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#16 Young&InLove



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Posted 08 June 2008 - 02:16 PM

My FSIL used me instead of a professional. The pics turned out great she got her friend who was a professional to print them and they look great
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Posted 08 June 2008 - 02:23 PM

Keep searching. I don't think your budget is too small at all - if you just want the images and not an albumnm put together. We paid $975 for our photographer (recommended from here - in Melbourne though) and he took so many photos, supplied on disc so we can make our own albumn.

Some of the shots he has taken are just absolutely amazing. A good professional photographer has such an eye for shots and plus will make all the family shots go much smoother and quicker.

I def think you should have a pro photographer - if you don't and don't get the photos you want from family and friends, you may end up regretting it - and you will never have the day again.

Stick to your budget but seach around, I am sure there are photographers in Perth you are offering what you are after.

Good Luck

#18 allure


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Posted 08 June 2008 - 03:17 PM


Seriously your wedding photos are really important!

I love my professional wedding photos and I have great memories of them being taken. My photographer was fantastic and rather than set each photos up he just followed us and snapped away. The results were amazing.

I also received a lot of photos from friends and family. Whilst there are some that I love the quality does not compare with my professional shots.

If money is an issue you can certainly still find yourself a fantastic photographer. From memory I only paid $1300 and received all the photos on CDs in both high res and low res quality. Plus a small display album.

I'm sure I saved myself $1000 but not getting a professional album as part of the package.

Look for freelance photographers and you'll find one in your budget smile.gif

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 10:45 PM

QUOTE(allure @ Jun 8 2008, 05:17 PM) View Post


Agree. I'd scrimp on the dress before I scrimped on the photographer.

Perhaps consider posting a 'budget wedding advice' topic and get the other girls to help you think of ways to save money to help you pay for a photographer.

For instance, the first thing that would go from my budget would be bonbons. That's just one idea.
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Posted 09 June 2008 - 11:55 AM

I paid a couple of thousand for a professional photographer and, whilst they were a cheaper option than many others on the scene, I had certain expectations of the photos we received.
It was one of the biggest wastes of money of my day. I won't go into detail of all the things they did wrong or how dissappointed I am with my photos, but I can honestly say my favourite photos of my day are the ones my mum took, and she is far from being a professional photographer.
All I will say is be very careful who you do choose. My photographer was highly recommended to me by quite a few couples but just didn't deliver on the day.

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 03:00 PM

Photos were one of the most important things to both myself and my husband. Just the other day I got out the DVD slideshow of our wedding and had a cry (a happy cry!). I have very few decent photos from friends - it just isn't the same.

When my BIL and SIL got married (before I knew them), they went with a semi-professional photographer - apparently she was a wedding photographer, but the quality was shocking. She still, 5 years later, talks of how much she regrets it. She hated almost all of her photos.

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 03:43 PM

Yup agree with Allure & LJM. We chose our photographer on her work and we didn't even really consider the price.... i mean - we knew what it was obviously, but we fell in love with her work and photos were very important to us.

Out of all the photos she took - there are 3 that i don't like... the rest i LOVE!

We had option to use a friend who was a "semi-pro" but i was dead set against it from day 1. I am so glad we didn't smile.gif

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 11:16 AM

I was at my friends wedding at the MCA in Sydney and she had hired a photobooth for her reception...you know the sit in booth that you get photo-strips taken...like at the mall?! It was a major hit....and you can even get a special photostrip guest book which replaces your traditional guestbook of signatures with photostrips and funny messages. I loved the idea...and booked myself!...saves having a photographer at least at your reception.

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 02:34 PM

Whilst I think the booth is a top idea, what about happy snaps and action shots?
Those are some of the best photo's you can take, you won't miss that?
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Posted 12 June 2008 - 02:41 PM

QUOTE(Monica @ Jun 12 2008, 02:34 PM) View Post

Whilst I think the booth is a top idea, what about happy snaps and action shots?
Those are some of the best photo's you can take, you won't miss that?

Yeah..true!...but Im making sure a family member takes along a digital camera for those shots.

Im actually using the photo-strip as my bommediere. I have organised for the last frame of every photostrip to have our theme (georgeous lily) and a thankyou message...it has hit two birds with one stone!! happy.gif

#26 sepia


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Posted 12 June 2008 - 03:15 PM

NOOOO get a photographer! That was the one thing I would not and did not scrimp on.
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Posted 12 June 2008 - 03:23 PM

QUOTE(sepia @ Jun 12 2008, 03:15 PM) View Post

NOOOO get a photographer! That was the one thing I would not and did not scrimp on.

Really?!..Ive priced it and Im looking at another $1500 for 1 hour at the reception..still not convinced?!

By the way...is that your girl pictured in your signature?...she's georgeous!!

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 09:52 PM

I agree with what what many have said here and I would go for a pro even if I had to skimp on everything else. I decided to cut down on cars so I could spend more on my photos. smile.gif

(I'm vain, I want evidence to prove to my grandkids I was hot and skinny once.)

If you have to skimp cut down on the inclusions/ hours, no prints, no late reception coverage. If you cut down their time even the more expensive photographers can become more affordable. I would rather have a few incredible photos, then thousands of average/ blurry ones.

Passion is the key and I found most expensive doesn't mean the best. Look at the last few pages of Google, ( I found my photographer on page 8 - its where the up an coming tend to sit) If I was you I would put an add on Gumtree, Trading post or model mahem with your budget.

Good luck!!

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 10:29 PM

I agree with Monica. I come from a line of keen and able professional and semi-professional photographers so thought that would e enough. Not so. They were all too busy relaxing/didn't bring the big camera as they didn't want to carry it, etc.

I do not have one single good photo of me in my wedding dress or of the day generally. I really, really regret that.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 11:49 AM

QUOTE(starry_eyes @ Jun 7 2008, 10:48 AM) View Post

To me it sounds like that you DO want a pro photographer but you are worried that in paying $1600 you may not get photos that are 'worth' the money & that your family & friends will be able to capture the moments just as good...
and whilst digital cameras these days are of such high quality, pro photographers who love what they do often spend upwards of $60k on their gear!!

These were my feelings.

We had a friend take our photos. He is NOW a pro wedding photographer, but at the time was not. He took great photos, but sadly I learnt that there is a divide between that and taking good wedding photos. Lots of things I don't have, like any pics of the back of my dress or just a good one of myself. sad.gif He had the equipment, but that is only 50% of what's needed.

I suppose it would have been great to get a pro, but I couldn't seem to find anyone who could do a great job for under $3k. And I couldn't really afford more than that. At least my friend did it for free and I have all the negatives. That said I still have not made a wedding album, and DH has never looked at our photos. His father died on our 1 month anniversary and it's taken many years for us both to not associate our wedding with his death. sad.gif

If it does turn out pear shaped maybe you can get some non-wedding pro shots taken in a few years. That's what I think we will do once bubs is here and I'll still get some great pics.
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