(Closed) Would You Consider This Insulting To A Photographer?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@CurlyCue:  No, really she is a prospective client. I promise you, no photographer is going to be thrilled to work with someone who is sending them the work of others. Its an immediate red flag. If you were a painter would you appreciate someone sending you some paintings in a completely different style and asking you to recreate that rather than the style you produce? This is the kind of thing photographers vent about in their private photo groups, haha. 

Post # 18
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Busy bee

I think you can have a conversation with the photographer showing him what you like. It seems to me like the location of the photo (inside, museum-like) lends itself more to HDR editing to bring out the detail in the shadows behind the couple. The other photos wouldn’t need that, since there isn’t quite the range of lights and darks as the first photo.

I would recommend having a candid discussion with your photographer and seeing some of his photos in areas with plenty of natural light. You could also choose an engagement photo location full of natural light to see if he can capture that effect you are looking for.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@petalpetal:  I think that what you want to ask for is perfectly reasonable and very tactful. Your wording is good. I would definitely do it. How else will the photographer know how to make you the happiest?

I’m a chef. I would relate this to someone asking me to err on the less sweet side as opposed to giving me a specific recipe. I mostly just want people to be happy with my work. A bit of direction is not a bad thing IMO. 

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yeah, I wouldn’t send him a link to another photographer’s work.  That just doesn’t seem like a good idea.

If you meet with him, I would just be very open and honest about what you want- tell him you want bright, soft, and romantic, and that your venue is really known for it’s light.  Show him pictures of the venue (from their website if possible, and without other weddings in it) if he hasn’t seen it for himself.  But telling him what kind of editing you do and don’t want may come off as controlling and rude.

Good luck!  

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@mariematt:  Well if they are venting in private and still willing take on the client and modify their work it does not hurt to ask.

I will have to say that in my job I am very good about taking constructive criticism. I am often complimented that I am really good at receiving feedback and implementing changes if need be. My perspective is tell the photog what you need, what you like for him/ her to do to earn the business. The photog can easily fire the client. Never hurts to ask.Unless you speak photography showing the photog a pic or two is the way to gom what’s the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think that you may be better off with someone that actually has the style you like. Every photographer is different and unique in their own way. While they may not be offended by you asking for something different, if its not their specialty you still may not be happy with the results. Just food for thought 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@CurlyCue:  I think there is a fundamental difference – this is not a matter of constructive criticism. It’s a matter of how someone knows how to shoot and what gear they own to produce that style. Many photographers also have their own specific editing actions that they designed to produce a consistent edit across all their work. It can definitely be a consistency issue too – if we take on a wedding and have to try to shoot or edit it in a different style, we can’t really show that work on our site/blog because it will be confusing for future prospective clients, and we dont want work out there that isn’t representative of what we are best at producing because it will only bring us more people looking for something that isn’t our style. 

Most photographers really have no incentive to take on a bride who is already expressing dissatisfaction with their work and asking them to change their process when they could just book that date with a couple who loves the work they produce. When brides and photographers meet, photographers are interviewing the bride just as much as the bride is interviewing them. If someone asked me to produce work that looked nothing like what I show I would gently point them in the direction of local photographers who shoot in that style rather than just taking the booking and trying to mimic another photographer’s work. 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Fizzy8:  It’d be more like someone coming into your French restaurant and asking you to whip up an Italian dish, which you may not even have the ingredients to produce. 

Post # 26
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Newbee

You either hire them for what they are or you don’t. No photographer is going to work with you if you want to change their style or way of doing things. If you want brighter, more romantic lighting, then you need to search for a photographer that fits your vision.

Post # 27
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Newbee

Hey, I’m going to venture and guess that it is also possible that the photographer does not know how to shoot and process in the style you prefer. I have a style similar to the HdR style though I actually don’t do HDR processing. I know that the soft style is a different way of shooting things, I have a friend who shoots in soft style and her approach to lighting is almost backwards from me. It’s a preference. If you were a potential client of course I’d like to know what you like in photos and i would ask you to send me examples. If I see that what you like is very different from what i offer, i would politely refer you to my soft style friend for example. Partly because soft style isn’t what I do, and partly because I may not know how to do it well as I’m not an expert in it.

Post # 28
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Don’t hire a photographer if you don’t like 100% of their style 😉  Less disapointment in the long run!

Post # 29
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Maybe he doesn’t have the hang of the editing style for indoor shots.  If you would be disappointed by it then I would recommend hiring a different photographer that can clearly do the style of editing you prefer.  Maybe ask the one you like if they have some examples of that style of editing, then you can see his editing work using that style and tell him that it’s the style you would prefer he use in that particular space.  Also, if it’s bad work, you know ahead of time to book someone else.

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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petalpetal:  It’s worth a try, but I would do with as many compiments as possible. When we meet with our potential photographer I made sure to tell her upfront that I loved her work, her style, everything she does, except the black and white editing with pops of color. She was very kind when I brought it up and was more than happy to not do those when working with us. HDR is a little more work anyway so he might be stoked, or not.. I will say that those HDR’s are pretty awesome looking as far as HDR goes though! Not overdone or anything- looks the way HDR should, I’ve just never seen HDR on anything other than landscapes… 

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