Why Hire a Professional Wedding Photographer.
A question we get quite often and it’s usually by Brides – Why should I hire a professional photographer? A wedding is usually a bride’s first budgeting test in a marriage and they feel a need to economize and demonstrate that the money is well spent. For some reason – there is really poor advice out there on a few wedding websites. Sure. There are a thousand ways to save a dollar on your wedding. Wedding photography is not one of them.
I hear these alternatives all the time –
My friend is a photographer and they’ll do it for free.
My Uncle Joe will do it, he has a camera.
Someone wants experience shooting a wedding.
A Professional – and will do it for $500.
Yes, you get what you pay for.
IF – these options resulted in timeless wedding images, there would be no professional wedding photographers. No show, lost photos, poor quality and drunk uncle are more typical outcomes.
A professional photographer is there for YOU.
As a professional we are guaranteed to show up on your wedding day. When you hire a professional, they are contractually obligated to perform! Will your friend flake out at the last minute – yes they will. Will you be able to hire someone on short notice in the middle of Summer? Probably not. A professional wedding photographer needs to run a good business. This includes the use of good contracts, information, pricing, well-articulated expectations and good communication.
A professional photographer has EXPERIENCE.
A professional photographer knows what to do, when to do it and how to do it. There is no trial and error. A pro will anticipate what is going to happen next and will be there. Your wedding day is not a learning experience. There are NO second chances for a wedding.
A professional photographer delivers you RESULTS.
You get what you PAY for. Hiring a professional ensures that you get great photos. Again, there’s a contract involved, and a professional is obligated to provide you with developed photos in a timely manner. A professional wedding photographer comes to a wedding armed with a large selection of equipment. This will include: a minimum of two professional camera bodies, lenses, strobes, batteries, light modifiers and alternative lighting sources.
A professional photographer builds a lasting RELATIONSHIP.
No worries about damaging your relationship. When working with a professional you will build a relationship with them. Personal relationships and friendships are strained when photos are of poor quality, delivered a year after the wedding or not there at all. Consider this for all aspects of your wedding. Hire a florist. Hire a caterer. Hire a DJ or Band. Hire an Officiant.
Your wedding day is one of emotion, passion, joy and excitement. It’s a happy time in one’s lifetime. You don’t need the any worries that your friend, uncle or novice is missing these lifetime memories. Hire a professional wedding photographer and never look back with regrets.
In the end – the cake will be eaten, the flowers will wither, music turned to silence and the only the photographs last forever.