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Wedding Photo DIY


On Monday I booked my first wedding. I’m both excited and full of anxiety — but more excitement than anything. Up until now I have had a firm policy that I will not do weddings. I tell people, and also have that statement on my website, that I don’t do weddings and strongly recommend hiring a photographer who specializes in weddings. Well, as you can tell, I was convinced to make an exception this one time.

If you, or someone you know, is getting married I have a great DIY tip to pass along. In these times of a depressed economy and job losses, some people may not even be in a position to hire a photographer for the wedding. If this is the case, I have a fun idea to share. It also doesn’t cost the bride & groom a dollar.

On a photography forum that I visit, there was a discussion in the tips area and this one caught my eye. We all know how guests bring along their point-and-shoots to take their own photos and that’s where the story begins. If the wedding couple won’t be able to afford a photographer, be sure to let the guests know (include it in the invitations) to bring their digital cameras and take as many photos as they like. The couple will arrange to have a digital “download station” for guests to download their photos for everyone to see — and for the couple to keep afterward! It’s as easy as having a laptop with a card reader (that way guests still have the photos on their memory cards but the bride & groom have a copy). It’s also imperative to have someone knowledgeable on how to download photos and using the laptop to ‘man’ the download station for several hours.

Back to where I heard about this in the first place. The person making the suggestion pointed to this wedding photographer’s blog post. I see there is also a suggestion about using Flickr for sharing all the wedding photos.

In this way, everyone wins! The guests still have all their own photos but the bride & groom get a wide selection of images to choose from for their wedding day – with no cost for a photographer. The newlyweds also don’t have to chase down and keep reminding (over and over again) their guests to send them copies after the day of the wedding. Sure, there may not be professional quality images but you’d be surprised how many really terrific images there will be to choose from with a variety of amateur photographers taking pictures through the day. The important thing is to document the day in photos and to save a few dollars as they set out on their new life together as husband and wife.

PS: If you have any additional tips for DIY wedding photos, please leave them in the comments below for others to check out as well! Thanks — I have the greatest visitors!

Diane is an on-location lifestyle photographer based in Grande Prairie, serving northern Alberta + Edmonton and area. Visit Diane Schuller Photography.

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Victoria @ DesignTies - June 11, 2009 - 12:31 pm

It’s a flower 😉 {teasing}
And an absolutly beautiful photograph!!

Thanks for commenting on the work I’ve been doing for my client Kate. We love the transformation of her kitchen (and her fireplace[!!]… have you see that?) – it better reflects the urban aesthetic that Kate wanted for her space. As for the white bar stools you liked… they’re gone! Unfortunately the kitchen’s peninsula didn’t have a counter overhang so sitting and/or eating at the “bar” was out of the question. Besides, the dining room is right there – and small – so to have both bar stolls AND a dining room table would have been impossible. We’ve since painted that little bit of wall black like the cabinets, and all the walls are painted a lovely grey (with a hint of purple undertone)… and we’re slowly pulling together furniture for the dining room that Kate loves!

Again… thanks for the comment!
And I LOVE your photography!!
Victoria @ DesignTies

Jean M Fogle - June 11, 2009 - 12:53 pm

diane, what a good idea for couples on a budget, good luck with your wedding shoot.
I like the orchid and am happy to say that I see no mealy bugs on it, mine just had to be cleaned, they were loaded!

Toni - June 11, 2009 - 5:18 pm

Wedding photographers can be so expensive! My task from my son and his fiance was to help find a wedding photographer for their wedding. All of the initial photogs that I found were upwards of $2500(US) and out of their price range. I did a LOT of research and kept finding more and more photographers with lower and lower prices, but with quality work. It just takes a lot of research. For a while, though, I thought I would be taking all the shots!

Another option is to have disposable cameras available to hand out to guests, with a basket to collect them as they are filled up. I’ve seen them somewhere where the camera is designed for a wedding and not an ugly colored box.

Beautiful photo, Diane!

Gayle - June 11, 2009 - 7:22 pm

Diane, what a brilliant idea! Thanks for passing it along!

Good luck and have fun on your wedding shoot. (I first typed weeding shoot!) Haha. Photos of people weeding their gardens could be interesting, too!

sherri - June 12, 2009 - 9:59 am

I think photography a wedding would be one of the most high pressure things to undertake. (did that make you relax?:-) You’ll do great. What a different kind of bloom so beautifully captured.

Steve - June 12, 2009 - 10:30 am

A stunning composition. Love it.