Why It’s Important to Hire a Professional Wedding Photographer

ON 21, October 2016

If you’ve started planning your wedding, you’re probably still getting used to the shockingly high price tags that you can expect with most of the elements involved in creating your dream wedding. It’s only natural that you’ll start looking for places to cut corners, and one of the common places to do so is with the photography. However, before you start booking your best friend’s cousin to take your wedding photos, here are a few things that you might want to consider first.

reasons hiring an amateur photographer for your wedding is a mistake

More Couples Regret Not Spending More On Photography Than Anything Else

When your wedding or event is over, all that you have left to relive the moment with friends and family is your photographs. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that most couples think about until after the ceremony has ended. Professional photographers are able to communicate with you on expectations for your photos, discuss photography styles, create a furnished shot list, and have their own equipment. However, many couples hope that their amateur photographer will still produce average, amateur quality photos. Sadly, after the wedding, some couples are not pleased with their images and end up paying a professional photographer to redo their photos. But, they are never able to truly recapture the magical quality of the event. Not to mention the fact that hiring a professional to fix these mistakes afterwards is only causing you to spend more money.

There’s a Reason That Professionals Are Called Professionals

You can bet that a professional photographer has invested thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, into their quality equipment and training. Every photographer is only as good as their previous shoot, so their reputation is put on the line with each new booking. A professional photographer has literally worked their entire career to photograph your big day, and they simply can’t afford to cancel on you a week before the wedding ceremony. Often times amateur photographers do not have a reputation to uphold as professionals, and most of them have not invested as much time or money into their craft. You can hire a friend, but they may be better suited as a guest to help you enjoy your big day. A professional photographer is going to bring a professional approach to your wedding, and you may even make a new friend out of it! A friend that can capture all of your monumental life moments to come.

Amateurs Are Your Plan A And Plan B

When it comes to your wedding, you should have a backup plan for everything. You never know what is going to happen. With the amount of planning that goes into a wedding, there’s no time to bring in another caterer, florist, or photographer. Almost all reputable businesses comes with a backup plan, so that you don’t have to worry about missing out on any of the elements of your perfect wedding. However, an amateur photographer does not come with a Plan B, which means you could be left without a photographer. If your amateur photographer has any sort of accident the day of or prior to the wedding, you may be left without a photographer to capture every detail you’ve worked so hard to perfect. Remembering one of the most important days of your life is simply too precious to leave a detail like this up to chance.

More Work For You

An amateur isn’t going to know the traditional timing or what shots are going to be the best. If you want all of these details taken care of, but you don’t want to spend the extra money on a professional photographer, you’re going to need to learn what needs to be done and teach your amateur photographer yourself. A professional photographer will come to the couple with a shot list and work with them to learn which moments are most important to them. With an amateur, you would have to come up with your own shot list and make sure that your photographer is able to remember the time schedule and be where you need them at all times. Professionals have been trained through working with many brides and grooms to know what poses look best and are able to keep the bride and groom looking comfortable and candid. With a lesser experienced photographer, you may not have this advantage.

You’ll Miss More Than You Ever Knew

It cannot be stressed enough that professional photographers have the experience necessary to keep up with and capture some of the best moments of a wedding. When reviewing their photos after the wedding, couples are often surprised to find a lot of candid and touching moments that they didn’t even know were happening around them or being captured. But without the proper training to look for and capture these moments in an instant, you may not be able to see the full scope of the day. It isn’t just about the little details, it’s also about the big moments like the first kiss, the walk down the aisle, and the cutting of the cake. With a professional photographer, they have dealt with traditional wedding time schedules many times and know the correct angles and places to be to capture these treasured moments. For many couples, a wedding day is only going to happen once. You need to hire a professional wedding photographer who can capture all of your best moments in the blink of an eye. Hiring an amateur can end up costing you more money in the long run, with poor photos, and missed moments. Make sure that you hire a professional wedding photographer who can help you relive your most cherished moments for years to come.

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