(Closed) Did anyone NOT use a pro-photographer? Show me your non-pro pics!

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Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1993

@BeeM: I think a lot of those horror stories are either the photog not being what they said they were/would do, or the customer expecting too much from them.

If the OP realizes (and it seems she does) that she is not going to have high-end photos and is ok with that – and sees enough examples from her chosen photog to feel comfortable with them, she will be ok.

And honestly, if she comes back next Aug/Sept with a thread on how horrific her photos were, I’ll be the first to link this thread and tell her ‘don’t say you weren’t warned’. Unless, of course, the photos really were horrific, as in pictures of feet or wall the whole day Tongue out

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@hisgoosiegirl: I agree with you – my perspective is that no one else here was warning her so I did. now we can say “you’ve been warned”. Tongue out

Post # 19
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Sugar bee

I had thought about having a friend who does photography, but not generally weddings too often do it for next to nothing. But I am glad I didnt. 

She still took all the photos like she was hired, but I had hired a professional as well.

Looking at both sets of photos, it is very clear the difference in quality of the photos. Hers are “OK” and if I was on a really tight budget and the option was her or nothing, it would have sufficed i suppose.

Hers were too far away, not artistically done, lighting was off and it was often too dark or blurry (result of not the right camera), things were often in the way of the shot like a column or a sconce etc (stuff she should have seen by looking through the view finder). They just werent good enough honestly.

Its not that someone who is not a pro cant do the photos, just make sure you have the right expectations going into it and be prepared for missing photos you wanted, photos not coming out as good as you wanted etc.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@BeeM:wow… that’s kind of mean.

 a friend from art school is doing them for us.(she’s not a photo major but has a great eye) Maybe you get more than one friend to take pictures so you can have more options when you’re ready to print. Just because you don’t have a professional doesn’t mean you’re doomed. Anyone is capable of taking a great photo. The pros take literally like 2,000 photos for an event and you only see a fraction of them. I would suggest telling the friend to just keep a finger on the shutter button the whole night lol

 

Post # 21
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Sugar bee

Just to show you the difference.

By far this is the best pic the girl took of the toasting. All the others were really far away and even darker. So really this is the only useable one. And she never got the people actually giving the toasts.

EDIT: I want to add that she did have a “nice and professional” camera. I know its really expensive with a special flash diffuser and everything. This wasnt a point and shoot camera.

This is from the pro. There are many to choose from that are fun and show a lot of emotion and just look brighter and clearer.  Also he got pics of the people giving the toasts.

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We used a friend of my DH’s.  She does photography as a side business and offered to shoot our wedding for $300.  She gave us all the unedited images and we were responsible for editing them ourselves.  I knew that I wasn’t going to get the caliber of pics I saw scattered all over weddingbee, but it just wasn’t in our budget.  I actually was rather impressed with what we did get, but there was and still is major editing to be done before we can finish our album (mostly my own lazy fault).   She also was not very helpful with staging pics, but I came with some ideas and we just kind of went with it.  In the end it turned out great for us, but I think it’s important to have realistic expectations. 

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My brother and sister-in-law planned their wedding on a $5000 budget, and one of the things that was cut was photography.  Instead, they had a friend of the family do the pictures.  They now say that it is the only part of the day that they regret.  The pictures were nice, but they don’t capture the emotions of the day that a professional photographer would.  When I got engaged, they told us that the first thing we should look for after we found our venue was photography.  Even if photography isn’t a big deal to my Fiance and I, we don’t want to look back on our day with any regrets (or, in the case of a really bad photographer, not even be able to look back!). 

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@lefeymw: That is a great example of the difference! Thanks for posting that.

I’m sorry but I agree with BeeM (even if she was a bit harsh). I think you are better off limiting options and coverage with a pro than a friendor. Yes I am sure some people can get good pics from a friendor, but for me it’s not worth the risk. Photos are the only thing you take away from the wedding day other than the marriage, and there is no way to “re-do” them when it’s over, other than spending the money you had saved on an after wedding shoot.

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@BeeM: yea i’ve seen  that site it’s hilarious and obviously it’s the worst of the worst.

but yes I believe that anyone can take a good phot you don’t have to go to a $50,000 a year art school to have a good a good eye.. i’ve seen people who have no education in photography take a good photo. maybe not consistently but it’s possible.not saying all the photos will be good or even worth printing. Some of the cheaper “pros” are terrible and so I would rather have my friend who I know is a talented artist take my photos

I definitely advocacte hiring someone who has some experience and a good camera. it would be great to hire David LaChapelle to do your wedding photos but it’s not an option so we do the best with what we’ve got.

Post # 28
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Shosha1: agreed. OP – I would scrounge up every penny just to find someone who does decent work. Photos are the only tangible thing you will have in 50 years to remember your wedding by. Not saying you have to pay an arm and a leg, but I think youll be disappointed if you dont have something you are truly happy with!

What does your budget look like?

Post # 29
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Honey bee

i do like BeeMs idea of hiring a pro for a shorter time.  I mean, i had a pro for almost 10 hours plus I did a TTD. But in the end i have managed to narrow down my photos to my top 3 that i am putting on display.  So in reality, you don’t need a 1000 pics. I will use alot for an album, but the photojournalistic photos i got that tell the story of our day were not all edited to the max, nor would they be something i would frame or put on display.  

we had about an hour before the ceremony where we went around the resort with our photographer taking just bride and groom photos.  If i was told i could have my photog for only one hour of the whole day, it would be for that hour.  Even though the ceremony was the most emotionally important part of the day, i am not displaying ceremony pics in my home (in fact, i love our non-pro video my friend took of our ceremony more than any photo because i can see us walking down the aisle, hear the music and us saying our vows!).

ETA: and the ceremony is also a time when you get more guest shots than any other since everyone is literally sitting there watching you with their cameras.  In fact, some of my guest ceremony pics are my fave!

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Mrs.Lonestar: You think anyone can take a good photo but you looked at the site I just posted? Those images are from “photographers” running “photography businesses”. Not even photos from friendors who aren’t pro or “pro” photographers.

 

My point here is there are ways around paying thousands and thousands for wedding photography and it’s not to hire someone who has no experience or skill with a camera. Get married on a non-saturday (cheaper all around for every vendor), find someone who would be willing to shoot just 3 or 4 hours (if they’re local you couldn’t definitely find this for under $1,000 in many non-metro areas) and have a friendor shoot the rest. At least then you have printable photos from your ceremony, some nice portraits, and some of the big moments of the reception. I’d rather have that than pay someone $300 for a whole day of bad photos that you can’t do anything with after the fact. These are your memories people – these are photos of your parents and grandparents who won’t be around forever. They’re photos of your friends who come from all over to celebrate with you. You want to be able to look at your photos and remember your day, not how bad your photographer was. I know a lot of ladies on this board straight up RESENT their wedding photos after the fact. That’s a horrible spot to be in.

Post # 31
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I really think that pro-photography is worth the price.

My DH got me fireworks as a wedding present. This is the best (and only) guest picture:

And here are just two of the many photos our pro got:

I can provide examples from other aspects of the wedding as well. But I am SO happy we spent the money we did on photography.

 

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