(Closed) Is this photographer okay?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Photographer or Cousin?
    Photographer : (0 votes)
    Cousin : (18 votes)
    95 %
    Here is a better option! (explain) : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    6465 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Honestly, no, it’s not worth it. They are snapshots at best and I would not pay for that kind of work. 

     

    Do you mind sharing what your budget for photography is? Photographers have huge networks of friends in all sorts of places, and you never know if one of us have a reccomendation near you. In all honesty, I’d rather see you hire a competant professional to cover the cermony and family formals and let family shoot the reception. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    1102 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think the engagement pictures are great but that the wedding pictures are a little lacking?

    Post # 5
    Member
    257 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @JannaJanes:  the engagement pictures look good, the wedsing are juat ok. But honestly ive seen worse. A lot worse from someone that got someone they knew to take the pics and they were really just terrible. If the photographer wont break the bank id aay go with yhem. Id rather have decent pics than riak a family friend doing them and theyre awful, cant exactly redo the day. 

    Post # 6
    Member
    469 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @JannaJanes:  I’m not a huge fan. . .

    Where abouts are you having your wedding? Like someone said above one of us might have a recommendation or could possibly help you look =)

    Post # 7
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    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    They are pretty bad.  

    As others have asked, what do you have to work with for photography?

    Post # 9
    Member
    344 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Do NOT be embarrassed. It’s just money. Your budget is what it is. Your cousin could do that well. if he /she doesn’t mind and can handle the day and you don’t think it would ruin your relationship if something went badly then keep the money and buy your cousin a nice gift card for a restaurant or something as a Thank you. 

     

    Post # 10
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    20 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My opinion would be to ask around there my be a studnet from a local school or just getting their start would would be will to do the pictures for your budget in exchange for letting them include them in their portfolio. good luck!

    Post # 12
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    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    How many of your friends know how to work SLRs? You might be surprised how many of them take excellent pics and would volunteer for you. Otherwise can you put a wanted ad out there for amateurs wishing to build up their portfolios and do it for free? If you had 2 or 3 students there you’d probably be sure to get plenty of great shots between them all. Sorry if this sounds like a dumb idea. Just throwing it out there..

    Post # 13
    Member
    257 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Ok I take it back, they’re pretty bad, I was looking at them from my phone earlier. Maybe try some students at a local school. 

    Post # 14
    Member
    344 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @JannaJanes:  it’s not something I’d advocate if you had any sort of budget I thought would buy you better than what your cousin could do. Any photographer charging $300.00 is really not going to be of any quality better than an amateur enthusiast any how. Not to scare you but There are very many ways it could go wrong. From memory card errors to bad lighting choices, missing moments etc. Weddings are very hard events to shoot even for qualified pros. But if you don’t have huge expectations twhat you should be fine.  I’d never advocate that anyone with a choice or anyone who has high expectations go this route but the photographer you showed is most likely not any better than a family member. My point was why spend the money if it doesn’t buy you anything. Maybe get him a gift card for a place he can buy some more gear if its his hobby. 

    Post # 15
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    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @Lashmont:  Agreed.

    Ill say it again DO NOT feel embarrassed! None of you ever feel bad about your wedding. Backyard, VFW, courthouse, whatever. Love is love, location is irrelevant.

    If you cant round someone up use your cousin, you have realistic expectations. However, you’d be better off looking a month or so before your wedding. Some will take smaller jobs if they still have open dates as chances are they will not book it so close nor a full coverage day. They’d be more willing to do 2 hours.

     

     

     

    Post # 16
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    344 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @Styles:  exactly. There’s all sorts of weddings with all sorts of budgets. There’s nothing wrong with a small budget or a large budget either. My clients with $20,000+ budgets have the money to spend. The right way to do your wedding is how you want. If you make $100,000+ a year then a $5,000 wedding may not make sense for you. if you have less to spend or just don’t want to, spend less. It’s your wedding. nobody else’s opinion matters. 

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