(Closed) Doing Your Own Photography

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 32
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hmmm I don’t know about this, but if you feel you can do this successfully and be happy with quality of photos that turn out then by all means knock yourself out. I guess it all comes down to preference and what you like. I’m a part time wedding photographer and although I trust myself to shoot someone’s wedding I would never trust myself to shoot my own wedding when I am the bride or even give my expensive gear to someone in the family to take photos for me. 

Post # 33
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695 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa

I think that I would still want to hire someone, even for the $200 price. You can give this person a list of your must have photos and hopefully not have to worry about the eyes-closed, etc., they will take care of that for you, so less stress on you. Really, that day you are going to be so busy with everything else and should be focusing on your husband and guests and not even be giving photography a 2nd thought.

Since you say you are able to edit the photos are are able to take photos of getting-ready and reception, have you gotten quotes for a smaller time period? I had a good friend take some getting-ready photos for me and I did carry a camera (my dress had pockets) and got some reception photos myself too or handed my camera off to get some fun group shots with my friends at the reception.

My photographer was $1200 – still way over your budget, I know – but I did ask to do all of the post-editing myself and had him for only 4 hours, so for pre-ceremony pictures and ceremony pictures, and then a few at the reception – cake-cutting and first dance. Maybe ask some of your mid-range photographers if they can do this for you?

Your mom can get some good close-ups for you at the ceremony but it might be nice to have someone moving around in the back to get photos of the entire ceremony and guests? Even if you can find a good ‘friendor’ to do this vs having your mom delegated, since she obviously needs to be IN some of the photos, and will have a place in the front row. And who takes photos of her walking down the aisle? Great, have your mom take photos, but I would really recommend having another person to get those shots she can’t.

Post # 34
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183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@JessicaJupiter:  Just wondering what type of camera & lenses do you plan on using? I guess you could always leave it on AUTO for when others are shooting with it.

Post # 36
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881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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@JessicaJupiter:  Have you tried checking with a local univerisity to see if one or two students will do it for free (well theyd probably eat some food) just to help build their portfolio? My friend is a photography student and this is pretty common she said. This way you up your chances of getting quality shots and lessen your stress. I don’t think you should be photographing anything because you will be so rushed and stressed you won’t enjoy your wedding and will only remember seeing it through the camera. My suggestion is try for photog students who will work for just portfolio building and trust your guests and enjoy your day as the bride. 

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It sounds like you already have your mind made up, but I’ll throw in thoughts in the ring anyways. I would never imagine putting my guests (let alone my mother!) to work on my wedding day. It’s like saying “Hey! Come celebrate with us and share in our love, but first do this, this and this.” It’s going to be a big day for your mom too, do you really want her to miss out on the ceremony because shes too busy focusing on getting the perfect pic? I just want me Mom to be able to relax and enjoy the day. I know you said you asked the people to take the photos, and they agreed, but are you sure they actually want to do it or did they just say yes because they didn’t want to disappoint you? I know when people ask me to take pics, I always say yes to be nice, but I always hate doing it. It’s stressful, even moreso when you don’t know what you’re doing, to make sure you get the “right” pic. You said you have about 8 must have photos, just be prepared to not get some of them and for some of them not to be perfect. This all sounds like a recipe for disaster, but to each their own.

Post # 39
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970 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

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@JessicaJupiter:  Do a poll? I see so many problems with the idea. A wedding photographer is a full time, non-stop job for the entire wedding. You will have enough to do. If your standards aren’t very high for photos get a friend who owns a good camera to shoot the photos. Get them a gift as a thank you. 

Post # 40
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1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@JessicaJupiter:  Pro cameras don’t take SD cards unless you’re talking $5k+ for dual card slots, so yes I can tell you what you don’t have. Also, the fact that you would refer to whatever camera you have as “pro” even though it’s not is a reflection of how you seem to have ideas of how this will turn out that aren’t in line with reality, which is the only reason I mentioned it.

PS. I can tell you care about photography, a lot, and that’s the only reason I’m trying to save you from making a huge mistake. For other bees who don’t know the difference (or care) some of these solutions can be fine, but I don’t think YOU’LL be happy. I liked the suggestion of getting a student to do it for free. They might be able to use it for an assignment and it costs you nothing to have the extra person there and saves you stress on the day of doing it ALL yourself.

 

 

Post # 41
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

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@JessicaJupiter:  Won’t buying a bunch of – even “cheap” – digital cameras cost about the same as a semi decent hired photog? 

Post # 42
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2445 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

This is your wedding and 100% your choice – you and your husband are the ones that will have to live with these photos! BUT. This is a strong but. I would highly highly recommend hiring a photographer. You can still take your own photos that day if you feel like it, but I would not just have all of that be solely you and your family/guests’ responsibility. I think it would be way too much pressure on yourself. And this is coming from someone who LOVES taking pictures and also prefers taking them myself. I’m planning on having a polaroid camera with me to snap photos from my perspective, but nothing close to what you’re considering. I see from your wedding date that you’ve still got some time/breathing room, so please keep looking and negotiating. We got the only photographer/videographer we considered for $2500 off their normal price! These pictures are what you’ll have to look back on waaaayy after it’s all said and done. I hope you can find the right person for the right price. Good luck!

Post # 43
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1285 posts
Bumble bee

No, No and bad idea. Just as expensive, if not more, than a descent photographer! 

I’m a pro-wedding photographer. The day is super busy…for EVERYONE INVOLVED. Bride, parents, wedding party, friends, family.  Don’t give them the job of having to be responsible for taking YOUR wedding photos!! That’s, in my opinion, kinda rude of you to ask them to do that when you want them to share in the joy of your day! 

Sorry, suck it up and hire a pro photog.

Post # 44
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Bumble bee

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@PassionatePhotoLady:  +1

 

OP, if you have a pro-camera and know how to use it, you’d know how importan pictures are, especially when it comes to weddings. I’m betting your pro Cannon is just a Rebel XT model….

Call up a school and see if you can find a student, look on craigslist, local papers….it’s easy to find someone descent for $200 just starting out trying to get their foot in the door…all photographers start out somewhere.

Post # 45
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1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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@JessicaJupiter:  Ok, good. Don’t forget too that someone might be willing to barter photography services also.

And, don’t get too stressed about it. I know a lot of bees are just concerned that you are going to miss some shots and I totally get that (like I said, photography was our biggest splurge), but plenty of people hire pro’s and still don’t like their photos or find that the photog missed a ton of shots. Also, I might suggest having someone video the ceremony. Or set a video camera up somewhere to catch the ceremony. Isn’t there a way to take stills from a good quality video? 

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