I recently had a wedding photography consultation with a very nice couple, Rebecca & Brian, that had to deal with this very question. They were a referral from one of my previous wedding photography clients. We talked on the phone and I got to know more about her wedding and what she wanted for her wedding photography package. I customised a package to suit their needs.
We then organised a time to meet in person and finalise all the formalities for me to be their wedding photographer. This is the part I enjoy, we talked about how they meet, about their wedding plans and how Brian didn’t like being photographed (I love hearing that, because it gives me the opportunity to show the guys how easy and fun it can be).
RB initially weren’t thinking about getting a wedding photographer. So I was interested to hear what changed their mind. At their engagement party, they asked some friends to take pictures for them. When they got the pictures back, most of them were dark and there weren’t any pictures of them from the party! After that, RB realised there was no way they were getting friends to do their wedding photography.
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 people who plan a wedding do it for the first time. Wedding photography is one part 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 emotions, details and events, clearly captured in your wedding photos (that’s if you use 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 the both of you spend weekends, or even weeks, shifting through all the images and organising them, there might be a few ok ones, if your 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.
If you use a professional wedding photographer, they will 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 presented in a single beautiful folio 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 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 hand in hand 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 leather wedding album, custom designed to tell the story of your wedding day (I’m obsessive about creating beautiful wedding albums, but that’s another blog post altogether!)
Beautifully captured images documenting your wedding, enhance the emotional memory of the day.
I’m proud to say I’m a full time wedding photographer and I love my job, I love the final product, I love seeing my clients reactions when they see their wedding day images.
I’m not saying get the most expensive or big name wedding photographer, I’m not even saying use me, but your more than welcome to have a chat with me
What I am saying is, get A professional wedding photographer who’s work you love!
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