Post # 47
I understand your dilemma. I was originally going to have my best friend, who is a photographer, photograph our wedding, but we changed the type of ceremony we wanted and he is now serving as my Man of Honor. Since we had not originally budgeted for a photographer, we could only justify $500, which does not really get you anything if you look at traditional wedding photographers.
What I did was post an ad on Craigslist stating what I needed and what I was willing to pay. I got a ton of responses with varying quality of work. We ultimately decided on a photographer who has recently moved to our area, is trying to build her business here, and her work is great. For $500, we were able to get photography for 7 hours, all prints on a disc, retouching of 50 images on a disc, rights to print ourselves, and an engagement shoot. Craigslist is definitely worth a shot.
Post # 49
Well, I tried thumbtack.com, and have gotten a quote from these people: http://www.absoluteaudioentertainment.com/ Here’s what the quote says:
“Our bid includes all Pre Ceremony, Ceremony, Post Ceremony & Reception Photography as well as our artistic direction. We invite you to go to our Facebook page and look over some of our albums http://www.facebook.com/KYAbsolutePhoto or search Facebook for
Absolute Photography. BONUS – We can also include our Award winning DJ/Lighting/Emcee service if needed for another $480.00. Our bid includes all photos edited on a NO COPYRIGHT RESTRICTION CD to print & share as you desire.”
The price quoted is $585. On my work request I asked for just ceremony and a few family pictures, though. :/ I don’t know if I’d feel comfortable with someone snapping pictures while I’m trying to get ready. And I’m not sure what “our artistic direction” means.
They have pictures on their website and on their Facebook page – I have no idea if they’re any good or not. I honestly can’t tell – wedding photos all look the same to me. For those of you with a better eye than I have, do their pictures look decent?
Edit: Here’s another photographer I’m considering: http://www.tomcarrphotography.com/ They have a 3-hour, 100-300 picture wedding package for $525 that sounds like it’d be perfect for what I want. But again, I have no idea if their pictures are any good or not. They seem nice to me. *shrug*
Post # 50
A good friend of mine decided to accept the offer of a friend of a friend to do her wedding photos on the cheap and she is now, several years later and after the birth of their child, very sad about her decision. She HAS photos, but they’re not good and a lot of them look awkward (bad timing, awkward angles) and so she won’t show anyone. She has stated several times that she really regrets that, but at the time it was a huge cost saver.
Maybe you could post an add on kijiji or craigslist for a photography student or amateur? You might find someone awesome for cheaper than a normal photographer?
Post # 51
Do not go with Absolute Photo. Their work looks like it’s done with a camera phone.
Tom Carr photography, though, looks much nicer. They seem like the best quality $500 will get you.
Post # 52
i didn’t read all the previous posts, but i WILL say that going with friend/guest photos or a friendor is more successful if you’re having your event outside/during the day. photographers really earn their money in tricky lighting…(late afternoon ceremonies with backlighting, dark hotel ballrooms, etc.)
i’ll also second what cbgg said…if you don’t value photography, that’s totally ok. everyone puts their money where their priorities lay, and if you think the photo booth will be more fun, then you should do that…but if your reaction to the above comparison of guest/pro pictures makes you want the pro version…you should find and hire a photographer who shows those types of photos.