Wedding photographers have a big responsibility on their shoulders, which is to capture one of the most powerful and massively photographed occasions of a person's life. However, shooting a lot of weddings means retrieving an enormous amount of requests from brides and grooms. Occasionally, those requests are unrealistic and could leave the newlyweds disappointed down the road. Below are three of Grand Lens Photography's often requested things that couples ask their wedding photographers wish couples would stop asking for.
recreating wedding photos from Pinterest and styled shoots
Good photographers do not wish to duplicate another photographer's work so try not to request photos that match exactly what you find on online. Numerous couples see amazing photos on Pinterest and assume they are real weddings, particularly when their wedding daylight, styling or location is nothing similar. Often, these photos are created as part of styled shoots where there was more than sufficient time to organize them. Browsing through Pinterest is perfectly fine, however, use it as a guide for your photographer instead of looking to copy the photos exactly as they are.
Requesting the raw files of all photos taken
Like everyone in this business, two of the ways that wedding photographers obtain clients is through social media posts and word-of-mouth referrals. They want clients discussing how great of a job they did photographing the wedding day and want them posting all of the photos. So why would any professional ever detain an amazing image from a client? That would only hurt the photographer and their business. Not every photo is worth the client viewing. Clients hire professional based on photography AND editing skills. They do not want photos that are out of focus or where a person's eyes are closed or making an embarrassing face. There is an artistry to processing photos and so there is no need to ask any wedding photographer for the RAW photos because they only sell cooked files.
extensively Photoshopping your wedding photos
A common request from clients is asking for photoshopping to make them look ‘prettier’ or ‘more handsome.’ We have been asked to whiten teeth, fix patchy facial hair and beards, change hair length, change or create a different jawline, to remove bald spots and the most common: digital tummy tucks and slimmer arms. Wedding photographers typically have no issue doing tweaks for hair frizz, skin imperfections or exit signs in the background. However, we do believe there is a difference between Photoshop tweaks and complete manipulation. We understand that our insecurities overwhelm us when someone places a camera in our face, but we truly want our clients — especially on their wedding day — to feel comfortable with themselves and everything around them during our time together. Memories of your wedding day will only stay completely intact within your photos. Your memory will start to fade, so your photos should be an accurate portrayal of the day: full raw emotions, which is not something that has been manipulated.
So, ask your questions and make your requests, but ensure that you are requesting them for the right reasons, not because some wedding magazine told you to. Check out our post on 5 Tips For Choosing A Wedding Photographer for more tips