(Closed) what would you pay for a photographer with no wedding experience?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 31
366 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I would go with a professional- it sounds like you’re annoyed with having to pay ANYTHING and if you’re less than satistified with your photos (which sounds like possibility since she doesn’t edit OO) then this could lead to huge reget.

I hate the notion that creative professionals should work to “build thier portfolios” or “get experience”, there’s a reason unpaid internships are going to court!

Our photographer is newer to the business, but I LOVE her work and was amazed that we could even find a fine art photographer for our budget. We’re trusting her to capture the day, and realize that there is a possiblity of missed shots since she’s less experienced –which can happened with any photographer really! 

If someone’s cutting you a discount, you should be grateful, not upset they’re not giving you more!


ETA: I didn’t see your response on the second page. I think doing engagement photos with her and going with a more experienced shooter for the wedding is a great idea. Good luck!

Post # 32
1991 posts
Buzzing bee

I wouldn’t pay. You are paying a photographer for their experience and knowledge. Paying her for travel & feeding her is very fair. 

Who in their right mind would pay $700 for someone’s first time trying something new? Even if $700 is a huge discount, you are still paying to be the guinnea pig. 

If she wants the practice, opportunity to learn, and way to establish a portfolio, she will do it for just expenses (aka, you pay for travel time, food, and any materials she uses). That’s fair, not cheap.

Post # 33
1463 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Holly Hedge Estate

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aquabee:  I definitely wouldn’t trust a photographer without many, many weddings under their belt. Free or otherwise…

Post # 34
37 posts
  • Wedding: February 2015

I loathe the idea of photographers being expected to work for free. It’s so prevalent in that industry.

If you are being honest and really do just want to see how she is, why not hire her for a 1 hour shoot? It’s $60. If you like her work, you can then book with her, and if not, you can move on. But I think asking her to do it for free will seem quite rude, even though it’s not your intention.

Post # 35
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

What are you getting for that price?  Does it include high quality digital files of all the photos and the digital rights to them?  What is the minimum number of photos you will be getting?  I would make sure those things were discussed ahead of time!

Post # 36
2360 posts
Buzzing bee

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aquabee:  I’m glad you’re going another route. People won’t remember the favors or if the chairs were covered but you are going to know and remember if you have bad photos. My cousin hired her friend who was a photographer. The girl managed to get drunk I think she might’ve been high and she totally missed the groom’s side of the family. I gave my cousin the photos I took so she could have a complete album and I am by no means a professional. Sometimes it’s worth the money and that is one thing I am not being thrifty on  because I saw how it affected my cousin. 

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