Post # 1
I am really struggling with the whole photographer issue. I have a healthy budget for the photographer because it is my hobby and I really want something special. However this is not about a photo shoot but about capturing my special day and I do not want to take forever posing for pictures or have my guests and my lovely reception overwhelmed by 2 photographers. We are having high tea for about 60 people not a rockin raucous party so the thought of flash continually popping or having to stop constantly for pictures will interrupt the feel that we want.
Would I be better off going for a single photographer that is more low key – I am afraid that the really good ones will be working so hard for the shots that they will be noticeable.
Or am I just being silly?
Post # 3
No, I can assure you that won’t be the case. A good photographer will actually spend less time catching the great shots because he knows what he’s doing, and he will know how to stay out of your guests’ way during the reception and still capture key moments. We had exactly 60 guests as well; most of the time I didn’t even know the photographers were there. They don’t stop the action to pose people, they’re just in the background like observers with a camera.
Post # 4
I agree. I think that good photographers can be very incognito and they will be able to do what your schedule needs. If you want more time with your guests, you can cut out that alone time with photogs. That’s up to you. We have two photographers (husband and wife team) and we are going to set up a schedule for them and let them know to what extent they can be involved at each time.
Also, they won’t always be using flashes so it’s not going to be paparazzi all over the place. You would probably have more flash bulbs going off from your guests!
Post # 5
Our photog was like a stealth ninja, seriously. And, she is a high-end photog. THe good ones know how to get in and get out without making it about them!
Post # 6
I would def go with 2 photographers anyway. There’s only so much one can do. This is what I do, and I no longer shoot alone, even in my smallest package wedding contracts. Always a second shooter.
As the others above have pointed out also, the better photog’s know how to be stealthy. One of the best in the business is Joe Buissink. One client raved to him after the wedding “you were everywhere, and you were nowhere”. Pretty cool. He captured all the shots, but was behind the scenes. Long lenses come in handy.
Post # 7
Get the best you can get!!
Photographers are basically artistic ninjas whose skills include making everyone look their best, getting the impossible shot no matter what, being super stealthy, and sometimes are even capable of getting that one family curmedgeon to laugh extra hard for your big day!
And anything less than two shooters is NEVER enough to cover your day! Think about it- even before the ceremony starts, the wedding is taking place in several locations; bride and groom don’t usually get dressed in the same room!
Post # 8
Funny thing that you commented today because I did make my final decision tonight – we are going with a wonderful photography team and I think they will get the shots and not be in our face – so excited
Post # 9
Glad you went with the photographer you liked! Good photographers are pros at staying out of the way. I hardly noticed ours at our wedding, and they got GREAT photos!
Post # 10
You can tell if a photographer will be intrusive at your wedding by reviewing their photos from a whole wedding.
Don’t even look at the posed photos, landscapes, or “detail” shots. Look for candid photos, expecially non-kid candid shots. These are a challenge for any photographer. if you don’t see any… it may not be their style, and you should investigate further.