(Closed) in love with our potential photographer… BUT

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Is a honeymoon a worthy sacrifice for your dream photographer?
    YES - photos are an investment - put off the honeymoon a few months : (78 votes)
    62 %
    HELL no! I'll go with the cheaper photographer, cross my fingers and take my honeymoon! : (47 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 3
    3170 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I would rather have beautiful pictures than a honey moon. You can always take a vacation later and spend time together, you can never get wedding pictures again.

    Post # 4
    6545 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @Birdee106:  +1

    Besides, people skip or delay honeymoons for all sorts of reasons all the time. We delayed our honeymoon for 6 months, because Darling Husband really wanted to go on a ski honeymoon but we got married in September. By the time our honeymoon rolled around (we just took it 2 weeks ago) it was honestly more like a vacation than a honeymoon.

    Post # 7
    3421 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center

    you might be supprised how much $$ you get at the wedding. My Parents didn’t plan for a honeymoon but with the generosity of their guest they were able to go to Miami for a few days (in 1984)

    Post # 8
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We spent a lot on our wedding and we delayed our honeymoon. We still went on a minimoon semi-locally. We ended up postponing our honeymoon until about 9 months later (which is now coinciding with our babymoon). You can vacation anytime but you can only take your wedding photos once (in theory). Definitely splurge on the photos first.

    Post # 10
    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @rumpunch712:  Yes yes yes!  Hire the professional!!!

    If it was a choice between your dream photographer, and a slightly cheaper pro, I might say to go with the cheaper pro.  But someone just starting out for $700??? Omg… please don’t do this to yourself.  You will regret it.  There is NO WAY this friendor is going to give you anywhere close to the quality of photos you know you love.

    Your wedding is a once in a lifetime event.  Once it’s over, it can NEVER be redone.  You will have many years together to go on awesome vacations with your husband.  You will never be able to take additional wedding photos.

    Go with the pro!  Get the beautiful, amazing photos you know you love… and go on an awesome anniversary honeymoon!  $2000 seems like a lot right now, and it is, but on your 25th wedding anniversary, don’t you want amazing quality photos to help you relive the emotions and memories of your day?  $2000 spent today will be nothing by then, but your photos will still be with you.

    ETA:  Take it from someone who knows what they are talking about.  The $700 photographer will NOT turn out ok.  I started my business and I started out charging about that much, and I was already a talented portrait photographer… but I still made plenty of mistakes in those first several weddings.  It takes a while to get the experience and equipment necessary to do wedding photography right.  You do NOT want to be someone’s guinea pig unless there is ABSOLUTELY NO POSSIBLE WAY you can afford anything else.




    Post # 12
    1202 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @rumpunch712:  I personally would pick the photographer of your dreams over going on a honeymoon. You are only going to have your wedding day once and you and your Fiance are going to have those pictures forever. You can always go on a delayed honeymoon down the road. That is what me and my Fiance are doing, we aren’t going on a honeymoon until our 1-year wedding anniversary. 🙂 

    Post # 13
    2335 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    I’d way rather have the photos. You can take a delayed honeymoon later. 

    Post # 14
    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @rumpunch712:  Oh, yes, I remember your thread!!  Haha no, I don’t think this friend will be any better than the coworker would have been.

    It doesn’t make any difference what your friends or anyone else thinks.  It’s not them that are going to have to look at the crappy photos for the rest of their lives if you pick the cheap photog… so why should they have any say at all?  You don’t have to justify this to anyone!!  You worked hard to be able to afford the wedding of your dreams, there’s nothing wrong with that at all.

    Reception lighting is one of the trickiest things to master.  This is by far what took me the longest to learn.  You can do absolutely stunning portraits and outdoor shots, and fail miserably at lighting a reception.  I can’t tell you how much trial and error it took me to get this right… and this was AFTER owning $6000+ in professional equipment; I still had to teach myself how to use it.  So if she doesn’t have reception photos on her page, that’s a very bad sign.  It means she likely has no idea what she’s doing, and shouldn’t be shooting weddings at all.  Frankly, even some pros I’ve seen that charge $2000+ still don’t have a very good grasp on how to handle reception lighting.  I’ve seen awful, grainy photos, blurry photos, and completely missed moments. 

    If you want to talk about a waste of money… it’s paying $700 to someone that doesn’t know what they are doing.  You might as well just get a guest to do it for free.  Paying $3k+ to a professional photographer is NOT a waste of money AT ALL.  As I said, take it from someone who knows, and not friends that have no idea what they are talking about.


    Post # 15
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    $3k isn’t so much for a photog. I’d go with the photog and delay the honeymoon.


    Post # 16
    2335 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I wish I would have understood how important photography was in the beginning.  My photographer is great and costs $3800…but if I could go back, I would get the BEST photographer my money could buy (~$7000+) and adjust from there.


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