(Closed) Anyone NOT hire a photographer?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 47
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I hired my friend that is an aspiring professional photographer. She’s never done a wedding before but has done many engagement photos for close friends. She’s doing it for dirt cheap and is very talented so I feel ok about it.

 

A coworker of mine also suggested craigslist or local colleges for aspiring photographers trying to build their portfolios. It depends on how important pictures are to you. I don’t care much about the reception pictures besides first dance and cake cutting, but the outdoor pictures after the ceremony I care about, luckily my friend has the eye for portraits and outdoor lighting.

Post # 48
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

My friend did not. She had the “services” of an amature who though of herself as a pro foisted upon her. Seriously, there was no way my friend could say “no” without seriously jeopardizing her fiance’s career. So this person, with her fancy digital camera, took the wedding photos. The problem was that the entire ceremony was backlit with natural light. It was a very challenging lighting situation, and all of the regular guest photos turned out poorly because of the lighting situation. Guess what? So did this amature’s. My friend has no clear photos of her ceremony or reception because the lighting was challenging and no one knew how to use their fancy cameras well enough to compensate for it (and it would probably have required some additional equipment, which, again, ametures just don’t have).

I can only share the experience that I saw my friend go through. She is still bummed about it a little, and it’s been more than 2 years since her wedding. In the end, only you can decide how important photos are to you and how high your risk tolerance level is.

Post # 49
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My sister made the mistake of asking a family friend who wanted to expand her portfolio. She offered to do it for free. It’s not that the quality of pictures are terrible, but she didn’t really get any good poses. There’s one where my sisters hair is all in her face. There are none of me (MOH) and sister looking directly at camera. 

Now I will say that she asked our (now) former uncle to do it and he said no b/c it was too much pressure. I think if he did it that it would have been fine becaue he’s pretty good.

Just be careful. I would still try and go to photogs. I met with one who offered us just a CD of photos for a discounted price. If my budget was super tight, I’d do that. 

Post # 50
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@starfish0116:  Thank-you! It’s so nice to hear of others who have done this without regrets. We totally understand what to expect from our photos and are confident that they will meet our needs. The hard part is feeling like we have to justify ourselves to others (family, friends) because its not the ‘done thing’. 

Post # 51
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

This is from the perspective of an older, second time bride. For my first wedding we had tons of pictures. From those pictures we had books made for both sets of parents and my grandmother.  I know one of those books was lost when one set of parents broke up a few years later, and the other is buried somewhere. Neither was ever looked at again after the first year.  My grandmother’s doesn’t look like it was ever opened. 

 

 

 

We framed one 5×7, and left that up for awhile until our family pictures over shadowed it and we felt we looked dated. I haven’t seen that picture in years.

 

 

 

Now that I am getting married again I hired a photographer for before the wedding, to take family portraits since our daughters will be here and dressed up. The photographer will leave before the ceremony.  I know I won’t frame ceremony pictures, so snap shots from family work for me.

 

Post # 52
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We will not be hiring an expensive wedding photographer for our wedding. And yes, wedding photographers are absolutely a lot more expensive because it is a wedding. I hire photographers all the time for the type of work I do and they are never, ever as expensive as wedding photographers. This is for 8 hour, on location shoots. 

You’ll only get sucked into the wedding industrial complex if you let it happen!

I have my eye on a friend’s daughter who would be my first no choice regardless. She takes primarily concert and current events photos but has done some weddings. 

We may very well go without a photographer due to budget constraints. I’m fine with that. I’m sure eople will take lenty of pictures, particularly if we encourage it!

 

Post # 53
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

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@Rachel631:  Just posting to say I cannot cannot canNOT believe that’s the response you got… yet at the same time based on other posts I’ve seen, I can totally believe that that’s the response you got… jeez.

Post # 54
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Fluffmallow:  In my last wedding I just relied on guest shots….I was extremely happy. This time around I am hiring a girl who is starting out in the business…she has done several weddings, kids, all sorts actually..I wasnt going to hire anyone at all as I do not see the point BUT I happened to see her advertisement and thought it was a great deal so I am going that route. So between her and guest shots I think I will be happy…to be honest all I want is a couple really nice shots…I do NOT want a load of pics…

Post # 55
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@remijp:  Wow I love this! You just summed up exactly how I feel:)

Post # 56
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@Rachel631:  yep I had the same experience on these boards….extremely arrogant and rude to say the least…which then brings out the worst in me of course.lol…

Post # 57
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I went on craigslist and found a family/baby photog who was just starting to branch out into weddings, so she offered her services at a discount. $900 for two shooters, 8 hours of coverage, and up to 500 edited hi-res images with reprint rights. She has several weddings before mine so she’ll have good experience before our day arrives. Most photogs in my area are charging $2k+ so I am glad we got such a great deal. Craigslist, local art schools, etc. can get you decent photography at a budget-friendly price.

Post # 58
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

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@MxH13:  “

“EVERYONE has a digital camera nowadays. And your wedding pics will be shared via facebook or just ask people to send you a disc!”

Personally I don’t care whether or not photography is important to someone, or whether or not they have the budget to hire a professional.  I don’t judge – I didn’t hire a professional when I got married and I very much regret it, but I definitely understand the mindset.  But your statement that everyone has a digital camera is implying that the camera is the main factor in a good photo and that’s simply not true.  I have a hammer in my toolbox but I’m not a carpenter. 

 

Post # 59
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

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@lifegirl:  Totally, right? I mean, what next?

Because I can’t afford an Armani babygrow, I should sterilise myself immediately rather than have children?

Because I can’t afford a Mercedes Benz, I shouldn’t drive at all, and I should take the bus instead?

Because I can’t afford an 8 bedroom mansion, I should live in a cardboard box at the back of Tescos until I can?

It just makes no sense. In what other area of life would anyone ever say to you “if you can’t afford the best/most expensive, you should just go without everything altogether”? Put it this way… if I decided not to get a job because I was waiting to be offered a top management position, and only that would do, I think I would be waiting for a really long time!

Post # 60
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I haven’t read everyone’s responses but I am just going to post on my experience with finding a wedding photographer. 

 

My wedding isn’t even a budget wedding it is a “whatever we can afford” wedding. 

 

I do not work, and my Fiance is working two minimum wage jobs to pay for this wedding (and other things) so we put money towards the wedding when we can. 

 

We do not have a caterer, and paid for the venue in full by ourselves. We have no outside help. Which is totally fine, it is an intimate wedding with family and a few close friends. 

 

I began looking for a photographer to see how much I should save up, but the lowest cost I could find was $3,000….Well….Our venue doesn’t even cost that much, and we literally even if we saved up for one year could not afford the photographer on top of other wedding “essentials.” Hiring a photographer was simply out of the question and couldn’t be possible for us to obtain without pushing the wedding back at least another 2 years! 

 

So we began asking our family and friends if they had enough photography background to take some nice pictures of us on our wedding day. Luckily we found an old friend who has been doing photography as a hobby for the last 10 years, he has all the software, professional camera etc. and we’ve seen his work it is absolutely beautiful. We lucked out that we found someone in our guest list who could do this for us! 

 

The same goes for a videographer….The prices gave me a shock, and instead asked a friend of ours who went to college for video production and media to video tape our wedding. Again…We really lucked out, and we’re glad to be surrounded by such talented, amazing people. 

edit: I put paragraphs in here but they are not showing up. I am sorry.

Post # 61
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@solidarity:  you are 100% correct that a wedding is going to cost you more much  than commercial. Hopefully. . I shoot both. When I shoot 8 hours commercial that is almost always artificial light I control. Much less editing time. As well, my consultation time with clients is maybe 2-3 hours. In total, an 8 hour commercial shoot is about 12 hours work. With wedding clients, I book then anywhere from 24-12 months in advance and continue to work with them anywhere from 3-24 ( I’ve had slow pokes) months after their weddings to order prints, albums etc. Thats on averge 2 years of working with a client. Innumerable hours of consultation, editing, etc. Of course it will cost you way more. Comparing commercial vs wedding is apples and oranges. A commercial shoot is being passed on to a graphic artist. Half the time i just hand them my raws. A wedding is being passed on to a consumer. It needs to be fully finished and walked through. It’s just not the same thing. My average wedding is over 100 hours of work. 

 

 

 

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