(Closed) Getting a friend to be the photographer?…

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Beedoglady:   Does he photograph weddings in the style you like?  Has he taken any shots of you (and your FI)?  Engagement shots?  

Post # 3
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Newbee

If you have a friend that you trust, is a professional and has offered to do it for free I don’t see why you would decline. Photographs are all you have but if you think he is a good photographer then go with him.. you said he is very good. What is the problem?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think that having a friend do the photo’s is fine.  I know lots of other bees here have done it.  Sounds like he ‘s got some experience taking pics, as long as you like his style I can’t see a problem.

One suggestion – I have seen friendships runied when friends get into a “business arrangement”.  To avoid this it’s important to make sure that all of you come to an agreement BEFORE the wedding about all the specifics.  I think it’a good idea to have a contract even if he/she is a friend.  You could just say something like “We trust you completely and we know the pics are going to be great.  We really value you as a friend and we just don’t want any misunderstandings to come between us.”  He/she may have/suggest a contract anyway.  Here’s a link to a printable basic photography contact if you need it.

http://www.printablecontracts.com/Photography_Contract.php

Post # 6
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Newbee

Beedoglady:  Is your friend a cheap photographer though? Or is he just dsoing you a favour? If you have seen his work and believe he is good then I’m sure it’s just nerves. Don’t worry! YES! Engagement shoot will help

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Beedoglady: My friend whose photos have been in National Geographic is shooting my wedding. My second shooter’s photos have been in NYT. 

Both are consummate professionals and we are compensating them accordingly. We do get a friends and family discount, but otherwise, it’s business. I am also not comfortable accepting gifts valued in the thousands of dollars from friends. 

It’s working really well because I don’t work for free and I don’t expect my friends to do so either. We are both 100% comfortable with the arrangement, contracts, invoices, payment and delivery schedules. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I don’t think having a friend do anything wedding work wise is a good idea

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

If you are fussy and your stated goal is “perfect wedding photos”…I would hire someone. Discussing expectations and potential disappointments with a friend (esp when payment was not involved) can get sticky. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Beedoglady:  I think it’s worth a shot to speak to him about the specifics.  Be honest with him about your wants/needs/concerns.  Speak to him well in advance.  That way if either of you decide that you can’t deliver, you have time to took into other options.

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