I'm still in the budgeting stage, 19 months away, but we're looking to keep our costs down. In weighing many options, I was on facebook and looked at my friend's profile and saw the many wonderful, amazing pics she has (kids, friends, bands, still life, etc...indoor and out) and the thought crossed my mind of asking her. I went to church and high school with her, and I do consider her a friend, but more of a distant friend (when I made a rough guest list she wasn't on there). Pictures aren't my #1 priority, I'm not an album or scrapbooking person...it will just collect dust, and my FI has suggested not having a photographer because of the usually rediculous prices.
I'm wondering if it would be crazy or odd if I asked her to be the photographer, and what your opinions are before I ask.
I would pay her for her time (I would ask her and work something out that she felt was appropriate) and I would include her in my guest count for dinner (which I don't want a bunch of pictures of people eating anyways). She's a really sweet, fun person so having her around for the day, or just the ceremony/reception, would be no problem for me. Of course I would give her a photo list (which would be very short since I'm not a big photo person) and FI and I aren't very photogenic so if the pics didn't come out great I honestly would think it's because of us. Also, with as many spiffy phones and cameras that would be there, I really believe that those might be enough.