Post # 47
I am doing something similar. I have a friend who’s a portrait photog trying to break into weddings. She’s done some weddings, but not many, and is trying to build her portfolio.
TBH though, I am not too fussed if our wedding photos aren’t perfect. It’s just not that important to me; I’m more concerned with people having a good time than with getting it on film. If you’re the kind of person who’s going to be distraught if your photos aren’t top-notch, I wouldn’t do it.
ETA: Second the PPs who suggest an engagement session as a trial run. It’s not the same as wedding photography by a long shot, but it’s better than nothing.
Post # 48
I know everyone is telling me to not to book him – or at least most are – but I’m going against the advice. I met with him and scheduled our engagement session. If I like it, I’m using him for the wedding. After seeing his work and speaking with him I have no doubt that he is capable of taking the type of photos I would like. He has a great eye and great editing skills – and I did speak to him about adding more edits, thanks to all who suggested this. He is going to include 50 fully photoshopped photos and we can purchase more at a very reasonable rate if we would like to. Call me crazy but I’m excited to use him! I will post after the engagement shoot to let everyone know how that went. I’m confident it will go well.
Post # 49
Well, its going to come down to You liking his work and feeling comfortable. Do the homework and it seems like you are. He does have event experience and hes a referral. So thats a plus 2. Ive done many events with just as tight of a timeline and crap lighting as a wedding. A wedding is an event, frankly most event shooting is not much different than a wedding IMO.
Post # 50
Good luck with that. Engagement sessions are NOTHING like weddings. They are for clients to feel more comfortable being photographed, not as testing grounds to whether someone can handle a wedding. 50 photos will not tell the story of a wedding (if that’s even a consideration). And while I agree with Styles that event photography shares similarity with weddings, the emotional weight of wedding photography puts a far different spin on the expectations.
Post # 51
Not to mention the other bits of skills and knowledge that are unique to weddings. I do believe the techincal skills for an indoor nighttime event would be the same no matter what the event was… sort of… but there are many things about wedding photography that only wedding experience will teach you. Timing is everything. You have to be used to reading the situations at a wedding to know when to snap the photo. Otherwise, you might have technically great… boring photos.
OP, I think you will be better off than most people who hire a photog who has never shot a wedding, since this photog at least has some event experience. But I would not expect professional results. If you are prepared for this it’s fine… just don’t want you to wind up disappointed.
And yes an engagement session is nothing like shooting a wedding. They aren’t really comparable at all as far as I’m concerned, other than them being a chance for bride/groom and photographer to get to know each other and get comfortable together.
Post # 52
I’m sure he’s a great photographer and I don’t think anyone here is doubting that, the question is whether he’s a good WEDDING photographer, which is very different. I’m sure he will be one day and for that he’ll need to find ways to gather clients, something I know because my DH is trying to break into the wedding photo business and is finding other ways to practice without being the main shooters. It’s not just about someone taking good photos but their timing/pacing, knowing the important shots to get, and yes, providing way more than 25!