Post # 32
I think its just all going to depend on the individual person… I am sure that you will get some great pics no matter what but there may be a few specific situations where you will maybe have issues (especially if its darker or inside w low light)
Post # 33
The reality is, if you don’t have the money to hire a photographer, you don’t. Do your best to make it easy on her. Her gear probably won’t be sufficient so try and ensure she’s not in many low light conditions. Get as much light in to your church and reception as possible. Give her plenty of time to shoot. Make a list of family photos. Also don’t make your schedule too tight. A big part of my job as a professional photographer is making judgement calls that keep a wedding day flowing. She won’t have that ability. Pick easy spots to do photos. Do not use water or sky as backgrounDS. Stick to dense trees or bushes or a nice building. That will be easier for her to expose. Don’t do any jumping or trick shots that require exertion or may damage a building ( ie hotel room, reception hall etc) as she won’t be insured. Try not to set up anything in the reception room against a window. Backlighting is hard to balance if you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s all I can think of. Best of luck!
Post # 34
We are using two amateur photographers – but both are qualified and have trained as photographers.
Two reasons – one, I dont want cheesy, stock standard wedding photos… and I think posed photos are really lame. I want candid moments – you dont need to be a professional to take nice photos,especially the family friendly standard ones of everyone all together standing around.
Two – in 10 years you will laugh at how you did your hair and what your dress looked like anyway…. so why splash out on major photography? My parents didn’t – my grandparents certainly didn’t – so why buy into the commercialism of a modern wedding when you can get lovely photos at a fraction of the price or free.
Post # 35
@Rayray: thank you!!!! I agree totally!!
Post # 36
@Rayray: I see most of the cheesiest wedding shots from amateurs. Also, taking great candids is more difficult than setting up posed shots where you have control of the lighting and ambiance. Google WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association) to see real candid artistry.
Post # 37
I didn’t have a pro photog either. I love all of my wedding shots. The Great ones, the good ones, and the not so good ones. Look at it this way, at least you’ll have SOME pictures.
I bought 2 disposeable cameras and a guest recorded it so I didn’t expect high quality photos. People can say what they will, I just couldn’t do more. They might not be perfect but they’re our memories.
eta: a few pics
Post # 38
@mariematt: That’s your experience – mine is different.
And also my opinion, taste and perspective is that 99% of all wedding photography is cheesy – and false.
So I’ve made a decision – using people I know and trust – to avoid that – and I can’t wait. What a weight off my shoulders not to deal with in your face, pushy photographers – who will have to edit the photos anyway, using photoshop. Both my partner and I have photography experience – and both work in Advertising. I know what I want!
Post # 39
I agree you have to be realistic with your expectations as she is not a professional photographer and there is a real reason why the cost for wedding photography is so high. To be honest with you I had and still have very high expectations out of my wedding photography and whenever I see someone else’s beautiful photos I think to myself oh we missed that photo…. annoying, yes but my expectations are too high. We did hire a professional however she was the lowest package price we could find. So I agree if you can find a student photographer that has the skills to give you the type of photos that you are wanting from your wedding even for a couple hours you will releive some of the pressure on you SIL. We also had a back up photographer who was a high school student pursuing photography as a potential career attend our wedding so she could see what wedding photography looks like. She took some amazing photos and edited them all before she gave them to us. It was nice to have a second and different perspective. She has a great camera too however her battery died half way through the day. So keep that in mind too professionals have extra batteries or professional ones and more than one camera in case the first one fails on that day. They have a ton of memory cards and you are protected by a contract.
Ask yourself if it will damage your relationship or how much your heart will be broken if the pictures don’t live up to your standards?
Post # 41
@Rayray: I ‘m going to disagree with you. Anyone can take posed photos and have them look okay though maybe not great. Candid, well composed photojournalistic pictures are VERY HARD to do well without training and lots of experience. I hire photographers to work for me several times a week and I have sometimes just done it myself. There is no comparison and trust me, it’s harder than you think.
Post # 42
@SeaSalt: i also work with photographers on a daily basis. And they’ve trumped up their importance significantly in the last 10-15yrs by exploiting fearful and stressed brides. I’ve made an informed choice based on people I know and trust and my experience in media and advertising. My expectations, wants and needs are no
Post # 43
Having a good camera does not make you a photographer. Its just a tool, a tool one needs to know how to use. Its the person behind the camera that makes a photographer not the camera itself. Its amazing how many say they well “they have a nice camera”. Whipty do. Lots of people have nice cameras, heck they make amazing P&S cameras now a days. (not just this thread, you see this over and over again)
If I were in your shoes I would find someone else because this may strain your relationship. Id be more worried about a lifelong feud over bad photos. Straight up tell her you dont want it to cause problems in your relationship because its more important to you than photos and you want her to enjoy the wedding. Its a fact that working with a “friendor” is not a good choice most of the time. She can still take pictures just dont make her primary.
Good luck! 🙂
To add someone made a comment saying photographers are pushy and in your face.. What?? I dont shoot like that nor do I know a wedding photographer that does.(not saying they dont exist buts its not the norm) Most I know like me, you wont even notice us at the wedding. We are stealth and sniper like. 😀
Im glad you also think wedding photographers exploit fearful brides.. thats a lame comment. Advertising and media are not photography. I know that kind of business as well and its a pretty crappy thing to say. If we really want to talk about exploiting then lets talk about the media! My FH’s best bud has done it for 25 years and hes good at it. I have found advertisers VERY pushy and try instilling fear your business will fail without them.. pfft. They hound you, spam you, and are Extremely pushy.
Post # 44
Candid shots are really the hardest thing to capture. It takes patience, observation and a keen sense of timing. I’ll often wait 5 minutes to get the perfect candid shot. People are often talking, eating, laughing and your timing has to be perfect to get a good expression. You also need to understand the psychology of a crowd, scope your subject, be un noticed… You also need to be well equipped to shoot without being noticed. It requires a good telephoto lens. Mine cost 3000. It’s not just fluking in to a shot!
Post # 45
@Rayray: the number one thing I hear from parents and grandparents at weddings is ” I wish we would of had you at our wedding dear. We just have a few bad pictures our cousin took.” It’s fine if you don’t want to hire a pro but don’t justify it by trying to make people like me who pour our heart and soul iN to a career sound like crooks. Not called for!
Post # 46
do you have any money at all for a photographer? by moving my wedding date from march to feb, i saved over $2000 on the photographer of my dreams. check on off-season rates!