Post # 1
I know this isn’t an “ideal” circumstance to most of you, but I am simply planning my wedding on a budget. Not a very large one (budget), either. I basically had to choose between either feeding my guests or having pro-pictures taken of them (we’re starting out from scratch, so we’re also saving up for more important necessities like furniture and things). I am also having a Destination Wedding, so I cannot travel to meet with vendors, and I cannot fathom spending $2000+ (for four hours) on a photographer who I cannot fully trust to deliver quality work/quality attitude. I know a lot of people who have gotten married recently and used amateur “friendor” photogs and have gotten some great pics. I know there have to be some of you who have done the same, right? If you didn’t use a pro-photog (or if you got some non-pro pics at your wedding aside from pro-pics), please show them off to me here!
Post # 3
Ok so, my sister in law got married last year. She was looking for a cheap photographer also. I knew a girl who worked at the local camera shop who did photograohy and used photoshop (a must). She charged 800$! and tons of beautiful pics.. I have two that i can share
so maybe consider going to a local camera shop (in canad we have henrys and blacks) make sure they have photoshop background and ask to see some of their pictures!! 🙂 hope that helped
Post # 4
my friend got married recently and used a friendor. her friend apparently used to work as a photographer and offered to do her pics as a wedding present. she had no complaints with her photos. of course her photos were not high quality like a high end pro, but they met her expectations and so she was happy. i believe there are plenty of positive friendor stories but you don’t hear about them so much because i think people only post about it when they have a horror story to share. do keep in mind that you are at a greater risk for becoming a horror story. have you thought about hiring an amateur looking to build their portfolio?
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@Trish2211: Was that a typo or did she really charge $800 for those pictures?
I was shocked when I first started looking for photographers too. I couldn’t imagine spending $3,000+ on pictures so I took to Craigslist. I posted an add listing all of the things that I was looking for in our photographer and how much I was looking to spend (less than $1000). I got a ton of bullshit replies from those “fauxtographers” but I also got a reply from a man telling me about his son in law. He said that his daughter and son in law recently relocated to my area and that he was in the process of setting up his shop. He was a photographer in western NY so he had tons of experience, he just wasn’t well known in my area. I decided to give the guy a chance so I contacted him. After looking at his online galleries and meeting in person to view some more of his work we were sold. His style was exactly what we were looking for.
We booked our photographer for $900 which included 8 hours of coverage, all images fully edited and given to us on a disk, a password protected online gallery for our guests to view and full rights to the pictures. Because we booked him early so we were able to lock in this incredible pricing. Now his packages start at $2000 and go up from there. We didn’t get any prints with our package but since we have full rights to the photos, I can print whatever I want for a fraction of what photographers would normally charge (it’s like $6 for 1-5×7).
I posted a short pro pic recap with a few of our pics. Feel free to take a look.
ETA: I should probably clarify, our photographer was very much a professional we were just able to lock him in at an incredible rate. With some research, I bet you’ll be able to find a pro for less as well.
Post # 8
I used a friendor who was jut getting into photography- i think i was the first wedding she shot by herself. your in the NC area right? where are you getting married?
here are a few pics: I started a recap but never finished 🙁 and here is our TTD session we did with her as well.
Post # 9
@dynamic_duo: Honestly, I do agree with this. We hear so so many horror stories about friendors etc that I would be very very careful with this. Maybe you can luck out like @CaitMarae
did. It’s just that those are the exceptions to the rule. Also, since you are getting married next year, you have a lot of time to do a lot of searching. Just make sure you keep away from some of those big box places that seem cheap but you are not sure about the quality of their work (think: The Pros). Good luck in your search. Photography was important to me so I had to move things around to afford it.
I love your pics!
Post # 10
@BeeM: Thats kind of mean. The posters in this thread are posting their photos because they love them even though they hired non pros. It doesn’t benefit anyone to say what you did.
Post # 11
Look on facebook in your area! I found a girl who is not an amateur, but rather just starting out in her business and I will be getting my engagements photos, 2 photographers day of, 500pics day of, and all of the printing rights for $700. This way you can find someone who is helping you, and you are helping them by building their portfolio. I live in the Tampa Bay area of FL and here is the link if you just want to look.
Post # 12
@Pinksapphire: I’m in the same boat as you, only my venue is requiring us to use their “professional” photographers, who do really poor work. However, knowing this going in, we are hiring my best friend’s sister to shoot our wedding since we can’t have our own professional and doing it would nullify and invalidate our wedding and cruise contracts. She is a senior in a competitive BFA Photography program and as a result, “comes cheap”.
She wasn’t looking for your “professional critique”. We all know from all of your other posts that you will always suggest a professional all the way because it is your bread and butter. However, sometimes that is not an option for all of us with extenuating circumstances be them financial or vendor/venue related.
Post # 13
@BeeM: I have to agree with MrsMcGryo on this one….I’m very thankful for the help you gave me, but I’m not sure that comment was necessary. The OP very clearly stated that she cannot afford a pro photog and was asking for examples of people who were happy with their non-pros. They did not post photos to be criticized – they are happy with their pics and I think it was a bit mean to openly criticize them like that.
I think you probably could have just pm’d the OP to let her know issues with those photos.
OP, you could probably try a photog just starting out or even a photography school student – as long as you realize they aren’t going to be super-high quality photos.
Not all of us can afford to get a dress at Kleinfeld’s. Some of us will end up being perfectly happy with our David’s Bridal dress 🙂
Post # 14
@Mrs.Darling: I suggest professionals because I read a new horror story on this board every single day. I suggested pros to people before I ever became one and turned down work because I knew I wasn’t ready to provide people the quality they deserve for an event as important as the wedding day. I just don’t want to see any of the people posting here coming back in tears and absolutely devastated by the photos they have to remember their wedding day.
My advice for folks on a budget is to try to find a pro and get limited coverage/no add ons. 4 hours of great photography with the rest of the night captured by friends is far better than having zero printable images.
Post # 15
I had a friendor do mine. There are definitely a couple of shots I’m bummed didn’t turn out, but even people who spend $$$$ have that problem. Thankfully other friends shared photos with me that captured those moments.
My pictures are definitely not super high quality, but for $300 they are perfect for me.
Post # 16
@bRooklynRocks: Thanks! there is def a drawback from using a non-pro like for instance the pic of me putting my lip liner on – there is an ugly hanger in the background – and those cords… something a pro might have been able to crop out but i still look nice and the quality isnt horrible. For me it was perfect. we paid $500 for engagement, bridals (which was great because i got to work with her prior to the wedding) and my wedding photos as well as the rigthts to all the prints. thats the perk of having a “friendor” but you have to be ok with the inconsitancies and realize that there may be photos you dont like. There were def a few shots missed but i dont blame her, it was her first time shooting a wedding alone and in a catholic church which always has crazy photography guidelines to follow. but overall i was extremely happy with my pictures and i have more frameable ones than i know what to do with or have room for.