Post # 1
Going through my budget I realize that there is really no money for photography. I am the kind of person who isn’t entirely comfortable leaving all of the photo responsibilities in someones hands and hoping they’ll turn out half decent. I also do some of my own amateur photography and have been thinking of this DIY idea as again I just don’t trust some guy who’ll do it for cheap…
I plan on distributing digital cameras and backup SD cards to specific family members/friends. During “getting ready” myself and at least one other person will be snapping the preparation photos and FI and one of his friends will be responsible for the guys. I plan on taking pictures of how everything is set up myself before the ceremony begins (also before people arrive).
My friends/family will come in for the ceremony and odds are they’ll get at least a few good photos. During the reception I’ll take some photos myself as that is how I best relive events – taking my own pictures of what I see.
For group photos I hope that certain members not in the picture will be able to snap some photos and any group photos could be assisted by any random guest.
Then at the end I just collect all of the pictures, edit the ones I hope to keep and then get them printed on my own.
In my head this sounds like a decent idea and don’t imagine that getting a cheap photographer would be worth it as I’ve heard disaster stories and this way I can personally look through the pictures on site when there is still time to redo some.
Post # 3
I could never do this. Photography was very important to me, and I think you get what you pay for. I couldn’t imagine running around on my wedding day to take photos of the details–I wouldn’t be able to just be present in the moment. Nor would I trust anyone to just pass off the camera to “any random guest” to take such important photos and family portraits. I wanted a professional with proper gear, who I was confident in trusting to take crisp, clear photos that captured the emotions and ambiance of the day.
Also, with the exception of one of my friends’ pictures (who’s also a profesisonal photographer, mind you) I wouldn’t have been fully satisfied with a single guest photo that I ever saw from my wedding. I guess if that’s all I had, I would love them, but that doesn’t mean they would look lovely in a frame or in an album.
ETA: Could you allocate money from another area of the budget to a photographer? Perhaps you could find a new professional building their portfolio and hire them just for the ceremony and an hour after for portraits, to keep costs down, and rely on friends/family for photos at the reception?
Post # 4
@jackieee: I guess I am kind of the opposite of you in that sense. Whenever I look back on photos from trips taken of me (or where we are) by others I just cannot connect with it at all! But when I look back at my own photos/videos I get the memory of what was happening, what I was feeling, what I was seeing! I want that kind of connection with my photos. I am also a big fan of candid photos.
The one where I’d need a random guest (still wouldn’t really be random – I’d be picky) I would still be able to take my camera and review how the photo looked and see if we could retake it again to improve it. This is really the one thing that I really care about – having pictures that provoke memories. I am also a big scrapbooker so most of them will be kept in a scrapbook and I feel if I did have sharp, professional photos that they would feel “scrapbooky”.
The only shot I truly care about it the one with FI and I all dressed up after the ceremony – I know my mother will be able to get an excellent shot of that with my camera. That’ll be the one that is kept outside of the scrapbook for all to see.
Post # 5
I would be TERRIFIED of doing that–Have you looked around for up-and-coming photogs? I found a guy who’d only shot 4 weddings before mine, so he was SUPER cheap, and he was AMAZING!
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
@JessicaJupiter: I am a professional photographer. I know what it takes to shoot good portraits, let alone the pressure that goes along with being a wedding photographer. There is no way in hell I would ever do this. Photography takes years to do well and decades to produce wicked awesome photos. There are so many things I would cut out before skimping on a photographer. [content moderated for self promotion]
Post # 7
@JessicaJupiter: Ahh I could never do this. Photography was our big splurge.
Post # 8
I would never allow someone to photograph my wedding that had never done a wedding before. When it’s all said and done, the photos are the only things you’ll have left! I would cut elsewhere to have enough $$ to hire someone who does weddings (not just any photographer). Your wedding is one day you don’t get to redo! I am all about DIY but I think thats one thing I couldn’t give up.
Post # 9
That sounds like a really bad idea. You might be able to do detail shots, but how are you going to do formal portraits, or photos with you and your FI?
You’ll have enough to worry about on your wedding day, and I don’t think guests are going to want to be responsible for taking your photos.
Post # 10
Nope nope nope–for me at least.
Post # 11
@JessicaJupiter: I’m hiring an amateur (just starting to build her clientele), but if you trust your family, do it ! People have been getting married for decades without having ”the” photographer and still have decent wedding pictures. It’s not true we can’t get something beautiful unless we pay many thousands for a photographer. One afternoon my FI took a picture of me in my dress in front of the window like the photographers usually do. It was to show my granny and was done kinda in a hurry because she was dying at the time and I wanted her to see my wedding gown before she passed. FI took 5-6 pics to be sure and I selected one that I liked. Honestly if that was my ”official” wedding pic I’d be very happy ! And it didn’t take a pro to do the job ! And I’ll still cherish those pics all my life. I don’t think you always need to go pro, it’s a personal choice. If you rather be behind the camera it’s your choice too, but make sure you enjoy your day and not spend it working. I know many people who used disposable cameras or just asked people to bring their good camera and collected the hundreds pics at the end of the day, it was free and they had many good pics of the evening.
Post # 12
When I say this is the worst idea I’ve ever heard, I say it with love. I am a pro. I can set my camera to stupid proof and your average non pro still can’t take a usable photo with it. You’re going to look at every family photo after taking it so you can retake it? There goes your entire cocktail hour – no time left for wedding party or bride and groom photos, that you are also not going to be able to effectively monitor how they come out. Chasing your own ceremony details down, might as well not even walk down the aisle because by the time they are all in place your guests will be too and they’ll see you before the ceremony in your dress walking around taking photos of your own details. Tacky.
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
@JessicaJupiter: Is your mother a photographer? I hand my pro camera to my mom – all settings set and ready to go – and she might be able to take 1 good one after about 20 bad ones and I am having to go back and forth to show her what she is doing wrong. Take about needless stress on your wedding day! Put an ad on kijiji for $500 and be done with it!
Post # 14
You are not going to want to be your own photographer — it’s going to be impossible to experience and be present in your wedding day if you’re trying to take most of the photos. Seriously, this is a terrible idea.
It all depends on how important photography is to you — it was our number one priority and the first thing we booked. I would find a way to make room in your budget and/or save more money so you can hire someone to do this.
Post # 15
For me, I wouldn’t even consider this. If the budget was that tight I’d cut anywhere but photography. That’s one of the most important aspects for me. I hope it works out and you don’t end up disappointed though!
Post # 16
No way no how is this a good idea. A CAMERA does not take a good shot, a skilled photographer does.