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Dilemma im having

Its not a big deal but i had to ask. Last month i had my engagement party. I am normally the camera person for all parties. I like to document everything. But since it was my party i didnt feel like taking pictures and running around. I just wanted to enjoy my party. So my mom and sister told me they would take pictures. Well, in the end I hardly got any good pictures. So that makes me sad. I was thinking about having a photographer be at my Bridal Shower. There wont be any gifts to be opened. People will be giving me gifts cards/checks. It has to be like this. It was dont for the Engagement Party and everyone understood and was glad! So a childhood friend of mine contacted me on Facebook and wanted to be friends. I learned that she is a photographer. She gave me her prices. The problem is should I really hire someone? I wont be opening up gifts. I know thats the main party of the party. Maybe I should just do my own pics. Any thoughts? I just think I really lost out on the Engagement Party with hardly any pics. HELP!!! She would charge $75-100 per hour. Maybe I could just have her do the last two hours of the party? For cake?

Re: Dilemma im having

  • BananaMustangBananaMustang member
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    edited December 2011
    Me personally, I would ask someone you trust that you know will take photos. Do you have a friend who would be coming who could help out with photos? If not a friend, do you have a bridesmaid that you could ask to be the "Photographer" for the day? I would look into these options before paying someone to take photos. I am the same as you that I normally have the camera and am taking tons of photos all the time....I have asked a friend of mine to take photos during our ceremony so we have some photos of the ceremony to look at the next morning :) So I would say ask your friends who may be attending the shower or a bridesmaid before hiring someone. When you ask them, explain how important having shots of the party are and what kinds of photos you are looking for. GL!
  • 2010Bride2B2010Bride2B member
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    edited December 2011
    I trusted my mom and sister!! Haha! But your so right. I know who I will ask. Its just i hate having someone else do something that I could do better! You want something done right do it yourself! But I think the two girls i have in mind will be good. Since no one has to help with gifts and writing down who gave what the least my bridesmaids could do is take pics for me! Okie dokie. I think thats what I will do.
  • edited December 2011
    If bridal shower pictures are important to you, I would hire a photographer. If you rely on a friend who is attending the shower you will probably end up disappointed again. I'd want my guests to enjoy themselves at my bridal shower, and if they want to snap some pictures that's fine, but it sounds like you are expecting more than a few snap shots. I'd definitely hire the photographer.
  • 2010Bride2B2010Bride2B member
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    edited December 2011
    I want my guests to feel comfy. But my sister said she would be in charge of the pictures I thought she had it covered. I have one pic of my fiance and I. I have no pics of me with my family. Basically nothing. I would love for someone to take pics they way i take pics. Which is to get up and be in charge! But i may have to hire someone becasue i cant rely on people. I dont know. Im just sad that i dont have good clear pics from my Engagement Party so I worry!
  • edited December 2011
    Another option is to page knotties or facebook friends that you're not super close to that may be trying to expand their portfolios. A girl from my HS did our engagement photos for free and is also being the 2nd photog at our wedding for free.  It's a good way to get some photos AND for them to build their portfolio. GL!
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