FIVE REASONS TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
The question has been popped, the engagement announced, the date set and so begins the wild ride that is organising your wedding day.
When it comes to planning your wedding day, there are plenty of decisions to make and dilemmas to face.
This cake or that one? Those rings or these?
The flowers, the dress, the hair.
The venue, the entertainment, the celebrant.
And herein lies a common predicament:
do you hire an amateur photographer or a professional wedding photographer to capture your big day? Do you opt for a hobbyist who has fun taking photos in their spare time or someone who makes a living out of preserving every moment of a couple’s special day.
Often, the clincher is the amateur’s lower price tag.
You see, an amateur photographer will generally work for free or for a minimal fee, while the services of a professional will require a heftier investment.
Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?
But before you scrimp on the photography budget and compromise on quality so you can fork out more for décor, here are a few reasons why you should instead hire a professional, experienced and talented wedding photographer and give that eager friend or uncle with the fancier-than-yours camera, the night off!
1. A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER MEANS BUSINESS
A passionate professional photographer will live and breathe their art.
But the truth of the matter is: your wedding day is also their bread and butter. This means that when it comes to the quality of the product and service you receive, their reputation (and often their livelihood) is on the line. A professional photographer knows they’re as good as their last wedding, which means they’re not just there to take pictures for fun. Customer service is paramount and so they’ll come armed with insurances, contracts, industry accreditation, backup equipment and a contingency plan to deliver you with not only a sweet set of images and a second-to-none experience
— but peace of mind, too.
2. THERE’S MORE TO THAN POINTING AND SHOOTING
Successfully (and discreetly) anticipating and capturing the “I Dos” and other formalities of the day is a crucial part of the job requirements whether you’re an amateur or a pro.
But what makes a professional stand out from the crowd is that they don’t just understand their camera — and a wedding run sheet — intimately. Their experience and dedication to shooting wedding after wedding, season after season means they will have honed some pretty impressive creative, technical and people skills.
They’ll be able to navigate and adapt to challenging weather and light
conditions. They’ll help brides, grooms and guests feel relaxed and natural in front of the camera. They’ll command the attention of a jovial and distracted crowd and direct good group shot, quickly and confidently.
Tick, tick, tick!
A professional wedding photographer will also have an intrinsic knack for freeze-framing the emotion of the day and delivering high quality photographs that won’t just jog your memory — they’ll help you re-feel your wedding day, too.
You’ll remember the moments you don’t want to forget and see the ones you didn’t notice happening around you: details, expressions, interactions and reactions.
All of it.
3. THEY’LL GO THE EXTRA MILE. LITERALLY
If they are local, a professional photographer should already be fairly familiar
with your chosen venue — but if not, they’ll be willing to scout the location
beforehand and arrive equipped and prepared for everything from lighting, to
space restrictions, rules and regulations.
You’ll also find a niche of professionals who have capacity to pack their
suitcase and travel with you or to you for out-of-town or destination weddings
— whether it’s India, to Sydney, Fiji and beyond.
4. THEN THERE’S THE EXTRAS
As you’re starting to learn, you get what you pay for. And so when it comes to putting a professional behind the lens on your wedding day, you’re likely to get a lot more than just a set of quality photos at the end.
Professionals tend to offer a range of packages that suit different budgets and
include a variety of added services, experiences and products that an
amateur might not deliver.
They’ll take the time to meet with you to discuss your vision, customise your
requirements and answer your questions.
You might be able to choose from a big, beautiful range of albums and display
products that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to purchase off the shelf.
They may offer the option of print-ready files or a USB stick or both.
An engagement shoot? A second photographer? A photo booth — complete
with dress ups and quirky signage?
Finally, and without a doubt, the photographer will spend hours applying their own unique editing style to each picture to ensure a consistency of style, colour, and quality across the entire suite.
Worth the wait, indeed!
5. YOU GET ONE SHOT
And by that, we mean you only have one opportunity to capture this one (incredibly precious) moment in time.
Your wedding is an event you will want to reflect on for the rest of your days together — and when the celebrations are over, you’ll have your photos for posterity.
Good quality photographs will not only be a visual — and visceral — memento of the day, they’ll also stand the test of time for your children and grandchildren to enjoy.
Many couples admit they regret not investing in the services of a professional, accredited, skilled and experienced wedding photographer, and in turn, quality photographs.
Don’t be one of them!