(Closed) do i *need* a photographer?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: do i need a pro photographer
    you're crazy! you absolutely need a pro there : (64 votes)
    93 %
    you don't really seem like you need a pro : (5 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I don’t think you’re crazy, but if you decide to hire one, you might consider a photographer who has a more photojournalist style (lots of candids). This way you don’t have to pose awkwardly and you can have lots of beautiful wedding photos. They can just blend into the background!

    Post # 4
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    14495 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I had my mom do ours and she is a pro art photographer, it was a disaster.  Now we have almost no pics at all.  If it is just for a few hours hire a pro, IMO.  And what if the friends and family never send them to you?  Pros will now how to position you and you will get the professional photoshopping.  It is just my humble opinion, but you don’t want to look back at your wedding photos and hate what you see, if anything at all.

    Post # 5
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    352 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @thehoneybear:This! I HATE portraits as well. I want more “in the moment” photos taken which is why I’m considering hiring a Photojournalistic Photographer. You definitely have to have someone though. There are moments that you will wish you would have captured on film.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We have a lot of relatives who do photography as hobbies, and we toyed with this idea, too. However, we decided to have a photographer and I’m so glad we did. While their pics were good, they tended to only take pictures of the people they came with. For instance, his cousin’s Flickr slideshow from our wedding is dominated by pictures of his fiance, his parents, and his best friend- hardly any of us or the ceremony. While there’s a chance your friend’s photos will turn out, that’s not their #1 priority and therefore there’s always the chance they won’t turn out as you hoped.

    If you’re worried about money, you can hire a photographer who doesn’t traditionally do photography. We actually hired a pet photographer, but because he was so used to taking pics outdoors, our pics turned out amazingly well even though he had never done a wedding before. We paid him $400 and had awesome results. 

    P.S. I’m not very photogenic, but I love our wedding photos because both my husband and I are genuinely happy. It’s not about admiring yourself but rather about remembering your day. 🙂

    Post # 9
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    352 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @smitten_and_giddy:I’ve found lots of photographers……I think there is an over-abundance actually. PLENTY to choose from. I would ditch using your friends since wedding photography is “low”. Who says that?!?!?!

    Post # 10
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    352 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @smitten_and_giddy:A well trained photographer knows how to capture moments AND stay out of the way. 😀 Basically, you get what you pay for.

    Post # 11
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    3255 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @smitten_and_giddy: I’m a rather introverted person, so I get what you mean, but PPs are right that you can find a photographer who will stay out of your business. Be honest with the photographer and tell him/her that you don’t want to feel crowded or constantly feel his/her presence. Zoom lenses are there for a reason: to help them get great shots without standing between you and your husband. 😉 

    I respectfully disagree with JamieinMN… you can get a good photographer for a low price. You can look at their portfolio and read reviews to make sure you’re using someone of good quality…

    Post # 12
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    352 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @brideatbeach:I haven’t seen any in my area that are worth hiring below $1000 :-/ I could be looking in all the wrong places though.

    Post # 13
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    362 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I would definitely havea photographer for your wedding day.  I completely get not being comfortable with all the formal, posed shots but you’ll regret it if you didn’t have all the candids to catch the emotion of the day.  If budget is a concern, try contacting a local college that has a photography program and see if a professor would be able to recommend a talented student who might be interested in some work and a little extra cash. Since it doesn’t seem like a huge priority for you anyway, it wouldn’t matter so much if they had a ton of experience.  Just a thought..

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Absolutely.  I love my wedding pictures and love reliving the moment through them.   Those are the only things you really walk away with (other than a husband) at the end of it all.

    Post # 16
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    7296 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    i think you should. there are so many more things to the wedding than portraits and dress shots.  espcecially since you are having a Destination Wedding, there will a billion gorgeous shots you can get, i dont think you would regret it at all and will be pleasantly happy you did.  with your attitude, you might be happier than most people. by that i mean since you are not expecting any nice pics of yourself, you will be floored when you get amazing ones!

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