Post # 1
I am on the hunt today for a few student photographers in the Atlanta Area.
(Before anyone goes on a rant about the downsides of using students over pros, I already know. I am a photographer, and was once a new student trying to get experience too.)
So, I am eloping in October, and want to find a few student photographers who would like to add to their portfolio! I am totally interested in artistic and unique photos, so if you know of anyone, or are a student, please please please PM me your portfolio!
And don’t worry, you will get paid 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
You might get more luck posting in the Classifieds section of weddingbee, or maybe try posting in Craigslist or on the walls of a local college? Good luck on your search!
Post # 4
Check out some area colleges with photography programs. Contact the department head, and have them put you into touch with some students they think would do a good job.
Post # 5
May I ask what your photography budget is? And is budget the only reason you are seeking a student photographer for your wedding, or are there reasons you are not listing (just curious)?
Try posting your request in this group:
It is a FB page for SCAD students, alumni and professors. (Atlanta & Savannah… so make sure you mention its for Atlanta).
Post # 6
Budget has absolutely nothing to do with it 🙂 We haven’t set a budget for photos since they are a lifetime investment.
I am a pro photographer, and know exactly what we are looking for in our images. That said, I remember what it was like struggling to find anyone to shoot once I had exhausted friends and family, and want to be able to offer the wedding to students.
On top of that, often, students are still creating their own style, which allows for extremely creative shots, and we are totally into that. There won’t be tons of people, so it will not be a super difficult wedding, and we are mostly talking about portraits, so it will be really fun too.
Then there’s the last and really important note: I work in the wedding industry and are eloping. If I hire one friend, the others will get upset. We don’t want to have any amount of drama surrounding our private wedding day, and we believe this to be a fabulous way to handle the secrecy involved in our day!
Good idea for looking at SCAD as well! I simply didn’t think of it! Silly me 🙂
Post # 7
@starfish0116: +1 this would work too ! !
FI and I went for a collage friend that graduated in Photography and has a kick ass camera. Should be fun !
Post # 8
@karineh: Well, as we all know…the camera doesn’t make the photographer. 😉 Normally I’m highly against suggesting a student, but the OP says she fully aware and understands what she’s getting herself into. Just make sure you’ve seen your friends work and that you are okay with what she produces. I too graduated with a degree in photography and can tell you that the degree means nothing in terms of real life expereince shooting. (Not saying that to scare anyone, but back in college I too thought I was great when in reality I still had a LONG way to go). It’s not necesarily a bad thing, just important to keep extpectations reasonable.
FWIW, when I was in college our department head used to get emails all the time about this kind of stuff. When he did he’d select a few people he thought were up to the challenge and provide their contact into to the client.
Post # 9
Yes, I’m a pro wedding photographer, so for me it makes sense. I WOULD NOT recommend this for everyone though… Really, don’t do it.
I know exactly what to look for not only in their portfolio, but in the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff too, and that is SOOO important. It’s just like any other field- just because you have an English degree doesn’t mean you are an amazing linguist.
Of course, if one is seriously lacking in the budget department, and there are no decent photographers in your price point, you may want to look into it. But don’t quote me on that.
They may not have:
actual pro equipment
access to pro print labs
any way to permanently back up your images
a lack of business sense, leading to slow image return
Or, they may have never shot a wedding (or enough weddings) and miss out on important images, get in the way of your day (like all up in your face or blocking your guests view), or just flat out suck.
Please don’t hire a student unless you are aware that you are risking all of these things. When I find the right group (notice I’m not just hiring one) of students, I will share them! (Only if they are willing of course!)
Post # 10
@faitherfordandtom: Oh I totally agree with you. I do have a question, one pro photogarpher to another, and please don’t take it wrong, as it’s not my intention. I’m just surprised that as a professional photographer you’d be willing the take the risk with a student? It’s just a highly unusual thing to hear another pro not interesting in hiring a pro for their own wedding. In my expereince with my interns that even those who have the best portfolios aren’t solid enough for a whole wedding.
Post # 11
@starfish0116: I agree- interns/ students aren’t usually experienced enough to shoot a ‘whole wedding’. The thing is though, we aren’t having a ‘whole wedding’.
First: We decided to use multiple students (not just one) with different styles so that we make sure to get what we are looking for.
Second: We don’t want to tell anyone until afterwards. We want it to be quite private, and wouldn’t feel that way with someone we know.
Third: We are eloping. There will literally only be two of us, our two dogs, our officiant, and our musician. It will be outside, in front of a lake, at 9.30 in the morning. Not only will it be a stupidly easy wedding with lighting, and lack of guests, we also aren’t doing tons of traditional things. The only part of our wedding that may be difficult for a student would be my primp time. Then, I can set up my own lights, and offset that for them
Really, we want to be able to offer the opportunity to gain experience in an easy wedding. Not many students get that chance. And since we are hiring a few, if one of them epically fails, oh well!
Like I said, I absolutely do not think brides should go this route unless they are pro’s, understand the risk, and take every chance to offset bad images possible.
Post # 12
@faitherfordandtom: thank you for your advice but we are hiring our friend because we love his work. Thanks !
Post # 13
@starfish0116: thanks for your advice but we are hiring our friend because we love his work. Thanks !