(Closed) Does anyone else honestly feel like…

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

I’m sure there are others who aren’t into photography.  They might be sentimental about objects over images.

I love photographer.  I’m selling all the details from our wedding off because our photographer spent over an hour taking pictures of them and I love those images.  Meanwhile, there’s a bride paying $400 to have her bouquet preserved and placed in a bubble that she can hang on the wall or another one who is spending a ton of money putting all the little items she saved into a trunk or shadow boxes.
 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

We are also not nearly as wrapped up in photography as the general trend seems to be on the ‘Bee. We have a pro photographer – whom we chose because he is a friend of mine and I am confident that his pictures will be great, but I didn’t tie myself in knots looking for “the” perfect photographer and we are not sinking thousands of dollars into it. We are having him come shoot for a few hours – ceremony and posed family pics only. Fiance and I aren’t overly concerned about having pro pics of the reception, which I’m sure also would leave many Bees aghast, but it’s just not as big of a priority for us.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Everyone has different priorities! Photography was one for us, but the only actual flowers we had were the mothers corsages.  Different strokes. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Taeyers:  No, the photos are very important to us and we are paying almost 7k for our (amazing) photographer but if its not your thing then just don’t pay for it. You don’t need to justify it here. 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I feel that way, only because at the last wedding I attended I look awful in all the pro pics. At the guest pictures came out much better. I will probably get a photographer anyway, but I don’t have high hopes for it.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

No, I don’t feel that way, but we all have different priorities. My BFF felt that way… until she got her budget photographer photos back and hated every single one. Since you are working on quite the budget though, spending 1/3 of it on photography really does not make sense since it isn’t important to you.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I thinkphotography is majorly important but Ido notunderstand why it is over 2k for the day.  I’ll never understand t, and thats okay.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@Taeyers:  I took one portrait of them after teh ceremony that she made an 8×10 of and it’s the ONLY photo from the entire day that anyone took that she was happy enough with the print. Tons of people took pictures, but point-and-shoots don’t capture light that well. She was really unhappy. Her recepton venue included a photographer with the wedding package and she decided that she didn’t want to spend any extra money to choose someone else (if they didn’t go with teh venue’s photographer, they wouldn’t gotten some money taken off, but another photographer would have cost a lot more than the discount). The package even included some prints and she never got them because she was so unhappy with the photography. She did not have a cheap wedding either. It wasn’t over the top, but I’d guess the entire budget was over 20k and she has one photo to remember it. It reallt depends on your priotiries, though, and as long as you are sure that you don’t mind the risk of not really liking a single photo, then go for it. You could end up very lucky and get some perfectly great shots from friends. Of course, they’ll never be the quality you would get from a pro, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be a few gems in there.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It made me cringe to the point where it was almost physically painful, but ..

yes, we are paying about $2500 for professional photography and I don’t regret this decision (yet – she did a great job with our e-photos).

no, I wouldn’t have spent a dime over that – it was my absolute upper limit!

and sure, I know people who didn’t want to spend any money on photography (as others have said, different priorities, different budgets, etc), but one friend sobbing over the lack of a half decent picture of her and her grandmother who died shortly after was enough to give me reason to leave room in the budget for a pro.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I will say, however, to balance this, that another good friend of mine hired a photography student for like $500 to take photos for about 4 hours and then give her the images, unedited, on DVD, and she was happy with them. They weren’t amazing, but they were good enough, and it fit her budget.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

@Taeyers:  We will be relying on guests’ shots for the reception. I have an uncle and a sister who are both excellent amateur photographers, and we are hoping that between them and the rest of the guests we’ll have as much of a record as we need. Which we don’t feel is all that much – I don’t want pictures of me getting dressed, for instance, or artsy shots of my shoes, etc.

For us, it comes down to the question of which is more important, photos or people? If we were to spend a bunch more on photography, we would need to cut the guest list, and that’s a compromise we aren’t willing to make. People are more important to us than pictures. I care more about being able to include a larger number of friends and family in the event, and I would rather make the memory of spending time with those people than worry about having pictures of them. If the trade-off would be to cut the guest list down and have lots of pictures of the relatively few people we would be able to invite, I think that would actually make us kind of sad – I would be thinking about all the people who would not be in those pictures and who should have been.

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