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#1 miss_e

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 09:28 PM

Hey just wondering if anyone has had no pro photos taken at their wedding watsoever.Did u regret not having a pro there?

Im just wondering if this is an expense i can cut out of the budget. I mean a photo is a photo right? pro or not its still documenting the day.

Im just worried that afterwards i may regret not having the pro shots taken..
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Posted 14 January 2010 - 09:33 PM

For me my photos were one of the most important parts of my wedding. They are what I look back on now years later after the flowers are dead, food is eaten lol. There is a HUGE difference between professional photographs and friends snapping a pic here and there on their point and shoot cameras. At the end of the day though, it depends what you value and what is more important to you and your partner.
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Posted 14 January 2010 - 10:45 PM

Couldn't agree more with the above.

You can keep costs way down by going with a photographer who will give you hi-res images on disk only. Then you don't have to pay for albums and professional prints. You can make your own album(s) on Blurb or similar and do your own prints cheaply later.

People on here would be able to recommend photographers who do good work, with suitable packages at a reasonable price if we know your location.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 11:16 PM

We did a casual wedding with the plan to renew our vows & have the whole big wedding thing then (which of course hasnt happened due to a lack of time & funds)
We didn't end up having a professional photographer because we would do that for the renewal and i have to say it is my only regret from our wedding. The photos friends took were fine but there were no stunning ones to display etc which makes me sad. I keep saying to DH that we will do the vow renewal just to get good pics so in my opinion definatly hire someone even for a couple of hours to get some pro pic (which we should have done)
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Posted 14 January 2010 - 11:22 PM

I would definitely try to hire some kind of photographer - even someone just starting out who is looking for some wedding practice.. Maybe search for some hobbyist blogs and send them a msg asking if they are interested? Even try a little facebook looking around for someone just getting into it.

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We did a casual wedding with the plan to renew our vows & have the whole big wedding thing then (which of course hasnt happened due to a lack of time & funds)
We didn't end up having a professional photographer because we would do that for the renewal and i have to say it is my only regret from our wedding. The photos friends took were fine but there were no stunning ones to display etc which makes me sad. I keep saying to DH that we will do the vow renewal just to get good pics so in my opinion definatly hire someone even for a couple of hours to get some pro pic (which we should have done)


Why not do a TTD style photo shoot to get some beautiful pics for your home etc? Then you don't have to wait for when your ready for the renewal, and you could have your little girl come along for pics too and make it a family portrait session and some wedding style pics? You could go back up to where you had your reception for some pics even (if my memory serves me you had it up above Bulli/Thirroul? Such a beautiful location!) Also - the picture could then double up as birthday/chrissy gifts for relatives (in a nice frame)
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 06:35 AM

I'm another that suggests trying to find some money in your budget for a proper photographer. Maybe ask around your local area to see if there are some hobbyists (as Hope suggested) or chat to a professional to see if they can do a deal. I have a friend who's an aspiring photographer who photographed the wedding of a work colleague to save them money and they shots are great. I think my friend only charged a few hundred dollars.

The way I kept costs down was to arranged parts of my wedding day timetable around the best way to keep the photographer as cost-effective as possible. For me, the ceremony and location shots were more important than the reception. You could get your pro photos done within the immediate vacinity of the ceremony location and have family/friends take the reception photos. Then get only the digital images as Anica suggested.

I chose the wrong photographer; I hired her for sentimental reasons, not professional ones and my photo album doesn't get opened because I didn't like how she captured our day. However, even with that disappointment, I still don't regret having a professional there.
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 06:47 AM

When my ex and I got married, we planned the wedding on a fairly low budget. We opted for a professional videographer instead of a professional photographer, however we had his uncle (who's quite handy with a camera, and I think has gone on to do more weddings) as a photographer.

*Some* of the photos I really liked, but for the most part, after the day, I was really disappointed that we didn't get a professional photographer. Or maybe it was more that my ex was a douche and wouldn't allow us to get location shots ph34r.gif

Either way, I think it's definitely worth the money to hire a professional photographer, and just 'budget' your time wisely. Eg. Have 'getting ready' shots, then do a location shoot pre-ceremony, ceremony pics, then do a mock cake-cutting and a few mock first dance pics at the reception, then send the photographer on their merry way?
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 07:05 AM

We didn't have a professional wedding photographer, we chose to cut cost and have my FIL who is a professional wildlife photographer.

This is my ONLY regret of the day.

He didn't know what he was doing. He had no presence or authority in getting groups together for photos (we arranged this after I could see what was happening, or not happening in this case). As a result I don't have ANY photos with my parents or siblings, I am really sad about that.

He captured some really great candid photos which I love and I am not unhappy with our location shots but all in all, a major disappointment.

A wedding photographer seeks people out for photos, knows that looks good and shoots accordingly, they just have the knowledge and the expertise to capture your wedding as beautifully as possible.

Please, I urge you to cut costs elsewhere, it may not seem important to you now, but it will more than likely be down the track

Make your own cake
Do your own flowers or choose cheaper options such as bouquets and don't have floral decorations.
Do your own decorations ($2shops are great for vases, candles etc etc)
Chose a finger food menu over sit down
Don't do bonbonierre (sp?)
Don't have wedding cars

There are SO many ways to save money
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 07:29 AM

Another advantage of a pro is that they take charge and make sure everything gets done. They won't get distracted talking to friends and are happy to move people out of their shots. They are working for you so make sure they get all the shots you want. A friend might get distracted actually watching the wedding and forget to take photos of important parts
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 09:39 AM

I am another who votes you should have a pro, and as Monica suggested, cut back on as many other things to ensure you get a good one.

I, like Neph, chose the wrong photographer, and to this day regret it.

I have 1-2 okay photos, but we're taken at such low res, that I can't get them enlarged rolleyes.gif

A good friend of mine took the disc I got from the photographer and jazzed them up using some program she had, by cutting out the strangers in the corner of pics, cropping photos taken on strange angles so they were straight etc, but I still feel really mad whenever I see them.

Theres nothing nicer than walking into someones house and seeing a beautiful pic of them on their wedding day. Something I wish I had sad.gif

ETA: some of the other girls have mentioned the ability for your photographer to organise the pics you will no doubt forget.

I had my siblings in my bridal party, and no pic of just the 4 of us. I have no pics of me with the GMs, or DH with the BMs, we didn't get a pic with the inlaws (who we are VERY close with and they moved states the day after our wedding)

Jeez, can you tell how much I wish I had a good photographer smile.gif

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 10:17 AM

QUOTE(Hope @ Jan 15 2010, 12:22 AM) View Post

Why not do a TTD style photo shoot to get some beautiful pics for your home etc? Then you don't have to wait for when your ready for the renewal, and you could have your little girl come along for pics too and make it a family portrait session and some wedding style pics? You could go back up to where you had your reception for some pics even (if my memory serves me you had it up above Bulli/Thirroul? Such a beautiful location!) Also - the picture could then double up as birthday/chrissy gifts for relatives (in a nice frame)


Thats actually a really good idea smile.gif Im not sure we'll bother with a renewal since our wedding was perfect for us its just mainly about the photo's.. I think im going to look into it biggrin.gif Thanks for the idea! & yes it was above Bulli smile.gif
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 12:42 PM

QUOTE(miss_e @ Jan 14 2010, 10:28 PM) View Post

Hey just wondering if anyone has had no pro photos taken at their wedding watsoever.Did u regret not having a pro there?

Im just wondering if this is an expense i can cut out of the budget. I mean a photo is a photo right? pro or not its still documenting the day.

Im just worried that afterwards i may regret not having the pro shots taken..


We are not having a pro photographer at our wedding in April, because wedding photography is so expensive and I'd really rather spend the money on good food and wine for my guests. I have been to a couple of weddings recently that didn't have photographers: the couples involved asked friends to send them their best shots from the wedding and because there were so many people, got some lovely pics. Not pro quality, admittedly, but they captured the magic of the day in a naturalistic way and didn't require the couples to spend thousands or pose for hours.

We are considering ducking into a professional studio to get some good photos between the ceremony and the reception, though. It would be nice to have some pro photos of us as a couple while we are all dressed up. And rates for an hour in a studio ought to be lower than wedding package rates, I suspect. Especially if we don't mention when we book that it will be our wedding day.

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 01:24 PM

I would rather cut costs elsewhere anyday!

It was the most amazing feeling after the wedding and honeymoon were over to get my pics back. I was so excited.

Cut the money from somewhere else, even if it means you have a lunch time wedding or mid week if you have to.
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 01:37 PM

I'd be devastated to not have had my photos. I'd invite less people, have a cheaper dress etc. before I'd scrimp on pics.

3.5 years on I still love looking at ours smile.gif

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 02:04 PM

You all have very valid points. And i have decided...

To have pro pics!! biggrin.gif

I have spent the whole day thinking about it and even tho the cost of the photogropher will be more then everything else put together, i want the memories and i want to make sure there done. I dont want to rely on family and friends who will get distracted on the day.

I am cutting costs everywhere so i think we can comfortably affored a decent photogropher (even if all pics are on disk, i can then take my time getting them printed and enlarged etc)

Thanks for all the help -has made my decision alot easier.
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