(Closed) I want a professional photog

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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4822 posts
Honey bee

$300 for a photographer is really, really cheap.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

@gogogiraffes:  Just read some of the horror stories here before you make up your mind.  Remember  just because someone has a nice camera and takes nice pictures, doesn’t make them a wedding photographer.  Wedding photography is a skill, to catch moments and not miss them as they unveil.  To work in any lighting condition, to be able to use speedlights indoors, to have the necessary backup equiment.

Why are you against it?  Budget?

For what is arguably the most important day of your life…..why take a chance?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@gogogiraffes: I definitely wouldn’t go cheap here especially in your circumstance throwing the first pitch – the photographer is going to need some special equipment to capture that (i.e. they’re not going to be able to be right up next to you when that’s happening) so if you hire someone without telephoto (long zoom) lenses and the knowledge of how to use them there’s no point in spending any of your money on photography, if that makes sense. It sounds like you’re going to have a memorable wedding – don’t you want photos to remember it? It’s the only thing you have left from your wedding years and years and years from now.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@gogogiraffes: Yes, please have your fiance read the horror stories of what happens when you get a mediocre photographer – photos are not the place to cheap out.  I would much rather you save on flowers or your dress than photography – your wedding photos are going to be what you hang onto for your lives.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@gogogiraffes: Also, I’ll be honest with you, $100/hr is not a rate that can sustain a real business, so the photographer in question is likely not running a business, doesn’t have a license, doesn’t have a lot of wedding experience, etc. Probably also doesn’t have liability insurance which a place like a ball park will almost certainly require, right USER? I can’t imagine they wouldn’t. So that could be something to bring to your fiance – you need to find someone who shoots enough to have business liability insurance for your venue, and that’s not going to be someone who is able to shoot for $100/hr.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

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@BeeM:  Yes liability insurance is most def required.  Check with your venue and then check with your vendors.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Do not go cheap with your photographer!! Everything else is just a one day thing but a photographer captures memories and long after they start to fade, the photographs live on. Your children’s children will be looking at them. Pay for a professional, you will not regret it!

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