Post # 1
It looks like I may have to spend more money on my venue than I would have liked to. Therefore I am looking for ways to save money. Like every bride, I want my photos to be AMAZING! However, I am now having to reduce my costs in this area to fit my budget.
I have a really good photo editing program that I can use. Would it be a reasonable request to ask photographers for a quote but let them know that I really just want someone to come in, take lots of pics, throw them all on a CD and then give me the CD. I will do my own editing and printing. I am hoping that this would save TONS of editing time on their part. I sent one email out to a photograher not thinking much of it but got a response about how it would take away their artistic vision if they allowed someone else to edit them. Im thinking… well who cares if they are MY photos of MY wedding?
Thoughts? Any ideas on how yall saved money on photography?
Post # 2
I do not think that you`ll find a lot of professional photographers that are willing to do so. A friend of mine tried and almost all the replies she got were negative, all explaining that the shop would not realise unfinished photos. the only ones that made it on a cd unfinished were all watermarked
Post # 3
i doubt any photographer will go for that. They dont’ want to risk having their name on bad photos that are released or edited poorly.
if you want to cut on your photographer costs, either go from 2 photographers to just 1, or limit the hours that they are there. YOu can have a friend take the rehearsal dinner photos and the getting ready photos and use the professional just for the ceremony and reception.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - Grandma's Oak Tree
I realize that you’re trying to save money but if want great photos, this is not the area to save in. Photographers do what they do because because they love to capture beautiful moments and places. I think it’s highly dispectful to even consider asking an established profesional for such. If you don’t want to spend the money to have great photos, ask a friend to take them, and edit them yourself. Or find a student just starting out to do it for you, they’ll just be happy they’re making money and then give them a good reference.
Post # 5
Any respectable professional will not allow this. They are not YOUR photos. He is the one taking them with his own equipment. His name is attached to the work, so if you go along and edit them horribly, it is a reflection on him (not to say you would do terribly, but you could).
If you to really save a lot, you could always look into hiring a newbie and find a student or someone new to the field.
Post # 6
CallMeMrsG: I doubt very much that a professional wedding photographer would allow someone else to edit his or her images. There are copyright as well as artistic implications.
I’d suggest finding a photographer within your new budget, or choosing a less costly venue – whatever is best for your priorities.
Post # 8
Yes! I think hiring a newbie or a student is going to be the way to go. THANKS GUYS!
Post # 9
CallMeMrsG: Yes, it’s called a shoot and burn. Our photographer offered it as an option.
Post # 10
I think you might find one or two photographers that are willing.. but they might not be your style/whatever else you are looking for.
I would try to find other ways of savings – photography is a hard place to cut from if you want really great photos.
Post # 11
Zhabeego: GOOD TO KNOW! Thank you!
Post # 11
Our professional photographer also offered it as an option. Been in the business 30 years and he even said with all the digital photo books online that it’s actually cheaper for us to do our own and format it how we would want it. He will put them all on a flash drive, he will do editing and special effects but he will also send us all the originals as well. Then it’s up to us to have books done. WAYYY less expensive than the packages with the books.
You don’t get if you don’t ask. Can’t hurt to just ask them.
Post # 12
CallMeMrsG: No legit professional worth their weight will give up unedited files – I don’t care if you find one who says they’ve been in business 50+ years. It’s not industry standard practice, and any pro who values their work will not do it. One thing to keep in mind, you said you want amazing photos, but keep in mind that taking the photo is only half the work – and getting an amazing finished product comes in form of the final editing. Having good photo editing software (which, unless you’re using lightroom or a very recent version of PS…will most likely not be able to handle the files that come out of current pro-DSLRs) doesn’t mean you’ll get an amazing looking image. It’s like saying if I walk into a 5 star restarant and use the chef’s ingredients and pans I can cook a good meal. Won’t happen.
Post # 13
Yeah, some photographers can get a bit snooty about their “art” and get upset about the idea of giving up some artistic control. And a photo belongs to the person who took the picture, not the person featured in the picture (which I think is a bit ridiculous – technically, it’s not your picture if you hand your camera to a random stranger to snap a quick pic of you and your husband). So they get to say if you can edit them/print them.
I think your best bets are going with a student, someone who is just starting out, someone who does photography as a side business, or someone who has been in the business for a long time and perhaps doesn’t take the image (of him/her as a great artist, not the pictures themselves) quite so seriously. Basically, you’re looking for people that are service oriented rather than artist oriented. They’re out there – you just have to look. And you probably want to avoid the fancy/blogging/super artsy photogs as they’re likely less likely to give up some artistic control over their pictures.
Post # 14
Wasn’t sure if you were planning on getting the raw files or jpg’s, so I just wanted to mention that you should try to get the raw files. Then edit them in Lightroom or another photography editing program. (It’s better than photoshop). You can do SO much more with the raw files! Raw files are a different file format that are used because you can do so much with them in post-processing.
Post # 15
Sorry, but 99% of photographers are going to say no to this because the work they show/advertise is edited and that’s the product they deliver, not straight-out-of-camera images. And honestly, most professional photographers on the bee are going to tell you that a photographer who will just hand over everything they shot untouched is one to be wary of because it usually indicates they are very new to the business. <br /><br />One of the best ways to reduce your photography cost is to opt for shorter coverage, and then just have friends or family take photos earlier in the day (getting ready) and then later at the end of the reception, concentrating the skilled photographer coverage for the ceremony, formals, and major moments of the reception.