Post # 1
Last year my brother got married. He is younger than me, and I am just getting married this year! However, they had a super casual wedding and asked me photograph it. I am by no means a professional. I’ve done some photo journalism of sorts for music venues, but nothing like the grandeur of wedding photography!
I am hiring someone to do my photos, but I was looking back at the pictures I took, and they weren’t that shabby!
Did anyone else trust a family member or friend to document their wedding?
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I would NEVER allow family to do that.
Post # 5
If a family member was a full time professional, we had a contract, and they were there 100% as a photographer and not as a guest then maybe. “Not that shabby” isn’t good enough for wedding photos. Of course not everyone is going to agree with me, but I take what I do very seriously. The other thing to consider is what potentially can happen if something does go wrong.
Post # 6
We are organizing a meet with a family member to do our photos. But she is currently working with wedding photographers and doing some solo. Plus we trust her 🙂
I really like the photos that you did!
Post # 7
We had a friend do ours & they turned out great- exactly what I wanted. He did photography on the side & was working to build his portfolio. I was happy he was dirt cheap. I obviously wouldn’t advise everyone to do this of course, because things don’t always work out. Then again, things don’t always work out with pros either.
Post # 8
I think your photos were great!
I personally woldnt trust my own family with something that is so important to me, but I think you did a really nice job!
Post # 9
Thanks, I suppose I should mention that I have degree in fine arts and a minor in photography. So I am not just using some snap shot throw away camera or have no clue about ISO and shutter speed and things, I just don’t do wedding photography. I generally do events like concerts or festivals.
My brother and his wife loved the photos and I even made a photo album with high quality prints as their wedding gift. I guess it’s just how you feel you want to spend the money and what you feel is worth it.
Post # 10
I don’t really have any family members who I would trust to do wedding photos, however my good friend is a budding professional (she has booked more than one wedding with total strangersnow–which is super exciting!) and I am hiring her. I love her work and I love her as a person and know that she will be awesome to work with. We’re treating me as a regular customer–complete with contract and deposit. The only “friend” benefit we’re getting is that she’s reserved our date without the deposit while we work out our budget and whatnots.
Post # 11
@continuumphotography: When a friend/family member is asked to photograph, I think it’s almost always the bride’s idea. When I took a friend’s wedding photos recently, I couldn’t talk my way out of it! I told her that they would probably be mediocre at best, and that I would only do it if she was ok with the slight possibility of not ever getting a single one back (due to me not having a tripod, not having proper knowledge of archiving, etc.) She said yes, so I said ok….
Not everyone thinks photography is a huge deal. Some people don’t give two craps about it, knowing they’ll have the memories forever. Plus, not everyone can afford a “serious” photographer. Some budgets only allow for “hand someone you know a camera and cross your fingers.”
For the record, OP, I think these are very good for amateur shots. Especially the low-light ones. That can be so tricky!
Post # 12
I would love it if my FI’s photographer family member would do it, but it ultimately didn’t seem fair. Apparently not being able to get drunk at a wedding is worse than not even being invited at all!!!
Your pictures do look very professional. I would never guess they weren’t.
Post # 13
OP, I think the photos are very good for not being a wedding pro
Post # 14
@EffieTrinket: My favorite shots were at night under the patio, I used my flash to bounce off the ceiling and it gave it that nice warm light feeling. And my brother and sister in law both knew I wasn’t the worlds best photographer but they had such a small, backyard put together in a couple months wedding, it worked for them.
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I think you did a great job. You have a good eye. Honestly, I would say you’re on par with a lot of photos I’ve seen from moderately priced photographers in my area. Good for you, girl.
No one in my family has the “eye”. There would probably be a lot of unflattering pictures, and none of them would be conventional “wedding” shots.
I did love my photographer, but I know the photos are not the most important thing for everyone.