Post # 1
We have a couple of friends who are art students with some amazing cameras that need to grow their portfolios. As we started planning, we figured “No brainer! We’ll just hire our friends to do the pictures!” Then we booked our venue and found out they have a strict no-drinking-if-you’re-a-vendor policy. Which means that our friends will have to be totally straight-laced the whole wedding while we throw back glass after glass of wine. So now we’re thinking the friends can do the engagement shoot, the getting ready shots and our Chicago landmark photo safari before the reception. At that point, the hired professional photographer can take over.
Now we’re learning that most of the wedding packages include engagement photos, so now what? Also, do you think it’s awkward to be like “Hey professional, we don’t want you for that long?”
Post # 3
Just negotiate with the photographer and tell them you don’t need the e-pics. They should be willing to drop the price, most photographers are flexible about customizing packages to their client’s needs!
Post # 4
Packages can be negotiated. I’ve found that vendors are usually willing to either add or drop items from their packages. If you explain that you only need them for a certain part of the wedding, I’m sure they’d be fine with it.
Post # 5
Yes i would just ask them to use it another way.. or negotiate with you. For instance we didn’t have engagement pictures so we are using the extra session in our package for an hour at rehearsal dinner. That way the photographer can come and get pictures of the evening and dinner– we are having around 60 family and friends so it will be nice to have some pictures of it. Another option they gave us was to do a session after the wedding kind of like engagement pics but newlywed pics instead.
Post # 6
Do your friends have to be labeled “official photographer”, they could just be friends with cameras!
Post # 7
random question but how is the venue suppose to know who’s the professional & if they’re drinking? Is there a monitor checking people’s glasses?
Post # 8
See if you can take out the e-pics from the package. Although, e-pics are meant for your photographer to get to know you, your angles, style and etc. Maybe do two e-pics sessions? A formal one with your photographer and a casual one with your friend.
Post # 9
Having two sets of engagement photos isn’t a bad idea 🙂 But if you don’t want that I would go with the other posters’ suggestions about negotiating with the pro photogs to remove the e-pic option. Also, you can find a photographer who is flexible and will only shoot for a few hours. It doesn’t have to be for the entire day. Good luck!
Post # 10
@Allyser: I love the idea of rehearsal dinner pics! I’ll definitely ask about it.
I’m also not sure how the venue “knows” that someone is a photographer. I just assumed that they’d ask and I’d tell them. Maybe if they are a real guest, it doesn’t matter? I knew asking the hive for help was a good idea!
Post # 11
Why don’t you have your friend be your photographer right up to half way thru the reception. Get a contract that says when your photographer will be done. When it hits the time, you can tell the vendor (if they ask) that the contracted time is over & he’s staying now as a guest.
Maybe your friend doesn’t mind not drinking for your wedding day… you could try talking to them about it. Maybe you want them the option to drink, but maybe they don’t care if they have wine or sparkling cider.
Post # 12
I know my venue requires me to give the names of my vendors because all guests and vendors have to check in at a security gate beforehand. THat is the only thing I can think of in terms of them “knowing” who is the photographer.
But besides the security guard who else will really know who those people are! Also though – you should just be sure that your friends are okay to take pictures while drinking. I know that my pictures get progressively worse when I get drunk. IT almost looks like the camera is drunk too! I would just be worried that your friends would be less careful if they have had a few drinks than if they were sober. Maybe they would be fine, Im just saying that this is something to think about!