Post # 1
FI and I can’t afford a photographer, and my brother is exceptionally good at photography (and has a professional-standard camera) so we were going to ask him to take the pictures for us. The only thing is, as my brother he will probably want to be able to enjoy the celebrations without worrying about taking pictures of us. Our only other option would be to put out an ad for someone who is either studying photography or trying to get into the field and needs to build up their portfolio, saying that we can only pay a small fee (about £100 would be our limit) but would like someone to photograph our wedding (we wouldnt need prints or editing done, we are fully capable of doing that ourselves, we would just want the raw pictures). Of course, that runs the risk of not being able to find anyone willing for such a small fee, and also there is the fact that whomever we do find will probably not have much experience, and as such might not perform well on the day (although I know a lot of guests will be taking photos too, and we don’t need any really artistic shots, just a nice record of the day). Does anyone have any advice on which would be the best way to go? We absolutely cannot afford to pay for a professional photographer, we are alread stretched to the limit as is, and won’t to go in to debt for the sake of one day
Post # 3
It really depends on what you want. For that price I would only expect to have a student photographer for 1 or 2 hours. Honestly, you could fit in almost everything essential in that time – your ceremony and a few portraits with you, FI, your bridal party and family.
Post # 4
Can you ask your brother to just take a few formal shots of your family after your ceremony, then let him hang out? DH’s cousin is a photographer, and we didn’t ask him to shoot our wedding, but most of the shots he took with his simple little point-and-shoot digital camera we ended up liking better than our photographer’s shots! Turns out when he gets drunk, he takes thousands of photos, then wakes up the next day, edits them, and sends them around. If you could trouble your brother for just a few nice formal shots of your and your families, then he can just go hang out and enjoy the day and if he wants to take pictures, great, I think that’s a nice compromise that still lets him enjoy the day while getting you a few nice shots.
Post # 5
Thanks for your feedback! Both of you are right, we do really only need formal shots of maybe the ceremony and some group shots afterwards, so a couple of hours would be enough. I reckon my brother would probably be okay with that as then he’d be free at the reception to relax and enjoy himself, and I’m happy to rely on guests photos for the reception anyway, we’re thinking of putting cameras on the tables to the guests can have fun getting snap happy and we’ll have something to keep afterwards. I’ll most likely talk to my brother about it, he’s very upfront so if he had a problem with taking pictures he would tell me. If he’s happy to do it just for the important pictures, I will go that way. If not I’ll put out an ad just for a couple hours work 🙂
Post # 6
@TheLawrenceBride: That sounds like a good compromise. I didn’t have a photographer at the ceremony to save money and I don’t regret it. I love all of my guests but I didn’t need to pay hundreds of dollars to see them drinking and dancing. I don’t think those are the pictures you really save anyhow.