Should I hire a professional instead?

posted 12 months ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
220 posts
Helper bee

I’d say something like “thank you so much for the generouss offer. In the end going with someone without any wedding photography portfolio to show me what I’m getting is just too nerve wracking.”

Maybe they can do an engagement shoot or something?  Assure them you’ll hire them for maternity photos when that time comes? Etc..

Wedding photography is candid, at least all the bits of it you’d find impossible to just retake.  Cosplay is staged. It’s just not the same. Maybe they’d do a great job.. but I’d rather go with someone I know will do a great job.


Post # 3
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018 - City, State

Apologies to any photographers out there I offend if Im wrong- but to me there is 3 parts to great photos 

1- the technical side (lighting etc) 2- setup/posing 3- editing

these guys definitely know how to do 1 and 3 right? so 2 is the only issue- and you are like family to them Im sure they are researching or know of standard angles poses and moments to capture to he lpp make your day amazing. 

You can also look up specific poses and shots online that you like and show them to ask them to include so they understand what your vision is. 


Personally Id go for it But ifit stresses you out so much switch because if you are stressed n panicky you arent going to look happy on the day 🙂 

Post # 5
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

To be honest, I think they will do a fine job. Make a shot list and talk to them about it. The most difficult parts about weddings are dealing with the bride and the amount of time it takes. People think weddings are so much harder for some reason, but they aren’t really. It tends to be a matter of preference on the photographer’s part.

Remember they are professionals, they wouldn’t offer if they couldn’t do it. It’s not like they are making any money off of you or anything, so you have no reason to doubt them. Use the engagement shoot as a trial run. 

As to the three things to great photos, I’d amend it, as a photographer. These are the things that make great photos (in this order):

  1. Able to identify and capture moments that tell a story
  2. Technical side (exposure)
  3. Editing 
  4. Posing

The most important two are the first two. If their portfolios show that, then don’t worry. Also, it’s not your job to worry about posing. Make a shot list, send some examples and leave it at that.

You said the location they suggested wouldn’t work. That’s fine. It’s not a sign that they are incompetent. Explain your schedule and they can work with it. It sounds like you are looking for reasons to doubt them.

Also, look at the quality and style of their photos, not the subjects. Do you like how the colors look? Do you like the story? Do you like the angles they use? Basically make sure you think their work looks nice, if it does, then stop worrying. You will get good photos. 

For what it’s worth, if you plan on micromanaging or acting like you know better than them (ie “I suspect they can even handle some of 2 without my direction”) because you don’t think they will do a good job, you are way more likely to offend them then by just hiring someone else. 

Oh, and prints are not where the money is made. The money comes from time spent.

Post # 7
2085 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Personally, I would hire a professional that is used to doing weddings. There is a lot when it comes to a wedding. You have to be good at the posed pictures, the candids and landscapes. You kind of have to know when to capture a moment and when those moments will be coming along. We just had our engagement pictures done and I was kinda surprised at all the directions that the photographer gave us! It was great, and I’m sure we’ll get better pictures out of it, but she knew exactly how to make us look a certain way. 

If you do decide to have these gentlemen take your pictures, I think you should still do an engagement shoot. It doesn’t have to be a full 2-3hrs, just do a quick hour or 1.5hrs in a location similar to your wedding. Just take some more photos and see if you like any of them. Since you have the other ones to compare them to, you’ll know right away if you like them or not! If they do a great job with the engagement shoots, then you’ll feel more confident on your wedding day. If they don’t turn out then you know if you need to book someone else. If you don’t feel confident with them, it will definitely come through in your photos, so make sure you are comfortable! 

Post # 8
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I think it depends on what you have in mind for your wedding. 

I photograph adoptable dogs at a local adoption group, and one of our volunteers got married a couple years ago. She planned a simple outdoor ceremony with just family and really close friends. She asked if I’d take the photos. I said I had minimal human photography experience and mostly just did dogs, but would be happy to if she was sure she didn’t care that I had no experience at all. She didn’t care. I spent some time researching wedding photos and getting ideas for shots, then did my best on the day of. She was happy with them and I think they turned out well. 

All of this is to say that just because they don’t have formal wedding experience doesn’t mean that you won’t like the photos they take. Do you like the style of their other photos? If so, maybe ask them to do a trial run – perhaps your engagement shoot – to see how you feel about their photography. If you still want to hire a professional wedding photographer after that, you could tell them you loved their photos, but you’re going for a different “feel” and would love if they’d still be willing to do candid shots or some other photo-related thing. 

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