(Closed) Anyone not have a professional photographer?

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

We are not having a professional. We have a college friend taking photos for us. I think you’ll probably want more than just random pics. Even if you had someone you appointed to take photos. Is there anymore you know that is somewhat photo savy and would do you a solid. Or make a facebook post. Maybe someone knows a friend of a friend.


Post # 18
1837 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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@MrsPanda99:  same. i def wouldn’t want to go without a professional photographer

Post # 19
503 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We’re using a photography student… She has a few years of experience and an impressive portfoloio but since she’s a student she’s WAYYYYY cheaper than everyone else. I’m crossing my fingers she knows what she’s doing!

Post # 20
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

My brother and sister-in-law were on a very strict budget and did not have a professional photographer. My fiance, brother-in-law, and aunt all took pictures with decent cameras, and they were happy with the results. Did all the pictures look professional? No, of course not- though some really did (at least to non-pro eyes like us!) But they really just wanted pictures to remember their day, not as artwork….I don’t know a better way to explain that, so hopefully it makes sense. Basically I mean they weren’t too concerned with anything stylistic, and just wanted to document the day.




I think it all depends on your expectations of the pictures and want you whatt them to capture. That said, I agree with a lot of PPs that there could be someone out there for that price. Good luck either way!


Post # 21
3173 posts
Sugar bee

Where are you located? Mine was great. Four hours, sharing rights, photographers release and a CD of images for $550+$75 for editing. I took a risk and it paid off.

Post # 22
394 posts
Helper bee

@HoneysHoney:  Where are you located? I am sure there are some Bee’s on here in your area that can make some suggestions on photographers for you to contact 🙂


Post # 23
815 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@atomic:  +1  I was going to say the same thing.  Post your location, I bet someone can help!


Post # 24
2868 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m not having a professional photographer, but we have a family friend and his daughter who are both SERIOUS photographers who specialize in portraits who will be covering the wedding.  I am slightly worried about it, but I think it’ll end up working out great.  But that doesn’t help you if you don’t have any such friends… have you looked for student photographers on Craigslist or something?

Post # 25
996 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are using a student photographer. Her work is amazing but since she’s just a student she can’t charge too much. We are very happy with her so far.

Post # 26
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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@continuumphotography:  +1 perfect advice. If she can find someone still available in maybe the starting price $2k -$2500 range (the range where youll start to see real pros) they might be willing to go down to $1500 for just a few hours of coverage and a disc since its so last minute. It’s definitely worth asking and it might work out perfectly for her to just have guests cover the end of the reception and start of getting ready pig need be.


Post # 27
893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

my friend, who has a degree in art from a very respectable school, got hired to shoot a wedding for $500. it was her friend’s friend and she’s not a “professional photographer” (although with many years of art training, she has a wonderful eye for shots) so she did do it, but she totally undersold herself. the photos were really beautiful, just as good as any worthy photographer. she was expecting at least $1000, but the couple only offered $500. they got a real bargain.

maybe look into art students/new graduates with a photography hobby? or students in general, just be sure to look at their portfolios and see if you like the style.

Post # 28
3400 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m not going to say the price I am paying for my photographer because I promised her I wouldn’t since she gave me a great deal & I plan on doing a recap later, but let me say that I paid less than you & our photog is a high end professional & does amazing work.

We are getting about 4 hours of coverage & she is going to give us the flash drive with all edited images (she estimated roughly 200-300).

The reason we got her for such a good deal, despite her starting rate being $2,100 is because we just emailed her & were honest about our initial budget. She later told me that she could just tell we would mesh well & she knew it would be a wedding she would enjoy, plus she has never photographed my venue before & would love to get on their preferred vendor list.

Ultimately, she said that she was willing to work with me because I seemed to understand that her typical rate is well-worth it (instead of beginning an email by telling her she is too expensive) but that I just did not have that in the budget, & after we told her we aren’t taking a Honeymoon, she genuinely believed that if we had the money, we would have paid her full price.

Anywho, I hope that perhaps by using some of these tips, you can find a photographer is willing to work with you in your budget, because it really is worth it. I’m so glad I found mine & didn’t go with an amateur like I initially was going to.  

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