(Closed) Photography help

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I say a good photographer is a good photographer! BUT I would also say you will need to be more hands-on and give more direction to her than to an experienced wedding photographer. You may need to have a more extensive list that includes ‘standards’ that most brides want, for example ‘I want: pics of me on my father’s arm walking down the aisle, a pic of FH’s face when he sees me for the first time, a pic of our first kiss, pics of the ring exchange, close-ups of my DIY items, etc’ – these are probably ones experienced wedding photogs just ‘know’ they have to get. Your photog will probably be appreciative of a longer and more detailed list so she knows what you expect. Also, troll around Style me pretty and other sites and make a portfolio of shots/poses you love and make sure she reviews it with you IN PERSON, so you can explain what you love about the shots. This will help her understand what your taste is. Good luck!

Post # 4
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963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would be very worried about this. Unlike most of the photoshoots you mentioned, a wedding is a live event. It is much more difficult to find a photographer who can take great photos and catch all the important moments live, than one who can take great shots in a posed photo session.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

hmm, this is a tough one.

Wedding pics I feel are very different from kid, baby, engagement pics – I am assuming those are more posed photo shoots?

Because ability to move around and capture the right moment is so important in a wedding, you can’t be asking guests to laugh cheekily at the speech again for example. It’s like if you missed it, there’s no 2nd chance kind of thing.

Or has this photographer taken any pics of a live event before? Say sports day, graduation day etc? If she also captured great ‘in the moment’ pics in those categories, then I would say go for it – but not without showing her heaps of sample pics to communicate what photography styles you like.

Post # 6
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622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@CRL110282:  I would not hire a baby photographer who has never shot a wedding to do my wedding. It’s a really bad idea. Photography is not like DJing or catering, where it is what it is regardless of the situation. A portrait photographer is skilled at controlled situations – they control the lighting, the location, everything. You can’t do any of that at a wedding and the conditions are fast paced, there are no do-overs, the lighting is usually extremely challenging, the list goes on. She may be a very skilled portrait photographer but that doesn’t translate to wedding photography. The only way to become skilled with weddings is to shoot a LOT of them (as a second shooter or under another photographer) and learn about the pace of things, how to deal with less than ideal lighting/weather conditions, having really tight or even impossible time lines, etc. If you go ahead with it realize you’re taking a huge huge risk. For me personally, my wedding isn’t something I would want someone trying for the first time on.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My father has been a professional photographer for over 30 years, and I was the third shooter on many, many weddings with him. Now I’m working on starting my own business as a children’s photographer. 

If she is an experienced photographer, she obviously understands how cameras work, most likely understands basic posing, especially since she does engagement pictures, and definitely understands lighting. So yes, they could photograph your wedding, and you’d get ok pictures.

HOWEVER, a wedding is A LOT of work. A lot more work than children, a lot more work than engagement pictures. There’s a lot more involved, and it’s a lot a lot more tiring. If your photographer is not used to that, she’s used to studio sessions that take an hour or two at most, she will probably not do a good job on WEDDING pictures. Or at least no where near what an experienced wedding photographer would do.

The reason I’m starting my business as a children’s photographer instead of a wedding photographer is because weddings are HARD. I started with weddings and then went to children. I can’t imagine starting with children and then going to weddings. 

Post # 9
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@CRL110282:  I genuinely hope it works out for you, but I do not understand why you’d want anyone making your wedding on the job training.

Post # 10
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515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If the reason she offered to do your wedding is a great price is that she is looking into expanding her business into wedding photography, then you could offer her less and ask if she’d like to be the “second shooter” so that she can get some shots to build up her portfolio and get some practice. Then hire another photographer who has experience. (And make sure each photographer is okay working with the other.)

Post # 12
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11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Has she second-shot any weddings before? I mean the bottom line is that wedding photographers always have a first wedding. No one just materializes as an awesome photog with tons of experience lol. I probably sympathize a little with her because I currently do that kind of stuff (babies, families, etc) and am trying to break into weddings. I’ve second shot a whole bunch of weddings and feel ready to strike out on my own, but it is HARD to get someone to trust you for your first few solo ones! 

Realistically it is more of a gamble than hiring a seasoned pro. I’d say if you like her other photos and she has wedding experience (even if not solo) and she feels confident doing it… it isn’t a TOTAL crapshoot though. Depending on how well you like her and what the discount is… it very well may be worth it. But if it is something you’re going to stress out about for the next year, maybe not.

Post # 13
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790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

You could always hire a more seasoned wedding photographer for limited coverage and have her second/do full coverage. I would have no problems with this as a wedding photographer, we are both paid to be there.

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