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#16 RaeJane

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 02:15 PM

I'm glad you decided to have them ... my sister almost decided to rely on just friends and family's happy snaps, because that's what a friend suggested to her. We managed to convince her otherwise which was just as well, as most of the guest's photos (inc mine, because of the lighting) were pretty average.

There were some suggestions of getting someone who does photography as a hobby (as does my FH). I started looking into this until we found a good priced Pro.
A few ways to do this would be to:
-Look on Flickr under the Wedding photography groups. If you find some photos you like, send them a message. We almost picked someone from there who had great skills, but not enough weddings under his belt to charge what the Pro's do.
-Look up photography forums. Like on here, you will be amazed at what you will find.
-If you have a local TAFE/Uni that offers photography courses, approach the teacher to see if any students would be capable and willing to help.

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 02:23 PM

An update on my idea (no wedding photographer, but a studio shoot on the day):

I have made some inquiries about a "couples session" at a local photography studio (not telling them until after I'd asked about prices that it was for a wedding).

For a 2.5 hour shoot for a couple, they charge $120, which INCLUDES professional hair styling and makeup (much cheaper than quotes I've had for wedding hair and makeup alone). They'd give me a discount if I wanted to organise my own makeup somewhere else, but I don't. There's no obligation to buy any prints, but if we like them, print packages start at $500. And if we like, we can get bridesmaids and groomsmen included, with makeup done for them, too, for only an extra $40pp.

I've had a personal photo shoot at this studio before and was really happy with the results, so this is probably what we will do.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 10:22 PM

QUOTE(RaeJane @ Jan 15 2010, 12:15 PM) View Post

If you have a local TAFE/Uni that offers photography courses, approach the teacher to see if any students would be capable and willing to help.

This is such a fantastic idea. I looked into the local TAFE where our wedding will be however this idea wasnt possible.

We decided to cancel our wedding photographer as our wedding went over budget and we couldn't make any more cut backs on what we already had (we are having a very small wedding). I asked to friends who do wedding photography if they would do ours (ceremony and a couple pics) and they agreed free of charge however, this has now changed and they have backed out saying that cant justify doing it unpaid (good friends, huh?).

Anyway, I do photography and have decided I'm just going to be taking my own pictures and using a tripod for our couple moments. For the ceremony I'll get a friend to take pictures for us using my camera.
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 10:38 PM

Even though I had already decided, and I really want them, it looks as though we may not be able to have a pro photographer. sad.gif

The problem I'm having is my location. The photographers I'm finding within our 'budget' (not that we really have one) are too far away and will cost me too much in travel and accomadation. The closest one I found to me, is still about 300kms away so still need to pay them travel and accomodation, not to mention there packages are a little out of my price range.

I enquired at the Tafes in the next 2 closests towns, and there is no photography courses at them.

I''m a little upset that we are finding it so hard to find a pro photographer.

I guess thats the way it goes when you live in a small town..
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Posted 24 January 2010 - 07:11 AM

Miss e - Try putting an ad in the local paper for a photographer. You might find some local talent?

Rhyme - it sounds like a good alternative going to a studio, I hope it works out for you. I've had studio-style photos taken and I'm sorry to say they were awful. It reminded me of being in a factory where everyone person has the same make-up and poses. The make-up was pasted thickly on by someone who didn't know what they were doing (and whinged at me the whole time about how terrible her life was) and I looked over-made and ridiculous - it was make-up for a studio, not for outside use. Then the poses were fake and distorted and I was practically pushed out the door when it was done. When I went back in to see the photos, they were awful, unflattering and didn't look like me at all so to their surprise I cancelled the entire package and vowed to never do it again.

Now, you might have a better experience than I, but I wanted to give another view on the studio option - most especially about the heavy make up.
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Posted 24 January 2010 - 07:21 AM

I just looked up Gulargambone (my, what a huge town you have there. laugh.gif) and Dubbo has photographers and it's just over 100ks away, which is local travel for Central NSW folk. I've been to a wedding in Narromine and my friend had a lovely photographer.

I just googled photographers in Dubbo and came up with the following list:

Charmaine Wray Photography
www.charmainewray.com - 0418 218 390

Vision Communicators
www.visioncommunicators.com.au - 0417 060 743

Rouse Colin Photographer
(02) 6882 1966

Mark James Photography
www.mjphotography.com.au - 0404 855 622

David Young Photography
(02) 6884 7441

Wendy Merrick Photography
0421 634 096

Orana Photography
(02) 6882 2325

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 09:52 AM

also check out this site , there is services inc. photographers - http://www.totaltrav...directory/shops


also , maybe check out this site and contact the host . he is an ex-coonamble photographer , now based on the GC, who might have some suggestions for local photoraphers, wouldn't hrt to send him an email - http://www.coonamble....au//page.php?3
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Posted 24 January 2010 - 11:02 AM

QUOTE(rhyme @ Jan 15 2010, 03:23 PM) View Post

An update on my idea (no wedding photographer, but a studio shoot on the day):

I have made some inquiries about a "couples session" at a local photography studio (not telling them until after I'd asked about prices that it was for a wedding).

For a 2.5 hour shoot for a couple, they charge $120, which INCLUDES professional hair styling and makeup (much cheaper than quotes I've had for wedding hair and makeup alone). They'd give me a discount if I wanted to organise my own makeup somewhere else, but I don't. There's no obligation to buy any prints, but if we like them, print packages start at $500. And if we like, we can get bridesmaids and groomsmen included, with makeup done for them, too, for only an extra $40pp.

I've had a personal photo shoot at this studio before and was really happy with the results, so this is probably what we will do.


I think this is great if you are happy with and only want photographs of you in your wedding dress but to me it's not quite the same as documenting your wedding day. For me, it was more important that the events of the day was captured and my children and grandchildren could see what my wedding day was like. Most of my favourite photos from my wedding were candid shots that captured our emotions and it was great to recall exactly what I was thinking and feeling during those moments. A professional wedding photographer would know how to this well.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 01:48 PM

I didnt even think of googling.. I was just searching different wedding sites blush.gif

Thanks for that list nephthys. I had come across some of those but thought they were pretty ordinary. There was one you listed that I hadn't found. So have sent them an email, and fingers crossed they work out.

Thanks for all the help. Will keep you posted on how I go.
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Posted 24 January 2010 - 02:43 PM

I'm getting my brother to do our photography as he takes really great photos and has been trying to get his own business up and running, so it works out for both of us - FH and I get photos for cheap and my bro gets to add photos and experience to his portfolio. I think he gets a little nervous with family and sometimes finds it hard to take charge and arrange people but I got him to do some family photos for my future inlaws for Christmas and where he wasn't taking charge I stepped in and did it for him, which I wouldn't mind doing on my wedding day, lol. I have already told him we'll have to sit down before the day and make a list of the types of photos we want etc so there will hopefully be nothing missed. And we will just have to use his tri-pod for the photos that he needs to be in himself, lol. A couple of my friends have also offered to bring their semi-pro cameras with them and help out with more of the candid shots etc which I'm happy for them to do as well... so I think out of all 3-4 people we will get some fantastic shots!

If it wasn't for my brother though I would definitely be having another professional do it for us... as much as the memory of the day will always be with you, it's always lovely to have photos to go back through whenever you want, to see the day from another perspective and see things you might not have seen smile.gif
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 04:01 PM

QUOTE(katya @ Jan 24 2010, 12:02 PM) View Post

I think this is great if you are happy with and only want photographs of you in your wedding dress but to me it's not quite the same as documenting your wedding day. For me, it was more important that the events of the day was captured and my children and grandchildren could see what my wedding day was like. Most of my favourite photos from my wedding were candid shots that captured our emotions and it was great to recall exactly what I was thinking and feeling during those moments. A professional wedding photographer would know how to this well.


True, but friends will be taking photos from all angles at the wedding (as they always do). Two other couples we know did without wedding photography entirely, but were still able to put together great albums documenting their wedding day from photos their friends sent them. We'll do this as well; meanwhile, the studio shoot will give us some pro images of us as a couple, which is what I'm really after: I'd be just as happy if it wasn't in my wedding dress (and I might even take another outfit along as well to get some other photos).

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 06:01 PM

My friends also took photos from many angles but, as much as I love them, they are crap photographers. If you trust that your friends will take great photos then you can certainly get away without having a pro on the day. I'm glad I didn't trust my friends laugh.gif.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 08:16 PM

There is no way I would have gone without a professional photographer. We got some great shots from family and friends but the professional ones are just in a different league!! I love my wedding photos and really that's what you have to remember by.

i will ALWAYS regret not having a videographer. At the time I couldnt justify another expense, and we do have a wedding DVD which was shot by a couple of friends for us, right from before I was dressed etc, but it does not compare at all to what a professional would have done. I wish I had just paid for a videographer, at the end of the day it's now 3 years down the track and so the $3K I would have spent on it, wouldnt even matter to me now...
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Posted 14 February 2010 - 12:23 PM

My partner has recently started a wedding photography business in Melbourne. It's still a small business, so he's keeping things cheap (or even free, depending on the client). His main concern is to build good community credit, and an interesting wedding portfolio.

Alex Megremis Photography
http://photography.amegremis.com/

There is some good material there (though only few wedding shots), might be worth your time.
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Posted 14 February 2010 - 02:14 PM

One thing I really wanted was a pro photographer, and was able to show off my album (again) to another friend last night because they are great - even if you have a pro photographer who does weddings (this is important, as brides on hear can tell you) and just get high res images on a disc you can print from

Am glad you decided to go with one, just hope you can find someone - I'd recommend the photographer who did the disc, but i'm in WA so that doesn't help!!

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