(Closed) FI doesn't want professional photos but I do

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Professional Photography or ... ?
    FI's father takes good pictures : (5 votes)
    5 %
    Fore-go honeymoon and get a professional photographer : (65 votes)
    60 %
    Coworker (friend of a coworker) who thoroughly enjoys photography as an art : (33 votes)
    31 %
    Buy a few SD cards for each table in lieu of buying disposable cameras : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Other: Explain : (4 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    3692 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I had a professional photographer and we did our own videography.  I don’t regret the photographer at all.  Her photos were beautiful and I will cherish them forever.  I regret the shitty video because we did that ourselves.  Some things are best left to the professionals.

    Post # 4
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    You absolutely should pro photos. Maybe your parents will chip in as a wedding gift. My dad and stepmom made do with a family member and the memory card crashed so they have NO pictures of their wedding except what they begged from people – but not at good angles or with them smiling.




    I got married in Edmonton last year and I used http://www.seven14photography.com
    She was very good and very professional and we have fun photos.




    Even cheaper and just as good – my stepsister got married last year also and used: Teknicolor Photography (They don’t have a website, look them up on Facebook)
    (780) 232-8032 
    ETA: Why, yes they do have a website! http://www.teknicolorphotography.ca/ 


     ETA #2: When you are picking a photographer, make sure you choose one that offers a digital disc, either as part of the package or at a reasonable price to purchase. If you don’t pay attention to that, you could wind up paying as much as $20 per print (or more) and $500 for every album. 


    Post # 5
    2749 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Look at ads in Craigslist and check at nearby colleges and high schools even for students who would be willing to work for close to nothing to help bolster their portfolio. While I agree that the shingles need to be taken care of ASAP, I think it would be a disservice to your friend who would end up missing out on getting emotional about the ceremony and just chilling at the reception.

    Also, if you can find a professional to take a ceremony photos and formal portraits, you can ask your guests to share reception photos with you using a wedding pic app. WedPics is free and works with both Android phones and iPhones. Good luck!

    Post # 6
    601 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @Cynderbug:  neither of us likes having pictures taken so we are looking for a photojournalist that will capture everything without stopping to pose us except for those few very few family shots.

    Post # 7
    4047 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    There are budget-friendly ways to get a professional photographer. Find someone new who doesn’t have a lot of experience but still takes great photos. Limit the hours you need – don’t go for the cute getting ready photos or have the photographer there until the end of the night. Just book for four hours maybe and have them there for the ceremony and important things in the reception – first dance, cake, etc.

    I absolutely love my photographer and I cannot imagine not having professional photos on the big day. Just hunt around for a deal, and you can find something. Myabe figure out a couple other ways to trim the budget to make room for the photographer.

    Post # 8
    1075 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Cynderbug:  Good photographers don’t have to cost $5k. I think if you do your research in your area, you’ll find a good compromise. Low cost, but talented photographer.

    Any photography or art schools in your area? You could hire a new grad or a talented student for super cheap. Some students will even travel long distances to do your wedding because of the experience it will give them.


    Post # 9
    7561 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Can you compromise and get a photography student or someone else starting up? Sometimes there are professional photographers who want to break into weddings. I went with someone like that. Her rates were much cheaper than pro-wedding photogs, and the photos were great! 

    Post # 10
    3296 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

    You need a non-leaking roof. Your wedding photos aren’t going to keep you dry and warm.

    Post # 11
    401 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I hired my photographer for $800 for a full day because it was her first wedding (she did senior pictures, portraits and that sort of thing). They turned out AMAZING. Look hard and don’t settle: you will find someone

    Post # 13
    1075 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Cynderbug:  oh man, $300? Good luck, lol

    (Actually, I feel kinda bad sharing this, but my cousin is a pro photographer and is doing his pics for free; all I have to pay is $250 for his apprentice photographer. But stalk Craigslist, to hopefully find someone in this price range.)

    Post # 14
    2050 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Me and Darling Husband had this same discussion.  He thought “anyone can take a picture, it isn’t hard”.  But i, being an amateur photographer know that is NOT true.  I’ve seen some very horrible wedding photos from ppeople who had friends, or people off Craigslist do their weddings.  I’d explain to your Fiance that these pictures are something that you are going to have forever.  $5000 is a bit much for a photographer, we paid $2500.  Just make sure you get in detail what the package offers.  Some photographers will even do a by the hour, so if you want them there for two hours, it might be cheaper.  Don’t give up your hunt!

    Post # 16
    621 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @Cynderbug:  your wedding is going to FLY by. There are a lot of things you won’t see at all or won’t remember a week later much less 20 years from now. I’ve never come to this board to find a post about someone regretting hiring a photographer (unless they royally screw up) but I do often read posts about people regretting NOT hiring one.

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