(Closed) Oh my god the agony of finding a photographer.

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Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: Saint Domingue

It’s your wedding.  Don’t worry about “what everyone else” (anonymous people at that) do or don’t do. 

I wanted a phtographer for two hours after the ceremony (I know, GASP, right?  “It’s the only thing you have left after the day is over,” (besides your everlasting love, and decades’-worth of debt depending upon who you are, right) and on and on) 

Anyway, pictures of my shoes?  Ha!  My place cards?  Nah.  Pictures of me getting ready or, more cringe-worthy my fiancé getting ready (he’s a 44-year-old landscaper.  Yeah, he doesn’t do getting ready shots!) No.

What’s important to me is pictures of me and my family on that day and that’s what we’re getting.

We found an award-winning photographer (granted, it definitely took a lot of emails and looking as everyone else seemed to be in it for the big, multi-K $ packages) who listened to what I wanted and said, “sounds perfect.”  

She’s at the point in her career where she’s shooting so many weddings she welcomes taking one on where shes not shooting the whole day.  She’s happy.  We’re happy.  

For those people who want the whole shebang, go for it.  I did it the first time around and looked through the whole wedding album (after staring at it constantly the first week I got it back) a sum total of probably twice during eleven years.  My sister says she did the same.  So do all the other married people I talk to.  

You’ll find someone great who respects your wishes.  But I definitley know how frustrating it can feel when everyone wants to sell you the 12hour paparazzi package.  😊

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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lumiko:  Have you joined any local facebook wedding groups in your area? I am on one, and am finding that a lot of the women are super helpful in aiding one another in finding budget friendly wedding related things. The bee is a great community for all things wedding and beyond, but it might help out to connect in your area as well. I am betting someone could offer you referrals for a specific photographer willing to do just what you want/need.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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lumiko:  We did not shell out what most people do for a photographer. I had an aquaintance who did photography. She has a professional DSLR camera. We felt so comfortable with her, and she really did a phenomenal job. We still paid her over $1000 because it is utilizing her talents, and is a big commitment. But most wedding photographers cost thousands upon thousands. Another nice thing about it is that the pictures are royalty free; she sent us a CD and we can print our pictures any way we want.

So I would suggest asking around about any “hobby” photographers who have done a few weddings. College students studying photography, or someone who is just starting their photography business. I think that kind of person would be a good match because they will still capture awesome photos but it won’t be such a financial investment as a very PRO photographer, which you don’t even want. Look on facebook, use google, and ask around!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

another suggestion is searching on instagram (which is weirdly where i’ve found a lot of my vendors). you could look under the hashtag #[whereyoulive]weddingphotographer or some variation and see what comes up. I found my (affordable!) wedding photographer that way. And my florist!

Post # 8
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Helper bee

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lumiko:  Maybe try a student photographer at the local university? You can contact the photography society there and request that interested photographers contact you with their portfolios, then just pick one you like!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Oooh where in North West Indiana? My wedding will be in South Bend,  In. I was having a hard time with a photographer too.  I didn’t have the budget to spend thousands but I wanted the pics to look good.  I found a few local photographers for around $850 that seem to do pretty decent work.  

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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lumiko:  I’m self concious with lots of things too which is why I wanted the photographer I found. She’s absoutely amazing at caputuring special moments and candid shots and the colours of her photos are so vivid. Her ideas are amazing. We are paying an arm and a leg because she’s the best in the area. I almost booked someone else but I kept going back to her. The pictures are all you have after the memories.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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lumiko:  Try contacting them. My photographer does both but mostly seems to focus on bigger weddings. We only needed her for 4 hours as well. I still paid an arm and a leg and could have got her for double that time for just a bit more but I didn’t need her for longer. Our wedding is only 21 people. It doesn’t hurt to contact them via e-mail.  You don’t owe them anything by just inquiring and most would be happy that you are even considering them and would easily answer any questions you have. If they do smaller packages, great they will let you know. If not, oh well, cross them off your list. I find e-mail is the most comfortable way to begin contacting a vendor.

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Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

You have to contact the photographers. They all list those big packages because, like you said, that’s what most people are looking for. Email them, explain you don’t need a big package, what you want, and ask for a quote. The worst they say is sorry, I don’t provide hourly services and maybe even make  a recommendation for you.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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lumiko:  It’s really about managing your expectations. I think the thing that will make it hardest is that you’re getting married in prime wedding season – May/June & Sept/Oct are our busiest wedding months. Not many established wedding photographers are going to book a 2-3 hour wedding on a Saturday. It’s just not smart business to give up a full wedding package for just a couple of hours. While most of my weddings are in the 8+ hour range I still love shooting smaller weddings on occasion, so it’s not a matter of “good” photographers not doing them – they just likely aren’t going to do them on a busy date in prime season. 

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