(Closed) professional or family?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2790 posts
Sugar bee

I would say before you agree to that look for a young student looking to make a couple bucks, a company willing to do a trade for your services, or a hobbiest. Also check craigs list. His mom should be busy being IN the photos and greeting guests not stalking the two of you all day. She should be enjoying the day as much as the two of you are.

Post # 5
2790 posts
Sugar bee

No problem! Check the colleges near your home for a photography program. They may be able to recommend someone or let you know where to post your need for a wedding photographer.

Post # 6
739 posts
Busy bee

His mom should be allowed to experience the day. Having her take pics will significantly take away from this, plus she wont be in any of the photos. Of course I would tell you to go find a pro but if you really can’t find one. Look for someone who is just starting out and wants to build their portfolio.

Post # 7
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

his mom should be free to enjoy the day. if you can’t afford a pro, look on craigslist and wedding boards for someone starting out and trying to build their portfolio. do an engagement session first to make sure you like their pictures and personality.

Post # 8
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

i agree that his mom should enjoy the day.  i would definitely look for young upcoming photography students.

Post # 9
1509 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Honestly, aside from the fact that his mom should enjoy his son’s wedding without having to have a job so to speak, hire a professional.  This would be the one aspect of any wedding that if I had to go in debt for, I would do.  After everything is over, the only tangible thing left from your wedding (aside from the marriage obviously) are the pictures.  There is something to be said about looking back through your pictures and reliving the day.  An excellent photographer will not only capture the day beautifully by getting all of the most important pictures, but they will do it in a very artistic way and then also be able to edit them to improve on their quality. 

Post # 10
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We didn’t pay a photog – but we had several professional ones with their amazing cameras around for the day (my mom, my uncle and my husband’s cousin). Did we get EVERY shot I would have asked for? Maybe not but we got a TON of amazing ones.

Based on your budget you probably can’t afford to hire a pro. My advice would be entrusting not only his mom but a few other people with decent cameras to shoot during the day. Or hiring a low budget student who is trying to build a portfolio. Chances are with several cameras shooting you’ll get the important moments captured.

However, the most important part is managing expectations. You will not have photos that are $4000 pro photographer quality BUT you may end up with better pics than you expect. Plus even pro photogs miss shots (you’ll see posts all the time about it) it’s just worse when they do because they’re being paid so much to get them.

Post # 11
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

i would definitely look into MsBrooklyn’s idea for formal pictures and pictures during the reception but for the party maybe you can ask your guests to bring a camera (if they own one) and take pictures…i mean most people take pictures anyways during the party so i’m sure they would be happy to take some for you

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