(Closed) What is the photographer responsible for?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I had my photos taken in a public park but I’m thinking it is the responsibility of the couple because it is the location you chose. But hey I’m not an expert in the matter either.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think permits fall on the responsibility of the client.  Many times permits cost money, which the photographer doesn’t cover.

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@coffeegal85:  I think this sounds fair. Experienced photographers may know the permit requirements of certain locations from having worked there before, but otherwise I think it’s fair for the client to be responsible for dealing with all issues related to permits. The photographers just is to take and deliver great photos.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

For our photographer, it was up to us to pick the locations (though she offered to help if we wanted it) and was also up to us to ensure anywhere we wanted to go (aka in a bar, etc) that we were permitted to do so.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Sorry but as a photographer this is one of my pet peeves. We are photographers NOT wedding planners. It is not our job to come up with “unique ideas” for your shoot, endlessly research locations that fit YOUR ideas, or call for permissions for locations YOU chose. Your photographer has any number of clients with engagement sessions, and you just can’t expect us to PLAN each of their engagement sessions from start to finish. That’s like asking your wedding photographer to plan your wedding for you,only on a smaller scale.

Besides it goes without mention that if we were to plan your whole shoot and you later decided you don’t like how the location looks etc that’s more stuff you’re going to blame us for, which is absurd because the only reason we would be doing it in the first place is because you were too lazy to do it yourself and no good deed goes unpunished. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t know. Me and our photographer worked as a team. We both bounced ideas off of each other for location,  inspiration, etc. 

I feel as though your photographer could be offering a little more input, though. For example, some suggestions I made to my photographer didn’t work because of lighting, unwanted background images, etc. These are things that I wouldn’t know about since my job is NOT to be a photographer.

I think it needs to be a team effort, not one sided.

I find it a little harsh if a photographer has the opinion of: “you do everything, I just show up and take your pictures.” That would piss me off, honestly. Yes, I’m the bride, but you, as a professional photographer, need to have some input. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@PassionatePhotoLady:  I think you’re being pretty harsh here and not really painting photographers in a good light with the way you chose to phrase “lazy” and some other terms. 

I am asking my photographer to help guide me on a location for our first look and wedding party photos. I am from out of town and have no idea what is good in the area. He has been shooting there for 20+ years. Surely he has some favorites. I could go drive around town and look, but I don’t have the knowledge of what looks good to a photographer’S eye. I don’t know location specific stuff, like “Oh, that location has bad light at 3 PM,” or “That gets swamped with students on Saturdays.”

I dd go through the photos of his I could look at and say “I really liked these photos – where were those taken? Can we use that spot too or did they have to have connections to take pics there?” 

I am greatful my photographer was generous with sharing his experience and didn’t consider me “lazy.” I just don’t have the eye for it he does – that’s why I’m hiring him. Ultimately, it should make both of our days smother to have his input – he can guide me to locations he has had success with, and I don’t have to stress that I picked an unrealistic location.

LBPhotography, I don’t know if that is your business name, but if I was googling a possible vendor to find reviews, and I came across such harsh ways of describing clients, I would be really turned off. And maybe you want that, you don’t want clients like me who would ask for input on timeline and location. But something to think about.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Stace126:  I disagree – we don’t get to choose your wedding venue, yet you expect us to shoot there and get great photo, so how is it any different with an engagement location? Obviously if we foresee a major problem with the location you choose, we’ll let you know, but unless it’s illegal to take photos there, just like with your wedding venue, good photographers are equipped to get beautiful images just about anywhere. 

Also there is a difference between a little bit of back and forth (thats expected) and the OP getting all outraged because her photographer refuses to do all the work of planning her shoot for her.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

@PassionatePhotoLady:  I would expect a photographer to know if permits are needed for certain locations within the city. That is their job to photograph objects, people, animals in various locations, and they should know if the city requires a permit or not. How is a client to go about getting that information on their own? Where do they start? How do they ask? A phtographer should do THAT legwork at least once (the first time they do a photo shoot there)  and have a list on file for reference for future photographic clients.

But I do agree that a photographer is not responsible in choosing the location or helping the choosing for their clients.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@happyface:  do you have ANY idea how many possible photo locations there are in a 50 mile radius. That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard that we should just KNOW off the top of our heads for every single one. All the photographer did was ask her to call and find out if a permit is required. It’s that simple. A monkey can look up a phone number for a location online, call and ask that question. If one is required, then you ask “how can I get one.” requirements vary by location, so that is exactly the same question her photographer would be asking. Pretending you don’t know how to do something that simple is just an excuse to get someone else to do it for you. The op clearly just wants people to come on here and tell her her photographer is lazy and should do the work for her, so since she doesn’t want an honest response I’ll excuse myself from this conversation.

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