(Closed) No Photographer and No Budget!

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010


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
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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 # 6
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@hope_alive: craigslist or art students. 

Post # 7
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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 # 10
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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. 

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