Post # 1
We know a photography major who can give us a great deal on our photos, but she warned us that she doesn’t have any equipment for lighting except the flash on her camera. The photographers recommended by our venue cost like 6-10 times as much, but say they bring in various spotlights and uplights to the venue. I am really tempted to hire the student, but we are getting married in a historic mansion where most of the rooms do not have bright lighting, so I wonder if the various extra lights might be neceessary. Has anyone discussed equipment with their photographer / have advice on whether extra lights are necessary or not for a space like ours?
Post # 3
I would not be comfortable hiring someone who only has the flash on their camera for your photos. You will have dark pictures, or pictures with strong shadows behind them. I also have a degree in photography and I think you will be better off hiring someone who has more professional equipment, has shot a wedding before, and knows how to work with a historical mansion setting.
Why don’t you try finding a photographer who is newer on the photography scene, but not a complete student novice? The more mainstream photographers are higher priced because they are well know and have a lot of experience. You may find a better price in a photographer who has only shot 1-3 seasons of weddings, or does wedding photography as a side business.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club
I agree; you’ll end up with pictures that look just like snapshots (if she is only using an on-camera flash!). I wouldn’t hire someone for a wedding that doesn’t yet understand the basics of off-camera lighting — even if she doesn’t have/can’t afford lighting, she could easily rent it.
There are some good, lower-cost photographers out there. Try to find someone with more experience and equipment — you’ll be much happier with your photos! You might be able to call a higher-priced photographer for some recommendations in your price range. Good luck to you! 🙂
Post # 5
Hire a photographer with better equipment. Pro lighting equipment makes a HUGE difference in photos. The effects are even greater indoors ( I bounce lights of ceilings and walls for example for much better effects than those little on camera flashes ). You’ll see such a huge difference – I guarantee it. I would not skimp here .
One thing you could do if you budget is tight is to hire a pro for just 2-3 hours ( ceremony + couple shots + groups + fake cake cutting ) and the student for the rest. This approach would work best for a non-saturday wedding date because many pro photographers have 5-6 hour minimums on Sat’s.
Post # 6
You could offer to buy her a flash and a Lightsphere. Your wedding is 10 months away which is plenty of time for her to practice. Have her study up on “dragging the shutter” and see if she’ll commit to this for you. I think newer photographers have a great eye b/c they’re not sticking to the same old classic shots.
You could also hire a pro for an hour or so to do your formals, b/c those involve knowing posing and dealing with any lighting situation and still being able to deliver.
I am just offering ideas for the other side. 🙂
Post # 7
Girlwitharing, I hate to even say it, but if she even has to ask whether the camera’s built in flash is sufficient, I don’t think she should be shooting your wedding, at least not alone. The only usable photos you would end up with indoors would be close ups and they would have that goofy small-flash effect where your faces are bright/overexposed and the backgrounds are all black. The rest would be too dark and grainy to use at all based on what you’re telling me. My recommendation is to look into other “new pros” who have at least a really wide aperture lens (because even if you buy a big flash, you have to know how to use the ‘flash effect’) and even that’s limiting. Or maybe hire another pro for a few hours like someone else suggested?
I don’t mean to sound self serving, but I’m a photog who just started out professionally, so I’m hardly charging anything right now and happen to live only about 70 miles from philly. If you want to PM me, I have the equipment and viable credentials as well, so maybe a really awesome solution would be to have us both there shooting your wedding! Good luck with whatever you decide!
Post # 8
Weddings are the hardest thing to photograph really, and a noob is not going to be able to give you good photos. It’s just too tricky, with all the crazy low light to bright light situations that arise. I would keep looking!