Post # 1
At the moment, we are planning on skill swamping with a photographer. Mr. Tattoo is a graphic designer/web developer and we are looking for a photographer who is talented and just starting out (after all, every photographer has to start somewhere right?) and looking for a website. We live in a city with a lot of art colleges.
My mother seems to think we are crazy and says we should be spending at least $3000 for a photographer. I just can’t justify the costs. I know it’s how they make a living, but it’s just not logical in my brain to spend that much for photos. So she says I will be looking at those photos for the rest of my life.
So how many married women look through their wedding album? Every day? Week? month? year? Have you even printed out the pics?
Post # 3
I haven’t got my pro pics back, but I can’t wait since the snapshots have been so wonderful. While I don’t agree that you should pay anywhere near $3,000, you can shop around and get a professional for a lot less. My husband is a graphic designer and photographer and he thought about doing that exact same thing (or getting a friend to do it). But in the end, after it’s all over (and it goes by SO FAST) all you have left are those photographs and your memories. So just make sure whoever you get you are confident in their skill-level, whether you pay in cash or services. You definitely will not regret having great photos!
Post # 4
Where’s the “everyday” option 😀
Post # 5
I look at mine frequently. However, in my view, wedding pictures are a way to remember your wedding day. Thus, engagement pictures, bridal portraits, arty shots of you all around town in your wedding outfits, and TTD shots are totally unnecessary. We hired a photographer for $400 to take pictures of the ceremony, and formals afterward. We got a disk of the images, and rights to reproduce them. That was as much as we wanted.
Post # 6
Most brides probably look very often in the weeks & months following their weddings and less so as the years go by.
Honestly, I think you’re looking at this all wrong. Would you ever regret having beautiful photos in a gorgeous album? Never. Would you regret having mediocre photos or no wedding album? Possibly.
I got married 10 years ago & look at my wedding photos 1 or 2 times a year. I didn’t have a pro so no pro album or nicely displayed images. I wish I could have what I provide to other couples. I looked through my pictures recently hoping to find some of the photos of guests at my wedding. I can’t remember everyone we invited. Unfortunately many guest aren’t in the photos.
What are you going to do in 5 or 10 years when CDs and DVDs are obsolete? Floppies and zip disks were around when I got married. And I still have some. No clue what’s on them and no way to check.
Post # 7
I look at mine every so often being on here and showing them off. I figure I will look at them later too to show my children the wedding and to remember it.
Post # 8
I have pictures hanging up so I see them every day. I love looking at them!
But just b/c your photographer isn’t expensive doesn’t mean they won’t be any good.
Post # 9
I ended up paying a lot more for a photographer than I wanted to because I bought into the “photos are SO important” party line.
However, I’ve been asking everyone in the family for photos from their weddings (we are using them for our centerpices) and I’d say at least 70 percent of the people said things like “oh, wow….I don’t know where they are…we don’t have any display, and aren’t sure where the album is” which shoots holes in the hole ‘wedding pictures are terribly important’ argument :). Oh, well. I guess there are worse things to spend money on….
Post # 10
Being fairly recently wed, I still look at my wedding photos frequently (1-2x per week). Also, being on WB, I often look through for applicable photos to share with the hive. 🙂
Post # 11
Photography isn’t a priority to everyone. I’m a really visual person, I love photos, love photography, and my fiance has NO photos of him growing up due to a house fire when he was a college freshmen. So photography was a huge priority for us and I did my best to find one that was great but not a bajillion dollars. I definitely think you can find a happy medium between a super pro who costs a lot and a photog who doesn’t really have that much talent, but is cheap.
Post # 12
Im obsessed with photography so its a huge priority on my list, but not everyones and thats ok… HOWEVER, make sure whoever you hire is capable of doing the job appropriately. my sisters photographer was a friend who freelanced photography on the side. She just really wasnt equipped to do weddings i dont think. There is not 1 picture of my sister walking down the isle and in every “formal picture” my mom has the picture list in her hand. extremely disappointing
Post # 13
@Miss Tattoo: I haven’t been married yet, so I can’t say how often I look at the photos!
BUT, I teach at an arts college and I can say that some students are really very talented and understand the technical aspects of photography. What they probably will not understand quite as much are the social/timing aspects of shooting a wedding–ie, they won’t quite be able to anticipate the “good moments” as a seasoned wedding photographer can. They may also not be good at navigating through some of the more social aspects of the wedding–how to get people (and you) to feel comfortable posing etc. Most students studying photography in college think about their practice as an artform and can be quite critical and seeped in theory when it comes to photos, so you may also need to explain to them that although you could appreciate the artistic factor of seeing the contrast of light and dark created by the shadow of your dress against the hotel room carpet, you also want a picture of the actual dress! That’s not to turn you off hiring a young upstart–all pros had to start somewhere, after all and I’m sure there are brides who are really proud of the fact that they could spot talent back when s/he was unknown.
You can also “split the difference,” which is to say, hire a professional photographer for less time–2-4 hours instead of 6-8 and then ask your shutterbug friends to take pictures during the rest of the time.
Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club
Photography is incredibly important to us. I believe wedding photographs are historical documents. I wrote about why I feel this way here.
But I remember hearing from one bride who said, “I just want to get married, I don’t want to worry about how I think about it in the future.” A person like that is unlikely to see the value in one photographer over another.
How have you always thought about wedding photos? Yours? Your parents’? I think answering this question will lead you to your answer. It’s very possible your mom is coming at this from the “historical document” angle, which might be why she feels so strongly about it.
Post # 15
I spend a good chunk on some days ooking at other people’s gorgeous pics! If mine are this good I’d look at them every hour! lol
Post # 16
Dude my friend is a fledgling photo major and she is SO doing my photos for free 😀 But it counts as her wedding gift so everyone wins!
I’m actually in an art college and I was shocked how much even students charge! A girl who sits next to me in Art History’s prices start at 3K! I take the same freakin classes as her!