(Closed) Non-wedding photographer? Help me decide!

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1478 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

uhhhh …. tricky situation.  I would explain to my mum that whilst he is indeed talented – wedding photography is very different from taking wedding photos and it is, so many talented potrait photographers do weddings and you end up with stiff posed picture which dont capture the essence of the day 


You could also suggest that he be 2nd photographer and hire another person but be careful not every photographer is willing to work with others. 

Post # 4
43 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

Do you have a link to his work?  I would suggest maybe set up an engagement session or something with him and see how you feel about him, then make a decision.

Post # 5
979 posts
Busy bee

Wedding photography is tricky. They have to know the exact moment to snap to get that shot, they have to know the angles to get, moments to photograph…etc. I’d go with a professional that has a background of weddings, if pictures are important to you. I’m a professional wedding photographer. There is A LOT to know about the wedding industry vs commercial industry in photography.  Just because someone can pick up a camera, doesn’t make them a pro wedding photographer.  just my opinion as a pro. It takes years to become a pro wedding  photographer, not just a few weddings.


Post # 6
384 posts
Helper bee

If your mom is dead set on this person try the engagement photos then decide from there….


Post # 7
2334 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Nope.  Taking pictures of posed subjects (including engagement pictures) is MUCH different than the fast-paced movement of a wedding day.  There are tons of people around, important moments that cannot be restaged (your first kiss, cutting the cake, the way you looked at your husband after you walked down the aisle, etc), and it involves hours of 8-10 hours of shooting rather than just a portrait session.  Completely different beasts.

Post # 8
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Keep suggesting pros to your mom a see if she will change her tune. Or dont take the money and find who You want. Maybe see if she will pay for other things instead of the photos so you do not feel obligated to use a photographer she wants because shes paying.. I know parents can guilt/push you into things because they are buying.

 Portraits and events are two different beasts however, I find those that shoot Really good portraits, particularly glam type stuff tend to make good event photographers.

Post # 10
7038 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Definitely not. Commercial work is VERY different from wedding photography. Commerical work is usually a very controled environment with lighting, models, and plenty of time to meticulously set up each shot.

Wedding photography is fast paced, tricky, uneven lighting conditions, and without fail – something always goes unplanned at a wedding. There are also no second chances, and no do-overs if you don’t capture a moment.


Post # 11
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Here’s the thing: on a wedding day 50% of what I do isn’t even photography. It’s fixing dresses and calming people and knowing which side xyz goes on and how to revive flowers and how to get kids to payattention and handling drunks and ignoring aggressive guests. Heck, I even teach girls how to pretty cry. You want someone who knows all that stuff!!

Post # 12
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

To be blunt it is a horrible idea. Weddings are a specialty.

Post # 13
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@continuumphotography:  +1. Find someone with the passion and skill for weddings. They’ll have the timing down, they’ll be able to help you plan based on their own experience . . . it’ll be much better for you overall.

Post # 14
11744 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

no way. just because he’s good at taking x type of pictures, doesn’t mean he’s good at taking y types of pictures.  There’s a reason people specialize in wedding photographer vs. portraits vs. other types, etc.

Post # 15
10363 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wedding photography is wayyyyy too specialized to trust someone who doesn’t focus on it as their main business. Usually a sign to run away when someone wants you to hire their “hairdresser’s nephew”, as well, haha.

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