Post # 1
I am organizing a bridesmaid photo shoot on the afternoon of my at home reception coming up in August (not all my BMs were able to come to Jamaica for my wedding, but they bought their dresses).
For this photo shoot, i will put back on my full wedding look (dress, veil, hair, makeup & jewelry). All six of my BMs will be there and will wear their dresses, shoes, and jewelry.
I have asked my good friend and his boyfriend who just happen to love taking pictures and are really good at it to be the “photographers” for this photo shoot. They will use my fancy camera we got as a wedding gift.
I am just worried though since they are not really wedding photographers. What should i tell them? How many pictures should we take?
Any tips/advice you can give is appreciated so i can pull this off and he happy with the results!
I feel like there is something I am not thinking of…..
advice from the pros on here is welcomed!
Post # 3
Sorry but this sounds like a recipe for disaster. 90%+ of the friendor posts here turn out bad and result in poor images and lost friendships.
The situation that you described is worse than a friendor. In a typical friendor situation, at least the person is serious enough that they started a business or have a ncie portfolio of images, maybe just not weddings. They have their own eqipment that they know how to use and are comfortable with. In your case, people are using a camera that they never used before and people don’t even seem like serious amatuers, just hobby photographers.
I would look on craigslist, you may be able to find someone very inexpensive that at least has their own equipment and knows portraiture, lighting, and how to process wedding photos.
Post # 4
I’d see if you can have them practice with your camera a couple of times prior. Can you maybe get together with them and have them do a newlywed shoot of you and your husband? That way you’ll get a good feel for how they take photos with your camera and they’ll get a feel for your camera and how it works.
I think my thought would be to have them take as many photos as you can and just have fun! The thing that I love about digital is that I can take a ton of pictures and not *HAVE* to worry that each one is perfect.
As to whether I agree or disagree with USER would depend on whether you are paying them or not. If you aren’t paying them and are just hoping for some fun shots with your bridesmaids that you can include in your wedding album, then I think this is very do-able. If you ARE paying them and are expecting results, then I’d probably side with USER. I know that I got some amazing and wonderful wedding photos from friends of mine who love photography as a hobby – they caught some amazing moments that my photographer didn’t and did so just as well as he could have! My cousin feels the same way about many of the photos I took of her wedding and I also am a hobby photographer.
Post # 5
@dodgercpkl: You bring up some good discussion and thinking points. You may get some nice images, it’s a lot of risk though, and being that you are going through the effort of getting everyone together and getting all dolled up, well it would be disappointing if you didn’t get any good images. I agree friends can get nice images at weddings, but these are suppliments to your pro. If all you had was those, would you be happy?
I think if the people doing the photgraphy’s were true friendors, you may have a better chance, but it sounds like these people don’t even own DSLR’s because they are using yours, which means to me that they don’t know photography.
Are you planning to take indoor or outdoor images? Do you have the right equipment, flashes, lenses,? If indoors do they know how to use fill flash or bounce flash? If outdoors do they know where and how to pose you to avoid shadows or depending on where the sun is? Do they know how to retouch and edit? Are they doing this or just shooting jpegs in auto mode? Just a few things to think about.
Post # 6
@USER876: thanks for the advice. after i wrote this post i decided to look on craiglist. i really have no budget for this and thought i could never find someone to do it super cheap. but i did! i found someone who is aspiring to get experience, has done a couple of weddings before, and will take these pictures and edit them and give me all the edited images on a CD for $80! I know this is definitely a better option than asking my friends to do it. so i am happy.
i dont have high expectations. i just some fun shots with all my BMs outside by the waterfront. i am not expecting them to be the same quality as the photographer i had in Jamaica and that’s totally fine with me.
Post # 7
@dynamic_duo: Sounds like a great tradeoff to me. Glad you found someone!