(Closed) I know i am picky but…

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i would just make sure they are committed to doing the pictures. if they are and you feel good about it i dont see the need to find another photographer. Im using an old coworker/friend and im starting to get a little worried because i havent sat down with her yet and im a little over 3 months from the wedding. Part of this is me procrastinating but to be honest im a little frightened it may not work out as planned. but she is giving me a great deal and i as much as photos are important to me i dont want to spend over a grand fro them.

Post # 4
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

You’ll have three different friends photographing it? I would probably leave it at that. It’s going to get really confusing when you try to do formal photos if everyone has to look at three or four different cameras!

Post # 5
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had my mom (a photographer) and both of my uncles (not pro but they had SLRs) shooting, plus I had my husband’s cousin (photog) shoot as well. With all of them we got some great pictures!

Post # 6
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Stick to the friends. It’s a great way to save money and you already know you like their style. And with three of them helping you out, in case one backs out, you know you will still have two other people there shooting. Great option!

Post # 8
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hire someone! 

Post # 9
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

+1 to Rgeddy. Hire a professional. It’s going to be way chaotic there with three non-pros. I don’t even like to have a third shooter with me for weddings, and we’re organized with a clear primary shooter! People just get in the way, they get in each others shots, are disruptive to the event, etc. Ugh, sorry but I hate when people do this. Especially if you know anything about photography you should know that unless your friends are seasoned pros, you are in trouble.

You might be okay for the outdoor pics, but what if your reception venue is dark? Do they know how to use off-camera flash and portable lighting if necessary? Is their equipment pro-grade in case they have to shoot high ISO? Do they even know what ISO is? Do they have a 70-200 zoom lens so they don’t have to get too close during the ceremony? I sincerely hope you are at least not having the ceremony indoors. I hope with what you know about photography, you realize that having an SLR doesn’t make good photos. Even if you have a professional SLR, all you have to do is set it to auto and shoot with that evil pop-up flash and bam, the pics don’t look any better than what you could have taken yourself with a point-and-shoot.

Post # 11
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Hire Someone.  If you choose not to, you should be sure to provide your friend with a list of the ‘must-have’ shots, because you don’t want them sitting down at the reception of booging on the dancefloor and miss you cutting your cake.

The lighting is another issue.  Most pro photogs will set up off camera flash to accomodate the specific lighting situation in your reception venue.  I doubt your friends will do that, but if they do= great!

Post # 14
394 posts
Helper bee

Completely agree with LB.

Post # 15
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I hate the assumption that because someone is a hobbyist then they don’t know what they are doing. I’m in a photography club with photographers who have been shooting for 30+ years. I know a guy who STILL shoots with a Barbl and his film photos look as great as digitals. Just because a photographer isn’t doing weddings full times doesn’t make them any less great. f/1.4 is f/1.4 ISO 100 is ISO 100 whether you are a pro charging $3000 for a wedding or a retired hobbyist doing a favor for a friend.

If you like the style of your friends and you are confident they will capture the shots you want, then go ahead with them.

Post # 16
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

if your friends are willing to treat your wedding like a gig and act like photographers more than guests, definitely go with them! make sure you’re on the same page, though, and give them a shot list.

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