When it comes to planning your dream wedding and you start totting up the costs involved for all the different things it is understandable to start looking at cutting costs.
However when it comes to capturing your wedding day, here are 5 reasons to not skimp on your wedding photography and asking your friend down the road or someone in the family that got a nice new camera for Christmas.
The Benefits of Hiring a Wedding Photographer
We have 5 important reasons why you Should Hire a Professional Wedding Photographer, so make sure you do and understand the value of photography. Wedding photography is about a story, we have an article on Why Wedding Photography is So Important here that covers this.
1. There is more to photography than an expensive camera
In the same way an artist uses a brush, a carpenter uses a hammer and a writer uses a pen, these are just tools, it’s how the person uses it that produces amazing creations.
Just because they have all the bricks, tools and suppliers to build a house, would you trust a part time builder with little experience to build your house? You would more than likely look for someone with years of experience, and a lot of happy and satisfied customers who would recommend them.
This article ‘I Regret Not Hiring a Professional Wedding Photographer‘ tells us why you should think twice about using a family member or friend to capture of your special day.
You want someone who knows how to use the camera, who has the experience of taking photos in different light, different conditions, composing different shots and executing it perfectly. The camera doesn’t do this, the photographer does this and has developed their skill and knowledge through years of experience and many hours of shooting. With this you get consistency, not one or two stunning photos, but a whole albums worth.
Once the photos are taken that’s not it, there is the editing, the cutting, the creation of an album, there is more to it than just a camera. There is more to photography than just a camera.
2. An amateur means more work for you.
A professional photographer will have years of experience capturing weddings, they will know the shots to take, they will know where to be at that right time, they can be left to get on with their job in full confidence knowing they will be where you want them to be.
They will also anticipate what will happen next, they will know the flow of the day, they will have already found the perfect place for those cute bride and groom shots, they will know the ideal location in the church with the perfect back drop, your wedding day isn’t a photo shoot, it is a dynamic event with only one chance to capture those moments.
3. Feeling at ease
Weddings have both posed moments as well as action shots. You may have asked for some group photos and posed shots, you want to feel at ease and a professional shall be able to make you feel comfortable and natural, not stiff and awkward, these moments are part of your wedding day, so they should be fun and enjoyable. This skill is something that comes from experience and having trust in them.
If you feel at ease then this will show in your photos, it will also mean you have more fun, feel comfortable and not worrying or stressing, it would be just like taking photos with friends where there is no pressure, just relaxed fun and beautiful natural photos.
4. What If…
What if…? What if the photographer falls ill, there is an emergency, their computer hard drive fails? The worst case scenario is you have no photos of your big day at all! A professional photographer will have a plan B, they shall have contacts to call upon, they will have back ups of back ups. An amateur may not have a plan B and may not be able to afford to back up everything up, where as a reputation is on the line for a professional.
5. You only have one chance
This is your wedding day, and hopefully you will only be having one special day. You only have one chance to capture your wedding day, so make sure you trust and have confidence in your photographer.
When the big day is over, apart from memories all you have are photos, photos you shall treasure, photos you shall show to friends, family and grand children. Make sure these are positive memories and not a book that reminds you how important photography is and how you wish you spent a bit more and hired a professional.
The wedding industry is a busy and competitive market and the same can also be said when it comes to wedding photography, there is a huge choice, different styles, different prices and packages, and different people. So once you have decided on a style and your budget you will be able to narrow down who you would shortlist to capture your wedding day.
If you reduced the budget on your cake and cut a few corners to make some savings, hardly anyone would know and they certainly won’t remember, after a week your cake will be gone. After your wedding you will have wedding photos telling a beautiful story holding lots of amazing memories, you will have this forever… Make sure you hire a professional wedding photographer.
How to Choose a Wedding Photographer
Assuming you love their work, they match what you are looking for and they have a package that suits what you have in mind how do you know you’ve found your perfect wedding photographer?
You feel at ease
An often over looked part of hiring a wedding photographer is how you feel around them, you can love there work and they can be the best photographer in the world, however if you just can’t feel relaxed around them then it will show in your photos. When meeting up and chatting with photographer you want to feel relaxed and and at ease, just like you were chatting to your best friend over coffee.
If you are just not feeling it then get in touch with someone else, if you are feeling like you are saying good bye to a friend when you leave and felt like you could chat all day and night to them about your wedding, then that is pretty good sign they could be the one to capture your wedding day.
You Trust them
You are spending a large amount of your budget on photography so you want to trust the person who is in charge of capturing all those special moments, you don’t want to be worrying about what they are doing or have or haven’t done, you want to trust them and let them do the job they have years of experience in.
You want to go away with a positive feeling and no doubts. As before you want to feel at ease with them but go with your gut, if you don’t feel right then get in touch with someone else.
Your photographer should answer any question you have and be able to put your mind at rest, even better they should have already answered most questions you may have just in a vernal chat, if they ask if you have any questions and you struggle to think of anything that hasn’t been covered then that is a great sign.
They share your passion
You have been planning your wedding and all those little details, you are excited and can’t wait, telling all your friends, family and even the lovely lady at the bus stop. The wedding industry is a creative and passionate industry, if you feel the excitement, passion and love from your photographer for your wedding day then this is a perfect sign.
Sharing your ideas and asking for their input is another great way to see if I dare say it, ‘click’. You want to chat away with them and feel like they are part of the day, they will have seen a lot of different things and a lot of deferent wedding styles so tap into their wedding inspiration.
If you come away feeling excited and looking forward to them capturing your day then it is safe to say you have found your perfect wedding photographer.
Yes they are there to do a job, but if you feel at ease, they feel at ease, it makes it so much more fun, everyone is relaxed and it makes for wonderful wedding photos, they end up feeling more like a guest which allows for lots of beautiful moments to be captured.
You would recommend them
That’s right, even before they have take a shot you may want to recommend to your other friends who are also getting married, you have come away with no doubts about their work and how good they are that you would tell your friends about them.
This is a great sign of trust and a sure way to tell you are happy with them.
Go with your gut
As simple as it sounds, go with your gut, if you feel relaxed and at ease then so will your gut, if you have the slightest of doubts, or something is bugging you, then get in touch with them or meet up with them again to put that doubt at ease.