Post # 1
ok…i have a dilemma. I found a photographer who does AWESOME work with taking pics of babies, kids, engagement pics, things like that. She has never done a wedding, but i saw her work of the above listed items and it was awesome. So, i reached out to her and she offered me a GREAT price to do my wedding…i am a little nervous since she has never done a wedding before…if she is great at babies, engagement pics, etc, would it be the same for weddings or is that a whole different skill level?? please help!!
Post # 3
I say a good photographer is a good photographer! BUT I would also say you will need to be more hands-on and give more direction to her than to an experienced wedding photographer. You may need to have a more extensive list that includes ‘standards’ that most brides want, for example ‘I want: pics of me on my father’s arm walking down the aisle, a pic of FH’s face when he sees me for the first time, a pic of our first kiss, pics of the ring exchange, close-ups of my DIY items, etc’ – these are probably ones experienced wedding photogs just ‘know’ they have to get. Your photog will probably be appreciative of a longer and more detailed list so she knows what you expect. Also, troll around Style me pretty and other sites and make a portfolio of shots/poses you love and make sure she reviews it with you IN PERSON, so you can explain what you love about the shots. This will help her understand what your taste is. Good luck!
Post # 4
I would be very worried about this. Unlike most of the photoshoots you mentioned, a wedding is a live event. It is much more difficult to find a photographer who can take great photos and catch all the important moments live, than one who can take great shots in a posed photo session.
Post # 5
hmm, this is a tough one.
Wedding pics I feel are very different from kid, baby, engagement pics – I am assuming those are more posed photo shoots?
Because ability to move around and capture the right moment is so important in a wedding, you can’t be asking guests to laugh cheekily at the speech again for example. It’s like if you missed it, there’s no 2nd chance kind of thing.
Or has this photographer taken any pics of a live event before? Say sports day, graduation day etc? If she also captured great ‘in the moment’ pics in those categories, then I would say go for it – but not without showing her heaps of sample pics to communicate what photography styles you like.
Post # 6
@CRL110282: I would not hire a baby photographer who has never shot a wedding to do my wedding. It’s a really bad idea. Photography is not like DJing or catering, where it is what it is regardless of the situation. A portrait photographer is skilled at controlled situations – they control the lighting, the location, everything. You can’t do any of that at a wedding and the conditions are fast paced, there are no do-overs, the lighting is usually extremely challenging, the list goes on. She may be a very skilled portrait photographer but that doesn’t translate to wedding photography. The only way to become skilled with weddings is to shoot a LOT of them (as a second shooter or under another photographer) and learn about the pace of things, how to deal with less than ideal lighting/weather conditions, having really tight or even impossible time lines, etc. If you go ahead with it realize you’re taking a huge huge risk. For me personally, my wedding isn’t something I would want someone trying for the first time on.
Post # 7
My father has been a professional photographer for over 30 years, and I was the third shooter on many, many weddings with him. Now I’m working on starting my own business as a children’s photographer.
If she is an experienced photographer, she obviously understands how cameras work, most likely understands basic posing, especially since she does engagement pictures, and definitely understands lighting. So yes, they could photograph your wedding, and you’d get ok pictures.
HOWEVER, a wedding is A LOT of work. A lot more work than children, a lot more work than engagement pictures. There’s a lot more involved, and it’s a lot a lot more tiring. If your photographer is not used to that, she’s used to studio sessions that take an hour or two at most, she will probably not do a good job on WEDDING pictures. Or at least no where near what an experienced wedding photographer would do.
The reason I’m starting my business as a children’s photographer instead of a wedding photographer is because weddings are HARD. I started with weddings and then went to children. I can’t imagine starting with children and then going to weddings.
Post # 8
Thank yall for your feedback!! She has done live shots such as sports, etc. And she will be doing two weddings before mine. I will say all of her “posed” pics like yall were saying are awesome, i am not worried about those, just a little nervous about the live pics. But she also told me she will be bringing another photographer with her who is experienced with weddings to help her, so I think that will help alot too. Now i have to get to work on my list of expectations! Thanks again!
Post # 9
@CRL110282: I genuinely hope it works out for you, but I do not understand why you’d want anyone making your wedding on the job training.
Post # 10
If the reason she offered to do your wedding is a great price is that she is looking into expanding her business into wedding photography, then you could offer her less and ask if she’d like to be the “second shooter” so that she can get some shots to build up her portfolio and get some practice. Then hire another photographer who has experience. (And make sure each photographer is okay working with the other.)
Post # 11
You all make excellant points, thank you so much for your input. She did not acutally reach out to me or anything like that, I actually got her name from numerous people as a recomendation and I reached out to her to see if she would be interested. I am so torn. I dont know what to do. I dont want to just tell her nevermind, that I am going w/ someone else, but I also dont want to regret my choice of photography either 🙁
Post # 12
Has she second-shot any weddings before? I mean the bottom line is that wedding photographers always have a first wedding. No one just materializes as an awesome photog with tons of experience lol. I probably sympathize a little with her because I currently do that kind of stuff (babies, families, etc) and am trying to break into weddings. I’ve second shot a whole bunch of weddings and feel ready to strike out on my own, but it is HARD to get someone to trust you for your first few solo ones!
Realistically it is more of a gamble than hiring a seasoned pro. I’d say if you like her other photos and she has wedding experience (even if not solo) and she feels confident doing it… it isn’t a TOTAL crapshoot though. Depending on how well you like her and what the discount is… it very well may be worth it. But if it is something you’re going to stress out about for the next year, maybe not.
Post # 13
You could always hire a more seasoned wedding photographer for limited coverage and have her second/do full coverage. I would have no problems with this as a wedding photographer, we are both paid to be there.