Post # 16
Do you have any friends or family with an interest in photography? Honestly, the only photo from my wedding that I look at regularly is a traditional portrait shot of my husband and I. Shot’s like that are what get’s displayed during a 50th wedding anniversary party and it doesn’t take a professional to capture it.
Post # 17
Try looking into fashion or lifestyle photographers instead. Mine coins herself as a lifestyle photographer and I got her at a very reasonable rate. (She’s charging me $700 for 6 hours of coverage. Fee also includes gas mileage to travel 3 hours by car.) She shoots mainly events that happen in her city for for blogs and small magazines.
Post # 18
It always surprises me that people don’t realize this. Wedding season is big business and most basic packages for 8 hours I’ve seen start around $2500+. That’s a LOT to sacrifice if you are trying to book only a few hours and pay an hourly rate. That’s basically a loss of $312 minimum for every hour you don’t use under eight but the photographers still have all of the photos to edit/correct and send to the client.
We got a huge discount on our wedding photography from an established couple that is based out of Bloomington, IN but shoots a lot in the DC area, and that is ONLY because they are my fiancee’s best friends of over 20 years. It is their wedding gift to us. Even though we are paying them, we are still covering a suite for them the night of our wedding so they have a nice place to stay and can have fun with us too. Photographs are a one shot deal for a wedding and I want happy photographers!!
OP, I am also not comfortable in front of the camera but the right photographers will go a long way towards making you feel a lot more relaxed. Photography is one thing I won’t scrimp on because 1). once the event is over, it’s over, and 2). there is a HUGE difference in the quality of pictures an amateur can take vs a professional and I say that as an amateur. Just start calling people, I’m sure there is a happy medium somewhere! 😀
Post # 19
Our photographer isn’t in that area, but she does travel. And she offers a la carte options in order to provide you with a package that meets your exact needs and budget. Good luck! http://hollyfelts.com/
Post # 20
So, to follow up and end the saga, I asked a friend of a friend and she gave me a guy who did her 50-Ish person wedding and her photos are nice. She knew him because he’s contracted with the hospital she works with and does all their press photos and what not. When I looked up his site he bills himself more as someone who does portraits, families and couples, not a wedding photographer, although he does shoot weddings on the side – perfect! And for 4 hours he’s giving me a rate less than what I was even willing to pay. So, I’d definatly say asking helps and so does looking and asking lifestyle photographers if you’re having a smaller affair.
Post # 21
Your solution sounds a lot like mine. My photographer has shot weddings, but his main gig is headshots and theatre photography. (He’s actually an industry contact of mine.) It’s a lot cheaper but his work is solid, and his portraits are even better than most photographers’ who do weddings because he just does them more.