(Closed) Photographer 2nd thoughts….

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
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Sugar bee

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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 # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

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
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2008

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.

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