Post # 1
If your wedding photos are important to you, TALK to your photographer and often.
Just like your new spouse, we can’t read your mind.
If you tell us that you are happy with your engagement photos or even better, that you “love them”, but you really don’t, you are only setting YOURSELF up for a big dispointment with your wedding photography.
Why do that? You only have ONE day to get your wedding photos right so plan for the best photos possible.
We will be returning the non-refundable deposit from the couple who recently did this to us, that we found on here by fluke, and we wish them well.
Most photographers will not give you your deposit back if you change your mind, but if your photos are important to you and you aren’t happy with your 1st pick, go find a new one and say goodbye to your deposit.
-20 years from now, will that money matter or will your wedding photos matter?
It’s YOUR BIG DAY!
Renee & Kevin
Post # 3
We are shooting a friends wedding in October and they apartently think that since we’re friends they don’t have to give us any details or respond to any emails/texts/calls! We’re about to give us but who knows!
Post # 4
@Rgeddy: That’s a tough one. How are you suppose to give your friends the wedding photography they want if you have NO IDEA what they want?
EVERYONE has their own ideas and views on what they want from their photos and it takes time to communicate that, even after you have picked a photographer you both love.
TALK to us! ;o) We are here to help you.
Look at how much time is put into the other planning stages, time at the hair salon, picking out invitations. Spend some time simply talking to your photographers about what you have in mind and if you need help with your time line, ask us! We have been to many weddings and we know how to help you get the most out of your wedding day.
..we can’t read your mind though…
Post # 5
well… what do you guys suggest? what questions should the clueless bride (like me) be asking you??? is there a list of questions that we could use as a basis or a general theme of questions???
We’re gonna be asking a friend to do our photos (he doesn’t normally do weddings, and yes, he’s a pro and we LOVE his work).
What do you suggest? Especially if we (me and my Fiance especially) don’t want to cramp their creativity?
Post # 6
@Zinzerena: Thanks for asking ;o) In general, outside of all the other *stuff* that I am sure you have already read or heard, we simply like to get to know our couples. Meeting over coffee a couple of times, having an engagement session, emails and phone calls, facebook chats, all add up to a good connection by the time your wedding day arrives.
Now, I don’t mean that we are all going to be best friends lol, but if we don’t get to know each other at least a little bit and if you aren’t comfortable with us, it’s harder to get those great candid and emotional shots on your big day. You need to be relaxed around us and that takes time BEFORE the wedding day for most people.
Many of our couple’s guests think that we ARE friends and when that happens we know that all 4 of us have done our job well, the couple getting married and my husband and I. They have done their homework and we have done our job.
I would suggest that you spend some time with your photographer, have an enagagement session with that photographer, call them and keep them up to date with all the wedding planning and just chat.
Most of all though, if you don’t like something, like YOUR engagement photos, TELL THEM! They won’t get mad, they WANT to know. They are your photos and you need to tell them what you like and more importantly, what you don’t like. If you don’t, how will they know?
Weddings are different from all other photography – it’s a tough *job* Taking the photos is a small part of the whole process. Your photographer has to be so much more than a photographer.
We LOVE it!
Post # 7
@Zinzerena: I also think that it is a good idea to let your photog know what types of pics you particularly do and do not like (if you care). For example… I hate pictures with people’s heads cut off. I know they’re trendy and artsy and super popular right now– but I really don’t like them and I’d rather my photog not waste time on pictures I definitely don’t want. A few weeks before my e-session I plan to go through my photog’s photo galleries online and pull a few examples of pics I love and a few that aren’t my style as much. Obviously everything is going to be his style… but if he knows I love one thing over another I think he’ll be better able to do what we want.
Post # 8
Photos were really important to me, but our photographer was from out of town, making it difficult to get to know her and we weren’t able to have an engagement session.
I went through her portfolio, as well as found other photos that I liked. Her photos are gorgeous, and I didn’t want to cramp her style, but still wanted certain photos done the way I wanted. I sent her the photos that I really liked with a little bit about what I liked about the photo. (color, lighting, pose, background…). I also spoke up while we were taking photos. In one spot there was a bench, and I mentioned getting a few picks on it, which came out great.
Our photographer also suggested some spots and poses, and we let her work. Most of it we loved, some not so much. We really didn’t like the few shots where she had us be serious. For one, it wasn’t us, but we also looked like we were about to murder someone. But we talked to her enough ahead of time, that there were only a few pictures out of the batch that we really didn’t like.
Also, because we were long distance, I sent her pictures/descriptions of where I wanted to take photos so that she would be prepared.
Post # 9
@CorgiTales: I dislike the photos with heads cut off too. There was one of my coworker’s husband and their 4 month old, but she cut his head of in a way that just didn’t look right. There were a few of us with our heads cut off as well, that we weren’t fans of.
Post # 10
I didn’t really communicate with my photographer. I spoke to him when we booked him 1 year before the wedding then about 2 weeks before the big day I think he called me to touch base. It was understood from the beginning that he was running the show. I work full time and was married in a city that I don’t live in, meanwhile my photog shoots weddings at my venue every other weekend so I knew he’d make much better decisions than I would about logistics and photos. It worked out perfectly and I have no regrets about the way we did it.
Post # 12
@Mrs. Alias: That’s great and sounds like everyone had clear expectations from the start. Things run smoothly that way as well.
Post # 13
We just had a wedding this past weekend where one of our couples from last year were guests and good friends of the Bride and Groom.
This 2009 couple were one of our couples who loved us yet we knew nothing about ;o) They gave us complete control, did their homework and were happy with everything. This year’s couple loves us too and choose to have more involvement during their planning and we got to know them much more. They were so *friendly* with our working relationship that we were picked 1st for the *kissing* game.
Here’s a couple photos from their photo booth taken around 11:30 pm.
Post # 14
Questions we need from our bride to shoot her wedding include the basics:
where is the thing?! …well specifically, I know the city
any photography restrictions in the church?
where will you be getting ready?
do you want photos of the bride & groom getting ready?
first look photos?
group shots before?
How much time between ceremony & reception?
how big is the wedding party?
are you having a videographer?
are you having a DOC?
must have shots?
rainy day back up plan?
Post # 15
@MWP: welcome! I figured someone otta ask something to get the ball rolling, so to speak. 🙂 And I’m not the least bit shy about voicing my opinions, lol.
@CorgiTales: great suggestion!!!
@Rgeddy: thanks for the list! It’s always good to have an idea of what questions to ask. 🙂
Post # 16
That is a good *list* Rgeddy. We don’t ask for lists from our couples but do have pages of questions and go over all the details that we need and often help them with things they have yet to think about. Not all in one session but over the months before a wedding.
If our couples really feel the need to give us a shot/photo list we ONLY use it for a basic head count for formal family photos and that’s it. We work best without a list since our style is more candid and sticking to a list would not work with that.
One thing we do ask for each and everytime is our couple’s MUST HAVE shot.
What is their one MUST have shot, each. It’s different everytime and to date, we have caught it for them at each wedding…and you know what, it’s rarely been a *formal* photo. They have all asked for some kind of moment, emotion or candid like when the groom sees her for the 1st time and she wants THAT photo of his face. If we stuck to a list we would miss out on these photos.
Back to work,