(Closed) Would you photograph someone else’s wedding?

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Would you photograph a friend/family member's wedding?

    Yes absolutely. I'd make them pay me for my time, too.

    Yes, but I'd make sure they knew the risks of using my amateur skills.

    Depends on the personality of the couple. (Bridezilla? NO WAY!)

    No, I don't think I'd be confident enough it my skills.

    No, I definitely would not want that responsibility.

    Other.

  • Post # 18
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Mmmmm…cupcakes. That was tasty, thanks for taking a picture of the aftermath.

    I think you should be completely honest with them and practice on people- best subjects to practic on? KIDS! They never stay still! Go to a playground and take pictures without looking creepy.

    Post # 19
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

    I’m a photographer too! I shoot portraits, but not weddings (yet!). I truly believe wedding photography is the best (and hardest) kind of photography there is, which is why I like it so much!

    To answer the question, I would not photograph a friend’s wedding until I had several weddings under my belt. I have contracts for my portrait clients to sign, and if you want to try that route there are some waivers you can add stating that the client knows about your lack of experience, etc. Interesting question!

    Try the wedding photography group on flickr. They’re great and so helpful & informative! 

    Post # 20
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    Helper bee
    • V
    • 11 years ago

    that picture of the cupcake is GORGEOUS! LOVE IT!

    Post # 21
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2000

    I’ve done it and I would not advise anyone else to do it. It turned out okay. But now that I’m a pro, I’m aware of a lot more risks that I was clueless about then. If you decide to do it, I echo Sherry’s statement- get liability insurance and a detailed contract. Really think about what’s the worst that can happen & can you live with that.

    Post # 22
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    Busy bee

    Hi, most wedding photographers started out in this way including myself.  Here is my advice. 

    1. See if there are local photographers that you can go and second shoot with for free or cheep.  This will give you practice and the chance to learn from a pro. 
    2. Make sure you have a solid contract.  Even if its a friend or relative, make sure it states you are not a pro and they need to cover costs.  As well as not being able to sue you if they are not happy with the outcome.  (this happened at all levels of photography)
    3. Get liability insurance for the day
    4. Bring LOTS of extra CF cards and batteries
    5. Bring your Fiance camera as a backup.  You never know what can happen.
    6. SHOOT EVERYTHING you can between now and then. Study your images and learn what your strengths and weakness are.  Have other pros review your work, even if its not wedding related.  The more you shoot the more you learn.  You can PM if you want.  I’m always down to help =)

    Hope this helps.  Good Luck! 

    Post # 23
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    Helper bee

    Practice practice practice!  Since you still have some time, do as above posters said, and try out different posing ideas. 

    Post # 24
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington

    I had a similar situation, but I managed to second shoot with some better photogs and get some pointers before I shot my friend’s wedding.  She ended loving the photos I took, which was a bonus.

    It’s a tough situation.  If it is your first time shooting a wedding, maybe see if they could hire a photog to capture some of the major moments (first kiss, etc.) and you would be there the majority of the time capturing all other moments.  Just a suggestion.

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