Post # 1
Hello! So I am currently in the process of choosing my photographer. My first choice was already booked, and so I am now in the process of looking at others. There are a couple that I like, and that I can work within their price range. My most likely “second choice” is a photographer that I’ve met at several weddings I worked at. Her and her husband shoot the weddings, and they are kind and wonderful people. I love the style of their photos. HOwever, sometimes I think she can get a little heavy on the editing (not all the time, but it happens). Is it poor etiquette, if I hire her, to say something about not liking super edited photos? I would probably just say something along the iines of “As far as photography style goes, I prefer natural, photojournalistic photos”
Post # 3
I think your best bet is to hire someone with the shooting/editing style you love, rather than asking a photographer to change the way they do things. This is coming from the perspective of a photographer – we all edit the way we do for different reasons and consider that our signature. Of course I wouldn’t say 100% no to someone who wanted me to shoot/edit differently, but I might think twice about working with them if it sounded like they were looking for something that wasn’t my style at all.
Have you looked at the Wedding Photojournalist Association database? You might find someone more your style there – http://www.wpja.com/
Post # 4
Thank you for your response!
I certainly don’t want to offend her, and I love her photos themselves. The editing issue is things like some oversharpening/super contrast type things, so not an issue where they are edited in different tints or textures.
Post # 5
@aquaoracledos: If she has a lot of examples of pictures that you do like, then I would be less concerned. Maybe sit down with her and show her editing that you like and don’t like. See what she says. If she gets defensive, then move on. If you’re on the same page, then you’re good to go. I think this becomes a bigger problem when there are very few examples of what you DO like, so you’re asking her to shoot in a different style.