Post # 1
I am getting married in 2 months and had my budget planned out beautifully. I planned on using my fiance’s, mom’s, and my tax refund to pay for the wedding. This way we wouldn’t be in debt; plus, we aren’t able to get credit cards so that wasn’t an option. Right around the time the refunds were deposited my mother had to be admitted into the hospital for emergency surgery. She missed several weeks of work and subsequently we had to use the refunds for our bills. I’ve paid the florist already, so all I have left are the DJ and a photographer. A good friend has his own DJ company and offered to DJ the wedding for free. I’m still scrambling to find someone to do photography for next to nothing. I know the photos are the one thing you should never leave out of your budget, but there is just no money left. Do any of y’all have ideas as to how I can get great photos at a low price? I feel a little panicked; I usually have a plan laid out.
Post # 3
I would do a few things:
1.) Look for ads on craigslist from students or people trying to build their portfolio.
They will probably still charge you, but maybe you can arrange a payment plan, due to your circumstances (and the economy being in your favor)
2.) Call the local community college art department/put a flyer on their bulletin board/school web board
3.) Ask your close relatives if they would be able to help you fund the photographer as an early wedding gift. 🙂
Post # 4
Where in AL are you getting married? I have a friend who is starting her own photography business so her services are pretty cheap. She took my engagement pictures and they were great.
Post # 5
@misskoala: I’m getting married in Montevallo right by the University of Montevallo. It’s about 30 minutes south of Birmingham. Thank you so much!
Post # 6
@hope_alive: craigslist or art students.
Post # 7
Put up fliers at the local colleges and if your local high schools have photography classes, ask the teacher if there is anyone talented enough to photograph a wedding. good luck to you and get well soon to your mother
Post # 8
craigslist! I found many a cheap vendors there- they are often not as well known or maybe quite as good, but still better than nothing- pictures are so important!
Post # 9
I have gone on Craigslist and found 2 photographers. I emailed them and am waiting to hear back. Hopefully this will work out, otherwise I’m just going to give my guests throwaway cameras. This is the biggest stress right now so thank y’all for your help.
Post # 10
i second students or anyone looking into getting into photography – i had a friend who was just starting out – she had done one wedding before mine. she charged me $500 for engagement, bridal and wedding photos and her work was wonderful! i could be picky and call out somethings here and there that a pro wouldnt do in pics but she is learning and for what i paid i couldnt be happier with how they came out. plus i got all the copyrights to ALL our pictures edited and unedited. another plus of having a non-pro photog – i have all my pics on a disc and i had them 3 weeks after my wedding.
Good Luck in your search!
Post # 11
Just be careful when you find photographer off craigslist. 90% of the time you really do get what you pay for. Rather than craigslist – try reaching out to an art school in the area that has a solid photography department. A photography student has some sort of education but it isn’t their main business so you might be able to work something out. As a photographer it breaks my heart when brides don’t get good pictures to remember their big day by.