Post # 1
Disclaimer: this is a whine
I am just kinda bummed out that I have a lousy photographer and no videographer. The photographer was because it was a friend and initially we wanted to have a cheap wedding. Now, we’re having an expensive one at a beautiful venue and we have no one to record it:( I found a videographer I really liked but he is so over our budget (not that we have a budget for a videographer anymore anyway!).
I just feel kind off sad that we’re having this beautiful wedding and will not have any proper documented memory of it:(
Post # 3
Can you get a better photographer to complement your friend?
Post # 4
You can always try student photographers (you can have a second one!) and a student videographer.. it’s better than nothing! See if you can find one close by.
Post # 5
Have you thought about talking to your friend and saying that you’d like to have a professional photographer photograph your wedding? Your friend might have their feelings hurt, but they should understand. Obviously you’re concerned about their level of skill and expertise. Have you looke for a professional photographer in your area whose work that you like? They might be able to recommend videographers in your price range.
Post # 6
I really think you should mention to your friend that you want her to enjoy your wedding, and that after some budget changes you’ve decided to hire a pro. It’ll be awkward, but not nearly as awkward as hating your wedding photos would be!
Post # 7
That’s the thing. The friend IS a professional photographer (but in a small town) and to clarify further, she is more like an acquaintance (whom I like) rather than a very good friend. When I hired her, her contract stated that she does not work with other photographers and if potential clients are not happy with this, they should not hire her.
To be fair, her photos are OK (but really nothing special at all). She only cost us $750 which is a steal and more importantly, we’ve also paid most of it (unrefundable deposit). We can’t afford to lose that and certainly can’t afford to get a good photographer (few thousand more IF they are even still available…).
So yeah, I thought a good videographer would be a good compromise..but it’s just not in the budget:( I am so tempted to ask the videographer if he would consider lowering his price but he would probably be horribly insulted as my budget at most is like half his fee:(
Can’t have it all!
Post # 8
@redband: Does her contract allow for you to edit the photos? Editing can go a long way in making an “ok” photo into a stunner as long as the original has no issues with the basics (no crazy blurring or framing issues, photos not overly dark or blown out…etc.).
Post # 9
@redband: I am sooo sorry…this situation sounds awful. If I were you I would definitely fire the “friend” who sucks and hire someone else you like better even if it was for less coverage and a little more money. You said your wedding is expensive…is there anything you can cut back on even just a little? Honestly a good photographer will make any wedding look beautiful no matter how much was spent on it whereas a crappy photog can make a 100,000 wedding look like shit because they don’t know what they’re doing.
Post # 10
I’m so sorry! It’s hard, and everyone deserves a good whine about the cost of weddings! Do you have any guests who are non-professional but particularly good with photography? Maybe you could ask them to get a copy of their photos after the wedding and have more to work with.
Post # 11
@linguo42: that is innaccurate. you can’t edit an “ok” photo into a stunner.