Post # 1
This is only my second post. I’m getting married over Labor Day weekend in the Solarium in Decatur. We’re on a very tight budget, and we’ve decided to spend the bulk of our funds on food and alcohol – the stuff the guests will get to enjoy. My fiance thinks we don’t need a photographer at all and can rely on guests’ digital cameras (the horror!), but I’m determined to find someone who can be dedicated just to taking pictures on our day. I can’t spend more than $1,000 (which is more than our site rental!), and I know that for that price I’m not going to get 2 photographers, full editing, prints, etc. I’m just looking for someone who knows about lighting, etc. to capture the ceremony and party. So, does anyone have a suggestion for an Atlanta area photographer (or budding photographer or student) for under $1,000 or know of any resources for finding one?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
You can hire a photographer just for reception, may be 2-4 hours, it will get you professional shots of the reception and may be some formals. The rest of the day can be done by guests. I would call your area photogs and see what they can offer you for the amount of hours.
I know my photographer charges under 1k for 4 hours and she will give you a dvd. I believe that she travels too. If you’d like more info, shoot me email or message.
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2011 - AnthonyÃ¢Â€Â™s Fine Dining
My friend Evan is a photographer (he’s doing our wedding!) and he’s about to finish up photography school. I’m sure he’d be able to work with your budget. He always gives brides a CD with their pictures, instead of printing them. It saves you a lot of money to take them somewhere on your own, and then you always have the edited final pictures if you want to get more printed later on down the line. Here’s his photojournalism site: http://www.hamptography.com
His wedding site is under construction, but I’m sure he can send you some of his work if you ask for it. PM me if you want more info 🙂
Post # 5
Have you checked your local Craigslist postings? I live in California and have found that newish photographers will post ads for additional work or to add to their portfolio. Many of them are within your price range.
I did a quick search and found this: http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/evs/1802873279.html
If they have your date available, I suggest you be honest with them about your price range. Many will customize packages that meet your needs and budget. If they don’t have your date available, ask for referrals. The photography community is tight knit. Good luck!
Post # 6
Check these photogs out. All of their basic packages are under 1000.
Monica B Photography
Rebecca Bunch Photography
Splash of Life Portraits
Micah Williams PHotography
Dana Harrell Photography
The Long Farewell
Ana Rita Photography
I’ve never worked with any of them, so I can’t speak to their work, but I’ve just come across them in my research.
Post # 7
Is there any local colleges in your area that have photography courses? Students sometimes make the best photographers as they want to build their portfolio and won’t charge a fortune for their services.
Post # 8
You guys are incredible. I have so many leads and it’s been less than 24 hours since my question! I’ll let you know who I end up with…
Post # 9
try fixed focal photography. You get 2 photographers, Ashley & Jon for $895 for all day. They do full editing and send your pictures on a CD, they do enagement photos for $50 as a special. I am using them for my wedding in November we just had our e-pics done and they have been awesome. Tell them Beth referred you. I was in your boat to everything was out of my price range but when I stumbled upon them via reference from someone on the knot I felt awesome getting 2 photographers for less than I was going to spend for 1.
Post # 10
Id love to help you out. Send me a message and I will send you my site info.
Post # 11
If you have a local photography school around that might be a great avenue as well. My fiance and I were in quite a bind with finances and ended up hiring a student who had just graduated. We are paying around the same amount as you and we’re super happy with her soo far– she’s been great. I think with recent graduates and newbie photogs, you can get alot of extra creativity and when I saw my e-pics I knew she had spent loads of time on them because she’s still building her portfolio and its not “just another wedding/e-session/etc”
Make sure you’re looking closely at any of those craigslist or facebook pages where there is someone selling their photography services. I have a few people on my facebook who are selling photography packages to people and their work is AWFUL.
One last avenue that might be useful…. http://www.flickr.com look to see if theres a group local to you. I’ve come across many talented people on that site, and if you look for people in your area it might be helpful. You might also want to google your area and see if there is a camera club anywhere. I’m an amateur and belong to one but there are MANY pro photogs that are members as well!
Post # 12
The company we are using is pretty big and is based out of Baton Rouge. It’s Photography Shoppe. I met them at the ZYP bridal fair last summer. We are using them the same day, but they seem like a big enough company that you may be able to use them too. We get 2 photographers for 5 hours, and get the disk. It came out to right at 1k after taxes. Otherwise I’de try craigs list. There are alot of photographers who are trying to build up. Good Luck!
Post # 13
Beth, thank you, thank you, thank you for introducing me to Fixed Focal. Jon and Ashley are amazing artists, 100% professional, and awesome people. We really enjoyed meeting them, and we loved that they are so passionate about what they do. I am floored by how amazing our photos look, and I can’t believe what a deal they were. I hate to say it and ruin it for everyone else, but Ashley and Jon should be charging a lot more for what they do! We just had Jon taking shots, and he got to our venue early and captured everyone setting up, which was great because my family and friends did most of the decorating, so having their contributions recorded was very important to me. He seemed to be everywhere by looking at the photos, but he was so unobtrusive. Everyone thought he was really cool, and he captured the day perfectly as it happened, instead of posing us for hours, which is definitely not what my husband and I wanted. The candid shots are so flattering – all of our guests look great. Jon also got some really creative shots, and he really captured the emotions of the day, which ranged from me bawling reading a card from my husband to elation on the dance floor. Fixed Focal covered the whole event – we didn’t have to limit ourselves to x number of hours of coverage, so he was there for the decorating all the way up to the send-off. One of my friends even admitted that she was kind of jealous that I had such awesome photos – I think if she could she’d re-stage her wedding just to have Jon come photograph it. In short, Fixed Focal is awesome, whether or not you’re on a budget!