Post # 1
I really wanted nice photos on the day. My father has a tv quality video recorder and I thought we would just take stills from what he films but he told me today that that wont really work well. he said I may get some nice still shots but often the frames wont get the nice crispness of a still shot done with a regular camera.
I cant afford a photographer point blank, we are already over budget. I have a couple of amature photographer friends who have reasonable camera’s and like taking pics, would it be impolite to ask them to take some photos for me if I provide the memory stick? It seems to me to be my only option.
Post # 3
I would ask your friends. If they enjoy taking photos anyways, they might be honored to be asked to take yours. Plus it could be a way for them to build their portfolio if any of them want to go professional eventually
Post # 4
I’m going to be completely honest and tell you that you’re going to have to sick it up and pay for a photog. After your wedding. The photos will be the only thing that will remain and will be what you show your future generations
Post # 5
Definitely ask your friends. Let them use your photos to pad their portfolios. I’m sure they would love too.
As well set up a website and give out the info for any guests who take photos to upload them to the website. Then you will get tonnes of shots.
Post # 6
find a friend that enjoys photography – my brother did this for his wedding and the photos turned out great
Post # 7
okay, honestly… my husband and I have been married 18 years… I have watched the video a total of 3 times, he has watched it twice… in 18 years…
We are now in the process of planning our Vow Renewal… I am going to enclose a card with the invitation that reads “personal cameras are welcomed and encouraged” and have a laptop at the reception/cermony site so we can transfer them right away. If someone cannot do that, we will have them upload them to webshots.
I put on my wedding website that we will not have a photographer. I do have a friend who is going to take the more “formal” photos like of us, and our kids, etc… after the ceremony. You know, the “cheesy” ones LOL…
Photos are (IMHO) way more worth it than video. Please ask your friends to bring their cameras and take photos… you will not regret it. 🙂
Post # 8
Ask your friends! My cousin got married a couple weeks ago and didn’t have a professional photographer. I didn’t know that until the wedding, but I was pleased as punch to take pictures of her wedding and to give them to her. 🙂
My cousin is thrilled with the pictures she got from me, and I know that I’m thrilled with the pictures that friends and family took of my wedding as well. I’d ask. Odds are good that they would be pleased to do that for you!
Post # 9
>like< (as if this were a facebook post) why dont they have that button on here? hehe…
usually the people who know you take the best photos anyhow. cuz they know you! just enourage people to bring their own cameras and take as many photos as they can/want to! 🙂
it will be beautiful!
Post # 10
thanks bees, I will ask, I would love to be able to pay for a photographer but you cant spend money that doesnt exist. I have some creative friends so hopefully it will be all good in the end 🙂
Post # 11
you will love the results. they will be unpredictable, and excellent:) and they are your friends so if they think they suck, they will say… no no no… get back together, lets do this again… where as a pro wouldn’t do that. They just do what they do, and all the photos are the same wedding photos/angles everyone else has…
these will be yours, unique to you:)
I am sure your friends wont let you down!
Post # 12
@Ronneykay – Thank you! 🙂
If you’d like to see the pictures that my cousin got from me, I’d be happy to pm you the link and I’d be happy to share the non-professional pictures from my wedding as well!
I loved the pictures that I got from my professional photographer, but Ronney is right in that he didn’t know us well enough to catch some of the things that my guest photographers did. AND, I had some awesome friends who some how managed to find a way to get their pictures online and sent to me the night after the wedding and I was able to print them out and frame them for the reception the next day! (They were visiting from the Netherlands)
lol I’m sorry I think my brain is shutting down, so I’m not sure if this post is making any sense, but I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results that you get from your friends. 🙂 I wish I was in Austrailia… I would offer to come take pictures for you in a heartbeat!
Post # 13
aww ty 🙂 yes pm them to me, I would love to see :)))
Post # 14
Just another thought here:
My husband took photography in college. If you have a local college, you might see if a student or students would like to take photos for you in exchange for their portfolio? What have you got to lose?
Post # 15
dislike and disagree. No one has to “suck it up” to pay for something they can’t afford. There are TONS of options out there. Every photographer has to start somewhere. There is no such thing as a wedding photographer that started off charging an arm and a leg. EVERY photographer was a newbie at some point and at some point those newbies thanked their first clients that let them get into the wedding biz.
Call your local college to look for art students. Look on Craigslist. Ask a photographer to only stay for 2 hours for the ceremony and some detail shots. You don’t need unlimited coverage, albums, eshoots, online galleries, ect.
Post # 16
I agree with Miss Tattoo about going to a local college. A student might do it for free, or very very cheap. I’d be wary of asking friends that you were planning on inviting as guests. I’m a photographer, and I just have to say that it is no fun when my friends invite me to a wedding, then asks me to spend the time that I should be spending as a guest with responsibilities, doing something I do as a job on my day off. It’s just such a bummer. Flat out asking for a freebie puts them on the spot. If you mention to your friends who are photographers casually that you’re over budget and never got a photographer and how much it stresses you out, they might offer. But if they don’t, they might just want to enjoy your wedding responsibility free.