I have just returned from my wedding in which I had bought a dslr for, and sent the brides sister for some sunday photography schooling with 2 months experience.
The reason I bought the dslr over going with the resort wedding package was simple, i was not happy with the price point and picture limit's. 1500 dollars for 42 photos, while I have no problem paying good for a decent photographer, I was unsure of the quality they would provide. With me declining the pakage their photographer showed up anyways.
Turns out my hunches were correct, rocking a single nikon with a single lens taking picture's from a checklist.
The morning after we reviewed the resort's picture's we had 84 selected on the kodak machine. The price 1300 usd they wanted for them to be put on a cd in 7x5 form. So we walked away and reviewed the pictures from my dslr w\ amatuer photographer.
They turned out to be equal to or greater then that of the resort's photographer. So we had the trump card in our hands. The only reason at the point they had some photo's we wanted was because my photographer was timid and the resorts was pushy to get into position.
We easily widdled the resort's photo's down to 24 after review of our own. So 460 usd for those.
Everything went well and I am very happy with the photo's we got. All in including resort photo's and our own was around $2000 and we have well over 400 photos to sort through.
- dont lose your ring the morning after the wedding, I did not get to do my ring shoot with resort plant's because I lost mine while snorkeling.
- dont be afraid to use the green box if your inexperienced and need critical picture's. After reviewing mine and her photo's from the previous days I placed the request to use the green box as it was taking much more consistent good quality photo's for us amatuer's . I believe this also helped take some stress off the photographer to just have more fun and shoot.
Hope someone can take something out of this.