Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
(Sorry, long vent)
I know I am compromising when I am agreeing to FI’s grand plan of finding people we know to use his Nikon D-40 and D-50. We have a very good tripod; we would just need to find decent lenses for taking big family portraits.
I’ve tried persuading a few times, but FI’s stance is still against. Recently, I had questions from family and my best friend about our photographer. “We’re working on finding people who are familiar with D-40 and D-50.”
His reason for going against Professional Photography: Big price tag could be better used on the roof shingles. The last time the previous owner did the roof shingles was over 25 years ago. The cost to re-shingle roof is around $5k. (So, the question is: do we want professional photographs or would we give up that budget and be ready to face a leaky roof? It snows like crazy over winter where we live) Also, he hates pictures.
My reason FOR professional photography: all my family and friends would want their pictures. They will be travelling from around the world to congregate at this one-day event. Memories last forever. Deep down, I know I will regret if I don’t get it. Even then, it isn’t easy looking for professional photographers around Jasper/Valemount region. (Any recommendations?)
Things I’ve skimped/will be skimping on for the wedding:
– My dress (is/will be under-budget EVEN after alterations)
– Bridal Bouquet: I don’t need one. I have a lace parasol. I will make my MOH and flower girls’ flowers using grocery store flowers or peonies from my garden. It’s not hard. There’s a lot of videos on YouTube. I’m going for simple and understated.
– My engagement ring and wedding band. Yep. Both altogether are well under $2k.
I know the work that goes behind taking good pictures — hence the price-tag. I draw/paint pictures as a meditative outlet. So does FI as he does a bit of hobby photography himself. It is an art. We don’t like super-edited/posed photos; i.e. we don’t want to look like we’re in a bridal magazine, lol. We’re super laid-back and love to enjoy each moment as it comes.
Post # 3
I had a professional photographer and we did our own videography. I don’t regret the photographer at all. Her photos were beautiful and I will cherish them forever. I regret the shitty video because we did that ourselves. Some things are best left to the professionals.
Post # 4
You absolutely should pro photos. Maybe your parents will chip in as a wedding gift. My dad and stepmom made do with a family member and the memory card crashed so they have NO pictures of their wedding except what they begged from people – but not at good angles or with them smiling.
I got married in Edmonton last year and I used http://www.seven14photography.com.
She was very good and very professional and we have fun photos.
Even cheaper and just as good – my stepsister got married last year also and used: Teknicolor Photography (They don’t have a website, look them up on Facebook)
ETA: Why, yes they do have a website! http://www.teknicolorphotography.ca/
ETA #2: When you are picking a photographer, make sure you choose one that offers a digital disc, either as part of the package or at a reasonable price to purchase. If you don’t pay attention to that, you could wind up paying as much as $20 per print (or more) and $500 for every album.
Post # 5
Look at ads in Craigslist and check at nearby colleges and high schools even for students who would be willing to work for close to nothing to help bolster their portfolio. While I agree that the shingles need to be taken care of ASAP, I think it would be a disservice to your friend who would end up missing out on getting emotional about the ceremony and just chilling at the reception.
Also, if you can find a professional to take a ceremony photos and formal portraits, you can ask your guests to share reception photos with you using a wedding pic app. WedPics is free and works with both Android phones and iPhones. Good luck!
Post # 6
@Cynderbug: neither of us likes having pictures taken so we are looking for a photojournalist that will capture everything without stopping to pose us except for those few very few family shots.
Post # 7
There are budget-friendly ways to get a professional photographer. Find someone new who doesn’t have a lot of experience but still takes great photos. Limit the hours you need – don’t go for the cute getting ready photos or have the photographer there until the end of the night. Just book for four hours maybe and have them there for the ceremony and important things in the reception – first dance, cake, etc.
I absolutely love my photographer and I cannot imagine not having professional photos on the big day. Just hunt around for a deal, and you can find something. Myabe figure out a couple other ways to trim the budget to make room for the photographer.
Post # 8
@Cynderbug: Good photographers don’t have to cost $5k. I think if you do your research in your area, you’ll find a good compromise. Low cost, but talented photographer.
Any photography or art schools in your area? You could hire a new grad or a talented student for super cheap. Some students will even travel long distances to do your wedding because of the experience it will give them.
Post # 9
Can you compromise and get a photography student or someone else starting up? Sometimes there are professional photographers who want to break into weddings. I went with someone like that. Her rates were much cheaper than pro-wedding photogs, and the photos were great!
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
You need a non-leaking roof. Your wedding photos aren’t going to keep you dry and warm.
Post # 11
I hired my photographer for $800 for a full day because it was her first wedding (she did senior pictures, portraits and that sort of thing). They turned out AMAZING. Look hard and don’t settle: you will find someone
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
@fzesguer: My budget for photography is around 2k range or less. I agree that 5k is too much! 🙂 Just talked to FI; he thinks that anything over 300$ is a lot, lol.
@red_pepper_gal: Awesome, thanks! 🙂 I will have to check these two out. I live in the same city as well. Valemount is about 5 to 6 hours away.
@AlwaysSunny: Most definitely! It would be a happy medium.
Post # 13
@Cynderbug: oh man, $300? Good luck, lol
(Actually, I feel kinda bad sharing this, but my cousin is a pro photographer and is doing his pics for free; all I have to pay is $250 for his apprentice photographer. But stalk Craigslist, to hopefully find someone in this price range.)
Post # 14
Me and DH had this same discussion. He thought “anyone can take a picture, it isn’t hard”. But i, being an amateur photographer know that is NOT true. I’ve seen some very horrible wedding photos from ppeople who had friends, or people off Craigslist do their weddings. I’d explain to your FI that these pictures are something that you are going to have forever. $5000 is a bit much for a photographer, we paid $2500. Just make sure you get in detail what the package offers. Some photographers will even do a by the hour, so if you want them there for two hours, it might be cheaper. Don’t give up your hunt!
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
@heathuhhhhwebbbb: My sentiments exactly!
I talked to FI and he said, “It’s either the expensive pictures or a honeymoon to Europe.” (We would be backpacking most of the time)
Now, that is a tough decision to make. The package I am eyeing on at the moment starts a bit less than mid $2k, but I’m not sure how much additional it would cost for a photographer to travel + accomodation. My mother also thinks $2k is a bit too much for professional photography. (This is a professional photographer who does photo-journalist like pictures; natural candids)
I guess I have a few options on the table:
A- FI’s dad takes really good pictures. (FI’s idea)
B- Fore-go a honeymoon since we’re having a semi-destination wedding. We could just go on a wine-tour with family after the wedding in the Okanagan Valley. Hire a professional photographer.
C- Invite a coworker who does photography on the side for fun. He’s part of a photography/hiking meet-up group; he enjoys photographing weddings for fun. (This is a friend of a friend; we all work for the same company)
D- Buy a bunch of SD cards for each table. Get guests to take pictures and leave the SD cards at the end of the night. (FI’s and FMIL’s idea in lieu of disposable cameras)
A and C are fairly budget-friendly — though it is customary for me to give them a red packet regardless, as a measure of thank you & good luck.
Post # 16
@Cynderbug: your wedding is going to FLY by. There are a lot of things you won’t see at all or won’t remember a week later much less 20 years from now. I’ve never come to this board to find a post about someone regretting hiring a photographer (unless they royally screw up) but I do often read posts about people regretting NOT hiring one.