Post # 1
First of all, I am a bride on a college student budget…and a Chipotle obession that seriously affects saving. A friend of ours who is interested in photography took some engagement pictures for us. I really loved them and she refused to accept more than $20. Yep, TWENTY. So I slipped in a Starbucks gift card too. (Cheating? Maybe.) Anyways, I am seriously considering having her do our wedding. The big humdinger is that she has never shot a wedding before. She is so awesome though and I know she would do whatever we asked of her. What do you think?? I’ll attach some of our engagement shots as some photos for thought. Thanks ladies!!
Post # 3
Honestly, I imagine she will miss some shots and some things won’t be perfect. But, if you can handle this and accept it now, not be upset at her, it is a good opportunity.
Post # 4
bah. pictures didn’t work. take 2
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Post # 5
I am doing something similar to this. My friend is just finishing up with school and he is a photog major. He has a very photo-journalistic which is exactly what I want. However I have composed a list for him of stuff I really want pictures of any I will be sitting down to kind of let him know what I want and what not. He is also bringing a classmate whom I love his work as well to help capture as much as he can. I would just make sure to let her know what you want and things should be ok but I wouldnt expect pro status
Post # 6
I have to say….we had really good friend photograph our wedding, and they are talented photographers….really.
But I wouldn’t do it over again. There are so many wedding-specific details for photographers, and when they don’t have experience…you’ll miss a lot of key shots (even with a shot list and plenty of time!) It just happens.
I would hire a professional and ask your friend to be the second shooter for capturing the same moments from different angles, etc.
Post # 7
Hmmm I wouldnt just because the lack of wedding experience : /
Post # 8
Beth, while I’m all for giving newbies a chance, and “everybody’s gotta start somewhere type thing,” if her pictures had been stunning, I would say go for it. The brutal honest truth? They aren’t. It’s really hard to tell with pics this small, but all three of them appear to have focus issues. Not one of them looks crisp and clear to me… The ring one MIGHT be okay if I could see it bigger. The second one is poorly framed and the last one is underexposed 🙁
I think if your friend really wanted to make a career out of photography and was willing to put in the time and effort required to work out her technical issues it would be something to consider. But with no promise of major improvement prior to your wedding… it’s like the other posters said, she is going to MISS A LOT.
Case and point: I took a newbie with me to the last wedding I shot to give him some wedding practice. He has a great eye and can get awesome shots outside in good lighting, but he choked under the pressure of two poor lighting situations the wedding presented and not enough time to adjust. He had VERY few usable shots from the ceremony and NOT ONE from the reception. Even some of the ones that looked okay on his camera, he later found out were waaay too grainy to give to the clients. Please please please hire a pro, or at least a wannabe pro with a web site and portfolio of some kind, NOT a photo enthusiast.
Post # 9
Photography is not as important to me as it is to many of the brides here – venue, food, and entertainment were all bigger priorities. That said, I would never hire someone who hadn’t done a wedding before. It’s too complex and requires quick thinking that only comes with experience.
Post # 10
As someone who is a wanna-be photographer… I can tell you there is a big difference between being good at taking photos and being a good wedding photographer. I can take amazing landscapes, pictures of animals, and even engagement shots (because really everything moves pretty slow and you have lots of time to get it right). But I am not comfortable doing weddings yet. I have been asked before and I give a VERY clear disclaimer: Doing weddings is HARD. They move really fast, can be really confusing, and no one has time to tell you who is who or what is going on. Plus— if you miss something thats it. There is no do-over. That being said… I’ve done 2 family weddings and been a second shooter at a friend’s wedding. The photos were good but not as good as a professional. You need to be really aware that you get what you pay for. Photos are the only tangible thing you’ll have coming away from your day so you need to be 100% sure that you’re okay with “good” photos rather than great ones.
Post # 11
Thank you all very much! You have given me a lot to think about. I think I am just so focused on saving money but I would hate to regret not having pictures I liked down the road.
@Latte Love, I really like the idea of having her as a second shooter!
Post # 12
I’ll have to agree, your friend isn’t ready. I see a few things they need to work on. I’ve been doing portrait photography for a little while and still wouldn’t take on a wedding without experience, or only if it was their last option. So much can go wrong and the lighting is so poor. Equipment really does matter for weddings too.
It would be great if whoever you hire lets them second shoot.
Post # 13
I think if you’re willing to risk it you should go for it. I’m also on a college budget, and my photog is a friend of a friend (therefore, much cheaper) who has only done one wedding before. I plan to give her a list of shots that I really want, but in general I trust her work and I’ll hope for the best.
Post # 14
Enagemtn photos are one thing, wedding photos are another. I’d never have a friend or family member do them…just incase. Those E-pics are good, but for wedding photos…I’d be a little more picky. Photography is the one thing you shouldn’t cheap out on…in my opinion. :o)
Post # 15
They’re good.. and if she’s willing to do them for free I may take the chance. The only issue is she doesn’t edit so you may want to look into someone who can do that for you. I did an example very quickly to show you the difference.
Post # 16
@maureen9004 Wow! thanks!
Just to fill you all in, we did decide to go with a professional. He’s a great guy who seems to be sort of “on the brink” if that makes any sense. He isn’t a huge name but he is incredibly talented so I think we were lucky enough to scoop him up before he gets pricey!
I can’t thank you all enough for your advice! You gave me so much to think about that would have never occured to me. It gets easy to just started seeing $$$ signs sometimes!