Doing Your Own Photography

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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649 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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 # 5
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11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
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975 posts
Busy bee
  • 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
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1083 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@JessicaJupiter:  Ahh I could never do this. Photography was our big splurge. 

Post # 8
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309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
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1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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
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2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Nope nope nope–for me at least.

Post # 11
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2878 posts
Sugar bee

@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
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995 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
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975 posts
Busy bee
  • 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
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3693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

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
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2869 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

No way no how is this a good idea. A CAMERA does not take a good shot, a skilled photographer does. 

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