Post # 1
i really cant afford $300 for a photographer (i know its cheap but still) and i could use that money for better things. i have a degree in graphic design and can edit photos well. i’d like to see if anyone has photos that were taken by just family/friends and NOT a photographer that they may have edited themself. i love taking pictures but obviously i am the bride and not gonna spend my night taking pictures so id like to see what others have.
Post # 3
Not married yet, but I have seen some photos that brides said family members took (unedited) and some of them were really good… rivaled some of the pro shots imo. (Check bios here and on the knot).
Fi is a really good photographer and has knowledge and background in graphic design but he cannot take our wedding pics so i hired a pro but he is only charging $220. Maybe the photographer you had in mind could custom a package for you, maybe a couple of hours for half that price?
Post # 6
Can you ask someone to act as the official photographer as a gift? We had one person do that for us for our ceremony and another do it for the reception. It worked out great.
We also had a pro, but we were trying to keep our budget down so that worked out great for us! Especially since they felt more free to move around and get the best shot possible and knew we were okay with it, so we don’t have any odd angles or weird back of heads or like too dark shots from them trying to be discreet. Our chapel was super small and dim so we wanted them to have free reign! Ditto for the reception. And we got super lucky and another friend donated videography services!
Post # 7
You can only edit so much…poor focus, grain and noise, bad lighting and poor composition typically can’t be edited away from a JPEG (and most likely not even with RAW files). But, a $300 photographer may not be able to do much better. Do you have any friends or family who are genuinely into photography and have the equipment and knowhow to do this?
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We had a pro photographer, but here are some unedited shots from our guests so you can see the non-pro photos:
The biggest difference between teh non-pro and pro shots from the wedding was really the vibrancy of color and the shine off my dress.
For compairson here are a few of the pro photos:
Post # 10
We had a pro photographer (see previous posts for some of those photos) but also got some great shots from friends:
I think the place you can really see the difference is in low-light shots (getting ready and tent shots) and in the angles that friends vs pros take. See if any of your guests have an SLR camera–they do much better than the point and shoots. It’s definitely not the same as a pro, but you’ll still get some nice photos to remember the day.
Post # 11
A friend used my camera to take some photos of the day. Some of his photos are posted here. We also had a pro photographer, but she took 5 months to get a dvd of images to us. So I was glad to have the friend’s pictures since the photographer took so long.
Post # 12
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Since you have a graphic design background, what about trading design services for photography? Or would you be comfortable asking friends or family to chip in to pay for a photographer, ILO a gift?
Post # 13
@mnt.082011: We hired our friend who was taking a photography course. They turned out awesome and he did it just for dinner. So about $50. YOu might want to see if you can find someone locally who does photography as a hobby. ITs good for there resume and Ours turned out great!
Post # 15
I did not hire a photographer. I had a friend with a really awesome camera and solicited her help for the wedding and rehearsal dinner. The photos turned out awesome! They look professional to me, and all I had to do was buy her dinner 🙂 I don’t want to post them, just to keep some anonymity, but they really were excellent 🙂
Post # 16
wow everyone did not realize i had so many comments. my mother in law enjoys pictures. i also have 2 digital cameras i was gonna let a couple ppl take them and take pics. plus i kno ppl will prolly bring their own cameras and put them on facebook. i dont really care about an image being too big. as long as i can print a quality 8×10 i will be fine. i dont idolize myself and want a huge poster hangin on my wall. i have baby pix lol.
i think a student might be a good idea but what if i hate their pics. i would feel more comfortable with our own plus its a small wedding and it would prolly be awkward havin a stranger their. lol
my parents are helpin w/ some stuff but my mom doesnt even really care for the whole wedding thing. she got married in a courthouse so i dont like askin for money for my wedding.
it will also be light out, during the summer so that will help and that is both for ceremony and dinner. mainly i just want pics of ceremony, family and cake cutting, etc. simple.
thx for all the posts. a lot of the ones above can be just simply enhanced in photoshop. to dark..? adjust the levels and you can adjust the color and saturation. if it looks too bad in color just turn it black and white. lol i am hoping that it being outdoors and w/ plenty of sun they should turn out fine. if its sunny enough shouldnt even need the flash.
Post # 17
@gardendahlia: i think these turned out great. these look real. i like that. not like your tryin to be someone your not. if u get what i am sayin lol 🙂