(Closed) vendor importance

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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1792 posts
Buzzing bee

A friend asked my man (not a professional) to take photos at her wedding, and he went above and beyond preparing with lenses and practicing (he went to the ceremony location beforehand so he’d have ideas about lighting and angles). Since we thought he’s be busy the whole day and I didn’t know many of his friends, I didn’t go to the wedding……………………….then the day of the wedding *surprise* they also hired a professional photographer! But the bride insisted my man waste his time taking pics too- guess which pics were the only ones on the walls and albums later? The professional ones. My man’s pics got a facebook album and a million likes b/c he knew the family and the pics were more intimate. And honestly my man’s were just as good, I guess the bride didn’t like the mode/camera setting he shot in. He photoshopped her really well too, unlike the pro haha. AND 2 years later the couple divorced, sigh.

Long story short: if you’re going to ask someone (it’d be smart to ask 2+ people really, tell them it’s their gift to you), do a practice shoot in a park or something and let the person know exactly how/what you want. A smart move would be to get the SD card out of their camera before they leave the wedding! You can photoshop yourself, make sure you get all the pics. And even if you don’t like their work, at least put a pic or two in a frame on the bookshelf for when that person ever visits so they feel appreciated.

The best thing about have a photographer you know is that the family is comfortable around them so you’ll get more lively, intimiate photos. A professional can’t remember who everyone is and you might end up with a bunch of pics of a friend he thinks is your sister.

Post # 19
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7059 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

racheal.nichols:  How important is quality photography to you? I know plenty of people who have a friend or family member do their photos and are thrilled with the results. To them, quality photography isn’t important – just having some photos is. Personally, great photography was a huge priority to me. I’m probably biased because I am a professional wedding photogarpher, but I personally can’t imagine not hiring a seasoned pro to shoot a wedding. That’s because *I* value not only photography, but great photography, and I understand that great photography costs money.

It’s very true, we all start somewhere. That being said, anyone serious about becoming a wedding photographer doesn’t need to be practicing at someone’s wedding. They need to second shooting for a pro wedding photographer for some time to become proficient in the skill needed for weddings. It’s a totally different ballgame than even an engagement session. 

Post # 21
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563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

FabBride2016:  I’m a wedding photographer and Dylan & Sara shot my engagement photos, and Samm Blake my wedding 😉 good list. I’m also on Fearless. (which OP, you can also make a post looking for photographers available, give a brief description and budget and photographers will let you know if they’re available)

To the OP, a good camera does not make a good photographer.. and a good photographer doesn’t always make a good WEDDING photographer. Some people are naturally good at it, but for the most part it’s a skill people hone from hard work and experience. A wedding photographer has to have the proper equipment (I have 3 camera bodies alone, incase anything should happen to one.. or even two which I’ve heard of happening), they need to be able to shoot in any lighting situation (and their gear needs to be able to as well, and for that you’re looking at $3000+ for a camera body). You need to know where to be at all times, and your mind is constantly going searching for the next shot. They need to know what lenses to capture different types of shots, and they need to be fast. I understand that new photographers need practice, but I don’t think that should be your wedding day.

Post # 22
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563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

yupmarried:  I disagree. A good wedding photographer will capture the intimate moments. 

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