(Closed) Thoughts on wedding photography from a married bride

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree with you – to an extent. Yes, you love those photos because of the memories, but some photographers have a better way at capturing the emotion and feeling of the day that will help you re-live and re-feel even better than other photographers. I’m not saying you have to spend an arm and a leg for a photographer, but I do think that photography is one of the most important aspects of a wedding. It is the only tangible thing that youll have to show from your wedding day. As time goes on, memories fade and if your pictures are really wonderful ones then you will be able to remember those feelings much more than if you had a photographer who didnt capture that!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I agree with you!  Of course, I was blessed with three fabulous semi-professional photographers in my family:  my sister, who went to college for digital media and is a phenominal photographer and artist in general; my grandfather, who has been featured several times for his amazing photos in Haiti (he’s a sociologist); and my cousin who has studied photography and has beautifully captured many weddings before.

I chose my cousin, because she is the only one who will not be involved in any other part of the ceremony–my sister is one of my MOH’s, and my grandparents will be walking down the aisle together.  Plus my cousin has tons of experience with weddings and I really love her work, so it’s all working out perfectly for me!  I of course offered to pay her, but she is generously doing the photography as a gift 🙂  So I will be expensing no insanity on the subject of photography, except on what to get my cousin as a gift, which I still can’t decide on!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I absolutely agree about light being the most important thing.

I’ve definitely seen some recaps here with professional pics that had terrible lighting, bad shadows and poor/awkward placement of people that made it look like they got married in a dingy basement rather than the lovely venues I know they had.

Everybody has their own price point and their own things that are important to them, but I know I would be really disappointed if mine came out that way despite the “deal” I got.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@olive25: That is so true! There are guest photos that the photographers could not catch because they could only be in so many places at one time…and the guests have a different point of view on it!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My biggest thing was finding a photography that A. knew how to capture “moments” and not poses, and B. Knew how to capture a good photo WITHOUT using flash.. hate flash.. hate hate hate it…

aside from that I think that you should monatarily kill yourself over a photographer.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@olive25: lol! yes please, REFRAIN from killing yourself! (my bad 😉

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I freaked out when my FI posted a craigslist ad to find our photographer – but then I fell in love with the work one of the women that responded.  She was new to the area and needed to build her reputation.  We’re paying her close to $1000 for two shooters for the entirety of the event and we get a disc with all of our images and the ability to print however we want.

Thanks for the post olive25!

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