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5 Reasons You Should Hire A Professional Wedding Photographer

Why should you hire a professional photographer for your wedding? Over the years I have had so many people tell me that they wished they had hired a professional photographer for their wedding. These people had relied on friends with ‘really good cameras’.  This, or they got in people they knew who were hobbyists and regretted their choice. Over those same years, I have also had so many people enquire about my packages only to then tell me that they now have [insert friend/relative/co-worker’s name here] because they have a ‘really good camera’, ‘do it on the side’ and will do it for cheap/free. It always makes my stomach twist when I hear this. It rarely ends well. I spoke to one woman who was so upset with the terrible quality of her wedding photos that she begged me to try and edit them to make them better. I wish I could have helped her, but nothing could be done with the dark, noisy, blurry mess that she presented me with.

Following that conversation (and many other similar ones) I decided that I needed to blog about this worrying misconception. Good cameras do not necessarily mean incredible photos. If you are considering your wedding budget and don’t know whether you want to hire a professional photographer or not, please read on. Ultimately it is completely up to you of course, and some of you may be thinking ‘of course she will say these things, she’s a photographer!” But let me lay it all out for you and then make your decision. It causes me SO much pain to hear newlyweds tell me that they wish they’d hired a pro AFTER the damage is done. Please don’t make the same mistake!

1. An expensive camera does not produce great photography on its own.

In the same way a singer uses their voice, a carpenter uses a hammer and an artist uses a brush, photographers use a camera. All of these things are simply tools that have been used with skill and and precision to produce amazing results.
If you decided to have a bridal gown made for you, would you ask your Auntie to hash one together because they have a “really good sewing machine”? Probably not. More likely you would do your research and find a professional seamstress who consistently produces gown after stunning gown.
You will want to make sure the most important day of your life is captured in its entirety and in a truly beautiful way. After all, once the day is over, the years have passed and the memories start to fade, what else will you have to remind you of your special day?

2. An amateur means that you will have more to worry about on the day.

Professional photographers have years of experience capturing weddings. They will know how to capture your day in the most meaningful yet efficient way possible. Most professionals visit your venue if they haven’t already photographed in it. This means that they have already scoped out the best backdrops, nooks and crannies to take some beautiful pictures against. No time will be wasted traipsing you around in search of these on the day. Not only this, but they will know how to get the most natural smiles from you and your guests and how to capture every moment of intimate detail without getting in the way or disrupting your itinerary.

3. Feeling at ease.

Every wedding is a mixture of both natural and candid moments with some posed elements too. A good photographer will know when to step back and capture the moment and when to give a little direction to you or your guests. They will be be able to read the day as it flows and react in a timely manner when the day throws new opportunities or even obstacles their way. This is so important because you will not get a chance to go again if you miss a moment. Your friend or amateur may not have the experience to do this and could potentially miss vital moments as they happen.

4. Plan B?!

So let’s ask the big, scary questions shall we? What happens if the photographer falls ill, or their equipment fails, or the weather is horrendous? Well, the worst case scenario is that you end up with no photos at all. NOT okay, right? A professional photographer will always have a Plan B. They will have contacts, other professional photographers, who will be able to stand in at a moment’s notice. Professionals will always have backup cameras, lenses, cards, lighting equipment and ALL the gear. And finally, a professional will have a plan for ALL kinds of weather too. Rain is not the end of the world! They will also be insured.

5. You only get ONE chance!

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Make sure that you have someone you trust to capture it as honestly and beautifully as possible. Don’t cause yourself unnecessary stress in the long run by getting a mate in to do it for free. Make sure that when the memories start to fade, you have something beautiful to go back to for years to come. A beautiful wedding album makes a wonderful heirloom which can be handed down to your kids and grandkids to remind yourselves of your most special day.

In A Nutshell

There are plenty of places you can cut costs for your big day. Do your guests all need designer keyrings as favours? Could they do with something a little less extravagant, or even nothing at all? Your cake doesn’t have cost thousands either, after all, it will be gone in minutes. Once all of this has gone, you will probably forget about those tiny details. Spend the money where it counts.

 

Still not sure? Read this cautionary tale before you make your decision. Still not sure? Try this one instead.

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