill.

I am having most of my photos be candid. But I will have some with my maids pre-wedding and then a few posed right after the wedding.

I really want to be a part of my cocktail hour.

Post # 4
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

Personally, I would have at least a few posed shots! You don’t have to select those for the album if you don’t want, but I would have the photographer take them “just in case” you end up loving them! We liked our candid shots, but loved quite a few posed shots just as much! You don’t want to regret later not having any posed shots. Just have the photographer take just a few after (or before) the ceremony. You can even decide which poses you want and you can select poses in which you aren’t looking directly at the camera, so that they seem more “candid” if you want.

Post # 5
1126 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We’re doing some posed shots.  Those are the ones our grandmothers will frame in their homes, etc.  Even the ones where everyone’s laughing and being silly are still somewhat posed, because why do you think the whole bridal party is standing in a row facing one direction?  If you’re not a huge fan, I’d just do big categories only (i.e. this family, all the cousins, grandparents, etc.), and if you’re efficient, it won’t take more thann 20 minutes.  It’s just my opinion, but it’s so rare that everyone’s in one place, dressed up, with a professional photographer – seems worth it to get some shots.

Post # 6
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

You definitely want some posed and if you find a good photographer they will get good posed shots that don’t look fake.

Post # 7
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m thinking we’ll do a few posed shots of ourselves, and the posed shots of the family, and the rest will be candid.

Post # 8
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Candid is much better!

Post # 9
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I am def one for candid over posed; but I did some posed mostly for the parents. For some reason parents seem to like posed pics better.

so def go w/ a combo of both!

Post # 11
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think you will want posed and candid shots. Candid shots are wonderful but in terms of having photos years down the road you will probably want to see your smiling faces looking at the camera. I dont even think posed shots on the wedding day look bad because you are so happy that you are smiling a real smile and there is so much joy on everyones faces!

Post # 12
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I did both.  I love candids and I got a ton of them!  But I also wanted some posed ones, both of me and my hubby and of our families, friends, etc.

Post # 13
1227 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think doing at least a few posed is a safe bet, just to ensure you get some that have all the people you want in them. Otherwise, I’m telling my photographer that I want mostly photojournalistic shots, not candids. I’m not really sure if there’s a real distinction between the two or if it’s only in my head. In my head, I picture “candid” being shots that are sort of random and haphazard, and “photojournalistic” as being shots that are orchestrated to tell the story of the day. Not posed, mind you, but orchestrated as in the photographer sort of plans out ahead of time some of the things that he/she is going to shoot, and makes sure to get those images in for you.

Post # 14
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Posed shots don’t take long to do. If you schedule thirty minutes for portraits it’ll be easy to get all the family ones. Even though I don’t love those, they’re pretty timeless and they’ll make family happy.

Bridal portraits are usually a different session altogether, though, and I’d skip those. I don’t really see the point to them.

Post # 15
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I think you could do both! Some posed, some candid.

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