Post # 1
As you may know I just opened an event design business and am a waiting bee . I work with two photographers who are just starting their business and want to bring them with me to document the brides’ wedding day. The photographers also would like to get wedding experience so it is a win-win situation. They would basically be documenting the day in a truly photojournalistic style without taking any of the posed shots only candids. Would any of you have any problems with that? Let me know as I am curious as all get out!
Post # 3
If it was only at the reception (not during getting ready, ceremony, or private photo time) then sure, but if I were the bride I would also want to have access to those extra photos. Even if the photographers are unobtrusive they will still make it more difficult for the real photographer, and many photogs have a contract clause that specifically prohibits any other professional photogs working the event. Giving the bride a copy of the extra photos is the least you could do to make up for it.
Post # 4
I would have a problem with it. My wedding was pretty small, and we picked all of our vendors specifically because we had a personal relationship with them. If two random photographers showed up and started taking pictures of me, I think it would make me more self-conscious/less focused.
So are they documenting the whole wedding? Or are you looking for a lot of shots that would advertise your business (like detail shots of the decorations, you setting things up or working with vendors, etc…)? I personally wouldn’t mind if the photographers took shots of the reception or ceremony before everything started, or if they took shots of you working before the wedding. I just wouldn’t want them taking pictures of me or my guests during the ceremony and reception.
Post # 5
@snmcdowell: i was thinking the same as you. they actually would only be there for me to take before and after shots and a few candids throughout the evenings of things like the candy bar, table scapes, etc. unless the couple wants them to take more. they are actually on par with most of the best photographers around here, they just don’t feel comfortable being the exclusive wedding photographer yet, they’d like to ease into the process. some brides are keen on the idea others not so much. as such i am curious and can’t wait to see what the brides here think.
Post # 6
@mrsspring: i completely understand what you mean. the shots would be of the details of the wedding day. they could take candid shots if the bride wanted them to. i think it may work out well for a bride who wants a photojournalistic documentation but not have the budget for those types of photographers. the detailed shots would only be for my portfolio and perhaps theirs.
Post # 7
As a photographer, I have to tell you this will ruffle a lot of feathers, and I strongly encourage you not to do it.
As snmcdowell brought up, most photographers have a clause that prohibits other photographers from shooting the wedding. This is for a good reason, not only to protect our business interests, but for the sake of making sure our clients get good photos. Having too many photographers jockeying for position for one shot can screw things up pretty good. Also, photography is quite intimate-if I were a bride, I would not appreciate having a stranger come in and take photos of my wedding, especially if I obsessed for weeks/months over hiring the perfect one in the first place.
As an alternative, I would recommend building relationships with the photographers you work with at weddings. For us, we always make it a point to exchange cards with other vendors at weddings and send them photos that they can use for their websites/promotional materials. I know that many other photographers do the same thing, and it’s win-win because you’ll be able to build a referral base from these relationships as well, provided they thought highly of your work and enjoyed working with you.
Good luck with your business!
Post # 8
i agree. as photographer, i would not want other photographers there padding they’re portfolios with my posing etc.. If you want to build a relationship with photographers, then give each other cards as suggested above and recommend them to couples that havent yet picked, or offer a discount for your services if they use these photographers and vice versa.
also, you would need model releases and things from everyone there if you’re planning on using those photos for commercial purposes.
Post # 9
I, also, do not think it is a good idea. I don’t mind the bride’s and groom’s guests taking photos (only at the reception) but for another vendor bringing their photographer to not only get the details and/or some candiids of the wedding? That’s a different story.
Adding more photographers, who isn’t the official photog or his/her 2nd photog, to the mix is more of a burden than anything else. Brides and Grooms already have a ton on their hands to deal with already, so dealing with a potentially perturbed official photographer shouldn’t be one of them.
Not to sound snarky or mean, but if they wanted to get real hands on experience, they should look around to do 2nd shooting.
If you need some details for your business, why not just ask the official photographer to do some shots of them for you.
Post # 10
I’d be fine with them there doing it as long as I got something from it, like a CD of the images with rights to use them, or free prints of 10 of them, or something like that.
Post # 11
Guess I should subscribe huh?! Lol!!! I have really great relationships with all of my photography vendors. Most will provide a high res CD that I can use on my website, etc as long as their names are on the print list. I honestly didn’t think it was that big of a deal. The photographers actually mentioned that the other photog may have a problem with it. Most brides seem fine with letting the second photographer come in and shoot. To me it was a symbiotic (sp?) relationship. I will ask the other photogs in the area what they think about it. Thanks for all the feedback from you guys!! It has really been helpful!!