- 3 years ago
- Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard
Hi all, We are having a very small, super casual wedding and no formal “reception.” We have no wedding party, none fo the reception acitivities, etc. We will be married in a small ceremony under the cottonwoods at FI parents’ house, and then have pizza and beer in the backyard. Super casusal. So, I am not really intereseted in any 6- or 8-hour photography packages, you know?
I would like a couple of portraits of FI and I (but nothing “posey,” it just isn’t how we are,), a family portrait, a couple of photos from the ceremony, and a large group photo with EVERYONE. (The group picture is my ONE THING of all the wedding stuff that I want. I have compromised on the dress ($400), invitations (electronic instead of letterpress, sniff), but the group picture I really, really want. That’s it. So, about 2-3 hours worth of work.
As you can imagine, finding a photographer willing to do this for less than their normal package is hard. I get it. They need to make a living and likely wedding season carries them through the rest of their year. I get it.
Our photographer backed out a few weeks ago, so I have been on a mad search for an available photographer. We are getting married in a tiny town, a good 2.5 hours from anything resembling a “metropolis.” This makes both the number and quality of photographers small. I found one photographer I liked, but they charge $95 for a 4″x6″ print(!!! is this normal?!?!), and will only release digital rights for $4,000. Found another photographer who I instantly got along with, will do the wedding and release digital rights for $2,000 dollars. She will travel from the nearest large town, so we have to pay for travel of 5 hours. This as absolutely reasonable, and she takes great outside photographs.
But I am still having a really hard time convincing myself to spend over $2,000 on photos! If it were an all-day sort of thing, sure. But for just a couple of hours? This wedding package effectively DOUBLES the entire cost of this weddding. GAH. And I really am not interested in having 300 photos. What am I going to do with 300 photos? I understand that photos are really, really important to a lot of people. I definitely want some high quality shots, but maybe not 300.
Other option: purchase a nice camera, ask a reasonably-abled friend to take some family and ceremony photos, then set up the camera with a wide angle lens (that we would rent) and take a billion group pictures and hope one turns out. I would work some photoshop magic to correct for color, exposure, etc. Hope like hell we don’t have people faces completely hidden in shadow, etc. Then, FI and I could get a nice portrait session done a few weeks later and send a photo with thank you cards. We may or may not wear our wedding get-ups for the portrait session.
But both FI and I do not want to put a lot of pressure on a guest about photos!
Thoughts? Help me decide! This is the last big decision and I am sick of it hanging over my head.