Post # 1
FI and I are eloping hopefully sometime this October. She and I have to travel anywhere between 12-24 hours by car to get to a marriage equality state. We are also saving money in order to TTC. Our first though, which we might still go with, was to just go to NYC and elope. We would pay the ridicilous prices and enjoy our day. BUT the money side of my brain is freaking out as that would wipe out nearly all of our savings to have a baby. (NYC is NOT cheap!) So we were thinking of maybe just going to a different state, having something simple and call it a day. The more affordable the better! Anyway, so we’ve thought about DIYing our own photos. I am a novice photographer and I have pretty professional equipment so I feel like I could get crafty with my tripod and self timer. Has anyone else not hired a professional photographer? Does anyone have examples of how their photos turned out if they didnt?
Post # 3
@lovelyMsValentine: I totally understand about saving money, my husband and I eloped as well. However, I cannot emphasize how IMPORTANT photography is! Especially if you guys are eloping, people are going to want to see pictures. On top of that, having good quality photos that last a life time are something that you want. I look through our photos at least once a day! We spent $250 on 2 hours, and it was the best $250 that I have ever spent in my life.
I know it’ll probably be more expensive out where you are, but please, PLEASE look into photographers and ask them hourly rates. You might be surprised! Not hiring a professional would be a huge regret. At the end of the day all you have is those images (and of course, your relationship) left over from the most important day of your life.
Post # 4
i’m a professional photographer and I wouldn’t even dare to try to capture my own wedding on a tripod. You’re brave but that would be horribly frustrating and just not pretty
Post # 5
I wouldnt dare try it….. I understand not wanting to pay for it, but at the very least do you have a friend who has a DSLR and a good eye for photography, You won’t be able to enjoy yourself if you are worried about hitting a shutter release. Perhaps you can reach out to the local universities where you live and find a graphics art student who may be able to do it for a reasonable price.
Post # 6
I do wedding photography and I would not attempt this on my own. Since you guys are eloping and you are so budget conscious, I would recommend getting married on a week day and contacting local photogs who might be willing to do a 1-2 hours session with you rather than something more like a “wedding package.” If your wedding is on a week day they will be more likely to do this because they are less likely to have other stuff booked, and booking someone for just 1-2 hours shouldn’t be that terribly expensive.
Post # 7
Please hire a professional photographer for a wedding/portrait shoot – you can ask about hourly rates. I worry you might end up with photobooth-looking shots as the only mementos of your precious day.
Post # 8
I’m not a professional photographer and my FI & I did this for our engagement pictures. They turned out awesome bu I wouldn’t recommend it for your wedding day. We had to move arond a lot and take so many pictures before we got the right light/angle/background etc.