You might think photography an easy place to skimp. Grab a camera, snap a few shots, sell them online for profit, correct? Strangely enough, that is not all there is to professional photography. You will see your photographer spending hours getting that shot just right, with real professional photography. And spending hours looking between photos that are slightly different just to see which one shows off the subjects better. It is hard work when it comes down to it.
This is why you should never skimp out on a professional photographer when it comes to your big day; your wedding day. Even if you’ve got a mate who fancies themselves a dab hand with a big, expensive DLR camera, or you’re getting mates rates from another friend who does do this for a living. Photography is not something you want to be looking at saving money on. Particularly if you ever get into an argument with one of those friends. Here are four reasons why you should always hire a professional photographer for important events like weddings.
Reasons To Hire A Professional Photographer for A Wedding
1. They can capture your best side. Models don’t always know which the best angle to shoot from is, whereas professional photographers will often have a list of poses they already know work well. They can give helpful tips on how to pose you to show off your best side and while it may feel a little awkward, the end result will always look great! Remember that your photographer is trying to provide you with the best possible service – so always be polite and if you are unsure about a particular pose you can always ask for a do-over.
2. Decent equipment, lighting etc. Some photographers come with their own lighting equipment and background screens, whereas others will have scouted out the venue beforehand in order to see what they should bring to make the most of the available scenery. It is likely that your photographer will know exactly where to stand to make your photos look as good as possible – remember that it might look strange to you but behind the camera, it looks stunning, at the end of the day they are the expert! Offer your assistance to the photographer instead, as they may need help setting up. But don’t touch anything without asking first. Their equipment is expensive, while they may appreciate a helping hand they certainly don’t want people mishandling any equipment.
3. A properly done job! If you ask a good friend or a close relative to take photos of your wedding, they might be diligent throughout the entire ceremony. Or they might get emotional and forget to take photos right after you say your ‘I dos’. They might also only take photos of the parts they find ‘interesting’. Then, only half of your wedding has been documented. Even worse are the relatives who use up all of the camera battery or memory card on getting snapshots of relatives arriving. And, they didn’t think to bring spare batteries for the rest of the evening.
With a professional photographer, you’ll have no fear of them ‘running out of film’ or not documenting the important parts of the wedding. They know what to capture and when, and they’ll bring plenty of spare batteries in case anything goes awry.
4. Candid photos done professionally. Professional photographers can be surprisingly invisible when the mood takes them. Your average wedding guest can easily forget they are there and that is where your candid photos come in. It is all very well and good to get a couple dozen photos of the smiling family. But natural shots are where your wedding will really shine. A professional photographer will be able to catch photos of your family members laughing together. Uncle Dan stealing the last Yorkshire pudding, the look on Dad’s face when the song starts for his Father/Daughter Dance, the first married kiss and so much more.
At the end of the day, weddings are an expensive and time-consuming business. It is likely that your budget has already gone out the window. But, you absolutely cannot skip out on the bill with your photographer. They work a huge number of hours to get the shots perfect for you. So to give them any less than their due is simply insulting. There have been a number of instances where wedding photographers have been messed over with regards to photos. And at the end of the day, they are there to provide a service. So you should treat them with respect.
Article provided by Sara Bryant, an independent content writer working alongside a selection of companies including Keith Barnes Photography, who were consulted over this post.