(Closed) Asking photographer if hobby photographer friend can also shoot the wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

mrsspooky :  Nope, it actually goes against my contract and like most others mentioned I don’t know any other professional that would allow it either.

In the wedding photography industry, it’s considered pretty unethical to photograph a wedding you were not the hired photographer for and use the images in your portfolio. The reason being is that your friend didn’t do ANY of the legwork to book your wedding. Your photographer has expenses that go with keeping their business running so they can book clients like you. They spend hours maintining their website, social media presence, cooresponding with their clients, and helping you throughout the process. Your friend showing up and using images for his/her portfolio is basically decieving potential clients into thinking he was the contracted photographer for the event. Furthermore, him posting images can hinder your hired photographer when it comes to advertising and publication submission. What happends when your friend decides to use YOUR wedding images on his website portfolio or marketing materials, and a future bride sees the same wedding posted in different places? It looks very poorly to future clients because it becomes a game of “who stole the images”. 

All that aside, the logistics of a wedding day are hectic and fast-paced. My assistant is a seamless extension of me – and while I call the shots, she already knows what her job is for the day. We can read each other, and stay out of each other’s way. Your friend, no matter if they think they won’t be in the way, will absolutely get in the way. 

Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

We hired a professional photographer, but I also had a friend who is a tallented amature and wanted to shoot the wedding. 

I just casually told the photographer, “Heads up, I have a friend who loves taking pictures and will be snapping a lot of shots, and she has already promised to stay out of your way. Hope that’s cool.” I didn’t make it into a ‘thing’, so it wasn’t a ‘thing’. 🙂

Post # 18
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Blushing bee

thats a huge “no”… get your friend to do a second session with you in your wedding clothes on another day… 

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