(Closed) Friends as photographers – is this a good idea?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5109 posts
Bee Keeper

@princess_r:  I think that sounds like a fine idea. I have some extremely, extremely talented friends and they would benefit from expanding their portfolio.

Post # 4
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

I think if a person has a really good portfolio–which you should look at–I think they’ll be able to handle it regardless, so I don’t think it’s a bad idea at all to ask them to do it.

But it would really be up to your friends whether or not they want to do the venue as a gift to you or a discount. Obviously you should figure that out beforehand, but if they don’t want to it’s their call. This is a career choice for them, and if they feel they can’t give their services for free as a friend then there’s not much you can do about that.

Post # 5
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I don’t think it’s a good idea.  I see so many complaints on here about bad photography and that’s from professionals.  Photography is expensive but worth it (most of the time).  There’s a lot more that goes into it than just taking the pictures, it’s organization, following timelines, lighting, and making sure to record all of the events of the day, plus the editing after.  I’m not a fan of “friendors” because I think it can lead to serious problems in the friendship if something goes wrong.  And I don’t think you can ask your friends to do it as a gift, if they offer great.

Post # 6
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@princess_r:  we considered this as we have a friend who is a photographer but ultimately decided to go pro. I think if you go with them its appropriate to pay them, even if its with a friends discount/ This is because they dont get to enjoy the wedding (as theyre working) and if theyre also not making money – it just kind of sucks for them

It depends if you dont want pics of the reception. if they get to enjoy the reception then maybe its a bit different,but bear in mind – a photographer doesnt drink, dance or socialise (which is what a guest would do). Also, if the photos are disappointing it can have a negative effect on the friendship. 

How did the photos turn out when they practiced on you?

Are they into photography, or are they professional photographers who just dont happen to have wedding experience. There IS a difference. Im not telling you its a terrible idea, but people can sometimes get disappointed when they go this route, and then see their friends wedding pictures from pros and see this difference

i actually think the high price of photography is one of the few wedding things thats really worth it

Post # 7
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

If they offer, that would be one thing but to ask them would be putting them on the spot. Photography is work. If I’m your friend and you invite me to your wedding as a guest, I don’t want to work all day and night. If you’re inviting me to the wedding to work then I need to be paid. Plus what’s considered professional equipment for a wedding may be different than professional photography for shooting portraits. Do they understand lighting? Do they know how to pose everyone? Do they have the right set of lens? Do you want a handful of shots or are you trying to get professional using pictures but not use a professional? If you just want a few pictures of the wedding that will only take 20 minutes, then ask them. But if you want getting ready shots, first look shots, ceremony shots, bridal party shots, layout shots, reception shots, etc, I wouldn’t do it.

Post # 8
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I don’t think it is a good idea, but not because of their level of experience.  Regardless of how good they are or what their style is, there is the possibility of there being rifts or not liking the pictures or whatever that could possibly damage your friendship with them.  I would not want to risk the friendship on photos.

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