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| p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Photogs in north WI? / another "my friend asked me to shoot their wedding" thread |
Alright, sorry for another one of these threads. A quick rundown... a close friend of mine asked me to shoot their wedding. I've never shot a wedding before, although I've been an avid photographer for a while now and feel that I'm more than capable (which is why they asked). I have a couple good friends that a pros and I've very aware of what goes into shooting a wedding. I'm admittedly much better with natural light than I am with flashes, although I'm still capable of taking decent photos with them. They're having it at a family member's lakehouse in northern Wisconsin, which are conditions that I could probably deal with quite well. The thing I haven't done is deal with the chaos of shooting a wedding, which I know if one of the hardest parts.
I told my friend my skills and potential limitations, and that although I could probably do a good job, that I could make a mistake or two from being a novice. He mentioned that the wedding planner recommended a photographer, which of course, is a family friend. He gave me the link to her website (https://www.facebook.com/pages/katie-rein-photography/135368926494228) and said she wants $2k to shoot the wedding which includes all edited and non-edited photos on a zip drive (the photographers words). Needless to say, I think she's quite terrible.
Now, I've put myself in a kinda tough situation. I told my friend that the photographer is not worth $2k, and that she would need to give a whole bunch more in terms of specifics that she's going to deliver. I also said that he should research other options before hiring her, although I'm afraid they'll be quite limited given the location. The tough situation is that I've undersold myself, but after seeing their other options, I feel like I'm a much better choice. I've turned down shooting friends weddings before only to see them get some shitty photographer instead, and I always regret it after seeing their photos. I don't want to be to blunt and tell him that he should hire me, but I don't want to see him get crappy photos either.
So, my first question is, are there any wedding photographers on the board in the northern Wisconsin area (bolded so it doesn't get lost in all the text)? The main thing I would like to give him a few better options for photographers, which is the primary reason for this thread... any FMers in this area? Next, what's a nice way of giving a bit of advice when a friend is choosing a photographer... I tend to be overly blunt, which in this situation could end up insulting him or his fiance. Finally, should I just tell him I'll shoot the damn wedding if his only option is the woman listed above?!
Oh, and here's some photos that I took over my wedding weekend: http://www.nicholasdirienzo.com/Other/Wedding/23104958_783547
And recent photos from a friends wedding. My main focus was taking more candid pictures of friends and noting being an Uncle Bob, thus it's kinda a strange set of photos: http://www.nicholasdirienzo.com/Other/Rachel/18441360_j9DKvn
Again, I'm not a pro by any means, but I'd like to think I'm a fair bit better than the one that was suggested to them. Help, suggestions, advice, and critiques are all welcome.