(Closed) Not using a pro photographer…Worried.

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 47
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Bumble bee

@Rayray:  That’s fine, and you can do whatever you like because it’s no skin off my nise, and not my wedding. But to suggest that taking candid photos is easy is erroneous. For someone to expect consistent quality candids from an amateur is setting themselves up for disappointment.  I work with several photographers (a few who do weddings as well as other contract work), and by far the best ones for capturing candids are the guys who worked for the press. It’s just a different skill–to anticipate, to frame under imperfect conditions, etc.

Again, do whatever you like, however please don’t suggest good candid photography is easy or tha anyone can do it.

Post # 48
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101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

PS my photos turned out fantastic – both the photography student and hobby-photographer did AMAZING work and even just the raw images are exactly what I was after.  All candid, relaxed and natural.

 

 

Post # 49
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101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@SeaSalt:    No not anyone can do it – but photographers are like wedding DJs – you all hate the idea of being replaced by someone who can do it cheaper or for free.

Striking the fear into the heart of a bride who can’t afford a professional is cruel and simply mean – and more from a photographers ego than any reality.

 

 

Post # 50
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Bumble bee

@Rayray:  I am neither a photographer nor DJ, but as an event planner, I value the work of good professionals. I am hardly “striking fear” in people. I am being honest and suggesting that people who opt out of professional photographers adjust their expectations. 

Post # 51
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We are not having a pro photographer. We just can’t afford it. We are having a friend of a friend doing our pictures. She has a high end camera and did my sisters wedding beautifully. It definitely helps ease my nerves that we have seen her work and know how she handles weddings. The only thing that still makes me nervous is that she still hasn’t sent me a contract and doesn’t need a deposite. It was the same thing for my sisters wedding and she ended up coming through for her, so I am trying to relax. I just like to have everyting confirmed in writing. 

Post # 52
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@SeaSalt:  Agreed.

Just because I own a hammer doesn’t mean I’m a carpenter. It’s the same thing with photographers, DJs, cake bakers, and any other professionals.

Post # 53
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548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I didn’t read all the comments, but my SIL did my pictures.  She has great equipment, and is a graphic artist, but had never photographed a wedding before.  The pictures came out FANTASTIC!!  Part of this is because she knows how to edit them later.  We also could not afford to pay someone, and she offered as a way to build her portfolio because she hoped to book more photography sessions and weddings in the future.  I get so many comments on the pictures, and after getting her business set-up, she has actually booked 5 or 6 weddings in the next couple of months.

You need to go into it thinking it could turn out bad if your SIL really doesn’t know what she’s doing.  If she’s what you can afford, go for it.  You may be pleasantly surprised.  We were.  We really didn’t care about the pictures and as long as we got one or two good ones, we were happy.  We got many more than that.

 

Good luck!

Post # 54
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1478 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

I would say at least hire someone who has experience taking wedding photographs, has studied and has a passion for photography. Ive found a photography student on Craigslist who has done lots of wedding pics and if i had their pics id be happy. Half these guys will be on the pro list in a decade or so. Yes its a risk but hey … ive seen professional photos come out bad  

Post # 55
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I went the amateur route but my photog had already assisted at a wedding & I really liked her overall work. She wasn’t a friend though so we did pay but she didn’t make much considering the amount of work she did.

I was so pleased with her work and I absolutely am in LOVE with my photos (& what they cost!). If you’re interested, here are part 1, 2 & 3

 

Post # 56
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121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsRugbee:  She did a fantastic job for someone who was amateur, you definitely lucked out!

 

Post # 57
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

As much as I am all for getting a Pro photographer (I wouldn’t settle for anything less than PRO for my wedding) I used to be an amateur wedding photographer myself and I’m grateful for those brides who gave me the opportunity to excel my hobby into something more. I didn’t charge anything for the first few weddings (I didn’t want the brides to lose out on anything incase I did a horrible job).

The thing you have to watch out for with Amateur photographers is that you’ll either get someone who is naturally really good starting off or someone who wants to get good but isn’t there yet. You have to understand that they ARE amateur, they will not be producing amazing work you see online by the Pros (unless you’re lucky). So you can’t complain afterwards if you receive photos that you aren’t happy with, that’s the risk you have to be willing to take when signing on with Amateur.

 

Post # 58
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101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@j-adore01:    This!  And there are ways to mitigate those risks through research, open and honest conversations, setting of expectations with the photographers, and most importantly with yourself!

I ended up with awesome shots from a student (but I had seen her university portfolio and my expectation was that she would produce some good work on the day – and she did) and unexpectedly awesome shots from 2 x hobbyists with long lenses that I didn’t even notice on the day. 

Plus my newly-professional photographer friend is taking us through all 32gig of his shots this weekend – the few I have seen are perfect.

Exceeded my expectations is a real understatement.

 

 

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