Post # 1
I have a friend/former classmate who is very talented with a Camera. She’s taken courses and is operating as a professional (although I don’t know how you definte the term professional photographer). I’ve hired her to do engagement photos of us and I’m debating if I should hire her to do our wedding as well. I love her photography, she takes great pictures BUT I don’t know how many wedding’s she’s done.
My sister has also gone to school for photography but she’s in the Bridal Party so she can’t do it (and I wouldn’t ask her as I wouldn’t want her to miss my wedding because she’s working). My uncle is also a pro – mainly commercial, but he used to do weddings and I’m therefore not asking him. I’m worried that my family (who can be judgemental assholes) will say bad things about the photos if they’re not ‘up to snuff’.
alleycatphotography.ca is her website, take a look and tell me what you think. 🙂
Post # 3
That website didn’t work so I couldn’t look at the work. You are ALWAYS going to be better off with someone with experience. These are fast paced, emotion events with lots of moments and tricky lighting. Some starting out isn’t going to know what to do or anticipate things if something gets off track nor have the proper equipment or backup equipment. If you don’t end up liking your photos or her customer service falls short you jeopardize your friendship as well.
Lots of post on here on friendors
Post # 4
If she isn’t a wedding photographer, don’t hire her. I was that “friend who was good at taking pictures” and I had a few people ask me to do their weddings. I said no because I knew I didn’t know wtf I was doing when it came to weddings. In the past few years I decided to become a wedding photographer and hooked up with a few pros to second shoot and actually learn how to do it, and I cannot begin to tell you how glad i am that I didn’t start doing weddings on my own before second shooting. It’s a whole other animal than just being good at taking photos for fun.
Post # 5
I suspect a lot of people will say no. BUT..
I hired a friend for our wedding. She is new and wanted experience. We gave her a chance. Darling Husband and I talked (we liked our engagement photos that she took) and said that the photos are about the memories and if the quality wasn’t super high then that’s okay too. We got a great deal and while they’re not top notch, they’re great photos.
If you want the best highest end photographer, you’re best to go find an expensive professional. If you’re flexible, it’s worth giving your friend a shot. Good luck!
Post # 6
Her natural light/daytime shots are waaaaay better than the other “friend” photog shots I see here. Her night time/low light shots leave a lot to be desired, though – she definitely doesn’t know her way around a flash. If you have low light situations in your reception or a very dim ceremony space, i’d beware.
Post # 7
Here is the site:
No wedding photos–would not hire her.
Post # 8
It’s great that she found an area of photography to specialize in (newborns and children) but since she has no wedding experience I say wait until the engagement shoot photos are done and then decide
Post # 9
@KoiKove: that’s not the website! Its the one above (OP corrected it)… but I looked at them too, thinking maybe she spelled it wrong.
@MsGinkgo: Talk to her & ask how many weddings she’s done. Ask to see an entire wedding. And, all that matters is what YOU & your Fiance think about the photos, not your family’s opinions.
Post # 10
I know she did another friend’s wedding – I’ll have to ask them about it and ask to see some more pictures. She’s done a few ‘country’ weddings which isn’t what we’re having but we’re also not doing a church, it will be outside.
Some of her pictures i’m not a huge fan of but so far prepping for the engagement session she’s been great. We’ll see how they go I guess 🙂
Post # 11
I don’t like the idea of friends as wedding vendors for the same reasons that I don’t loan friends money. (Before anyone calls me a cheap, bad friend – I’ll GIVE money, I’ll buy dinner, but I don’t loan) If there are any issues with the photos, it’s easy to call a vendor and say ‘you promised me X, we have a contract and you’re not fulfilling your end. It’s a lot harder to say that to a friend. If your engagement photos are awful, it’s only a few hundred $ to redo with a different photographer. It’s obnoxious, but not tragic. If your wedding photos are awful, there’s no redoing them.
The other difficulty is dealing with hurt feelings. You can tell a vendor ‘I like how you posed the couple in this album, but I really don’t like the style of this other album’, and they’re not emotional about it. If you don’t like your friend’s style and you say something, it can potentially impact your friendship.
I just don’t think it’s worth the potential money savings. Cut corners somewhere else.
Post # 12
I see tons of pictures in her portfolio on FB, even wedding ones.
Post # 13
@MariContrary: I’m not actually doing it to cut corners – I’m wondering if it would be more comforable with a person I know or a total stranger.
Post # 14
Nope. Never mix friends or family in a buisness decision. Ever ever ever. If you’re not happy with them, then what? Nope nope nope.
Post # 15
We hired one of FH’s friends friend as a photographer…..FH does know him but never really hung out with him because he is always so busy photographing in different areas of the world.
When FH first told me about him my first thought was “this is a perfect way to save a little money since I’m sure he will give us a discount” but I also wanted to check out his portfolio and treat him like any other photographer vendor. When I saw his portfolio I was amazed. He had only like 6 weddings listed but his pictures came out wonderful and he hit every important must-have. I also asked for his references and spoke with a girl who used him and she praised him as well so once I got the proof we hired him!
Of course not every friend is going to turn out like ours….luckily for us FH friend is a professional photographer and has done several weddings before.
If she’s only done like maybe 1 or 2 weddings I’m not sure if I would hire her.
Post # 16
@MsGinkgo: In that case, I really wouldn’t hire her for the wedding. And as far as being more comfortable with a friend, I’d rather have someone I don’t socialize with telling me how to pose. A friend may look at you in a different way and think ‘she looks lovely’. A professional can look at you both objectively and find the most flattering poses, and also prevent the unflattering looks.