Can I bring pictures of what I want to my wedding photography consultation is one of the questions that my wedding clients often ask me? Some brides will scroll through Instagram, Pinterest, or some other pictures sharing app, to find the images they want to capture on their wedding day. It is not unusual for a wedding client to take out their smartphone during a wedding photography consultation and start showing the pictures or images they have tagged.
There are two schools of thought on whether to allow wedding clients to bring pictures to a wedding consultation. Some photographers like and encourage this practice while other photographers discourage it.
I have heard some photographers say that it is the photographer’s job to compose and capture beautiful images of the couple on their wedding day. I have heard these photographers state that they do not want to be distracted by the photos of past photographers.
Other photographers welcome the photo-sharing practice and encourage it. They see it as a tool to communicate with the couple and determine what type of photography they want. Some photographers rely extensively on this process and require the couple to come to a consultation with a minimum number of selected images.
For me, it is all about communicating with the wedding couple. I want to know what the couple has in mind, what the couple is expecting, and what they ultimately want me to deliver as a wedding photographer.
I have had couples visit my studio for a consultation and bring dozens of poses and images they want me to capture. I have also had couples visit my studio and tell me that they have no idea what poses or pictures they are looking for and how they want me to take the images I see fit.
As a photographer, I am fine with either approach. I have various wedding images hanging on the wall in my studio, and inevitably we end up talking about the pictures and poses on the wall. I remember every couple I have photographed, and I can tell the story behind each image.
Sometimes the wedding portrait hanging on the wall was a pose the bride wanted. Sometimes the wedding portrait on the wall was a spontaneous pose. And sometimes the wedding portrait on the wall was something special about the couple that I saw at the moment and had to capture.
I find photo examples that couple brings to a consultation an excellent communication tool, and I encourage the practice. I want to know how the couple is thinking about wedding photography. I spend some time talking about my process of creating wedding images because I want the couple to know how I am thinking about photographing their wedding day.
I have found that the more we talk about photography poses, images, needs, and expectations, the better the wedding photography experience for everyone.
Let’s make some great images together is not just a tagline on my website; it is the way I approach wedding photography.
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