Post # 1
Okay, so I am having a really hard time deciding what to do about photography! All I want is a few shots with fiance and family. I don’t want any real artsy photos and don’t really want random reception pictures. I do not want what you typically see in photographer galleries! I just want simple, posed, but casual shots! Now I think if I asked a professional photog. to do this, they would, but I don’t have the budget in any shape or form for most prof. wedding photog. It seems silly to break the bank when I really do want shots that most photog. students could handle. I asked on my local board about whether or not any bees would hire a student photographer, but I want to open it up to the entire hive. All I want is a raw cd!
So, do you think hiring a student for what I’m looking for and on a very bare budget is a practical solution?
Post # 3
Yes, I think that’s the best way to go. If that’s really all you want, I think you’ll be overpaying with any professional photographer. I think you could find a student photographer looking to build his/her portfolio who would do that for under $1,000.
Post # 4
We found a young photographer who is working on getting his business off the ground and who desperately needs to beef up his portifilo. His work is definitely edgy and we like that. We are getting 2 hours of photography, editing of 25 pictures and the CD with all the raw pics for $250.
Post # 5
Absolutely. I posted an ad on Craigslist for an “Up and coming photographer” looking to build their portfolio and I got so many hits. You will be surprised! I think the cheapest I found for 8 hrs on wedding day, bridal and e-pics plus cds was about $1200 and what they already had in their portfolio was not bad at all. If you are not even looking for the e-pics and bridal portraits or that many hours of coverage, I don’t see why you could not get it at a very affordable price. Less than $1000 for sure. I saw packages between $600-900 also for the minimal stuff. Another thing is I don’t now if it is the economy or they have always been like this, but every photographer I have contacted is very eager to customize a package for you that will meet your needs. Try Craigslist!
Post # 6
Honestly, the posed “formal” shots are the hardest. Not only do you have to know all about light, location, etc., you also have to know about posing. Which is hard. Before you completely back out of looking for a pro, search a bit for one who offers smaller packages where you get a smaller number of hours of coverage. Like 3-4. If you see a photographer whose work you like, ask them if they know anyone who would be able to help you. Lots of photographers work with 2nd shooters who would love to be the primary shooter of your wedding.
Post # 7
if you just want people taking pictures of you guys standing in a line, then just get your uncle to shoot. Anyone can take those.
if you truly want a “posed” shots, with group posign and lighting and stuff, you’re still better off with someone who knows how to shoot and light and work with people and make sure eyes are open etcetc
Post # 8
If you want to keep it real simple in the shots, and being on a tight budget, then absolutely you should be able to find someone. I get the impression that by “posed” you just mean “lined up” and reliably photographed. Students is one route to go, local camera clubs can often have well experienced photogs who don’t normally do weddings, even camera stores too….the potential downside is “hiring” someone like that probably doesn’t have a contract, which I would still suggest having, and it’s harder to be confident that any possible “flakiness” or inability to deal with equipment issues won’t rear its ugly head till it’s too late. (you see what some go through with “professionals” on here?). If you really do want it that simple…then I might suggest to do your best in securing someone that might be able to pull off what you are looking for – but at the same time have a back up plan by others being around with cameras ready….
Post # 9
I have found that most photographers are pretty willing to work with you with the current economy being what it is. I have also seen a lot of photogs whose website include “a la carte” photography. Instead of buying one of their packages you can buy photogrpahy by the hour. I would just explain what you are looking for and give some people the opportunity to work with you on that. You might be surprised!