Post # 1
I’m getting married June 27th and do not have a photographer/videographer! i never researched them because I have a longtime friend from church who takes all the pictures for church events. Well, he just cancelled on me for personal reasons. I am not upset because I understand his reason, but now I have no photographer!!
After finding out he wouldn’t be able to do it I immediately reached out to a lady from church who is a wedding photographer. She moved to Florida last year (im in Chicago) but I thought maybe her old partner could do it. Well it turns out she is actually going to be in town herself that weekend!! BUT she already has a wedding booked for that day. She offered to do a photo shoot with us the day before or the day after. And she was hinting that she would do it for FREE or a very very affordable price.
heres my question: what would you do if you had to have your wedding pictures taken the day before or day after your wedding? The day before I wouldn’t feel comfortable taking pictures in my wedding dress because I won’t have my hair or makeup done. The day after might be ok but our family won’t be all dressed up and we won’t have access to the church.
should we leave out the wedding theme and maybe just take our first pictures as a married couple? In some nice clothes at a park? one of her ideas was a “honeymoon shoot” with us in regular clothes in car with “just married” on a sign.
*i am still going to hire a photographer for the day of the wedding. This would be an extra, more intimate shoot*
Post # 3
I would call around locally where you live to find a quick photographer.
Photos the day before is not like the day of and do you really want to get dressed in all your pretties the day before? to me it wouldnt be the same. And I wouldnt do it the day after either, its just not right.
Post # 4
Why do you need this extra if you are still hiring photographer for wedding day?
If you want more pictures, go for it. Not really sure what advice I can give you, it all depends on needs. Day before makes no sense to me. Day after I personally would be way too exhausted / hungovered to dress up and all that.
Congratulations on wedding, I am sure you will have wonderful pictures any way.
Post # 5
I would just try harder to find a photographer for your wedding day. I’m sure you’ll be able to find someone, even if it might be someone starting out or even a student. I’d rather have not-perfect photos of my wedding day than photos of a recreation.
Also, most wedding photogs have a network of photographers in case they need extra shooters. You could ask the woman from church for referrals.
ETA Just saw the bottom note. So confused by this problem…….. The day after your wedding you will NOT want to get dressed up again and sit for portraits.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2015 - Redondo Beach Historic Library
Ashley062715: We are doing a day-after couples shoot on the beach at sunset and I am really looking forward to it since we may not have time for a lot of “us” photos on the day itself. No family, just the two of us (you will probably be spending a lot of time on family photos on your wedding day!), and it will be totally informal and more like an engagement shoot. I have heard that day-after is a much more relaxed and fun way to get photos since nothing is calling for your attention or worry anymore. I won’t get my hair done or anything, but I am planning to wear my wedding dress 🙂
Post # 7
To me this just seems like a whole lot of unnecessary effort the day after your wedding. If it were me I would want to relax and focus on one another the first day as a married couple. If you are having a day of photographer won’t that person get photos of your church and family?
Post # 8
Not really sure what the point of that would be if you are already hiring a photographer for the day of the wedding. I’d thank the church lady kindly for her offer but decline. Maybe invite her to pop by your reception after she finishes with the other wedding if time allows and she’s not exhausted (as a friendly gesture and not an attempt to get free bonus photos).
Post # 9
Ashley062715: Don’t bother. It’s just a waste of time and energy. If the cost wasn’t free or next-to-nothing, I don’t think you’d be considering it.
Getting photos done the day before makes zero sense, and getting photos done the day after makes zero sense. Take ‘honeymoon’ shots on your actual honeymoon. Take a ‘just married’ shot on the day you actually got married…
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We did a day after photo shoot and had so much fun. Do it!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t have to worry about getting my dress dirty, so I was laying in the grass, sitting on a dock, leaning on a fence, etc. We got some great photos. And we were in absolutely no rush for that shoot. There was no schedule to stick to, no family needs to tend to, no snafgus to worry about. it was a very relaxed, playful shoot.
We planned it this way so that on our actual wedding day we would only need to allocate 20 minutes to bride and groom portraits. That allowed us to get the formal portraits done with much more quickly, giving us more time to hang out with our guests. We had people flying in from the other side of the US for our wedding. You’re darn tootin’ that we wanted to hang out with them rather than spend lots of time getting our picture taken. I am so glad that we let our wedding day be about our marriage and spending time with our favorite people because we minimized time spent with our photorgapher.
Post # 11
Ashley062715: I dont understand….why don’t you just find a photographer that can do it on the day of your wedding? You cna find photographers in other places than at church….
If you want to do this other shoot as an extra thing go ahead but i feel lik eid be too busy the day before and after my wedding. I wouldnt want the added stress.
Post # 12
Ashley062715: i would just use the photographer that you have for the day. Can you maybe get them to stay and take pictures of the family?
Post # 13
I would rather just have a day of photographer. The day before my wedding I was super busy and the day after, I was pooped.