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#16 *Rowena*

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 12:59 PM

Our package includes two photographers, so I'll have the assistant one photographing the boys getting ready. Should be fun. I'd imagine the photos will be a bit less serious than the ones of me and my bridesmaids getting ready.

A question for those already married, did your FMIL get ready with the bridal party? Or was she off with the groomsmen and her son? I'm not sure what my FMIL will want to do, but I want to be prepared either way!

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#17 Dondons_28

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 01:18 PM

definately having them covered.

theyre a part of the wedding too as far as im concerned and i want an archive of the WHOLE day, not just me. Its not just about me me me



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Posted 16 March 2006 - 01:26 PM

Hey Lauren,
Id say definitely include it. It was a little different for us cause we were up on the island and only had Matt, infact i didnt know there was the option of having an assistant, but i think we only ended up getting about 3 or 4 shots of hubby by himself. Which isnt really too much of a worry cause they are fantastic photos, but i would of loved to see what he was up to and him getting ready. From memory i think it is only $250 to add it on, and when you think that they are memories you can see for the rest of your lives, its really nothing!!

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 01:46 PM

QUOTE (ANGE080805 @ Mar 16 2006, 01:26 PM)
Hey Lauren,
Id say definitely include it. It was a little different for us cause we were up on the island and only had Matt, infact i didnt know there was the option of having an assistant, but i think we only ended up getting about 3 or 4 shots of hubby by himself. Which isnt really too much of a worry cause they are fantastic photos, but i would of loved to see what he was up to and him getting ready. From memory i think it is only $250 to add it on, and when you think that they are memories you can see for the rest of your lives, its really nothing!!

Yes, but where do you stop Ange, that is the only problem...!?

I am going to try to negotiate so that it is not extra. It is not as though it is a burden, the places are very close to one another. What is the $250 for? Just because it is not standard thing to do.

Geez, Dondons! Way to make a girl feel good.

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 01:57 PM

Yep, we are. But we have the advantage of both of our parental homes being 2 minutes from each other and the photographer from the same town! So she'll do the boys first then come for the girls. She's not charging us any more because of the close proximity.
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#21 Dondons_28

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 02:00 PM

hey L&H
i didnt mean that to come out that way.. lol
But alot of things ive seen on this board seem to be "me me me" and i think it was getting to me. Not to say that you were this way, but like u i dont understand how they can charge extra when the groom is also a part of the day. By not having the groom covered, your missing out. But the photo guys see this as a way to make extra cash..

as for the costs, i think you should try to negotiate it, but like u said, if things are close by why charge for it? where are u having your wedding?

For the video i can understand coz theres editing invovled, but for photos... ???
hmm...

this is what i dont like about photographers in general.. they charge more and do less work than their video counterparts, and most of the time, their video mates are nicer, work better and give u a "fuller" product

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 02:56 PM

I always thought it was the norm for the photographer to start off at the groom's place, then go to the bride's. We are doing this, and it has been done for other weddings I've been involved with.

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 04:14 PM

QUOTE (Dondons_28 @ Mar 16 2006, 02:00 PM)

For the video i can understand coz theres editing invovled, but for photos... ???
hmm...

this is what i dont like about photographers in general.. they charge more and do less work than their video counterparts, and most of the time, their video mates are nicer, work better and give u a "fuller" product

Right, so you don't want the photos at the grooms house edited? You just want RAW straight out of the camera photos?

If I send an assistant to cover the groom, they need to get paid, they need to have extra equipment etc.
They have have to arrange an extra car etc. If the assistant has a separate car then we have to find extra parking all day etc.
When people live a distance appart it can become a logistical nightmare.

$250 is not really that much to pay.

Of course when people live close together and transport can be arranged easily it all becomes easier, but a photographer that doesn't have an assistant will have to arrange for one, or go to the grooms place really early. It's all time and money.

I agree that video guys do a lot of work, but I think people underestimate how much work goes into good photography, especially when you get the 'full product' i.e. the final album.
In the end it's a matter of demand and supply, more people demand photographers hence the price is higher. Only about 20% of the weddings I cover have a video guy, and those are usually ethnic weddings.
Video guys have a bad rep due to too many cheesy wedding videos out there. It's unfortunate for those that do a really great creative job.

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 04:34 PM

QUOTE (Megy @ Mar 16 2006, 02:56 PM)
I always thought it was the norm for the photographer to start off at the groom's place, then go to the bride's. We are doing this, and it has been done for other weddings I've been involved with.

You may find photographers who simply charge by the hour. If your package includes (say) five hours, then you can always have them start at the Bridegroom's house and maybe knock off early from the reception.

If you want longer then I'm sure your photographer can quote you an hourly rate or similar.
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Posted 16 March 2006 - 04:44 PM

i see your point Christian, but when ive been invovled in so many weddings, and seing the video guys go from place to place, without a problem

i just fail to see that if a video guy can do this, why cant the photographer?

As for editing, its a different ballgame IMO and most photographers dont retouch their photos anyway... not from what ive seen....

Maybe im missing something??

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 05:47 PM

We did it and I would definitely do it again. It cost us about $300 from memory but it was awesome seeing the photos for the first time and knowing what they got up to. In fact, i think the grooms preparation photos are better then the brides prep. The make up artist and hair stylist told me to be dressed so when the photographer arrived, we were all ready so I did this and now there are no photos of me getting ready. Oh well, I didn't want him to get photos of me in my bra and nickers anyway.
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Posted 16 March 2006 - 06:48 PM

We've got a husband and wife team as photographers and we're getting ready at the same place, so H2B is getting photographed by him and us girls are getting photographed by her.. works out well smile.gif

I don't know if I'd pay to have photos of the boys getting ready though.. I've never heard of this before? Like Megy, I thought they started with the guys then got to the girls when the guys made their way to the ceremony venue? huh.gif
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Posted 16 March 2006 - 08:30 PM

QUOTE (Dondons_28 @ Mar 16 2006, 04:44 PM)
As for editing, its a different ballgame IMO and most photographers dont retouch their photos anyway... not from what ive seen....

Maybe im missing something??

Hmm, I'd say you are missing a good photographer then rolleyes.gif
Most photographer, who shoot digitally can spend up to 30hours working on the images, from downloading to retouching etc.

The proofs is a different story, they will usually receive only basic colour corrections etc, even that takes time. As does converting to B&W etc.





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Posted 16 March 2006 - 08:45 PM

QUOTE (Megy @ Mar 16 2006, 02:56 PM)
I always thought it was the norm for the photographer to start off at the groom's place, then go to the bride's. We are doing this, and it has been done for other weddings I've been involved with.

We met with 4 photographers and each one offered this option as an optional extra. It would be nice if they did include it though!
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Posted 16 March 2006 - 08:54 PM

Every photographer has a different price structure e.g. I offer it in my higher end album at no extra cost, but I don't offer it in my basic packages.

I think it's nice to have, it just completes the story of the day, especially when you have a nice album.

Couples always love the getting ready shots, and ineveitably have a good laugh when they see what their other halves got up to. biggrin.gif




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