(Closed) Can’t afford photographer…would like to see NON photographer shots plz

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1617 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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 # 5
361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Post # 6
805 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
7039 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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?

Post # 8
2294 posts
Buzzing bee
Post # 9
4831 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
1955 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
2639 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
6 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

@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
618 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2004

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 🙂

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