Post # 1
First off both mine and my fiances parents are paying for the wedding but neither of them have a lot of money. I am doing alot of diy projects and I want the photos to reflect the hard work and small details that we have put into it. I found a couple of photographers that i really like in the area but they charge $1000 and $1200. That price includes their time for the whole day, the prints, and copyright releases. I realize that that price is not expensive when it comes to photographers. My dad however thinks that that price is kind of rediculous. His quotes are “You are paying $1200 and all you are going to get out of it are some pictures.” Lol… My dad is not really the romantic type and he is always logical and straight to the point.
My dad’s idea: We could buy 2 really nice cameras and have people we know take the pictures. In the end we have 2 new cameras and pictures for the same price. (He is actually willing to spend more for the 2 cameras than the photographers cost. We would probably be getting digital SLR Canon t1i or t2i.)We do not have any professional photographers on the family, but my uncle is pretty good. I would just be worried that he wouldnt get the small details.
My dilemma: I want quality pictures that show the small details as well as the big picture, but the camera that i would be getting if i went with my dad’s idea is the one that i have been wanting for years.
What should I do?
Post # 3
i would explain how important it is to you that a professional take your pictures. show him some websites where the prices are normal (2 – 4 thousand) and maybe hell realize u are getting a pretty good deal. 🙂
Post # 4
Long response! Sorry! I’m passionate about photography!!
Wow, this is a hard one. I can see why you are struggeling. In this situation since you and your Fiance are not paying for the wedding, the decisions all have to go through the parents. That can be hard when it’s YOUR wedding but THEIR money. Is it possible to save any money between you and your FI? If so, aks your dad to put the portion he would have put towards the cameras into your photography budget. And when you sit down to have the conversation bring examples of the kind of photos you want.
Tell him what they mean to you, and tell him you also understand he has different views about what pictures mean. What I can tell you about photos from weddings is that they are the only thing you have that capture the feeling, love, and inspiration of that day. the memories over time do fade, and my SO and I like you, want all the little details picked up from our wedding day. We had a civil ceremony in Jamaica and the pictures were HORRIBLE! The cameras were nice, but the photographers just did a point and shoot. It didn’t feel special, it didn’t feel like us. 2 weeks later he deployed to Iraq, and those photos are all I have of that day. Needless to say, I never look at them. They’re not special.
We are having a vowel renewal when he gets home and the photography is the single most expensive item for us. We went all out, and worked our “wedding” budget out for the extra costs. I think if they are paying for your wedding that is an amazing gift, but if there is something you really want, that they can’t or won’t provide, work hard and get it for yourselves. You two are worthit.
Post # 5
I promise you that the camera is only half the battle if you don’t know what you are doing with that camera. If you don’t take it off the “auto” mode, it’s essentially just shooting with a point and shoot.
True professionals know how to light those detials you’ve worked so hard on….
I would stick to your guns and hire a professional…
Post # 6
Photography is one area that I wouldn’t skimp on. For us, it is the most important element of our wedding (besides my dress) and we definitely cut back on other things just so we could afford a great photographer. Trust your instincts and the professional photographer. You won’t regret it…especially in twenty years.
Post # 7
Photography has little to do with the camera and everything to do with the photographer. A good photographer could take better pictures with a point and shoot than someone in your family could with those xtis. Also the camera’s you listed aren’t professional and don’t offer high enough ISO capability to shoot the reception without ugly on-camera flash that flattens images and makes them look like digital snapshots. I realize you want the camera, heck as a photographer I obviously LOVE CAMERAS and completely understand, but you can always buy a nice camera later down the road, you can’t redo your wedding pictures. Tell your dad in 5 years those SLRs will be obsolete but wedding pictures are forever, then see him try to tell you which one has more long-term value. 😛 Good luck!
Post # 8
I have the same problem. Our budget is really tight and my mom doesn’t see the point in spending $1500 on the photographer we just booked. But I’m planning a ton of DIY projects so that I can afford the photographer we wanted. To me, photography was the one thing I’m not willing to skimp on – and really, $1500 is a pretty good deal for the quality of the photos we’ll (hopefully) get out of it.
If photography is important to you, I definitely wouldn’t settle. I totally understand wanting your effort and details to be recognized…so make sure they are! And if you want the camera, you can always register for it. 🙂
Post # 9
Thank you everyone for your thoughts! I am going to discuss it with my dad and see if we can work out a deal.
Post # 10
If it helps in persuading your dad, you can explain to him that you aren’t just getting a bunch of pictures – you’re getting all that time your photographer took to painstakingly go through your shots and adjust for light, color and finish them correctly so that they look fabulous. From what I know, this takes many many hours for which (including the time spent at your wedding) $1000 – $1200 is a decent compensation.
Post # 11
With all the other money you are spending, those photos are the only thing you will have left when the day is over. I understand the budget struggle–I am skimping everywhere I can but I am sticking to my guns on the photographer!! My mother only has a couple of snapshots from her wedding and has regretted it for 44 years. Another option is to try to hire a senior/masters student. You are probably too far from Columbia College in Chicago but is there a university closer by with a good fine arts program?
Post # 12
Your dad’s idea is awful and all I have to say is DO NOT COMPROMISE ON YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY!!! What is the one thing you will be left with after the wedding? Your photos! Having a “nice” camera is one thing. Being able to work it to its best ability is another. Photographers charge for their expertise in lighting, framing, and knowing how to capture those sweet moments which they can only achieve through experience. Having a couple friends take photos will never ever get the same result. Plus, the type of cameras professional photogs use cost thousands of dollars, and for a reason. so you guys will never get the same result with a couple higher end every day digital cameras, which is what I assume he is suggesting you buy. His willingness to spend more on this is really silly, you MUST talk him out of it. YOU will be the one regretting it in the end, YOU will be the one stuck with awful photos, not him. Photography was at the top of my list of most important items at my wedding, it’s not something to skimp on. I am sincerely worried for you, please update us with the news that you are hiring a professional! 🙂
Post # 13
ooh that is a dilemma i think i agree with everyone saying talk to your dad about funding a photog budget for you and then i’d hit up craigs list and local colleges for up and coming photographers their work is usually just as good and sometimes a lot cheaper. i’ve got a friend from college doing ours all day for $500 plus a cd of the photos. In return she gets to use us on her blog so its win win maybe that’ll help some
Post # 14
No, No, No, No, NOOOOOOOOOOO. Nice camera equipment does NOT EQUAL GOOD PICTURES. First of all, two professional cameras are going to run around $1500 EACH for just a body and lens (and that is a lower end professional camera – Canon Rebels are NOT professional, by the way. My camera body w/o lens was about $2500). The flash you will need is another $350 per camera. The compact flash cards are going to run about $200+ for the amount you would need. Nd then, you have to have someone who actually knows enough about the cameras to use them in a way that skillfully captures your day. Photography is not the place to DIY. Seriously. It takes a lot of skill and an amazing eye to make it work.
WHATEVER YOU DO HIRE A REAL PHOTOGRAPHER, EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR IT YOURSELF. YOU DAD HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT.
Post # 15
Just checked at the cameras you might buy “digital SLR Canon t1i or t2i” = not great digital SLRs. If you are going to shell out, at least get a Canon EOS 40D. Seriously.
Post # 16
I totally understand your dilemma, but have to agree with PP’s. A great camera does not mean great photos, and if you want nice photos of your wedding, you need a professional photographer. Or at the very least, a family member or friend who you KNOW can take great photos (because I don’t really believe that only pros get great shots). Try to talk your dad into the photographer, and you can save and buy yourself a nice camera later. Or put one on your registry.