(Closed) Wedding Photography need under 1k pictures or video or diy ideas (Central MA)

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Mrs Christopher:  Try contacting a nearby college to see if there are any students who are majoring in photography or have at least had advanced photography courses.  Also check to see if there are any student film makers who might be able to video tape your wedding.  Students will usually do things at a low price for the experience and to build a portfolio.  Check out craigslist and similar places for someone who is starting off in the business.  I’ve seen ads for free wedding photography or only a few hundred dollars from people who are just starting out in the business.  Also, I’d see about going to any and all wedding fairs in your area and entering all photographer and videographer contests, you might be able to win a package from an area pro!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Good side business until you realize how much it actually cost to be a “real photographer” and how much work actually goes into it. Photography doesn’t seem like a priority to you and that’s OK. It’s not for everyone. I would start with Craigslist and then hit up the schools. Look for someone who is building their portfolio. Someone who is willing to make less then minimum wage when all said and done for a weeks worth of work, but needs to build a portfolio and so they do it. We all pay our dues to get a foot in the door. 

 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

+1 for Craigslist

You can find some folks just starting out that are willing to work for lower rates.  I would definitely really check out their portfolio just because someone is just starting out doesn’t mean they cannot take wonderful pictures for you.  If you are looking for someone to do just the formals for you, see if you can find someone that has done more portrait style shots if you want someone who can do other parts of the wedding maybe look for someone that has done second shooting for a bigger name photographer.  Everyone has to start somewhere, some of the Craigslists folks have some experience just not enough to call for $2000-3000 for a wedding. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@PizzutiStudios:  That’s not always true. My sister is a photographer and she’s talented but young, many times she charged under 1k and made packages to fit the budget of the bride. She def. still made more than minimum wage and delivered beautiful images. Not “uncle Bob playing around with his best buy dslr” images. 

But sorry OP, she doesn’t live in MA :/

Post # 7
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Busy bee

@LuLuInLove – I’m not talking about just shooting the wedding. There are lots of things that contribute into the time to shoot a wedding. A huge bulk of that is editing, corresponding with the couple, cost of deprecation of your equipment. Then the cost of any products delivered. DVDS and cases still cost money, hosting a website to post the images for the B+G to proof cost time and money, backing up the photos on a HD space cost money. 

Post # 9
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692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@PizzutiStudios:  Well, I see you edited and re-worded your original post so that it sounds a little better. I get where you’re coming from. 

But yea, she does all of that except the hosting the images part. Most brides are willing to not have their images hosted if it means cutting costs.

She gives them a discs/cases (she buys them in bulk) of edited images for the couple to look over. She then changes something if needed or if the couple wants she has them come over to view them with her or both.

All I’m saying is, there is a way to have beautiful pro photography without making minimum wage if you’re willing to work with the bride.

OP, you can definitely find someone, good luck with your search!!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Mrs Christopher:  With all of our nearby Worcester colleges, I bet you could totally find a photography student! 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Posts like this make me cringe a little.  Until you try and run a legit full time professional wedding photography business you’ll never know how expensive it is to have a small business.  I don’t care where you live in the USA, it’s impossible to do this full time and charge less than $1000 per event, have business insurance, maintain thousands of dollars in professional equipment, pay taxes, health insurance, etc… and still put food on your table.  I’m not stating this to argue whether or not the OP should spend more and/or can afford more for wedding photography.  Photography has a tremendous value to some, and what professionals charge isn’t ridiculous.  There is a great value to hiring someone to shoot your wedding that doesn’t treat this as a side business.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Mrs Christopher:  Best of luck! I’m sure you’ll find a way 🙂

And sorry for these people who are on the bee mostly to self-promote and not to encourage and be supportive. They can “cringe” all they want and think it’s impossible but it really isn’t.

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