A little while back I came across a site that included reviews of wedding photographers.Among them was one mention of a well known Brooklyn-based studio that has been in business for decades. That is the one that shot my wedding. The reviewer was not happy with their manners and lack of responsiveness to her. Among the unpleasant things she recounts is being ordered by the photographer into poses she was uncomfortable with. She had to say “no” 4 times before being heard.
Though my wedding was more than a few years ago, I distinctly remember having the exact same experience. I didn’t like being told to hold the veil this way or that, etc. or to place my hands in a position I found extremely unnatural. For all their claim of knowing what the poses should be, the results were not at all impressive. They took many shots (and this was in the days before digital) but 99% were really just mediocore and the remaining one percent was not spectacular. Another thing that bothered me about these photographers was that they had sold my father-in-law on a two person crew. But the contract time was hours short of the wedding’s duration. When they hit the end of the contracted hours, they said they would only stay at overtime rates and then walked out. So my general advice is not to hire photographers who bully you or who give an attractive rate that hides the fact that much of your wedding will go unrecorded without overtime fees. You should definitely review the questions in Why-go-pro-Lights-camera-and-expertise-for-wedding-photography before you sign on the dotted line and hand over a sizable deposit.
Except for the more artsy shots that have come into vogue today, the standard wedding portrait calls for the subjects to smile. However, that was not always the case. If you come across wedding portraits from the early 20th or late 19th Century, you would see serious faces on the bride and groom. So were they any less happy than today’s couples? Not necessarily. The conventions of photography were different then. You can learn more about it in the very interesting post that Elizabeth Oakes put up on www.aerochug.com/examiner/x-432-Wedding-and-Marriage-Examiner~y2010m1d10-Dont-say-cheese-smiling-for-wedding-photos-isnt-traditional
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