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Kate Report 9 Jul 2008 19:50

That's a good idea, Lainey - when my cousin got married, I took my camera with me (only a little digital one - I've got an SLR one now) and took about 150 pictures that day, so I put them on a CD and gave them to my cousin and his wife.

I think they had a professional photographer as well but because I sent them mine they had a load of extra ones that they didn't know about.

One other thing, I suppose, is that a semi-professional or amateur probably wouldn't charge as much as an established professional, or - if you know someone who is good at it - they might do it as their present to you.


Luckylainey Report 9 Jul 2008 19:26

When my hubby and I married in August 2006 we asked all our family and friends to take photos for us as we were on such a tight budget and couldn't afford a professional photographer. We actually knew a professional but could not afford them. Un beknown to me my colleagues all chipped in to pay for a semi-professional photographer to take pics for us. Also My Mum and brother booked the professional, that we could not afford as a wedding present. Also a close friend is an amateur photographer and won lots of competitions. We asked him to do the pics, which he agreed to, but he did not want sole responsibility of doing all photos so suggested we ask friends and family to take pics as well. The end result was: The so called professional photographers photos were rubbish. Our unconfident amateur photographer friend produced some fab pics and albums which we absolutely love. The photographer that my colleagues booked also produced some wonderful pictures which we love and are very proud of.

There have been some great suggestions on here and don't be put off by the idea of semi-professional or amateur photographers, as they can produce some wonderful and some very natural work, that you would be thrilled with and would not cost loads of money.

Good luck!!!!

Lainey x

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Click ADD REPLY button - not this link! Report 9 Jul 2008 19:14

You could try contacting this guy to see if he's available. He took great photos and was able to organise the guests quickly.


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~Summer Scribe~ Report 9 Jul 2008 18:57

My mum and dad were told by family not to get a photographer as there would be plenty of family taking pics. They ended up with one really iffy pic from their wedding in black and white (it was 1966). For their 30th anniversary we managed to get it touched up and blown up for them. Until then they'd never had a pic of their wedding on the wall.

So, while it's great to get pics off friends and family, I think it's best not to rely on them unless you specifically designate one person as photographer for the day. I think your best bet is the college as was suggested.


Eldrick Report 9 Jul 2008 17:29

Well, you could fly me down, put me up in a flash hotel, get me a taxi to and from the venue and buy me drink all night.

I would do your photos free of charge of course, anything for a friend. And I wouldn't keep the copyright for the pics :-)

Mrs.  Blue Eyes

Mrs. Blue Eyes Report 9 Jul 2008 17:20

Hi Kate thanks for looking in, I live near Portsmouth too far for you I think xx

You guys are great thanks for the tips I will be trialling each one me thinks, I was always going to put dispoable cameras on the tables, expect nothing special and then any good ones will be a bonus xx


MrDaff Report 9 Jul 2008 17:16

lol Eldrick... I have been photographers assistant... uncle was a professional, although not weddings at all..... unless they were family ones. I inherited much of his stuff.... can't make head nor tail of some of it, lol... so I wouldn't in my wildest dreams offer myself as *the photographer* at a wedding... but I am a pretty useful backing singer, lol!!

I signed up for a degree course... would just about have finished it now..... but became ill so withdrew. There was a second reason, lol....the one and only neighbour I don't get on with is a post graduate tutor on the course!! Ugh!!


Daff xxxx


Eldrick Report 9 Jul 2008 17:07

Joking apart, I do lots of weddings - well, about 10 a year.....and unless you are well up on the use of flash, diffusers, light angles (never stand the subject in the sun at mid day!) and are confident and loud enough to order people around and make snap decisions - forget it! It will lead to tears.

You find there is ALWAYS one well meaning guest who insists that the sun should be over the photographers left shoulder and tuts away when you put people in the shade of trees and then use flash - and when you take your time to get the right incident light reading (internal light meters are poor at getting the right average when you have a bright white dress and a jet black suit!) you get the guests getting in the way with their phone cameras and little compacts.....

It tests the patience of a saint!


But if you can do all this, wedding photography is rewarding and fun. I thoroughly enjoy doing it.


MrDaff Report 9 Jul 2008 17:01

Oh... there you are,Kate... fancy creeping up on me like that ;¬)) lol..... see, you must be psychic... but don't tell Eldrick, lol!!



MrDaff Report 9 Jul 2008 17:00

I would love to *have a bash* and I have taken some excellent photos.... digital and proper film, lol! But a wedding is far too big a project....

although my dil 's twin is getting married end of August, they have a posh photographer, but have asked me to prowl the prowl and get the candid ones, lol I am also supposed to be looking after my granddaughter, too.. and her half Spanish younger cousin....... could be very interesting, this could, lol!!


Daff xxxxx

ps... have you pm'd Kate... or put a thread up???


Daff xxxx (again!)


Kate Report 9 Jul 2008 16:56

I'm in the north west - is that any good? (I admit I've never actually photographed a wedding yet but I did take some unofficial ones at my cousin's wedding about three years back.)


AnninGlos Report 9 Jul 2008 16:47

do you not have any friends who are enthusuastic amateurs photographer's. A couple of years ago i took the photos for a friend's son's wedding and they were very pleased with them.. all I charged them for was the films (pre digital.) It was nerve wracking for me though worrying they would not be OK!!

At another wedding the photographers photos were so bad that the couple contacted all of us who took photos and had those instead because they were better.

The flip side to this is, in 1981 when my daughter married her first husband a friend of mine took photos and used a new flash gun for the first time and the photos were awful.

but if you know somebody with a good digital who knows the basics about wedding photography it might be a thought.



MrDaff Report 9 Jul 2008 15:02

(((((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))) chucks in some more to kick a man when he's been pole axed

Plus some positive thoughts and some XXXXXXXXXXX and other stuff too!!

From the not so nice Daff xxxxxx wmsl!!

ps, Blue Eyes, I don't know where Kate lives, sorry!!


Daff xxx


Eldrick Report 9 Jul 2008 14:46


That didn't hurt, that didn't hurt, I'm OK.

Mrs.  Blue Eyes

Mrs. Blue Eyes Report 9 Jul 2008 14:36

Oh poor spurned Eldrick,

wait for it

wait for it

keep waiting

just a bit longer

nearly there


xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx kisses xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

for your hurt feelings pmsl


Eldrick Report 9 Jul 2008 14:32

Yea, way up north. But I was prepared, for a fellow GR member, to make the long trip to the south.

But since I was turned down so mercilessly, I have accepted a commission to do a society wedding with a Dr Finlays' Casebook theme.

But if you just want to send me photos of everyones faces, I can digitally superimpose them over any other wedding that I have in my portfolio, including the Ice Wedding in Alaska that I did last year.


The fee would obviously not be large.

Mrs.  Blue Eyes

Mrs. Blue Eyes Report 9 Jul 2008 14:26

Eldrick honey, I decided not to buy the "Jessica Rabbit" dress (didn't wanna scare the Vicar) still wanna snap xx lol

ps don't you live way way way up north in this fine green and rather wet country


Eldrick Report 9 Jul 2008 14:20

Well, if you remember, I did offer but I was spurned.



Debbie Report 9 Jul 2008 14:05

Hope you manage to sort something out. And I hope you have a great day.

Mrs.  Blue Eyes

Mrs. Blue Eyes Report 9 Jul 2008 14:02

Thanks guys, It's a bit of a pain to have to start looking again, but to be honest I thought I would stress if somethin went awry and I'm not, in the end I'll still be marrying my man.
I will try following the suggestions of contacting the colleges near me.
Daff (you sweetie) I live near Portsmouth in Hampshire do you know where Kate lives??