(Closed) Any photography students want to shoot my wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Worker bee

Where do you live? Cali, NY, Spain, Iceland? lol    This info would help get a response. You didn’t mention where, and at this time, your location is not showing up near your name either.

  I would recommend finding an up-n-coming photographer from Craigslist if possible.   A student isn’t likely to have the right equipment for a wedding, which usually involves “fast” lenses (2.8 or better).   They are lenses that work in low light, which is most wedding and receptions.  Maybe yours isn’t.

  A student also does not have the right experience, more than likely. Wedding photography is the hardest photography there is really, so it’s not for a total noob. It’s very fast paced, demanding, and often light changes from low to bright to low again all in a minute.

  Anyway–just my 2 cents.  : )

Good luck.

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Sorry, I disagree with the other response. I would contact a local college/university and ask a professor/director of the dept for a recommendation. 

A student nearing the end of their education, especially if they’ve done an internship should be more than capable of giving you great wedding pictures.

I would be leery of “up and coming photographers on craigslist”, unless they have a portfolio (that you are 100% sure is their work) and can provide several recommendations, along with the photos from those recommendations. Anyone can get on craigslist and purchase a nice camera (and even use pals as references), it wouldnt mean they have the training/skills you need.

If you do go with an amateur, you might ask them to do some engagement pictures for you so that you can be sure you like working with them and like their work. It might add a bit more cost, but would assure you that you’ve hired the right person (or give you time to look for someone else before the big day!) 

Post # 5
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546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Do you have Kijiji where you live?

We found ours from there.

Post # 6
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347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

You can always post over in the classifieds here on Wedding Bee along with your price range and see if someone will respond with a portfolio that suits you 🙂

Post # 7
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1932 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

where are you located? I am just starting to do weddings, I’ve done two so far, so I do have a portfolio.

but yeah look on craigslist, there are some INSANELY talented student photogs out there, just make sure you see their work, book an engagement shoot through them etc. 

I disagree… it’s not about having the right equipment, it’s about working with what you got. When I first started photography, I had to save for an DSLR, so I used a point and shoot. When I posted my pictures on FB people were stunned to know I used a regular day-to-day camera. If they’re a talented photog, they can make it work 🙂 just saying:) good luck!

Post # 8
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Worker bee

It’s not about having the right equipment?  Well, obviously it’s not ALL about the right equipment.  That’s why the second portion of my post up there was about experience. 

  As for equipment. Good luck shooting a dark wedding and dark reception without a 2.8 lens(or faster).   OK, so push the ISO on a Rebel to 1600, and use a kit lens of f4.5.   We’re talking major grainey now. (more like noisey) …and that’s if you even get the shot, since the camera may be struggling to even find focus at that point.

  Shoot a romantically dark reception without either some good bounce flash or a mono light or two, and you have very boring, possibly grainey, ugly photos.

…and as for a point and shoot camera, you can sometimes get better photos with that than you can a decent dslr, if you don’t have the right gear to go with the dslr. (fast lenses, lighting, etc) This won’t apply if the wedding is well lit, which is rare.

  If you can find a student who is talented, AND has the right gear, then there you go. A good choice in this case.  Students can also RENT better equipment for a wedding if needed.  Top L-series Canon lenses and lights can all be rented online for $45.    So, talented student + the right gear=good deal for you probably.

Post # 9
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1932 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I did not mean to make this into an argument, but I was saying that good equipment doesn’t make a photographer. Yeah if it’s dark it’s nice to have some better equipment but there are ways around it as well. anyway I’m not getting into an argument about photography lol. That’s silly

Post # 11
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1932 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

You could do that but I also suggest craigslist. you can find some great people there.

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