Post # 1
Sooo, our photographer for the wedding is supposed to be my FI’s uncle who has been a media photographer for years. He’s worked for the papers, and websites but it’s not his full time gig anymore. He’s never been a full-time wedding/pro photographer at all. Never had a studio, done a wedding or two which added all together, is making me extremely nervous about the wedding.
I want the most amazing pictures for our wedding and I’m so nervous now that he’s not going to be able to do it. He doesn’t use photo shop or anything, and I’ve never seen any of the photos from any of the weddings he’s done.
What do you bees think? Should I look into someone else or should I just suck it up and hope for the best?
Post # 3
If you want “amazing” wedding photos, you need to hire an amazing wedding photographer. People don’t luck into amazing shots… it takes talent, skill, and PRACTICE. If its in your budget, I would look for a new photog.
Post # 4
Have you seen his pics from the weddings he’s shot?
I’d be very nervous to work with someone who wasn’t used to doing weddings, from what I gather, it’s a whole different vibe. Times that by 1000 because pics are so important to you.
Honestly? I’d probably hire somone.
Post # 5
It would be really hard to find an “amazing” photographer at this stage. I agree, in order to get amazing photos you have to have an amazing photographer! Your best bet would be to try and get an “up and coming” photographer (someone who needs the experience and will put alot of effort into making your pictures amazing). Good luck!
Post # 6
I agree with @Tatiepoo… look for an up and coming that has some sort of portfolio/website with some work that you can look at. They are ambitious and usually take beautiful and memorable pictures without looking like every other wedding album you’ve seen. If you happen to be in the New England area let me know and I can give you a suggestion.
Post # 7
I think it all depends on what your expectations are. If you are willing to get “good” shots but they are free then great! If you want AWESOME pictures then you probably need to hire someone but realize it will effect your budget.
Post # 8
There is a photographer that I’ve known for a long time that has recently opened shop and I do know he does a great job. Would it be rude to have two? I know at this stage if we asked his uncle to not do it he’d be upset and hurt, but its our only wedding and I will have these photos forever. I think its just the stress of having 47 days to go, but damn this is driving me crazy today!
Post # 9
Actually…that’s not a bad idea at all!! A lot of photographers (and brides that I’ve talked to prefer this) have an assisant or 2nd photographer with them to make sure that every moment is captured… maybe if you put it to his uncle that he is also a guest so that not only is the 2nd photographer there to make sure everything is captured, but so that his uncle doesn’t have to be on “duty” the whole wedding…
Post # 10
I hired a photographer and then ended up firing her after having second thoughts. The pictures are really the only thing tangible thing you’ll have after the wedding – for me they were one of the most important parts. I think Lauren1018 has a great idea there so you can still have him photograph, get pictures from a photog you want and not hurt his feelings.
Post # 11
Yeah I would suggest hiring a pro too! Being an actual wedding photographer is so much different than other types of photographers. Experience and knowledge aside …
#1: backup gear. Things do break! Pros carry at least 2 camera bodies, redundant lenses, multiple flashes …
Pros also know where to be at so that they are not missing important shots or be annoyingly blocking everybody’s view.
Wedding photographers have a lot more experience dealing with different lighting conditions etc.
Make sure FI’s uncle not lose your pictures. I always carry the memory cards in a holder on my neck – even if my gear is stolen, I will always have the memory cards – those are irreplaceable.