Post # 1
So I got an e-mail today from our photography company asking if they can send an additional photographer, at no charge to us, as part of their interview process. At first I was like hey, the more the merrier! Another free photographer! But then I starting thinking it’s a little bit unusual and almost kind of offensive. Why would they use someone’s wedding day (one of the biggest days of someone’s life) as the guinea pig for their hiring process? I asked them what exactly this photographer would be shooting, because I definitely don’t want a photographer whose work I’ve never seen to be shooting our portraits or ceremony shots. Maybe if they were only assisting the main photographer and doing getting ready shots, reception, etc. it would be fine.
Idk bees what do you think about this?? Does this seem a bit weird?
Post # 2
As long as I was still getting pictures from the photographer I hired I wouldn’t mind. Other than the staged photos I requested, my photographer was excellent at blending in and getting great candid pics. I rarely noticed her. I would guess that they want to see someone in action to see how they actually do on the job.
Post # 3
Our second photographer just got different angles than the primary, she didn’t do any part of the wedding by herself except maybe one point where she went to get some detail pictures of the decor while we finished up portrait shots with our primary photographer. They didn’t switch off or split up duties – both were taking pictures for the entire event. So I would imagine you still get everything done by your primary and then additional shots from the secondary. But I would clarify with your photographer about what the secondary will do that day.
Post # 4
Confirm what shots the candidate is supposed to cover, and what your actual photographer will be covering. The reasoning behind this seems weird to me. Photographers have portfolios for the same reason employees have resumes; this photographer’s portfolio is enough information, your firm doesn’t need to use your wedding as part of an interview. It also sucks for the interviewing candidate, who is working a full day at his or her own expense to get a job. It seems unfair to you and the potential candidate.
I would stay open to the idea but definitely have the details worked out. Also make sure your contract specifies that you’re relying on the original photographer, and you’re not paying for the extra.
Post # 5
I would welcome it, but I’m a bit biased because I’m a photographer. The hired photographer will get the most important moments. The interviewee may be incredibly talented, and you may get some wonderful shots from their unique perspective. Remember: the interviewee wants this job, so they’ll bring their “A”game. 😉 Just make sure the company is planning to give you the interviewee’s shots too, and at no charge.
Post # 6
Almost kind of offensive?! Girl, this is a business transaction. Nothing offensive about it at all. How do you think photographers get their careers started? Relax. It’s going to be just fine.
Post # 7
My thoughts exactly. That’s what portfolios are for… Though I can understand them wanting to see the person in action though, but it just seemed a little weird that they’d use someone’s wedding as that “trial run”. But hey, it’s free so…
You all are making great points. I could wind up with an amazing second photographer! And I indeed get all the shots they take for free. I’m not opposed to it as long as our main photographer will be covering all the major shots and they won’t be splitting up the work or anything like that. I am in contact with the company ironing out all the details, and I will for sure get everything in writing.
Post # 8
I agree. How is it offensive? They asked you in a advance for permission. They didn’t just show up. I know its not exactly the same as an apprentice or trainee but think of all the times we interact with Student Teachers, Nurses, Paramedics, Residents, Interns at Companies etc….
I would be offended only if they came without permission
Post # 9
I meant that it felt offensive that they would ask a client to be involved in THEIR hiring process. Why should any client have to be involved in that? With interns and stuff you generally know how that process works and how they’ll be supervised etc. But since this came out of the blue with no detailed information about shots and logistics, it kind of felt like an imposition. But hey I’m not totally against it as long as we have an understanding and clear written boundaries.
Post # 10
The reason they do this is because some less scrupulous people in the past have used someone else’s work as their own portfolio. A tech savvy person could go the sites of better photographers, download those pics and pretend they show them.
It’s been years since I’ve shot a wwedding, but back when I did and belonged to several photography communities, some photographers had it happen to them. I don’t want to scare you, the majority of photographers are honest and don’t do this, but this is what they are trying to weed out.
As for if you should let them, this person will be presumably on his or her best behavior. If you’re feeling extra nervous ask if someone say your Maid/Matron of Honor could ask him or her to leave if it got to be too distracting or they did something that made problems for you. I agree with the PP photographer, I’d say yes.
Post # 11
As long as the interviewee is out of the way of the main photographer and you still get your paid photographers full attention for what he/she was hired for, then it sounds like a free second shooter to me. I’d also request the pictures from the interviewee.
Post # 12
Oh my gosh I’ve never heard of that happening!!! Geez that would be awful. Well I guess I have nothing to lose as long as this person is just going to be second fiddle to my main photographer.
That’s a great idea, I will request their portfolio (assuming it isn’t plagiarized!!!
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2021 - Glacier National Park-Montana
A free second shooter? Heck yes! Some people say that’s a must have and it’s not cheap. I’d think of it as the lottery. The main photographer is still there for the job.
However you seem to be getting stressed by the prospect. Definitely say no of you don’t want to worry about it.
Post # 14
Edited: totally misread your post and my answer wasn’t relevant. I will say be weary because you don’t know the work of this second person and they may end up not working well with your original photographer and way unwittingly get in the way of getting good shots of things like your vows.
I had a situation where we paid for a professional videograpger and had our contractor do a bait switch on us and sent us new person who had no expirience filming weddings. They set up their camera in the wrong spot and our priest stood in front of the camera and basically blocked any video of our vows. We went to court over this and we were awarded cost and damages but I have a video that is unwatchable because of editing, sound quality and no actual wedding vows.
I wouldn’t risk it personally because I’d worry about all the things that could go wrong after having had an expirience like mine.
Post # 15
I’d be all for it. More free pics!