(Closed) Is anyone else not having a professional photographer?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

No but we did find someone just starting out and her prices are 1/3 what the experienced photographers are charging. It’s still the most expensive thing we are paying for (FIL’s are paying for food) but it’s a difference of about $1000. We got really lucky.

Post # 4
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We are just having a close friend who takes pictures as a hobby do our pictures.  Plus one of our guests is a sometimes professional photographer. She’ll probably take some pictures, but we didn’t want to ask her to work at the wedding.

I’m sure it won’t be anything like hiring a professional, but I’m okay with it.  I’m not expecting pictures of every moment, just hoping for a few good pictures.  It’s just so much money to hire a professional, and hiring someone new to the business seems like it could be risky.

Post # 5
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We’re having a pro do our formal shots before the ceremony and she’ll be there through the ceremony, but we’re having a friend who’s going to take all the pics at the reception for us.  You could always try to find a student who’s taking photography classes for cheap!

Post # 6
79 posts
Worker bee

depends on how important photos are to you…clearly not that important as its first thing to be cut from the budget


one piece of advise though, if you ask friends to do it, make a contract…for your and their protection…your friendship may depend on it in the future, trust me

Post # 7
1020 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Photography is way important to me. I have MANY friends who take fabulous pictures, but I’m definitely hiring a pro, no doubt about it.

I suggest you read this: http://www.seattlebridemag.com/ME2/Sites/dirmod.asp?sid=32B32A214A754BC5AAD944CE142E9430&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications::Article&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=4BFD6D878E9541A0BA4ECDFFB23704C9&SiteId=AFE19DE26FCA4C15ACE549D79FA3E8D1

Post # 8
76 posts
Worker bee

What do people do with all of these photos when they have them done? I know I wouldn’t be hanging a huge portrait of Fiance and me on the wall. I might frame a small one somewhere.

I would consider getting a friend to take shots, because I think the prices of pro photos can be astronomical and I don’t really see the point. If you’re really into photos it might be essential for you though and I think you have to be prepared for your friend to turn out to not be as good a photographer as he/she let on.

Post # 9
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We were going to do this but after talking to several people who’ve been married for 20+ years they all said the one thing they wished they had or the one thing they were grateful they did was hiring a professional photographer.  After all is said and done and you think about your wedding in the next 5, 10, 20 or more years you more than likely will not remember what you ate, what kind of dress you wore, what decorations or invites you sent out but you WILL still look at those pictures.  You’ll show them to family friends and your kids and grand kids and they’ll show them to their kids and so on and so forth.  We decided to cut catering out of our budget and we’re doing mostly DIY decorations.  We got a less expensive reception venue and we’re spending what we saved on a pro.  After all the research I did on amateur vs. pro photography it really DOES make all the difference in the world!!  I wish you all the best and hope you have an AMAZING wedding but if you are spending a lot of money in another area I would seriously think about cutting back somewhere else to hire a pro.  Peace & Love!!

Post # 10
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I know it can feel a little lonely out there being someone who isn’t prioritizing money on wedding photography 🙂  I’m one of them!  My FSIL’s best friend is a photography student who has done some weddings and wants to build her portfolio and for us, it’s totally perfect.

I’m totally in the minority, but I don’t care very much about having pictures.  Our parents will probably want a couple formal shots.  I’d like to have one or two to hang up somewhere, but I’m just not that big on pictures overall.  I never tak epictures of anything in our lives, I’ve never seen my parents wedding photos, or my grandparents, or anything like that.  I just don’t really care.  It’s just more important to me to spend the money on food and alcohol for our guests.  I’m absolutely confident that my FSIL’s friend will do a great job and that we’ll have some fun shots – but it was nowhere in my top 5 of must-haves for our wedding.  Plus we couldn’t even come CLOSE to affording what photogs in our area charge, our whole budget is sooo small.

Post # 11
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I struggled with this one a lot and was going to book a photography student for really cheap because I had SEVERE sticker shock at the price of photographers! But I struggled because photography was something I did NOT want to compromise on and it was really important to me! When discussing this with my WONDERFUL Future Mother-In-Law she offered to pay for a pro photog and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome and now I have the photographer of my dreams!!!!

However, we are not having them all day – He will be doing everything up until the reception and then we are having a friend (hobby photographer) to do the reception shots for us!

Post # 12
1205 posts
Bumble bee

We’re doing the exact same thing.  I’m completely comfortable not spending the big bucks on a pro.  We will have 3 friends with great cameras and great “skills”

I am, however, making a lis of the shots that I want and giving them lots of example prints for ideas.

Post # 13
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m in the no pro-photography boat as well. I have a friend, who I’ve known for about 5 years, that has taken photos I would love to have on my wall, and offered to do our wedding photography as a gift. When I talked to him more about it, he told me how disappointed he was with the photography at his own wedding (by a $2500 pro) – I guess that reassured me that he would be picky about his own photography!

I’m also not the type that ever takes or looks at my own photos, so I’m sure that made a difference in my decision. Future Mother-In-Law bothered me about hiring a pro for the first few months of our engagement. I told her it wasn’t in our budget, but I’d be happy to stand for pictures if she wanted to pay for one. That quieted her down in a hurry!

Frankly, I would have been more than happy to pay the friend who is doing it for free, because he knows our personalities and actually cares about the quality of our wedding photos. To me, that is more valuable than know that someone has mad photoshop skills and has done a bazillion weddings.

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