(Closed) More than one person offering free photography

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Hvae either of them ever shot a wedding before?  If so, they have that person be the main, and the other be his second (if that person agrees).

Are you content that you most likely won’t get complete coverage with professional looking images?

 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i would have both of them do it (as long as they’re both okay with that), but i think you have to appoint someone as the main so they can work together more easily. they need to kind of coordinate where each will be standing, especially during the ceremony so they’re not blocking each other’s shots.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

This is a toughie, because Wedding Photography is TOTALLY different to, Photography as a “hobby”.

A Wedding Photographer, catches those “moments”, Its not all just posey posey, its also capturing the FEEL of your wedding and details that no one else notices. ( Brooch on mothers dress, Bridesmaids applying lipstick, father about to cry, shoe clip on brides shoes etc..)

I know getting something for free is great, but you also get what you pay for, You cant get mad at them if they forgot to take a pic of so and so, or they didnt take enough pics.

I would sit and look at their photos, and see what their style is and go over things you’d like in it.

Weddings go FAST, and its very different to someone who just takes photos as a hobby.

I would also not do it entirely free, I would pay for the film or some kind $$ towards the labor.

Like someone mentioned before, if one of them HAS done Wedding Photography before, I would go with them.

 

I contemplated on getting a Student Photographer for my wedding to save some $$ but then I realized that the photos will be something I will look at for years to come, so I might as well get them done professionally.

Remember that, they are friends, and if you’re not satisfied with their pics it might strain the friendship. GOOD LUCK!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree you should make sure that they either have already photographed weddings, or that they have a style that you like. It’s great that they are offering to do it for free, but this does not mean you have to accept if you’re not comfortable with it!

And I agree with you that if someone is doing such a task for free, it’s almost like “you owe them” and it’s more difficult to have expectations and to tell them what to do.

I would ask them now some references, some examples, and explain to them what your expectations are. If they are late in responsing, or seem bothered / offended by your requests, maybe it’s not such of a great idea… If instead them seem easy and pleasant to work with, go for it!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

My SIL is also doing my photography for free…I would do as the others suggested and talk to both of them about the kinds of shots you want…it is your wedding after all.  I mean it’s not like you’re asking them to jump out of a plane with you to take pictures and land at your reception site lol.  So I don’t think saying, “Hey I’d really like these shots” would be out of line.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Thank them for offering and say that you really do appreciate the offer, but you were in the process of meeting with another photographer already.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yup what Karatechick said was great. Say that youre honored but you are meeting another photographer, ( and if they are invited) you can say you’d rather them just sit back and enjoy their time at your wedding, instead of working in it.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I was under the impression that you had no budget for a photographer?  If you do, I would consider other options.  I don’t think those peple should be offended if you decided to go with a pro.  They could also come and photograph your wedding (as a guest) to add to the images your photographer takes.

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