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Wedding Photographer Etiquette
June 12, 2015
7:26 pm
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bananas and blow

Hi everyone, I'm not quite sure where to put this question so I just started a new thread. my long time partner and I are getting married this year and we are essentially eloping (not a true elopement though because our families know). the ONLY thing we are spending money on is a photographer. I'm wearing a dress I already own and we aren't doing rings. I looked up some affordable photographers in my area and found one whose photos I LOVED. I met with him and our personalities really clicked, and he is super into and totally gets the low-key wedding thing which was important to me. Anyway, given all that and because the price was right I signed a contract and put down a deposit.  

 

Now, I'm having doubts. It's partly because I didn't do a ton of research in advance and I'm worried that I could have found something better. It's also because while his photos are beautiful and I felt an immediate instinct towards them, they do trend towards the more artistic and hipster style. I'm worried that we won't have enough just kind of clear, normal photos of the two of us and that it will all be pictures of huge sky with our heads at the bottom. He does have the ability to take those kinds of "normal" photos based on what I've seen, and it's possible he's just featuring the most artistic stuff on his blog. My question is, would it be rude for me to tell him what kind of pictures we really want? Or give him examples of other photography we like? I don't want him to be offended or question why we hired him. 

 

(I realize this is probably a really silly and ridiculous question but again, this is the only thing we are spending money on so I want it to be right)

June 12, 2015
7:55 pm
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Ladycoder Tantrums
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bananas and blow meowed
Hi everyone, I'm not quite sure where to put this question so I just started a new thread. my long time partner and I are getting married this year and we are essentially eloping (not a true elopement though because our families know). the ONLY thing we are spending money on is a photographer. I'm wearing a dress I already own and we aren't doing rings. I looked up some affordable photographers in my area and found one whose photos I LOVED. I met with him and our personalities really clicked, and he is super into and totally gets the low-key wedding thing which was important to me. Anyway, given all that and because the price was right I signed a contract and put down a deposit.  

 

Now, I'm having doubts. It's partly because I didn't do a ton of research in advance and I'm worried that I could have found something better. It's also because while his photos are beautiful and I felt an immediate instinct towards them, they do trend towards the more artistic and hipster style. I'm worried that we won't have enough just kind of clear, normal photos of the two of us and that it will all be pictures of huge sky with our heads at the bottom. He does have the ability to take those kinds of "normal" photos based on what I've seen, and it's possible he's just featuring the most artistic stuff on his blog. My question is, would it be rude for me to tell him what kind of pictures we really want? Or give him examples of other photography we like? I don't want him to be offended or question why we hired him. 

 

(I realize this is probably a really silly and ridiculous question but again, this is the only thing we are spending money on so I want it to be right)

You're the client. If he's a professional, and not a "professional" photographer just chasing the light to feed his own narcissism, (cough cough, Jenna Cole), then he will be more than willing to take pictures you want to have…I'd show him the ones in his portfolio (or other examples) that you like the most and ask to have pictures taken in that style. Just say "I like this one…the style is simple and I like how the couple is the focus of the photo instead of the sky". 

June 12, 2015
9:03 pm
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The Desolation of SMEG
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I don't think it would be rude to ask him to make sure he gets some specific photos. If it makes you more comfortable you can kind of "blend" it into other requests. Like say have a little list to give him in advance. Say something like,

"I'm so excited for you to capture our big day and to be able to re-live it through your photography. I wanted to let you know about a few photos I definitely want to get but may forget about on the big day with all the excitement! 

-us and grandma (she will be leaving early)

-us with our dog

-some full length portraits in *some location*

-leaving the courthouse doors

-us and each of our whole families

-other stuff

-more stuff

Thank you so much!"

 

Just make it seem like you need to let him know so you don't forget wink

June 13, 2015
3:15 am
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bananas and blow

thanks Verb Myself and SMEG! I just realized I meant to put this in the bridal hams forum. My bad. embarrassed

June 15, 2015
8:03 am
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xx
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Nope, not rude. Any wedding photog worth their rate will ask you any important people, things, or details to photograph. Say very clearly that you would like some normal (for lack of a better word) portraits of you and FH. Don't forget to name and/or describe important people you want pictures of, too. For example, my family is huge and doesn't get together often, so at my wedding I gave my photographer a cheat sheet of people to focus on so I got lots of good pictures of them. Always remember that you are not doing THEM a favor by hiring someone, they are performing a service for YOU.



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