(Closed) Hiring a photography student for our wedding shots, cheap parents??

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m sorry! I’m super cheap too, but that’s pretty ridiculous! I WISH I could find a place that would give me all that for $10/person! That’s an amazing deal! I mean, unless you go to McDonalds, I don’t think you are going to find anything cheaper.

As far as photographers go, you could get lucky at the community college, or maybe seue if the teacher will do it. I belong to a photog club in Baltimore and one of our members teaches at a local community college. She was a professional photojournalist that has now retired. Most of our members are retired professionals that do the most amazing work! See if you have a local photog club, you may be able to find someone who will cut you a break but still do a wonderful job. And if your dad is going to do all of the editing, you really just need someone to come in for the day, so that should be a lot cheaper.

I think that before you do anything else, you need to make sure you get a final number from your parents. Explain to them that prices have changed since they got married (my mom thought that $3,000 was enough, and I could have what was leftover!). Let them know that not knowing what the budget is makes it impossible for you to do anything at all and is really stressing you out! You appreciate that they are helping you out and you aren’t trying to seem ungrateful, but the fact of the matter is you need to know a final answer.

Hope that helps!! Good luck!!!


Post # 4
450 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

omg. I would want to scream if I were you right now!!!

My parents helped us out with our wedding budget a lot, but they didn’t actually give us a budget to work with. It was totally frustrating, though I am thankful for their help.

On the photographer front… tell your dad he is wrong wrong WRONG WRONG. Do not skimp on the photographer!!!

In a couple months after the wedding, all you will have left are the memories…and the photos!! If you skimp on the whole wedding and then skimp on the photographer, do you realize what the wedding photos will probably look like?

I’m married already, and I tried to save by hiring a new photographer myself. She did a pretty decent job and I am satisfied…but I never got to have any of those cool, artsy photos that they show on so many of the wedding blogs. 

I was recently in a friend’s wedding who didn’t have a wedding nearly as lovely as mine, but she spent about twice as much on the photographer… Well, her wedding looks like a million bucks in the photos!

Do whatever you have to…drug your dad if you must, but do not get a cheap photographer!

Post # 5
739 posts
Busy bee

I just wanted to throw my tidbit in.  As I am a wedding photographer I’m a little bias, but as a bride planning a wedding on a tiny tiny wedding budget.  A good photographer can make a $3K wedding look like a $10k wedding where as a bad photographer can make a $10k wedding look like a $1500 wedding.  Wedding photography is a tough business and is  very stressful. So hiring someone who is not familiar with shooting them is you are really taking your chances even if they are a good photographer in general.  I tell your dad, very diplomatically, that photography is important to you, ask him for a budget range and the research who you can find in your budget.  We have also set up registry for our brides so some of their guest could gift some of the wedding photo investment.  

As a bride we understand the need to keep costs low. I can’t believe your dad thinks $10 a person for that meal is to expensive!!!!  But I would never sacrifice the photos. This is what you will have to look back on and to pass down to your kids. 

Good luck.

Post # 6
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If your dad won’t budge on the photographer, I have seen college level photographers do an amazing job at weddings!! Sometimes the cheaper photographers do a better job than some other pros. How long has the college photog been shooting for? Have they done weddings before? Can you see a portfolio online or in person? Get his or her name & number from your dad & call to meet with them. You may be suprised at their quality! If they perhaps have a website, or even a facebook/myspace or flickr album you can post the link if you’d like opinions on their quality.

On the other hand, I’ve seen cheap photog’s pictures turn out bad, you hear where the photos are all blurry or they crop out people’s heads, etc. So it can go either way, see if you can see that photog’s work & go from there. To me, photography is very important & I wouldn’t get anyone who didn’t know what they were doing, even if it was free.

Do you have something set aside so that if you wanted to “upgrade” a certain aspect of your wedding, you could do that? Could you talk with your mom about budget?

Also http://www.debshops.com offers 15% off dresses if you’re using them in a wedding, if you buy 3 or more. Just found that out yesterday :).

Post # 7
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Why don’t you have your ceremony and have a cake and punch reception? I know its not what you want to hear, but if you don’t have the money and your parents are giving you an amount that you can’t throw a full out reception, there’s not much you can do. Your parents are being generous even if you also feel they are being tight with money.

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