Post # 1
I have a friend whose sister is wanting to start wedding photography. She is the editor of a lifestyle magazine and shoots and edits photos for the magazine.
She took photos for her sister’s engagement portraits and they were better than most pro wedding photographers.
So my question is…should I take the risk and let her do my wedding photography? She will have an additional photographer at the wedding to ensure all shots are taken.
Post # 3
I feel like you are always taking a risk, even with the experienced ones. If you have seen her work and know they won’t be terrible, I would go for it.
Post # 4
One of my close friends from work had bought a dSLR camera a few months before our wedding, and we had him take our pictures. I don’t think they came out as fabulous as if we had hired a profressional, but we saved a TON because he did them for free! If you are getting a good deal with your friend, I’d say do it! It gives THEM experience and pictures to use in their portfolio, and you get the pictures for a lot less! Plus with my friend, he gave me ALL the pictures, which is probably WAAAAY more than I would’ve gotten from a profressional, who would’ve just given me what they thought were “the best”. It was definitely worth it for me to use a newer photographer. AND because they are new and are trying to prove themselves, they take a million pics and do a really great job. My friend also gave me the RAW images so I can edit them myself and everything, though I could’ve also hired him to edit them for me.
Post # 5
We are having someone who is “just starting” out as well…she has only taken fmaily portraits and has done very simple wedding…i am having her do ours…she did the engagement shot already and im in love…just do it!!! 🙂
Post # 6
I say go for it. If you are happy with her work thus far it’s worth the risk.
Post # 7
Based on what you said it’s not like she has NO experience. I’d say go for it.
What I would do if I were you would be to give her a contact sheet of shots you want – more than just a “must have” list (which would include pics with different people).
I found some really cool shots done while stalking my venue so I’m going to give them to my cousin (and keep a copy for myself) so I can make sure I get the ones I really want. Also I’m even thinking about doing some before or after the wedding on the property because it’s open to the public during the week and maybe even do some during the rehersal time since we don’t have any attendants.
Post # 8
She’s obviously very experienced. There’s a HUGE difference between someone who “just bought a fancy camera” and someone who shoots photos for a living. I think you’ll be in good hands. Equipment does not make someone a photographer – their creative eye and expertice does! That said, make sure she has, at minimum, 2 camera bodies and several types of lenses, in addition to flashes that can handle the job (ie not the one that pops up off the camera). These are really big deals! You can always pay to rent them, too – it’ll still be a ton cheaper than hiring an established professional!
Post # 9
I agree, go for it. If you love her work then there should be no worries, and the fact that she has another photographer is huge. I did my first wedding as an intern, and my second wedding was “solo” but just to be cautious I asked another student photographer to help me out and I’m SOO glad I did!
But yeah they can take sometimes just as great photos as the person who’s been in the industry for over ten years.