(Closed) wedding photographer…please help

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 18
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9544 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I know that photography is very important to many brides, but I just wanted to put another opinion out there.

People have said before that it’s all about how important photography is for you and what your priorities are. This is very true. And it is totally fine if really great photography isn’t worth that much money to you.

I, personally, could not fathom spending that much on photography. While I definately want pictures to help me remember things about my wedding day, I do not need pictures that look like they came from a bridal magazine to help me remember my day. Because that’s the real difference. All photography is going bring back wonderulf memories of one of the most important days of your life. Expensive photography makes you (and everyone else) look better. So don’t put too much stock into the whole “but it’s the only thing you have left…” thing. You still have your spouse, your rings, your mementoes, your memories, your stories, etc.

All that being said, another big thing to consider is that taking pretty pictures is only part of a photographer’s job. Pros will also have experience in rounding up bridal parties and families and all that kind of stuff.

So I would definately recommend shopping around. And decide just how much you want to budget toward photography. And be okay with that decision. Don’t let boards like this make you feel guilty if you don’t want to spend that much on photography. And if it is worth that much to you, then go for it.

Post # 19
Member
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Photography is my profession, and it has been my experience that just because someone raises their prices to $4500…it does not make them a professional. A professional photographer can be hired for as low as $1,200. 

It is easy for others to tell you how to spend your money…and how much you should spend. But only YOU know if it is an investment that you should truly make. If you will be happy with the photos that your friend will take, let her take them! Politely tell her that you have some pushy family that will try to walk over her…so she will have to step up and tell them what to do! (or something like that). 

If you had the money to pay the professional, you would not be torn. I say talk to your friend. 

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