Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2019 - City, State
I’ve got planning on the brain today after a week of ignoring all things wedding related so I have another question.
I believe I need to start with some back story. My fiancé’s late brother was an excellent photographer. He did some seriously amazing, stunning work and was breaking big into the photography scene. Unfortunately, last year there was a terrible accident and he passed away at the age of 23. Prior to his passing, he knew I was not going to hire him to be our wedding photographer, as I wanted him in the wedding party, but knew I was going to rely on him to help me find the best person for the job.
Shortly prior to his passing, he got into business with a couple other photographers that were unfortunately with him when the accident happened. As such, they have effectively become part of the family now. Due to this, and the high price I was quoted by some long-time wedding photographers, I asked these gentlemen if they would be willing to do our wedding photography. They were more than willing, excited I had asked and even offered me a fantastic price for 2 photographers for the full day, no limits on number of photo’s or anything. The only extra charge would be for prints or a photobook, which I am considering since they are otherwise giving me such a great price and I know prints are where the money is really made.
HOWEVER – my dilemma is that they are not wedding photographers. It is not that their photography is bad, it is excellent. But they particularly focus on cosplay styled photography as it is what they enjoy doing. I mentioned a little bit of my nervousness to them and they advised that it’s not that they do not know how to do weddings or can’t, it’s that weddings simply take up <u>so much time</u>. They told me if you do wedding photography, it’s usually all you focus on because it is so time consuming! They basically told me they are totally comfortable photographing my wedding.
However, I am still concerned I am going to end up with awful photo’s that are just not up to par. What if there are issues with timing and such as I have a very tight day of schedule? The main photographer is helping me find a site for photo’s during cocktail hour and he suggested a site a 20 minute drive away! Way too far when my ceremony and reception at at the same location!
What do you think Bee’s, should I tell them thanks so much but I want someone more familiar with photographing weddings? Should I risk it? Should I ask them a million more questions and get them to ease my concerns? I don’t want to offend them since they are so close with the family. I did plan to hire a videographer as well, but I know that if my photos turn out terrible I will be super disappointed.
Let me know your thoughts Bee’s! TIA!
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Post # 2
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
- 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 # 4
- Wedding: August 2019 - City, State
anondotcom : Thanks for the advice. They do mostly do cosplay, but a lot of their cosplay is at expo’s and festivals, so they end up with a lot of candid type shots and styled type shots. The main photograoher also accompanied us during a memorial we had this year in memory and he took a ton of really beautiful candid photo’s. I think they are capable, I jsut do not have any work to really reference which I think is making me nervous!
janne91 : Thanks! They can definitely do 1 & 3, they actualyl have a special lighting set up that my fiances late brother created that they now use and named in memory of him. I suspect they can even handle some of 2 without my direction. I do intend to provide a very full shots list to them a couple weeks prior to the wedding. And I connected them to my pinterest board for wedding photography so they can really get a sense for what things I am looking for!
Post # 5
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):
- Able to identify and capture moments that tell a story
- Technical side (exposure)
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 # 6
- Wedding: August 2019 - City, State
cherry3b : I was definitely not trying to come across as micro managing or looking for reasons to doubt them. I honestly just have concerns since I do not know if they have ever done a wedding before.
I do like a lot of the photos they take, the colours and everything. Some of the angles I do not find flattering, but thats probably personal preference.
I’m definitely not trying to be difficult or a bridezilla, I just want to make sure everything is perfect. Something I am sure every bride says. My fiance and I will have been together just short of 12 years on our wedding day, so if my photo’s turned out terrible it would be a huge disappointment to me and thats not soemthing that can be fixed or made up after the fact.
Unfrotunately I cannot use an engagement shoot as a tester, as I have already had that done. It was by a photographer family friend that does work with them occasionally, not full time. She did a great job, but she will not be working the day of my wedding as she is invited as a guest and is dating one of my groomsmen.
I didnt mean that the suggestion of the location for photo’s emant they were incompetant, it just seemed that when he suggessted it he hadnt been listening to what I was saying. I had mentioned multiple times I did not want a long time between my ceremony and recetpion and we would have to work to do all the photo’s in 1.5 hours, as I am not doing a first look. So to come back to me with a location that is a 1 way 20 minute drive from my venue is just not reasonable. It made me think he either wasnt listening to my indicated timeline or was not familiar enough with wedding photography to realize how it would be a problem.
When I wrote ‘I suspect they can even handle 2 without my direction’ I just meant that I did intend to provide them with some direction (ie. a shots list) instead of just rely on their posing knowledge. Not because I think I know better or I am trying to micromanage, only because I know there are some particular shots/poses I really want to ensure I have; therefore I have to give them some direction.
Post # 7
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
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.