(Closed) Free photographer.. What do I do??

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Maybe a camera bag?  Or if you can knit or crochet, something like that?

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Does she like to do crafts or get crafty things from etsy? If she likes to make crafts then I would get her some really cool crafting supply. See if your mom could spy and find out what she’s been lusting over. If she likes to get crafty type things then I don’t know how to help narrow that down. Again, could your mom help?

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

At a friends wedding a few weeks back I happened to notice her photographes camera strap because I’ve been into sewing lately. It was a fabric print, sewn to be cute and comfy around her neck and I jusi loved it. I’d maybe do something like that since it sounds like you can sew! Maybe even in colors that coordinate with your wedding, and of course a hand written note always goes far.!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

At a friends wedding a few weeks back I happened to notice her photographes camera strap because I’ve been into sewing lately. It was a fabric print, sewn to be cute and comfy around her neck and I jusi loved it. I’d maybe do something like that since it sounds like you can sew! Maybe even in colors that coordinate with your wedding, and of course a hand written note always goes far.!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

How about you just give her a tip or a gift card?  I think that would be more appropriate, especially if you don’t know for sure what she’d like.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

As a photographer I have to vote against making a camera bag. My camera bag take a LOT of abuse. I put it on the ground. I drag it around with me. I kick it out of the way sometimes. It gets dirty and I trust it to hold all of my expensive gear without breaking or tearing. Also, if she shoots a lot of weddings she really shouldn’t have a bag in bright colors or a loud pattern. She’ll want something in a neutral or black so it doesn’t stand out when she’s trying to blend in. My bag has rubber sewn into the strap for grip and strength. I have an expensive brand-name camera bag and I’d be surprised if there was any pro photog out there who would be comfortable using a camera bag you made on your sewing machine. Not doubting your skills- just saying it’s a lot of trust to put into a DIY bag!

That said, if you have mad skills with your sewing machine why not make a regular bag? A purse or tote? Or what about a gift card to a local pro camera store so she could buy any gear she wants/needs?

Maybe even something not photographer related- Photogs are on their feet or crawling on the floor or twisting in awkward positions all day long. What about a massage or a spa treatment gift card?

If you really want to make something for her that’s camera related I’d vote for a cushiony velcro wrap that would go around the bag strap so she could use it whenever or remove it if need be.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@viewfrmhere:  Love this reply !!

And as a point of Etiquette… you do not have to give her the item the day of your Wedding.  You can give it to her after the Honeymoon etc, along with a nice handwritten thank you note (lol, opportunity to be gushy if you love your Photos).  So, that will give you some time to figure it all out without any added pressures.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I just wanted to bring up some things to you to think about.

  • Is she an actual pro wedding photographer or a friend with a nice camera? This is a HUGE HUGE difference. Weddings are fast paced with lots of tricky lighting situations. Does this person have the gear to handle this? 

  • Do LOVE their work or at least okay enough that you won’t resent them if it doesn’t live up to your standards. No, showing them photos you like will not work. It might give them an idea of what you like but without the tools or know how she wont be able to recreate them. Same goes with her style. You can’t change her style to fit your needs. You need to like it in the first place. 

  • Do you have a contract with her? If not you need to get one that outlines everything to the time they will be there, what they are giving you in the end, what happens if they fail to show up, how long until you get the photos back, what happens if they mess up and loose the photos, camera brakes, they get sick and can’t make it, are they going to do any retouching to the images, etc. These things lead to unrealistic expectations and friendships are often ended over them. GET A CONTRACT!

As for a gift. They are working all day plus spending another week or so editing and delivering the images to you. If you are not paying anything I think you should really consider a generous gift to them. A weekend away for her and her hubby? A spa package and Starbucks gift card. I would say something in the $500 range. Or just a gift card to bhphoto.com so she can buy some more gear. photojojo.com has some fun photographer related gifts as well. I would stay away from buying her gear or making a camera bag. I’m a skillful on the sewing machine and I wouldn’t even trust my gear in something I made.

 

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