Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Friend or Professional Photographer?

Either let a friend or relative shoot your wedding, or a hire a recommended professional shooter. There are pros and cons to either choice, plus some important points you may not thought of yet:

·        Free or cheap
·        Friend gets a favor: he can give this as his wedding gift
·        Almost unlimited for time shooting whenever
·        If you like, you probably can micro-manage a friend
·        Comfortable with very personal photos; it’s a familiar face and energy
·        Usually takes your suggestions for poses
·        May get clever “inside” shots from being in-the-know with your group’s politics
·        Some have experience as wedding photographer and associated challenges
·        Photographer might party with you
·        Favoritism – might get your photos delivered sooner because you’re friends

·        May expect to be compensated elsewhere (i.e. big tip, free drinks, barter, use your images in his ads)
·        You are kind-of “the boss” but not really—because you are friends first
·        May need micro-managing if inexperienced
·        May resist micro-managing by stopping shooting, or arguing, sulking or feeling insulted
·        Expections for his goasl are loose—may miss important shots
·        Chatting and distracted by other guests—may miss important shots
·        If you don’t like his behavior and say something, you risk hurt feelings, arguing or embarrassment
·        Can refuse your suggestions for poses
·        Can take embarrassing pics or may tell confidential/private things to other loved ones
·        If friend gets sick, injured, too drunk/high, has travel problems at the last minute--good replacement is limited
·        May not handle challenges (i.e. bad weather, rain, poor lighting, embarrassing guests, dead batteries, hairdo and make-up failures, meltdowns, etc.)
·        May not know how to help people relax and be comfortable—feels awkward, add stress, wastes time
·        May not know how to pose people to look their best
·        Without good recommendations and seeing samples, you risk your photos being unsatisfactory.
·        If you don’t like his photos and say so, you risk hurt feelings
·        If you don’t like his photos and say nothing, you risk having no great wedding photos
·        May not have truly high-tech equipment or editing skills to either take pics, or re-edit photos you don’t like
·        If someone breaks his equipment or gets injured during shoots (tripping/falling), or he damages property (drops the borrowed & blue bracelet down a drain), you may need to pay for the camera, the doctor visit, or the property lost
·        Because this was a free/cheap project, other paying projects may get priority over finishing your pics

·        You pay money upfront
·        May not feel like a familiar energy behind the camera at first, takes a few minutes to settle in
·        Usually not open to being micro-managed
·        Photographer will not party on the job
·        Might not handle challenges the way you think she should (good recommendations avoid this)
·        Without good recommendations and seeing samples, you risk your photo results being unsatisfactory.
·        Unless you’ve hired her before, you have to trust other people’s recommendations

·        You choose when the shooting starts and stops
·        She is your employee and you are THE boss.
·        If you don’t want to micro-manage others on your wedding day, you don’t have to
·        She always helps people to relax, be comfortable, happy and genuine for photos
·        No embarrassing shots; stays confidential about what she saw or heard in private
·        Always takes your suggestions for poses

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