Post # 1
So my mom generously offered to pay for our photography, and we accepted. She likes her hairdressers nephew or somthing, who is a very talented photographer but doesn’t specialize in weddings.
I looked at his page, and there are two pictures of brides and the rest are commercial/beauty-type photos. But they are very pretty, he is indeed talented.
What do you bees think? Hire a pro who doesn’t do weddings? It kind of makes me nervous, but I don’t want to offend mom. I sent her a link to Weddingwire photographers in our area as a hint that there is a LOT more out there.
If we hired everyone a friend “recommended”, I’d have a million photographers right now.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC
uhhhh …. tricky situation. I would explain to my mum that whilst he is indeed talented – wedding photography is very different from taking wedding photos and it is, so many talented potrait photographers do weddings and you end up with stiff posed picture which dont capture the essence of the day
You could also suggest that he be 2nd photographer and hire another person but be careful not every photographer is willing to work with others.
Post # 4
Do you have a link to his work? I would suggest maybe set up an engagement session or something with him and see how you feel about him, then make a decision.
Post # 5
Wedding photography is tricky. They have to know the exact moment to snap to get that shot, they have to know the angles to get, moments to photograph…etc. I’d go with a professional that has a background of weddings, if pictures are important to you. I’m a professional wedding photographer. There is A LOT to know about the wedding industry vs commercial industry in photography. Just because someone can pick up a camera, doesn’t make them a pro wedding photographer. just my opinion as a pro. It takes years to become a pro wedding photographer, not just a few weddings.
Post # 6
If your mom is dead set on this person try the engagement photos then decide from there….
Post # 7
Nope. Taking pictures of posed subjects (including engagement pictures) is MUCH different than the fast-paced movement of a wedding day. There are tons of people around, important moments that cannot be restaged (your first kiss, cutting the cake, the way you looked at your husband after you walked down the aisle, etc), and it involves hours of 8-10 hours of shooting rather than just a portrait session. Completely different beasts.
Post # 8
Keep suggesting pros to your mom a see if she will change her tune. Or dont take the money and find who You want. Maybe see if she will pay for other things instead of the photos so you do not feel obligated to use a photographer she wants because shes paying.. I know parents can guilt/push you into things because they are buying.
Portraits and events are two different beasts however, I find those that shoot Really good portraits, particularly glam type stuff tend to make good event photographers.
Post # 9
@leecy87: That’s exactly my fear – a stiff, posed picture. We are having a smaller wedding (30 people at a B&B) so it wont be as difficult as a huge shindig. But still, I WANT that picture of my grooms face when I’m walking towards him, you know?
@tphotog: We actually did engagement photos through a photographer we found on Groupon! She was okay…but not what I want for the wedding. And I would post a link to the guy but don’t want momma to google his work and see that I’m doubting him lol.
@jmaze: Thank you! You just described WHY I want a pro. I think I’ll write down what you said and tell her that if she asks why lol.
@BooRadley: I couldn’t agree more!
@Styles: In all honesty, I have to accept the money. We had an issue where my parents offered us 10k initially (I’m the only girl of five kids, and they’re somewhat traditional). But when we pulled the plug on the big wedding and lost the venue deposit, they took back their offer. We were going to elope, but FI’s parents wouldn’t have it and offered to pay for whatever kind of wedding we want (small and intimate). I think now my mom feels bad about backing out, and it would be really hurtful to her if we said no. Oh, weddings and drama…fun fun (not).
Thanks bees! I’m going to suggest we interview him and a few other photographers. Hopefully she sees that getting a real wedding photographer is worth it in the end.
Post # 10
Definitely not. Commercial work is VERY different from wedding photography. Commerical work is usually a very controled environment with lighting, models, and plenty of time to meticulously set up each shot.
Wedding photography is fast paced, tricky, uneven lighting conditions, and without fail – something always goes unplanned at a wedding. There are also no second chances, and no do-overs if you don’t capture a moment.
Post # 11
Here’s the thing: on a wedding day 50% of what I do isn’t even photography. It’s fixing dresses and calming people and knowing which side xyz goes on and how to revive flowers and how to get kids to payattention and handling drunks and ignoring aggressive guests. Heck, I even teach girls how to pretty cry. You want someone who knows all that stuff!!
Post # 12
To be blunt it is a horrible idea. Weddings are a specialty.
Post # 13
@continuumphotography: +1. Find someone with the passion and skill for weddings. They’ll have the timing down, they’ll be able to help you plan based on their own experience . . . it’ll be much better for you overall.
Post # 14
no way. just because he’s good at taking x type of pictures, doesn’t mean he’s good at taking y types of pictures. There’s a reason people specialize in wedding photographer vs. portraits vs. other types, etc.
Post # 15
Wedding photography is wayyyyy too specialized to trust someone who doesn’t focus on it as their main business. Usually a sign to run away when someone wants you to hire their “hairdresser’s nephew”, as well, haha.