You may think that hiring a professional wedding photographer is an expense you can’t afford. But when the only wedding pictures you have are of unflattering or only of drunken antics, you’ll be glad you spent that extra money.
Let’s face it. Weddings are crazy expensive. I’m all about finding ways to save money, and there are lots of ways you can do so. But if you only splurge on one thing for your wedding, LET IT BE PHOTOGRAPHY. That’s right, I’m a venue owner, stationery designer, and event stylist and I’m not telling you that your splurge item should not be one of those things, but photography. Why? Because its true! Chances are you know someone who is a “photographer” and it can be tempting to hire them for cheap or even have them shoot your wedding as a wedding gift, but hear me now and believe me later, DON’T DO IT!!!
Organising the friends and family
During the hustle and bustle of your wedding day, the last thing you want to do is organise friends and family for group photographs.
This is where a professional wedding photographer really comes into their own. Apart from taking gorgeous photographs of your big day, another part of their job is to organise the group shots. Remember, if you want certain group shots make sure you tell your photographer before the big day.
While point and click cameras are good for your holiday snaps or candid night out on the town pictures, they’re not ideal when it comes to documenting an entire wedding day.
A professional wedding photographer knows the ins and outs of their camera. They have the skills and knowledge to capture your memories in the best quality photographs possible.
Looking back fondly
Once you’re home from your honeymoon and you’re settling into married life, having an album full of memories of your big day to look back fondly on is something you can look forward too.
Your professional wedding photographer can capture the mood of the big day and present it to you in a stylish and pleasing way. Something that you can enjoy for a lifetime.
You will not get this chance again.
This is your wedding. Hopefully you will only be having one. Isn’t it worth the investment? The #1 regret I hear from brides about their wedding day is that they are not happy with their photos. Don’t be one of them. Besides, when else will all your family and friends be gathered in one place? Probably not until your funeral. My own sister had a very mediocre photographer at her wedding. Within a year, both my grandma and my mom passed away. Those are the last family pictures we will ever have, and they are not good. If only she had hired a great photographer…
It’s not just for you, its for everyone who loves you.
Of course your wedding day should be all about you and your fiance, but don’t forget how much time, effort, and money your family and wedding party have put into it as well. They deserve some nice photos to remember the occasion by. But even more than that, think about future generations. Won’t your kids and grandchildren want to see these? What girl doesn’t love seeing old wedding photos of the generations before her? This is the one aspect of your wedding (aside from your marriage itself) that will last forever.
A wedding photographer can anticipate what will happen next.
This is why you should not only get a great photographer, you should get a great wedding photographer. The word “photographer” encompasses a variety of people- family photographers, fashion photographers, commercial photographers, food photographers, etc. Being good in one area doesn’t necessarily mean you are good in another. If you hire someone whose livelihood is shooting weddings, there is a pretty good chance they have done this enough times to not only know where they need to be in order to capture certain moments, but also random things like what kind of light will come through a stained glass window at 5:00 in May, etc.
A great photographer can turn an ordinary wedding into an extraordinary wedding.
I have seen this first hand on multiple occasions. A couple is on a tight budget and doesn’t have a lot of money for decor or fancy extras at their wedding. But they hire a great photographer, and lo and behold when you see the photos you would think it was a luxury event. The photographer captures everything at its best, and everything that is wonderful about the day, and when you look at your photos the memory of your wedding can be even better than the reality.
If it doesn’t turn out well, you don’t want to have hard feelings with a friend.
This is a big one. If you hire (or ask a favor from) a friend and the photos don’t turn out well, it can seriously damage your relationship. Every time you see that person for the rest of your life you will think of how s/he “ruined” your wedding photos. It may not be intentional, but you will. Its kind of like if they ran over your cat with their car tire. You know its not intentional, but you can’t help but associating them with this one unfortunate act.
So how much does a great wedding photographer cost? This depends on where you live and what all is included in their rate. Some photographers quote their rates for shooting only, while others quote packages that include both shooting and prints, albums, digital images, etc. When you are researching photographers you should keep this in mind and make sure you are comparing apples to apples with regard to pricing. I encourage couples getting married in Cyprus to budget at least £1,000 for photography including a quality storybook album, but some spend as much as £3,000. Sure that’s a lot of money, but what you get in return is priceless. How can you argue with that???
The Bottom Line
While you may need to compromise the wedding budget on parts of your wedding you should make sure hiring a professional photographer is something you don’t skimp on.
Written by an anonymous venue owner....