(Closed) Pros and cons of related photographer?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
4830 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

lalalyanne:   Is your photographer friend a wedding photographer?

As far as your uncle, I assume he will be a guest and will have a camera, so you will have his shots anyway.  

Post # 4
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Briarwood Golf Course/ Country Club

I would be cautious of having your uncle do the pictures.  The problem with that is he can get so swept up in talking to other family members and friends and forget to take pictures, when if you have a professional take them they don’t know anyone there and is much less likely to have that happen.  I opted not to have a family member of my fiance take them because it gets too messy.  Granted you can save a ton, but if I have a problem with getting the pictures back or the way they are edited or anything like that it makes the situation very awkward and difficult to approach (because they are doing a favor).  I was just too concerned about the boundary of family (who is also still a guest at your wedding) and that person being your professional photographer.  So for me I looked for someone else.  I didn’t want to have to worry about hurting feelings or that person not really enjoying the wedding because they have to work it.  This is just my opinion… I hope it helps you!

Post # 5
963 posts
Busy bee

Personally, I would not have a family or friend do my wedding pictures. It’s way too risky, in my opinion. If something goes wrong, the relationship could be ruined and I don’t think I’d want to chance it.

Post # 6
3823 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

lalalyanne:  I NEVER mix business with family. EVER. Just a personal rule.

Post # 7
32 posts
  • Wedding: October 2015

lalalyanne:  My cousin’s husband did our engagement photos and gave us a great deal, but we are hiring someone else for the wedding so that he and my cousin can sit and enjoy the wedding as guests.

Also, if you don’t like something a hired professional is doing, it’s a lot easier to tell them than when it’s family.

Post # 8
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I would say this is a really bad idea.  Have you read this post? http://www.rocknrollbride.com/2012/01/should-i-book-a-professional-wedding-photographer-or-get-a-friend-to-do-it-for-free-a-cautionary-tale/


Imagine having a beautiful wedding day, and your uncle gets maybe 10 or 15 shots you kinda like, and the rest are… well… crap.  Never mix family and business – I would hire a a pro.  You may not appreciate the photos right this second, and you  may think a few thousand is too much, but trust me, when you and your husband are celebrating your 10, 20, 30 or 40 year anniversary, that’s ALL you will have left to remember your day by.  

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