(Closed) Did you hire a friend? Were you a friend who was also the pro photog??

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

@CharlotteMJ:  You can’t be the wedding photographer and think you will even for a minute enjoy the wedding.  Period…..end of story.

Also, I reviewed your friends site and saw she only has done 2 engagement shoots and she has no weddings in her galleries.  In addition, going by her packages she only supplies 200 edited images for a wedding which isn’t nearly enough IMO.

Also, I would question how long she would take to finish your images as she states on her info page

“For a one hour shoot, I can spend up to 5 days in Photoshop and Lightroom to give your images the look you are after.”

5 days of photoshop per hour of shooting is way too long, I would have concerns regarding why so much post is required.

 

Post # 4
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6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i had a friend do my wedding! she isnt a pro though but working towards it – she did a really good job and takes amazing photos. She brought her boyfriend along to help with equipment and i think they ended up having a good time too – they just dont get to enjoy it until later.  for instance, they didnt get to sit down and enjoy the dinner or the cocktail hour, she was working,  but once we had done dances and cakes cutting and stuff they stuck around for some drinks and to socialize.

ultimately its up to her i think- it sounds like she really wants to do it – you will be way to busy talking to EVERYONE that you probably wont even barely get to socialize with her as a guest anyway.

Post # 5
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7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I shot a wedding for a friend. I did all of the portraits, the ceremony, first dance, and cake cutting. Then they hired a newbee photog (local college) to do the reception pictures so that I could have a good time too. It was a perfect compromise.

Post # 6
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2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My brother in law will be our photographer. It’s the best option for us with the budget. Plus my sister (his wife) will be in the wedding and busy with that so he will be able to do the pictures with not much problem he said. It’s not a huge deal to me about the pictures and poses and stuff, I just want some sweet pictures to remember it with.

Post # 7
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242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I paid a photographer friend and he did an outstanding job. He himself told me that he would much rather ‘shoot’ the wedding than attend it. He said as a guest he would be paying too much attention to what the photographer was doing to actually enjoy the party. Also, many of the guests knew him so they felt supercomfortable having him take candids and asking for poses. I say  go for it!

Post # 8
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265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

One of my bridesmaids is a photographer and she will be doing my bridal and our engagement as a wedding gift. ha She refused to do the wedding because it would make her so nervous. If they are willing to do it, I think its great. You and your guest will feel so much more comfortable with a friend than a stranger.

Post # 11
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399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@CharlotteMJ: I have to agree a bit with User here. You have to consider whether you want your friend to work the whole wedding or enjoy it. I’ve done many weddings for friends and I love that I’m able to do that for friends but it’s still work. Honestly I can’t tell you the last time I went to a wedding as just a guest, haha.

I also checked out her website. She seems more suited to portraits than weddings, so be careful there. It doesn’t seem that she’s done many weddings and being a great portrait photographer does not mean you can handle weddings (especially friends weddings when the pressure is even higher in my opinion). Also, if something goes wrong with “friendors” it can absolutely ruin a friendship so that’s something to consider too. I like the idea of hiring her for the ceremony and getting someone else for the reception so she can enjoy it. I would say that if she does come as a guest for all or part of it you should explain to her that the other photographer is not going to want someone there with their “big photo equipment” shooting as well – most pro photographers have an exclusivity clause because having shutterbugs and other photographers can ruin otherwise perfectly good photos. I shot a wedding over the weekend with someone literally 6 inches to my left firing off a shot a second with on camera flash and it was ruining all of my shots so I had to eventually ask her to stop.

Post # 13
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1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

As someone who has shot a couple friends’ weddings, I concur with User and BeeM–she won’t get to enjoy your wedding, no matter what she says. When you’re being paid to take photos of people drinking and dancing, you won’t be able to dance yourself and you’d certainly better not be drinking.

I would recommend having her involved in another way, maybe for bridals/TTD/boudoir. It would be a little more relaxed and she could also have fun at your wedding.

Post # 15
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1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@CharlotteMJ: Haha! It was my Fiance who converted me, it really is another breed of car owners excuse me JEEP owners. 🙂 It’s crazy! I’m sure our FIs would get along.

Post # 16
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1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I slightly disagree with what @USER876: said about not being able to have fun if you’re photographing the wedding.

If you’re a photographer, you are because you enjoy it. On top of the fact that she WANTS to shoot your wedding.

I think having her take the photos is a great idea. And it will make you look back on your photos even more fondly.

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