(Closed) Best Kept Secret: Newspaper Photographers!!

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Yup, my photographer does mostly editorial work (magazines, etc.) so a similar idea. However, he does mostly celebrity editorial work, I figured he would be way expensive, but was actually cheaper than most that we contacted! And his work is AMAZING!

Post # 4
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Worker bee

I totally agree with this! I am a former newspaper reporter and some of the photogs that I’ve worked with over the years are unbelievably fantastic. I am probably going to use a good friend that I know through work– she has a lot of editorial/advertising experience but has also done documentary, artistic, and journalistic stuff.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

My photographer also does newspaper work- we got her on the cheap and the pics- OH AMAZING!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Where would you search for somebody like this? I know a few more news-based photogs who really turn their noses up at wedding work, so I’m wondering how we’d find interested parties? It’s a great idea!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

yes please, share how we would be able to find someone if we’re not in the newspaper business!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

A lot of newspaper photographers will shoot a wedding but it is a sideline, almost a hobby, just be aware that you are going to get a bare bones shoot.

They are in and out of there and they won’t be able to offer you any art books or albums. My friend’s sister had a guy from her newsroom shoot and since it wasn’t his "career" as he said it was just a "weekend beer money shoot" so I guess it depends on what you want. Many couples prefer to have follow up and choices after the shooting is over.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Oh I meant to mention the site of phtoographers called photograpik.

http://www.photographik.org/  where there are some very talented photographers and they have a destination site too.

I want to learn more about greeen weddings!!!!! 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I work at a newspaper too, and when it came to deciding on a photographer to shoot our upcoming wedding, the first place I looked was our photo staff! Our wedding photographer turned out to be a former staff photographer who now has his own wedding photag business. My suggestion, if you wanted to go the newspaper photographer route, would just be to e-mail a photographer whose pictures you like in the paper and see if they do weddings in their spare time.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

I would really recommend treading with caution if going this route.  You CAN get a really great deal this way, but you can also end up unhappy.  Hubs worked at a paper and i at a magazine, and I’ve seen people use the staff photogs to differing results.

Like Jaz said, this is usually "weekend beer money" for them, and they are probably not used to dealing with families, coordinators and knowing which are the key moments to photograph. A friend used one of our freelance photogs, and he had no concept of wedding timelines. He would have left before the bride & groom even made their entrance except that the art director (who was the one to give him jobs) told him that he’d committed, so unless it was life or death, he’d better stay.

On the other hand, these folks usually have a great eye for the spontaneous moment and will get some amazing candid shots, and they tend to be more willing than regular wedding photogs to give you all the digi-negs and leave you to your own devices (and not charge you much, if anything, for them).

Post # 12
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Worker bee

As a former newspaper-er myself, I’m a proponent of looking to newspaper photographers as an option for wedding photography. But I also like more truly journalistic photos. And just like with any other professional that you’re hiring, there are caveats–and you should make sure you jive with a particular photographer before hiring.

amysue, I think one of the ways to find such photographers is to contact smaller publications directly & ask. Photographers at larger metro papers may not be interested in crossing over genres like you say, but smaller, more local papers may have photographers who are interested. Or if you have some time before your wedding, then make sure to leaf through any of those special edition wedding publications that newspapers put out…

And if you know someone–anyone–who works for the same organization, I think I would ask them what they thought of this or that photographer. For all the positives of some of them, there are definitely some newspaper photogs I’ve known who I wouldn’t have booked in a heartbeat… and I’m pretty sure everyone in our organization had a pretty clear sense of who the good ones were & weren’t…

My favorite photographer worked with me at a small newspaper & she does really beautiful wedding work! She was the first thing I knew I wanted in my wedding!

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