(Closed) Who is doing your photos?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We hired a professional photographer and also am having him bring a second shooter. I have seen “have friends/family take photos/video” go badly way too many times. I think you have to have very very realistic and LOW expectations for something like that to go well.

I wasn’t originally planning on hiring a videographer, but it was something Fiance wanted (and after hearing his reasoning, I agree), so we are hiring one. She is a younger one-woman deal, and her price is very reasonable, but her style is still in line with what we wanted.

Fiance pulled out his brother’s wedding video so I could see what his baseline was for expectations. She will definitely exceed that!

We are paying $1665 for the photos (all day coverage with no time limit, 2 shooters, full rights to color-corrected photos both in raw and jpg format, 50 fully edited photos), and honestly – that’s a deal! We are paying $800 for the videographer – about 9 hours of coverage, all raw footage on a hard drive that I provide, a short trailer, and 5 copies of a fully edited DVD.

Post # 5
2383 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

We decided to go the professional route.

Once I sat down and thought about it, I realized that after the wedding day, the only thing that will be left (other than the marriage!) is going to be our photos of that moment.

So I think the photography was one of the biggest priorities for us.

Post # 6
394 posts
Helper bee


Make sure you still sign a contract. You don’t want to risk and potential “he said/she said” type drama that might damage the relationship or put tension in the family. 

Post # 7
3769 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

We hired a professional.  I have a friend who’s an excellent photographer, but in the end I decided I wanted him to be in the bridal party and not have to worry about working (not to mention any contracting awkwardness that could arise).  I’m very happy with my choice so far!

Post # 8
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@roxirose:  That is awesome! Is she doing both photos and video, or is there going to be one person in charge of each?

I think it can work out, I just have seen it go bad more times than it has gone good. Plus, the only person I would trust to take photos is my Maid of Honor! And even if she wasn’t, I wouldn’t ask that of her since it is just a hobby (that she is VERY good at – she did our engagement pics) and it would stress her out big time.

I think great, clear communication (followed up with it in writing) will be key to you having an awesome experience.

Post # 10
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@roxirose:  sorry but this sounds like a recipe for disaster. Why would you want one person doing video AND stills of the one event? She can’t be in two places at once (this is putting aside the risks of using a friendor)…

Post # 11
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@roxirose:  Sorry, I have to agree that it seems like it is going to be very difficult for one person to do video and photos (even if they were a professional that you were paying). The key moments are the same for both – first dance, kiss and rings at the ceremony, walking down the aisle.

You may want to consider asking her if she has a friend who might be willing to help her for the price of a plane ticket/hotel room too. Could still keep your costs very low and have your aunt’s vision run through both video and photos, but ensure there is one person focused on each thing.

I think even if you posted “I’m hiring a pro for $2000 and they are going to do both video and photos,” people would warn you against it. It’s less about her being family and more about someone only having two hands! Smile

Post # 12
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Fiance wanted to hire his aunt, who is an amazing photographer.  I talked him into hiring a professional photographer because it would be very awkward if something happened last minute and she had to chose between a family emergency and doing our wedding.  Or if the photos didn’t turn out for whatever reason.  I’m not comfortable with possible animosity with family.

Post # 13
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My best friend and bridesmaid’s mother is a professional wedding photographer and offered to do our photos. My aunt is also a professional photographer and will I’m sure be taking quite a few pictures as well, but I told my aunt not to worry about it; I’m inviting her so she can enjoy the wedding, not to sit behind her camera 🙂

Post # 14
6573 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

We hired an experience and phenominal professional. As a wedding photographer myself, there was just no other option for me. I would have not even considered someone JSO or a friend. Several of my professional friends offered to shoot it, and I was adament that a) I didn’t want a friend, and b) I wanted them to enjoy themselves. Of course I was nice about it, and told them I wanted them as guests to enjoy themselves. 

If I had a dollar for every person I know or have worked with that regretted not hiring a professional with work they love, I’d be rich. My own BFF used her aunt, who was a hobby photographer (this was back when we were still in college, before I was a professional) and the photos were horrible. To this day she still regrets it. I work with families all the time, and even at weddings constantly hear other family members and people in their bridal parties talk of regret about their own photos.

Post # 15
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Im having my friend take them she does photography as a side job for fun and I took her wedding photos when her and her husband got married. =]

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