(Closed) Should I ?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

From someone who’s DH does wedding photography I say go for it!  If she’s got talent, a good price and you know can handle a wedding then do it! 

I would be hesitant if she’s never shot a wedding since they’re not like normal photography – you have to be on top of everthing!  You can’t miss a shot and have to have the authority and responsibility to get every person included, work with other vendors, get the timing right, be quick with equipment and lighting etc. 

YET! (Since she’s never shot a wedding) – I would do this: ask her for a second shooter.  If you have 2 shooters you’ll feel more comfortable with the level of coverage.  If she has a colleague or friend that feels comfortable enough working together it would be great!  I would trust her if there was 2 people.

It comes down to what you’re comfortable with.  If it’s a small less than 100 person wedding I think it’ll be fine.  If its too much more with a lot going on and a big wedding party maybe not.  If you’re easy going, got a small wedding party and easy logistics then I’d do it.

Post # 5
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1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would go for it but as Rgeddy suggested, request a second shooter. Even if the second shooter is inexperienced, it will be help to have another person catching details and whatnot. Also maybe do an engagement shoot before the wedding so you know you feel comfortable with her.

Post # 7
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75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Do you have a day-of coordinator for your wedding? That might help, only if so that he/she could make sure your photographer is updated with any changes/minor crises that you won’t be aware of on your wedding day.

Post # 10
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Are you sure she hasn’t done weddings? I see some wedding pics on her site (I clicked on her “love” link & its under “i do”). Not to question you, I just saw them so maybe she’s done weddings as a 2nd shooter or something?

Post # 11
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418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

i think that as long as you give her a shot list of specific photos that need to be taken, you’ll be fine! everyone starts somewhere.

Post # 13
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75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

FMC – make sure to ask if you’ll get the rights to the photos, at the very least the personal-use rights. Ask what happens if she were to get sick/have an emergency where she wasn’t able to make it to the wedding (she may not have thought about that much if she hasn’t shot a wedding before.) Will she do an album for you, and will you get to make revisions on the album before it’s printed? I would also throw out some scenarios to see what she says. For example, ask her when she plans to eat (I’ve heard most photographers eat when YOU eat) or how she’ll make sure she doesn’t miss an important shot.

Good luck! Sounds like you may have found a real value.

(On a side note – I just noticed we’re date twins! Just booked my photographer, too ;))

Post # 16
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36 posts
Newbee

A couple of things I might caution on – from my glancing I noticed even her portrait galleries had no variety – so I checked her blog and she just launched it in August – and most things that are in her galleries seem to have been blogged in the past month of it’s existence. That tells me she’s extremely new. I wouldn’t rush into anything at all personally. The suggestion that there is a second photographer is a very good idea – but I don’t think I would rely on her to be the one to provide someone. She is about as new as you can get really…not that there’s anything wrong with that because yes everyone has to start somewhere.

Just because someone is good at portraits (but remember she’s extremely new at this) doesn’t mean their experience translates to weddings. I’ve also seen some excellent wedding photogs that can’t handle portrait. Some do both very well and some don’t.

Personally I’m just seeing too many potential red flags in her work – so my only real point would be – to really take your time looking. You have a year and a month or two of looking isn’t going to hurt and is worth the trouble.

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