Let’s just face it, weddings are expensive. Between the catering, the venue, the cake, the music, the dress, and tux; it all really does a number on the bank account. This, naturally, leads clever brides and grooms-to-be towards trying to cut down on expenses wherever possible. However, unfortunately, this can also lead to many people skimping out on the wedding photography.
It’s easy to think of a photographer as the first thing to get the ax when making budget cuts. After all, how hard can it be to just have a friend or family member snap a few pictures? Well, here are a few reasons why you should try your best to keep a professional on the books for your big day.
1.) An Artistic Eye
Not everyone can just buy a camera, and take amazing pictures. This is a fallacy that often floats around the idea of photography. In the same way that not everyone can paint a beautiful picture, or build a stunning sculpture; it takes talent and honed skill to be able to take beautiful photos that are pleasing to the viewer and capture the moment properly. A professional is more than just an expensive camera, they are years of dedication, experience, and knowledge as well.
2.) A Backup Plan
Sometimes accidents happen, and things fall through. This can happen with anyone, even professional photographers. However, in the case of hiring a friend or family member, if they can’t make it, you are likely out of luck completely. Professionals have a host of connections, and perhaps even an assistant who can make it in their stead. There is always a backup plan with a professional photographer, so you never have to worry about spending your big day ‘pictureless’.
3.) Less Work For You
Taking beautiful pictures requires a whole lot more than just snapping the photos and calling it a day. There is a whole list of responsibilities that include organizing the pictures, knowing where and when to be to get the best shots, and editing/compiling the photos after the wedding. All of this falls on your shoulders if you don’t have a professional. Professional photographers can handle the editing, compilation, and organization of all of the pictures and photo opportunities for you. This way, you don’t have to worry about a thing and can simply focus on your big day.
4.) It’s Your Only Chance
You only get one chance to remember this day for the rest of your life. It may not seem important in the moment; but years down the road you will want to look at these pictures fondly. Having a professional ensures that the pictures you pull out and dust off are beautiful, heartwarming, and encompass the essence of what your wedding was all about. You only get one chance, you might as well get it right.
5.) Final Thoughts
It’s easy to think that no one will ever look at your wedding photos after the day passes. However, it is my experience that almost everyone, at one point or another, pulls out their wedding pictures to reminisce. Make sure that you are able to experience, and remember your wedding to the fullest; always hire a professional for your wedding photography.