(Closed) Taking Photos of my Brother's Wedding.

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would NEVER allow family to do that.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

If a family member was a full time professional, we had a contract, and they were there 100% as a photographer and not as a guest then maybe.  “Not that shabby” isn’t good enough for wedding photos.  Of course not everyone is going to agree with me, but I take what I do very seriously.  The other thing to consider is what potentially can happen if something does go wrong.  

Post # 6
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Busy bee

We are organizing a meet with a family member to do our photos. But she is currently working with wedding photographers and doing some solo. Plus we trust her 🙂

I really like the photos that you did!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Nice photos!

 

We had a friend do ours & they turned out great- exactly what I wanted. He did photography on the side & was working to build his portfolio. I was happy he was dirt cheap. I obviously wouldn’t advise everyone to do this of course, because things don’t always work out. Then again, things don’t always work out with pros either.

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think your photos were great!

I personally woldnt trust my own family with something that is so important to me, but I think you did a really nice job!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I don’t really have any family members who I would trust to do wedding photos, however my good friend is a budding professional (she has booked more than one wedding with total strangersnow–which is super exciting!) and I am hiring her.  I love her work and I love her as a person and know that she will be awesome to work with.  We’re treating me as a regular customer–complete with contract and deposit.  The only “friend” benefit we’re getting is that she’s reserved our date without the deposit while we work out our budget and whatnots.  

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

@continuumphotography:  When a friend/family member is asked to photograph, I think it’s almost always the bride’s idea. When I took a friend’s wedding photos recently, I couldn’t talk my way out of it! I told her that they would probably be mediocre at best, and that I would only do it if she was ok with the slight possibility of not ever getting a single one back (due to me not having a tripod, not having proper knowledge of archiving, etc.) She said yes, so I said ok….

Not everyone thinks photography is a huge deal. Some people don’t give two craps about it, knowing they’ll have the memories forever. Plus, not everyone can afford a “serious” photographer. Some budgets only allow for “hand someone you know a camera and cross your fingers.”

For the record, OP, I think these are very good for amateur shots. Especially the low-light ones. That can be so tricky!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would love it if my FI’s photographer family member would do it, but it ultimately didn’t seem fair.  Apparently not being able to get drunk at a wedding is worse than not even being invited at all!!! 

Your pictures do look very professional. I would never guess they weren’t.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Deleted.

OP, I think the photos are very good for not being a wedding pro

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think they look great!  

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think you did a great job. You have a good eye. Honestly, I would say you’re on par with a lot of photos I’ve seen from moderately priced photographers in my area. Good for you, girl. 

No one in my family has the “eye”. There would probably be a lot of unflattering pictures, and none of them would be conventional “wedding” shots.

I did love my photographer, but I know the photos are not the most important thing for everyone.

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