(Closed) Should I get photos???

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
3353 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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nbagnara :  it’s really up to you to know how much your value pictures. Personally, I wish I could have a pro photog follow me around for my whole life! I love looking at photos and there’s a big difference between a (good) pro and pics friends snap on their iPhones. But only you can know what you’d be happy with. 

Post # 3
5938 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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nbagnara :  I had a tiny wedding like yours and I totally regret not having a photographer. Or at least getting one for some portraits of just my husband and me in our wedding clothes. Maybe it could even be on a different day, that was my plan. To go back to our wedding venue and take pix with just the 2 of us.

Post # 6
3103 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Our pro photos were so worth it!! We had an enlopement wedding with no guests. The photographer plus prints cost as much as the wedding, lol. I had a coworker take my photos. He also works professionally and has done other coworkers’ weddings. However, he was cheaper than a “wedding photographer.” 

We love the photos from our wedding. We were tired and hungry after the ceremony, so we didn’t spend much time with posed photographs. We still got some amazing photos and it was worth it! It’s up to you. For me, it was really important to have a way to remember the wedding. Also, we were able to send pro photos to relatives. I think the photos are even more important when you have a small guest list. 


Post # 7
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Hmm… In your situation, I think I would get a hold of a good camera (Borrow from friend or Buy knowing you will resell) and designate someoneone (A friend/guest/family member) to be your “Official photographer” for the night. (Great for someone who wants to help you out, but doesn’t have time to spare pre wedding)

You could even give them some ideas of poses and shots that you would love. 

Maybe even have two friends and ask them to get as many pics as possible. That way you won’t have to pay for a professional, but you also won’t have to round up pictures from all of your guests. 

 Of course, a little “Thank You” gift for them being your volunteer would be a great thing also. 

Post # 8
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

If you want a photographer and have a tight budget you can check out craigslist. There are some new photographers offering their services for very reasonable prize so that they can have a portfolio. We hired a photographer that I found on craiglist for our cityhall wedding. He worked with us for 2 hours for $200.

Post # 9
1199 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Usually wedding photographers have these packages for 8-10 hours. There are some out there that are flexible and would do an hourly rate for courthouse and elopements that just want an hour or so of pictures.

Mine is doing an hourly rate for us. I wanted a high quality photohgrapher for the ceremony and portraits but couldn’t budget the $3000 price tag for 8 hours.

Post # 10
129 posts
Blushing bee

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nbagnara :  I also had a tiny wedding with a lunch afterwards. I am SO happy that we decided to have a photographer.

We hired him for 2 hours – took couple photos for about 1 hour (including transfer times) in a nearby garden before the ceremony. Then he took photos of the ceremony for 30 min, and 15 min of portiate style photos with guests, then 15 minutes of everyone enjoying themselves at the lunch before heading out. It was perfect. The cost was also pretty low since it was only 2 hrs. 

ETA: We were pretty awkward in front of the camera too so I’m glad we scheduled a full hour for the couple photos to allow ourselves to feel more comfortable. The first half of the images aren’t that great but I LOVE the rest once we relaxed. 

Post # 11
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

If you’re looking for a shorter window, photographers that might not normally do weddings might consider it. Try looking for photographers that normally do family portraits or senior pictures. With a small crowd and a shorter timeframe they might be happy to work with you. It’s also a great excuse to snap some professional family/friend photos that you could frame and give as gifts for birthdays/holidays which might help justify some of the expense.

Post # 15
2087 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

My wedding was 30 people and it wasn’t at all awkward to have a professional photographer there. He was really unobtrusive and I never regretted having pro photos done. I would definitely do it.

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