Here are some reasons why you should hire a professional photographer.
Most people do not realize the amount of work that goes into photographing a wedding, the pre planning and meetings before the big day, the work that happens during and after a wedding and the reception. If you hire a friend, they will miss things simply because they are not used to how the event unfolds or are busy socializing.
Amateur photos are not composed properly and have no consistent quality. A person may have the best camera in the world but it does not make a difference unless they know how to use it to its full advantage. A professional photographer has the right skill sets to produce quality photos. Part of their job is to capture moments that happen all day, not just at the ceremony and reception. They use the camera settings fully to create images that are beautiful and interesting to look at.
A professional photographer will catch the important moments because of training and experience and know exactly where to position themselves at key times during the event. A professional has probably shot at your venue before. If not, they will scout the location beforehand so they are familiar with the venue come wedding day.
A professional will also help you plan an itinerary or ask questions so they know ahead of time if there are any significant events that need capturing. It can be hit or miss for amateurs. Even if they have a decent camera, if they do not know what is coming up, they will probably not get the shot at the right time because they are not prepared for it.
Professional photographers have their own editing style. It is one of the most important aspects to consider when choosing a photographer. Amateur photographers usually possess basic editing skills or none at all. In addition, a professional can re-touch photos to remove some blemishes. A true professional also uses a professional lab to print the pictures, not a discount store or pharmacy.
If a friend is taking photos at your wedding, it may be tough getting those photos back unless they are reliable. They have lives too, after all, and more often than not, they are doing you a favor that makes it somewhat hard to bug them about it. Professional photographers have a timeframe they work in and guarantee you your photos within a specific amount of time.
If your pictures do not turn out well, you do not want to have hard feelings with a friend. If you hire (or ask a favor from) a friend and the photos do not turn out well, it can seriously damage your relationship. Every time you see that person for the rest of your life, you will think of how they “ruined” your wedding photos. It may not be intentional, but you will. It is like if they ran over your pet with their car. You know it is not intentional, but you cannot help associating them with this one unfortunate act.
A professional photographer can sometimes turn an ordinary wedding into an extraordinary wedding. They capture everything at its best, and everything that is wonderful about the day, and when you look at your photos, you remember your wedding day fondly. You may never get this chance again. When else will all your family and friends be gathered in one place? You all deserve to have professional memories created that will last a lifetime. It is not just for you it is for every one that loves you. Of course your wedding day should be all about you and your fiancé, but do not forget how much time, effort, and money your family and wedding party have put into it as well. They deserve some nice photos to remember the occasion. However, think about future generations. Your kids and grandchildren will love to see these. What girl does not love seeing old wedding photos of the generations before her? This is the one aspect of your wedding (aside from your marriage itself) that will last forever.
Yes, weddings are expensive and we know you are on a budget. If you are looking to save some money, ask yourself if you need a limo, an open bar, or give away remembrances’ that soon fade and lose their luster. Photos and the memories they create last a lifetime. Choose to splurge on a professional photographer, be willing to cut costs on other aspects of the wedding in order to stay within budget. The results will last a lifetime.