Photographer asking if they can send interviewee to shoot my wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
3706 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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
9443 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

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
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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missmollybee : 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
1128 posts
Bumble bee

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
6532 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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 # 8
212 posts
Helper bee

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Horseradish :  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 # 10
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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
12261 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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 # 13
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
4870 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
1602 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I’d be all for it. More free pics! 

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