(Closed) Free photography?? Just my luck!

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

give it to another bee who doesn’t have a budget for photography!  pass it on!

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@katiedee: Why not send the photographer some photos of the style you’d like and ask if they’d be open to trying something like that?

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@katiedee: Maybe she takes photos in one particular style because that’s what her clientele always asks for, but she would like a chance to break out of the box! You never know!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

If the photog can’t or won’t do the type you are wanting maybe contact local high schools or college photo clubs/ classes. You might find someone willing to come shoot you to build their portfolios. Depending on the artsy style you are looking for one of your friends might be able to get it with a digital??? I’m not sure, just throwing out ideas.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@bakerella: Unfortunately, as a photographer, I know for a fact you can’t just send one photogs photos to another photog and expect them to be able to recreate them or that particular style of photograph. Not only does she maybe not have the tehnical skill, a photog can’t just change their style overnight. I know you’re just trying to help the OP, and if she abosolutely can’t afford a photog otherwise, she might as well give it a try. However, my advice would be (if she can afford it at all) hire a photographer who already takes the style of photographs she likes! Photos are important to her, so definitely better safe than really really sorry 🙂

Post # 10
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Worker bee

Totally agree with LBPhoto.    A photographer can’t just change style, or mimic another’s style.  It would be like askign a jazz musician to play heavy metal next week. Or vice-versa.   Usually not possible.

  As for looking into a student, etc.   I only recommend that for extreme cases where you have no other option.  Students don’t yet have the proper equipment or experience to shoot a wedding well. This is not absolute, of course.

  It’s hard to advise you on what to do here. It’s a tough situation. It may be something you have to decide within your own mind and feelings.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My photographer told me to send her styles of photography that we liked, and she’d be happy to try it out…I think it depends on the photographer ladies.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Ryansgirl: are you sure she didnt just mean ideas for specific poses in photos? Like unique bridal party shots or detail shots? I accept stuff like that, but asking for “style inspiration” would be an indication you are looking at a newer photographer who hasn’t yet found their own style.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

You can bet 99% chance that everyone that entered won this package.  It’s a popular marketing strategy among newcomers to help fill their portfolio with “better looking weddings.”  Typically the people that go with low cost or freebee photographers have smaller, budget weddings.  The gimick is to make someone feel as if they are getting value so they are able to photograph a more elaborate wedding for better portfolio images.  If they could charge or had a thriving business, they wouldn’t have free dates to give away free services.

Some photographers are versitile, so it can’t hurt to ask regarding a particular style or processing style.  I agree some photographers can transition depending on what you are asking them for.  Being that you were not impressed with their work to begin with though, I wouldn’t have high hopes.

 

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

I, myself would rather go with (the right) craigslist photographer than a student.  There is something to be said for someone that has been doing weddings, and has done at least 10+ of them.  Some of the work I see on craigslist, isn’t half bad, and the prices are attractive.  Some work is complete garbage, just do your homework.  

Most photographers today have been self taught with little schooling, so being a student to me, doesn’t mean anything just because they may have taken a photography class or two.  Students also typically don’t have the best equipment because college students are usually broke.  This has been my experience, of course their are exceptions.

I wouldn’t get caught up on the “free” aspect.  It is good to have options, so weigh them.  Using the same mindset think about how much value the images will have if you don’t like them…..NONE!  Under normal circumstances that may be ok becausee you didn’t pay anything so you have nothing to lose, but in this circumstance, you have lost moments from a once in a lifetime event that you wished you had captured.

The contest could be legit, for marketing purposes and to create a buzz, but more often than not I have seen them geared towards getting (unpaid) work.  I wonder how many people even entered?  I wonder when the “next” contest will be?

If you feel you need to explore this, do just that.  Talk to the photographer, meet them, see if you click and like everything you see.  Maybe ask if they can include a second shooter for a minimal fee, and maybe that will be the tradeoff you are looking for………

 

Post # 16
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Worker bee

@USER876:  Another great bit of wisdom.

I agree with User876.  A Craigslist photog is likely to have a lot more experience, and likely better equipment.  You may not think equipment is that important, but it’s vital for weddings.

  Us wedding photog’s have to be prepared to shoot in low lighting, which is in almost every ceremony and even more so at receptions.   We have have to buy the most expensive lenses, which are capable of shooting in low light.  Also, cameras with high ISO settings for low light. (ISO 3200+)    A student is unlikely to have these, although he could rent them from a place like TheLensDepot.com

  I vote for a Craigslist photog, in your case.   That’s just me.

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