Kind of a sad story. I had a bride come in today to pick up her wedding video from us and we got to talking about how everything turned out. She’s had such a hard time sending in a print list to us because there were too many good ones, and it’s hard to narrow it down.
She then told me she wishes she had done her engagements and bridals with me. I asked her why she hadn’t and she said, “Well we had a friend that wanted to do our engagements as a gift, and then we won some free bridal shoot.” That sounded really good before the wedding, but after comparing them with the shots she got from us from the wedding, they don’t even compare. She even asked me if I would be willing to go do her bridals again. Apparently they turned out so bad that she wouldn’t even hang them on the wall next to our photos.
Unfortunately, this happens all too often. Some well intending friend or family member offers to do the photos and inevitably the bride and groom are left wanting. Often times it’s too late to redo it though and they will forever regret letting their friend “help” them.
A few red flags to look out for to tell the difference. If you find yourself saying, “They do photography” that is a bad sign. Maybe they like to take pictures but obviously they aren’t good enough to make living at it. Or if someone says, “They have a really nice camera” If they are a true professional you wouldn’t question if they had a nice camera, it goes without saying. Just because I have a nice oven and refrigerator doesn’t make me a chef.
So what do you do if your friend or family member offers to help you with your photos? Just politely say “No thanks, we’ve got a professional who is taking care of it,” then call us. You’ll never regret having us do all the shoots, but you run a very high risk of disappointment if you let your “friend” help you. 10 years of experience has proven that to be true.