Post # 1
Have any bees used a friend as a wedding photographer, or plan to? If you already have, were you happy with what your friend did?
I’m considering asking a friend (who is studying a Bachelor of Arts) if she will do our photos at a smaller fee for us, but I want other’s opinions on the topic first.
Post # 3
I had a friend do my first wedding, and she was actually working as a photographer at the time. Worst money I’ve ever spent…..!! Am glad i didnt need the memories.
I’ve been alot more careful for this time round.
Post # 4
My friend did this–and I would recommend against it. Professional wedding photographers bring more than just talent to the table–they bring experience. They know what shots work, what shots don’t work, and what shots they need to cover. My friend ended up not getting half the pictures she wanted–simply because the photographer didn’t really know where to stand to get the best shots of certain elements of the wedding.
Post # 5
I am! She’s a professional and I love her style. I’m comfortable around her, which is a big plus, and my pictures are going to be better because of it. I can’t imagine using anyone else.
Post # 6
My friend started doing pro photography a couple years ago. i was really worried cuz shes my good friend but her recent ex husband was the best man. i couldnt afford the photographers in the area and she wanted to do it as a present. It actually went super well. The photos are great!! She also brought her photo booth but it kinda broke down till the last couple hours. The regular photos turned out great though!! Its always kinda be a little bit of a gamble.
Post # 7
I’m having both, my friend has offered to do our photography but I really also want some professional shots too. Out of the many regrets of my first not using a professional photographer was one. I’m glad I didn’t need the photos…In contrast though it’s my top priority this time round to pay for a professional. Although I’m cheating because he’s a friend so I’m hoping he’ll help me to be relaxed.
Post # 8
We did. Our friend does professional wedding photography though so it wasn’t like we asked a friend who dabbled in photography. She gave us a great deal and I’m very pleased with her work.
I’d be a bit leery of asking a friend who isn’t a professional to do the photos. It’s such an important day to risk being unhappy with the results. It’s not like youcanask for a re-shoot. OP, in your situation, I’d hire a professional and suck it up and pay the fees.
Post # 9
If your friend is a professional wedding photographer, go for it. If not, you’re taking a huge risk if photography is important to you. You can’t get a BA in wedding photography.
Post # 10
Personally I don’t ever recommend mixing business and friendship
Post # 11
Ask yourself if you’re willing to lose this friend forever if things go awry and you are unhappy with the results or the way they manage things. It’s just not a good idea to mix business and friendship. I read friendor horror stories on this photo board on an almost weekly basis.
Post # 12
Thank you for all of your opinions. It seems like most people who have gone with the option of having a friend do that photographs didn’t like the outcome. I think that when the time comes, I might go the safer option and fork out the money for a professional to do the job.
Post # 13
@AlexandriaX: Yes, go with a professional.
My cousin had her “friend” take photos of her wedding and the “friend” never took any pics of the grooms family. In fact she asked me(part of the grooms family) to give her pics. She was awful and too busy eating and drinking and getting high to pay attention to her job.
I’m gonna DIY a lot, but I think the one thing you must splurg on is the photographer. The wedding and reception happens once, and you want the best pics.
Post # 14
I never want to put myself in a position that would quite possibly destroy a friendship. Think of it this way, what would you do if the photos came back absolutely horrid?
I know you may be getting a deal but photography is so important and we are such harsh critics of our images. I say go with someone else, perhaps someone with a bit more experience and less direct connection.
Post # 15
One of my best friends was our wedding photographer. She does wedding photography in the Tulsa, OK area and she was the first person I contacted when I had my date set. My wedding was in between DFW and Austin- so it was a nice 6.5 hour drive for her. We also did boudoir shots the day after (yesterday). Based on the shots I saw- she let me flip through her camera for a sec- it turned out amazing!
Post # 16
@AlexandriaX: No! DON’T do it! Unless he is a professional photographer, do not expect anything out of amateur wedding photos. Just IMO from having heard only horror stories from friends. Photography was my #1 priority and I’m so happy because its the only thing you have left after your wedding day to relive the memories!