(Closed) Not using a pro photographer…Worried.

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you want another person to take photos aswell, just reassure her they are not there to take her place. I.e while she is with you taking the important getting ready shots the other person can be with the boys getting important shots of them. That you are purely doing this to try capture every last detail and to have someone there for when she is somewhere else.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@mariematt:  +1

Even a photographer who has just finished his photography course/degree and is looking to build his/her portfolio can be an affordable option. They will have the skill set, and will usually be willing to go above and beyond to capture really good photos to add to their portfolio.

I went with this option and I’m really happy with the sneak peaks my photographer has sent me.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@peachbaby4008:  If you find a pro within your budget and don’t want to offend her, tell her that you want her to enjoy the wedding as a guest and not just through the camera lense. I shot my brother’s wedding and honestly didn’t enjoy it much because I hardly had a moment to sit down and eat.

I’m not having a pro so I’m certainly not telling that you need to, but I think other posters are right in that you need to know your expectations, what you hope you’ll get from her, and what her expectations are as well.

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@peachbaby4008:  Has she had any experience with weddings?

If you get a pro, one thing you could say to her is she needs to be in the family portraits so she cant take those ones!

Post # 21
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2334 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@mayahpay:  Was your photographer also a wedding guest or just a non-pro that you asked to take pictures?  These are 2 different issues.

Post # 22
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449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My aunt and uncle have generously given their talents to me. My uncle is trying to get into photography and he will be doing the pictures for the wedding. This save us so much money, but I understand being worried. I’ve only met my uncle a few times. (They live in a different state and my aunt married him only a couple of years ago) so it’s kinda wierd asking him for things. I’m just trying to stay positive and remember that it’ll be okay. 

 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

No photographer has any business practicing at someone’s wedding.  There are so many potential things that can go wrong, there are simply no do-overs and it is a challenging type of photography.  Having the right tools (such as a “high end” camera – which is very subjective) is just one aspect of being able to perform the task.  She needs TWO high end cameras, MULTIPLE high end lenses and flashes, and that’s just the equipment side of things.   The close releationship of a sister in law is even another can of worms I wouldn’t want to touch.  Obviously you have to do what you have to do when you can’t afford pros, but it’s really important to set your expectations very low.  After the wedding is over she’s still your sister in law.

Post # 24
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’d say shop around.  Look and see if there are any photographers that you like that could just shoot your wedding for a few hours (i.e. just the ceremony and getting ready, or part of the reception), or that offer smaller/less expensive packages.  Then at least you could get some pro pics as well as the pics from your SIL.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@BooRadley:  She was always going to be a guest, but her roles just changed when she became the photographer. 

Post # 27
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

I am having my aunt and uncle do our wedding photos, neither are pro photographers, but both take lots of photos with very high end cameras. I agree with PP who suggested getting her to take an engagement shoot. My aunt took engagement photos of us and they turned out great, she and my uncle also did my parents’ wedding photos 🙂

Post # 28
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701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@peachbaby4008:  I’m glad you are feeling better about it. Here are a few of the pictures from my wedding 🙂

 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

What if you hired a pro just for a couple of hours? Ask around and see if there is anyone that offers a short time period of coverage – even if it’s just for the ceremony and some bride & groom & wedding party photos immediately afterwards – have your SIL shoot the rest! 

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My biggest regret is not hiring a pro photographer for my rehearsal dinner where we did a traditional chinese tea ceremony.  I convinced myself that it was fine for my Maid/Matron of Honor just take photos on her DSLR.  While the photos are great, there just aren’t that many of them and definitely not professional level quality. 

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