Free or Pay?

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What would you do?
    Go with the free or less expensive photographer : (4 votes)
    5 %
    Spend money on a photographer I like. : (71 votes)
    95 %
  • Post # 3
    687 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would hire a photographer you iike vs. chance not being happy with the end result. Just explain to him that you want him to be a GUEST at your wedding, not work at it.

    Post # 4
    8482 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @lena_k_29:  I think photography is one of the areas (if any) to splurge on, but that’s just me.  My photographer was more than my DJ and my dress combined.

    Post # 5
    8993 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Definitely worth splurging.  The day flies by in a wonderful crazy haze and eventually those photos will be your main memory of one of the most important days of your life.

    As for him being offended, tell him you’d love for him to snap some photos when/if he feels like it, but you want him to be able to relax and enjoy the events as an honored guest….

    Post # 6
    1482 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

    defintely hire the photographer you like. I think getting him to do your engagement shoot is a great idea

    Post # 7
    5333 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    If you don’t like his style this will be awkward city.  Don’t do it.  Hire your own photographer and if he asks, tell him you wanted him to enjoy as a guest and not be “working” at your wedding. 


    Post # 9
    1093 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @lena_k_29:  Photography is definitely worth splurging on. If you don’t like a photographer’s style, then he/she isn’t for you.

    @housebee:  +1 (and ditto!)

    Post # 10
    1068 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @lena_k_29:  It sounds like going with the friend is a bad idea.

    Even if you do decide to go with him, my suggestion would be to pay him as a vendor, not a guest.  No money = no promises.  Could you imagine giving your friend a list of shots if he was shooting your wedding out of the kindness of his heart?  Asking him to tweak the editing?  We’re doing a non-standard photography arrangement, and I have nothing against that, but if you want people to give you professional services, you need to pay them professional rates.

    Post # 11
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Regardless of the fact that you don’t like his style, being the photographer at a wedding is a big time commitment and he wouldn’t be able to enjoy being a guest if he was taking all your photos.  It’s different than having a friend bake a cake/do flowers/officiant ceremony becuase their commitment doesn’t prevent them from having fun as a guest.

    Post # 12
    8482 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    If I do choose to go with a different photog in the end, wouldn’t it be highly insulting to have asked him to do engagement shoot then?

    @lena_k_29:  I think it’s very understandable for you to ask him to do an engagement shoot, but not the wedding.  He’s your friend, you want him to be able to spend time with you and enjoy himself at your wedding.  Otherwise your wedding day = work day for him.

    Post # 13
    1190 posts
    Bumble bee

    There is one thing I can never, ever, ever stress enough to brides- spend the money on getting a photographer that you like the most within your budget. That will make even the cheapest wedding look high quality. These pictures are your key to remember your wedding forever.

    Post # 14
    1190 posts
    Bumble bee

    OP: I just had a sorority sister get completely screwed over by a friend videographer. She bought him a camera in exchange for services, and she hasn’t heard from her ‘friend’ since then, and no video. I just don’t want to see you get screwed over either.

    Post # 15
    175 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2014



    If you didn’t have a friend who was a photographer, you’d be looking at different photographers and pick the one who’s style you liked more. It shouldn’t be any different for this. Now, if you happen to be one of the few people that doesn’t care about your photos or if you know your friend could edit in a style that you like, then go for it, but I would pay a photog & let your friend enjoy the wedding & reception. They can still take some candid shots for you.

    Post # 16
    8615 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I would pay.  You will hate the fact that you don’t love your pictures.  I have friends who regret not getting a better photographer.  I haven’t heard anyone complain about what they spent on one.

    I just had my wedding and overall…I’m not really sure the cost of the 1 day was worth it.  I loved it, but not sure it was worth the total we spent.

    However, what I spent on the photography ($3200) was 100% worth it.  In fact out of everything, I think that is the one thing I am truly happy I spent all the $ on.  And I’ve only seen 2 pictures so far!  But what I saw I was really happy with.

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