Oh, Photography.... What am I going to do with you! In all honestly this has been the hardest thing to come to an agreement on in my own head. I have looked at every single photographer in Newfoundland. Let me tell you, there are some amazing ones!! .... Amazing ones that quite simply we can't afford. The cheapest photographer whose style aligns with mine that I can find is $1258 for 4 hours...
Don't get me wrong. I completely understand the amount of work and talent that wedding photography entails. I fully realize that the 4 hours this photographer is giving me brings with it experience, professional gear, travel, and countless hours of editing. But with a total budget set at $3000, how can I justify 42% of that budget going to photos that (let's face it) will be tucked away in a wedding album for my lifetime. I have tried for many weeks now and I just can't. David is fine with anything so I have decided to do DIY photography.
First I broke down what was really important to me.
- A few photos of the ceremony.
- Photos with everyone in our extended families (and David's is really extended!).
- Photos with the wedding party.
- Not spending hours with the photographer at multiple locations but spending time with my friends and family.
This would require maybe 2 hours of a wedding photographers time if we stuck to the exterior church for all the group photos. No photographers are willing to do this (understandably) as it's a bit of a waste of a whole day for them!
Plan B: My camera, remote, tripod, and a willing guest.
Some poor guest will be given my camera for the church. Any photos will be fine, really.
Next up is setting the camera and tripod up outside the church and create a photo/receiving line. Family, friends, wedding party, bridesmaids, grooms men, mothers, everyone and the kitchen sink! Since the hall is just across the street and we will only have an hour between ceremony and dinner I thought it would be a great way to thank everyone for coming personally and get some photos of us with everyone as they mosey over the road for drinks. Since we are only having about 50 guests it wont be too daunting.
Wedding day photography complete.
Added BonusSometime in the days after the wedding I thought it would be fun if David and I got dressed back up in our wedding gear for the day and go on a day trip around the Avalon Peninsula with my tripod and camera tagging along again. It's obvious on this blog that we enjoy doing this anyway so we will have an extra wedding adventure and take photos of our fancy duds all over without the added stress of cramming it in on the day! I've set up a pinterest board with wedding photos that I like so we can go about our day with a bit of a plan. I absolutely love the foggy days there so hopefully we can plan to go for our photo trip on one of those days!
Alot of friends have said I am going to regret not having all the fancy photos of the wedding day but I think my little plan will give me the best of both worlds. What do you think? Is DIY photography a bad choice?