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Photographer or not... I can't decide

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fleacircus Sun 26-Jan-14 20:11:42

DP and I are planning a tiny, pretty informal wedding. Happy to be lavish in some ways - e.g. food and booze! - but generally keeping the budget fairly low. We aren't planning to have a photographer, except now I'm worrying that I'll regret afterwards not having pictures (obviously some of the guests may take some, but none of them are amazing photographers as far as I'm aware). I know I should just call a couple for quotes but I fear getting trapped in some kind of wedding machinery and I almost certainly won't end up booking any of them. But just so I have some idea what I'd be letting myself in for, does anyone have a ballpark figure for a photographer (south of England but not London), just for the (brief, civil) ceremony and immediately afterwards? Maybe one group picture, one immediate family (4 people) and one of the two of us. I know it's not time I'd be paying for, but expertise and equipment and the pictures themselves - so I don't know if the fact that they'd only be there for 40 minutes makes a difference?

harryhausen Mon 27-Jan-14 10:35:46

Please, please get a photographer.

Apart from your wedding ring, it's the only other lasting thing from your day that you will treasure.

I hated the whole wedding photo thing. We had a very casual wedding. I ended up booking a 'reportage' type of photographer. He was expensive - but amazing. He caught the day, me, my dh, my guests in ways that were so happy, natural and unique. 10 years on, they are the best photographs of myself and my family & friends I've ever had.

A good friend of mine spent a fortune on her wedding but thought a Nate would take some photos so she could save £900. She always claims it was her biggest regret ever. She has hardly one photo she likes from her day.

Hope you find someone. Tell them what you want, they'll be lots who can do it. Have a great day x

harryhausen Mon 27-Jan-14 10:36:38

A *mate would take her photos.

fleacircus Mon 27-Jan-14 19:53:51

Thank you all for interesting insights... I do think I might regret not having pictures. Relying on friends isn't really possible, we're only inviting about 10 people so having one of the tied up with photographs would be a bit odd. Somedizzywhore - that sounds perfect, sadly we're in the wrong part of the country. But I am heartened that cheaper options might be available. Had wondered about the student option too - might investigate that further!

MaryHo Fri 28-Feb-14 18:32:49

Well.. if you still have some more time, I suggest considering once again the topic of a wedding photographer. I think that now maybe you think you can do without wedding pictures but after some time, in the future you'll definitely regret not having the professional session done. And the occasion is unrepeatable. So even if you want to have a low budget wedding I think it's worth investing some money in professional photographs. Just look here: These are wedding photos which are made by a professional and definitely an accidental person won't take such pictures.

starsandunicorns Fri 28-Feb-14 18:41:43

I really want one put our wedding on a shoestring and even smaller than yours op so far only got 3 guests when we get wed uni will out I thinking on just plying into a photobooth grin

PotatoPolly Fri 28-Feb-14 18:47:37

Please please please spend as much as you can afford on a photographer- as someone up thread said, photos are one of the only things left after the actual day.

We had a fantastic photographer from the Kent area, let me know if you're interested and I'll pass on his details grin

CrazyOldCatLady Fri 28-Feb-14 18:56:24

I had various people, including my dad (who volunteered), take photos. They were atrocious. There was only one that was halfway decent and it was of me and DH. Nothing of anyone else. I regretted it terribly for a while.

Then life moved on, we had kids and lived our lives and in all honesty I don't think we're missing out by only having one photo. We're still married, even without photos!

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overmydeadbody Tue 29-Apr-14 17:41:14

Definitely get a photographer. It is the one thing people always regret if they don't do it.

We found a very good photographer and he is not charging anywhere near some of the crazy prices you get quoted for.

You won't have to pay more than £300 for what you want. It is just a matter of looking hard (not just on the first page of google!)

overmydeadbody Tue 29-Apr-14 17:43:18

Ask local photographers in your area, don't just look for 'wedding photographers', any photographer will be able to do what you want, you don't need a specific wedding photographer with an expensive wedding package.

eurochick Tue 29-Apr-14 17:49:40

One difficulty you might face is that in summer wedding season, even though you only want 40 mins, the photographer would have to give up another full day booking.

Mashoona88 Tue 29-Apr-14 17:54:18

Just answered a similar thread elsewhere so forgive my repetition anyone who sees it - I'm in the SE and my sister is at Central St Martins in London, I asked her to point us in the direction of the best photography student in her year. He was willing to do it for £250 plus travel (DH and I had decided that we would go without if we couldn't find a photographer for that). I was a little nervous but he was amazing, he listened to my brief (DH and I didn't want cheesy) and produced some amazing shots, including a number of analogue a4 prints and a massive disc of edited photos. We paid him travel in advance and the full amount at the end of the day. I was nervous but so glad we did it, our pics are honestly my favourite wedding photos I've seen (I would say that, eh?)

If you want his deets or to look at some of his work online (although some is very artsy and not at all like what he did for us tbh) I'll happily share, was so chuffed.

We also put out a couple of Polaroids and hung up an empty frame for people to take pictured at the reception, which worked really well, but isn't cheap either - proper Polaroid films now cost £2 per picture!

FromagePlease Tue 29-Apr-14 18:00:21

Chose a cheap one, regretted it, very average photos at best. Photos were saved by a mate of DH's who was testing out his new camera, his pics were so much better than the official photographer. Really, really, regret our decision.

Dukketeater Tue 29-Apr-14 20:51:12

Our photographer is doing all day and a photo booth for £400

She is based in South London but coming to us in Kent and covers Surrey. Her photos are really quite lovely but she is new and thats why her price is low. Its just a disc of edited pictures x

Her name is Jenine Mason

harpist Thu 01-May-14 13:21:44

definitely get a photographer. I've come across so many couples whose photos were ruined/non existent because they relied on friends to do them.

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