(Closed) Friend Photographers

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Would you hire a friend as your photographer?
    Yes : (18 votes)
    44 %
    No : (23 votes)
    56 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    739 posts
    Busy bee

    That website didn’t work so I couldn’t look at the work. You are ALWAYS going to be better off with someone with experience. These are fast paced, emotion events with lots of moments and tricky lighting. Some starting out isn’t going to know what to do or anticipate things if something gets off track nor have the proper equipment or backup equipment. If you don’t end up liking your photos or her customer service falls short you jeopardize your friendship as well.

    Lots of post on here on friendors

    Post # 4
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    11327 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    If she isn’t a wedding photographer, don’t hire her. I was that “friend who was good at taking pictures” and I had a few people ask me to do their weddings. I said no because I knew I didn’t know wtf I was doing when it came to weddings. In the past few years I decided to become a wedding photographer and hooked up with a few pros to second shoot and actually learn how to do it, and I cannot begin to tell you how glad i am that I didn’t start doing weddings on my own before second shooting. It’s a whole other animal than just being good at taking photos for fun.

    Post # 5
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    8884 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I suspect a lot of people will say no. BUT..

    I hired a friend for our wedding. She is new and wanted experience. We gave her a chance. DH and I talked (we liked our engagement photos that she took) and said that the photos are about the memories and if the quality wasn’t super high then that’s okay too. We got a great deal and while they’re not top notch, they’re great photos.

    If you want the best highest end photographer, you’re best to go find an expensive professional. If you’re flexible, it’s worth giving your friend a shot. Good luck!

    Post # 6
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    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Her natural light/daytime shots are waaaaay better than the other “friend” photog shots I see here. Her night time/low light shots leave a lot to be desired, though – she definitely doesn’t know her way around a flash. If you have low light situations in your reception or a very dim ceremony space, i’d beware.

    Post # 8
    Member
    358 posts
    Helper bee

    It’s great that she found an area of photography to specialize in (newborns and children) but since she has no wedding experience I say wait until the engagement shoot photos are done and then decide

    Post # 9
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    3041 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    http://www.alleycatphotography.ca

    @KoiKove:  that’s not the website! Its the one above (OP corrected it)… but I looked at them too, thinking maybe she spelled it wrong.

     @MsGinkgo:  Talk to her & ask how many weddings she’s done. Ask to see an entire wedding. And, all that matters is what YOU & your FI think about the photos, not your family’s opinions.

    Post # 11
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    2376 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I don’t like the idea of friends as wedding vendors for the same reasons that I don’t loan friends money.  (Before anyone calls me a cheap, bad friend – I’ll GIVE money, I’ll buy dinner, but I don’t loan) If there are any issues with the photos, it’s easy to call a vendor and say ‘you promised me X, we have a contract and you’re not fulfilling your end.  It’s a lot harder to say that to a friend.  If your engagement photos are awful, it’s only a few hundred $ to redo with a different photographer.  It’s obnoxious, but not tragic. If your wedding photos are awful, there’s no redoing them. 

    The other difficulty is dealing with hurt feelings.  You can tell a vendor ‘I like how you posed the couple in this album, but I really don’t like the style of this other album’, and they’re not emotional about it.  If you don’t like your friend’s style and you say something, it can potentially impact your friendship.

    I just don’t think it’s worth the potential money savings.  Cut corners somewhere else.

    Post # 12
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    2719 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I see tons of pictures in her portfolio on FB, even wedding ones.

    Post # 14
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    4897 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Nope. Never mix friends or family in a buisness decision. Ever ever ever. If you’re not happy with them, then what? Nope nope nope. 

    Post # 15
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    293 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    We hired one of FH’s friends friend as a photographer…..FH does know him but never really hung out with him because he is always so busy photographing in different areas of the world.

    When FH first told me about him my first thought was “this is a perfect way to save a little money since I’m sure he will give us a discount” but I also wanted to check out his portfolio and treat him like any other photographer vendor. When I saw his portfolio I was amazed. He had only like 6 weddings listed but his pictures came out wonderful and he hit every important must-have. I also asked for his references and spoke with a girl who used him and she praised him as well so once I got the proof we hired him!

    Of course not every friend is going to turn out like ours….luckily for us FH friend is a professional photographer and has done several weddings before.

    If she’s only done like maybe 1 or 2 weddings I’m not sure if I would hire her.

    Post # 16
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    2376 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @MsGinkgo:  In that case, I really wouldn’t hire her for the wedding.  And as far as being more comfortable with a friend, I’d rather have someone I don’t socialize with telling me how to pose.  A friend may look at you in a different way and think ‘she looks lovely’.  A professional can look at you both objectively and find the most flattering poses, and also prevent the unflattering looks. 

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