(Closed) I cant decide…photographer or no photographer?!?!?!

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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Bumble bee

We had a tiny wedding and our pro photographer was SO WORTH IT!!! Everyone loves the pictures and they are so different than the ones our guests took.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Photography is a huge priority for me. I am having an elaborate private wedding (just the two of us), and the photographer is 30% of our entire wedding budget. It’s just that it’s such a special day and I would be heartbroken if I didn’t have beautiful photos to remember it by.

Also, that’s the only way my family and friends will be able to see our wedding, is through photos and videos. You can spend any range of prices on photography, but do your homework. Talk to pepole that have worked with them before. Ask your friends who their photographer was. There are so many people who get burned by cheap photographers, so be careful!

Alternatively, if you don’t want to hire a photographer do you have any family or friends at the wedding that are experienced in taking pictures? You could ask them to help out with a few shots during the ceremony and reception.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Our photographer doesn’t have the highest price tag but getting some great shots is important to us.  And to those worried about wasting pics because you won’t display them all…that’s what electronic frames are for ๐Ÿ™‚  You can have that baby cycle through all your wedding photos if you wanted!!

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

A week after it was said and done, I was trying to envision the wedding in my head.  It was hard to do really – I was dying to see our photos so we could relive the moment.  Photos do just that – they capture the moment, they help you relive the moment. 

 

We eloped with two guests.  We did not have any fancy decor.  But we did have our wedding outdoors near a lake in the mountains and the scenery was spetacular.

 

Even if you had a city hall elopement, the way a good photographer can capture the special moment is well worth the money spent.  You get to experience it all again by looking at photos. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Worth It!

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Here’s the difference between an amateur and a pro (Ethan Yang Photography) shot. Same moment at the wedding/angle where the photo was taken from- you can’t even begin to compare the difference in lighting and composition. Plus, in the non-pro pic you totally miss the look on my Dad’s face, which I adore.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@rebwana:  Great example – and a wonderful job by your photog! Love the pro pic ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It was just DH and I at our wedding, and I LOVE our pictures.  I can’t imagine not have a photographer for our day!

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My Fiance and I are eloping next month and the other people there will be our officiant and a photographer.  The owner of the photography company has a 3 hour minimum but I told him that I couldn’t fathom us having our pictures taken for 3 hours.  One of his associates is willing to do it for 2 hours.  Also, the associate will cost half the price.  We’re getting 2 hours and a CD of all pictures for $500.

I really think it will be worth it.  ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 26
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The budget for my wedding is about $6,000 and half of that I’m using to pay a photographer. Hopefully, I’ll never get married again, so I want to be able to have something good that I can look back on. It’s the only thing I’ll have 30 years from now to look at because I know my memory will be terrible by then lol. That being said, you can tell from my budget that I’m not doign anything fancy. However, the way I look at it is I’m going to have pictures of my husband when he was young, my dad when he was alive, etc. I don’t think that a few years from now I’ll care what my out-dated gown looked like or how much money I spent. I’ll want to see the smiles on people’s faces and see how happy me and the hubby looked. 

Plus, I’m a tomboy and I’m not wearing a dress like that ever again. I gotta take pictures and have proof to show people that hey, i atleast wore a dress that day. lol. 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m convinced that a pro photographer is the way to go. Take money from the flowers budget or the venue if you need, but you’re going to wish you had good photos when you’re looking through the album 10 years from now. You’re lucky that you’re having a winter wedding, since there are a lot of discounts then. We’re looking at prime wedding season for ours and it’s much more expensive. Try contacting a few people on http://www.gatheringguide.com/ec/photographers.html and see who’s willing to cut you a deal. We went through calling a lot of photographers before we found one we could book, but we did, so it can be done.

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

@crystalrae:  thanks, he was amazing- so worth the money we spent.

Our photography was expensive, so went went DIY on all the paper items (invites, escort cards, save the dates, etc.) and flowers. got a cake from a grocery store-saved in areas that were easy to.

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@leporidae: Good point- it’s not just pictures of me and DH, we have great pictures of ALL of our family, with our best friends…priceless!  

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Definitely get a photographer! Even if its just for a few hours ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Spend the money on a photographer.  I hemmed and hawed over hiring a professional photographer for my rehearsal dinner and ended up just having a friend take pictures.  It is one of my biggest regrets.  Fortunately I hired a great photographer for my wedding though.  You just can’t get those moments back.

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