“When we got the pictures back, most of them were dark and there weren’t any pictures of us from the party!”
At their engagement party, Rebecca & Brian asked a friend to take pictures for them. When they got the images back, that was the moment they realised they should get a professional wedding photographer.
I’m glad they realised this before their wedding day and I felt privileged they chose me to be their wedding photographer.
But what if they did not have that bad photography experience? I’m sure there are couples out there who have chosen “friends” to photograph their wedding and have been satisfied with the result. But is that because they don’t know what is “bad” wedding photography and what is great wedding photography?
Ignorance is bliss?
Let’s face it, majority of us who plan a wedding do it for the first time.
Wedding photography is one piece of the wedding planning puzzle. Is it the most important? Of course I’m going to say yes. But let’s say it’s not on your list of priorities.
After the wedding day is over, what do you have from the day? Your wedding dress, wedding rings, great memories and fun stories to reminisce with family and friends. And of course, all the emotion, details and events, clearly captured in your wedding photos (that’s if you used a pro wedding photographer).
But if your wedding images were taken by friends, you’ll need to organise the time to pick them up from all the different people.
Once you have all the USB sticks and discs together, you’ll look at them on your computer, flick through the hundreds, maybe thousands of images from the day. Thousands!? Well your friends are not going to spend hours culling and editing all the images for you. That’s not their job, oh wait, that’s NOT their job!
After you and your partner spend weekends, or even weeks, shifting through all the images and organising them, there might be a few ok ones…if you’re lucky. You might even print a few for your family. That is, if your friend remembered to take family photos, especially the aunty that came from overseas to attend your wedding.
Now, if you use a professional wedding photographer, they would sit down with you before the wedding and discussed what photos are important to you. After the wedding, you will get all the best images to you as soon as you come back from your honey moon.
You will be excited to show them to your family and friends. There will be the image of the proud look on your parent’s face as they realise you are starting a new chapter in your life and there will be the image of you and your bridesmaids sharing stories that made you laugh. Then there’s the look of love in your finance’s eyes, as he sees you for the first time in your wedding dress. There’s that moment of elation as you both walk past family and friends for the first time, as husband and wife. These priceless moments will be captured by your wedding photographer. Then comes the stunning hand crafted wedding album, custom designed to tell the story of your wedding day (that’s another blog post altogether)
Beautifully captured images documenting your wedding day, enhances the emotional memory of the day.
I’m not saying get the most expensive or biggest name wedding photographer, I’m not even saying use me, but your more than welcome to have a chat with me about your wedding
What I am saying is, get a professional wedding photographer who’s work you love!
Visit my website to view more of my portfolio.