Hi there,
I'm getting married in October and can't afford a photographer, as in genuinely can't afford one. 

Anyone got any tips for how family members can achieve the best photographs on the day.

I've read through some of the other posts, so please please please, don't tell me not to do it this way and to hire someone as I simply have no choice but to have family members do it for me.

Thanks in advance for any tips


  • Laura GraceLaura Grace Posts: 334 New bride
    It's a tough one because you either need to get a few people to take as many photographs as they can, or appoint one person to do it, but they then won't be able to enjoy the day as much with the additional responsibility.  
    If you can find one person that is eager to help, get them to youtube as much as they can regarding optimum lighting etc as this will make the biggest difference to your photographs looking good.  
    A digital camera is better than most phones as they have bigger sensors (meaning they will have a higher file size and more possibilities for editing, as well as looking better when printed, but Huwawei and the new iPhones do look really good (though I haven't seen them printed).  Talk to them in advance and make sure they know exactly what photos you want to have (give them a list if you can).  Get them to take lots of photos, especially if you have groups to make sure everyone's eyes are open.

    Possibly your best bet though would be to look for someone starting out and looking to build a portfolio that might be willing to do it for free.  When I first started out I came across a lady on here that was looking for a freebie photographer, it worked for us both.  I've seen a similar post here within the last month or so, so it may be worth having a look through.  Have a look on local facebook wedding groups, gumtree or even local colleges.  Yes it's a risk, but at least it will be someone that actually wants to do it, rather than a family member that feels obliged.
  • Thanks so much Laura Grace, I'll definitely follow your advice... :)
  • You could maybe buy a big bag of disposable cameras and hand them out to guests? I've had friends who've done that, and it's always a really sweet way to get some photography, and always catches different perspectives and moments. 
    There's also these guys who do wedding photography for about £99 if you could spare that much
  • Heya, 
    I hope this finds you well. 

    So wanted to share my understanding of how difficult it is to afford a photographer and its downright extortionate at times. And to make matter worse my wife and I weren't satisfied with the results, it's especially difficult to appreciate it when I'm a photographer myself so I kept thinking of things that I would have done differently. In a nutshell, it was a bit of a nightmare but I digress.

    I wanted to reach out to offer my services for your wedding, we can talk about rates and details later if you're interested but I can promise you it won't be like some of the extortionate prices you're finding.

    In the meantime, you can visit my website to have an idea of my work. You can get in touch via the contact menu or you can find my on Instagram @ZLR_photos

    I want to bridge the gap in the market, making services like this more affordable, and posting here is a long shot but I'm sure we can talk about it further with confidence. 

    Hope to hear from you soon.
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