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

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 32
424 posts
Helper bee

@kwynn: I’m with you on that one. I get COMPLETELY irritated when I have another pro following me around and if they do bring their gear when it’s like a compulsion they just can’t help themselves. It really does make my job that much harder when someone else is there “competing with me” I want to be able to focus and do a great job. We even have it in our contract that no other pros are allowed to shoot and we do not allow anyone {even non-pros} shoot our set up shots. We had a guest two years ago follow us around all day {even after a friendly warning to please back off} and then she started a website and posted all the images like she shot the wedding. So not cool in my book.

As for shooting friends weddings. I’ve been in both shoes. I shot my BFF’s wedding and LOVED the fact that I got to be so involved but when it came to the reception I really wanted to relax and get to chat with some of the other guest who I haven’t seen since high school. Of course I didn’t because I was focused on doing a good job for her. In one hand I was happy to do it for her and I got some really amazing shots but in the other I felt left out that I could experience it from a guests or Bridesmaid or Best Man point of view.

On the other hand we had two husband and wife teams that are our good friends shoot our wedding last September and LOVED the fact that we are so close to them. Though the coverage was a little light during the reception because they worked so hard and wanted to be able to enjoy themselves. We also had out of 85 guests 22 of them are local pros and all had some sort of camera with them plus we had a toy camera bar so we were not short of images at all.

Post # 33
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

@PizzutiStudios-I agree, maybe it is a compulsion for some people!

I find it is typically newbie photogs that don’t get to shoot a lot. Because, when you shoot a lot, even if you love it, you sometimes want a night off from your job! So while you might bring a camera and a lens, you are going to take a few images and then relax.

I just can’t imagine the compulsion to want to go around and duplicate coverage on a day off! 🙂

For me, I find taking a break makes me a better photographer and keeps me fresh and excited for my clients.

Post # 34
587 posts
Busy bee

I agree with others, seems a little obnoxious.  When I am a guest, I like to get some really nice images for the couple to share with them the day after since the pro photos won’t be done for weeks.  I usually avoid the wedding photographer like the plague, and stand on my own and get my own angles, shots,etc.  I usually bring a compact setup, one lens, one speedlight, etc.


Post # 35
3015 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’d gladly spend the money, but we simply don’t have the budget for my dream photographer. We’re having a friend of FI’s shoot ours. We’re paying him minimal (for a photog anyways) & he’ll only be shooting the ceremony plus fun shots before the reception, then he’s taking off. (I’m not having a huge wedding- ours will be immediate family only.) Since he’s an amazing photog, building his resume & has only shot one other wedding, I don’t feel we’re taking advantage at all. He jumped at the opportunity & we’ll tip him huge, so I feel good that he’ll be taken care of. Plus, assuming I’m in love with the photos, I’ll promote the shit out of him online when all’s said & done 🙂

He’ll be simply emailing me all the images once finished, plus using some to promote his website & business (he’s a graphic designer as well). I plan to do a DIY photo book.

Post # 37
10 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

I did a wedding for a friend last year, and while I would have had more fun, I still loved getting to take the pictures and still had fun doing it. I don’t think I regret anything about it.


I’m having a friend do our ceremony and day of stuff and a bridemaid who takes her minimal nice camera everywhere is going to take pics day of and at the reception. As well as the same for one of the groomsman. And then I will have my camera set up for the reception as a photobooth (i have a remote) and that will be a big part of the pictures.


I think my only concern is really getting a few awesome ones of the ceremony. You can re-fake cutting a cake – but you can’t really redo the ceremony. 

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