(Closed) any tips for a friendor post wedding photo shoot? (pros advice appreciated!)

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
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Bumble bee

@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 # 7
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Bumble bee

@dynamic_duo:  Sounds like a great tradeoff to me.  Glad you found someone!

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