It’s your special day, and you can’t wait to share it with everyone you love. You
don’t just want to make memories that will last a lifetime; you want to capture them in a way that lets you keep and share forever. Many couples, however, find themselves looking for ways to save money on the wedding—including choosing a family friend or other volunteer to take photos instead of hiring a professional photographer, or even asking guests to take photos on their phones. Hiring a professional wedding photographer, however, is a decision you won’t regret.
When you hire a professional wedding photographer, you’ll get amazing results: the kinds of pictures you imagine seeing on your wall and will look at in photo albums for years to come. You don’t want memories that are going to make you turn your nose up or start with, “Oh, I wish we had hired a REAL wedding photographer, there were so many great moments!” Instead, opt for a professional wedding photographer so you’ll have tangible memories you can hold in your hands and look back on for years to come.
When you work with a professional, you’ll get someone who has gone through this process before.
They’ve got a pretty good idea of exactly what pictures you’re going to want—not just the ones that you think of in the days and weeks leading up to the wedding, but the ones you’ll realize later that you had forgotten.
Sure, there’s a lot of creative energy that goes into photographing a wedding—some couples want candid shots that really reflect their special day, while others prefer more staged images that are designed to capture each member of the family—but your professional wedding photographer will be able to recommend the pictures you’ll want most. This means less stress about your pictures and more energy focusing on your day.
In a wedding, there are a lot of moments that simply don’t have do-overs. Your first kiss as a married couple; the father/daughter dance; the first dance you perform together as a couple: all of those are moments that the photographer will need to capture exactly as they happen.
Even if you go back to try and catch that shot again later, it won’t be the same—and the memories that go along with it won’t be the same, either. A professional wedding photographer has experience catching those great moments and will be far less likely to miss them.
When you hire a professional wedding photographer, their livelihood relies on giving you the kind of service you want on your special day. Negative reviews from a client who was stood up at the last minute won’t be good for future business! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten last-minute calls from clients begging me to photograph their wedding because their so-called “friend” backed out at the last minute. Hiring a professional, on the other hand, means that your photographer is unlikely to back out on you—and even if they are ill or have other problems on the day of the event, they have a backup plan in place that will ensure that you still get your pictures.
If you have a friend who is a professional photographer and you think you can both handle the event professionally, that’s one thing.
A friend who only has some amateur experience with his/her camera, on the other hand, may not bring the capability to the table that you were hoping for. Later, when you have subpar pictures in your hands, it may be difficult not to let it impact your relationship with a friend long-term. Not only that, it may be difficult to come to an agreement about certain types of shots or creative license: for example, if you want bright, colorful pictures, but your photographer prefers a gauzier, dreamier appearance. A professional photographer, however, will deliver the kind of service you need; and chances are, you won’t have a personal relationship to strain as you try to make everything perfect or your opinion clashes with your photographer’s.
Professional photographers don’t just show up with a camera (or, worse, a phone) and start clicking away. They bring all of their equipment to the table, from flashes and backdrops to props and, most importantly, expertise. Professional photographers have made that important investment in their craft, which means that they often have better equipment and a better idea of exactly what’s needed to capture your special day.
Photographing a wedding is stressful, especially for someone who has never done it before—and the stress doubles when you’re trying to get those perfect pictures from your best friend. On your special day, you want the people you’ve invited to your wedding to be able to enjoy it with you. Instead of leaving one of your guests running around, trying desperately to catch that perfect image and not miss anything, consider hiring a professional photographer so that your guests can concentrate on enjoying the wedding.
If your friend’s camera fails or a memory card is deleted at just the wrong moment, will you lose all of the pictures of your wedding? Many amateur photographers simply rely on their gear to work and don’t know what to do when it doesn’t. When you work with a professional, on the other hand, they’re always prepared for the possibility of disaster. Backup cameras, extra memory cards, and cloud storage for photos will help provide you with a better record of your big day—even if an emergency does happen.
As a professional wedding photographer, my goal is to take on all the details of handling photography on your wedding day. I don’t want you thinking about whether or not I’m going to grab that important image or worrying about whether or not I’m in the right place at the right time. I’ve been to many weddings in the past, and I have a good idea of the flow. Unlike your friend, family member, or acquaintance, I’ll be able to easily blend into the background and take care of the photography myself, freeing up your time to just enjoy your wedding day.
Sure, your friend or family member is invested personally in your day, and they’re delighted that you’re marrying the person of your dreams. For some people, that may seem like an incentive to work with a friend or family member. The truth, however, is that I’ll get excited about your wedding right along with you! I love weddings: those special moments between husband and wife as they join their lives together forever. There’s nothing like the challenge that comes with capturing that exact perfect moment. The look in your eyes when I hand you those perfect pictures at the end of your wedding brings me so much joy. I’m going to get excited with you, and I’ll stay excited even as I deliver the final product and relive that special day with you.
You’ve invested in your dress, your venue, and the food from your wedding. Chances are, you aren’t cutting corners for the things that really matter—so don’t cut corners on your wedding photographer, either. By hiring a professional photographer, you’ll find that you get clearer, more impressive images of your wedding: the king of images that you’ll display for the rest of your life. If you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding, take a look through my gallery to get a better idea of my style, then contact me to determine whether or not I’m the right photographer for you.