Finding a wedding photographer is a tough job. It’s not like couples are out shopping for a photographer every couple months. This is hopefully a once in a lifetime search. This article from Huffington Post does a great job out outlining 4 reasons why you need a professional photographer. This is going past the weekend warrior or even making sure you have someone you trust. Every week I hear horror stories of brides not getting the images they wanted. Only to find out their wedding photographer was not as experienced as they thought.
1. Commitment to running a wedding photography business
Professional wedding photographers are bound by a legal contract, so they’re guaranteed to show up on your big day, no matter what the weather is. They can’t flake out on you like a friend (and they won’t) because they’re obligated by the contract to be there unless you say otherwise. In case of emergencies, they’re sure to have someone who’s also a professional to come as their replacement.
2. Experience as a professional wedding photographer
Professionals have spent thousands of hours photographing weddings. They know how to sneak a shot of the bride and groom’s mothers looking at the couples with tears in their eyes. They know when the bride will pull that blissful smile in her face. They know when to take a shot of the groom looking at her with so much love and overflowing excitement. They know how to get the best shots even in tricky lighting. They’re capable of all these because they’ve got more than enough experience with weddings — something your “budding photographer” friend obviously don’t have.
3. Outstanding Results
Professionals photograph weddings for a living, so you can be assured that they’ll strive to give you the best results to make you satisfied and recommend them to your friends and family members. It’s a motivation that your friend with a good camera won’t have.
Professionals have seen the worst and are prepared for it. They have a backup camera, batteries, and memory cards with them so in case something happens with the gear they’re currently using, they won’t miss taking photos of any important part of your wedding. Knowing this can help you feel assured and excited at the same time because you know you have awesome photographs to look forward to.
If you’re looking to save as much money as you can for your big day, you can always spend less on other wedding services. Don’t sacrifice your wedding photographs because at the end of your wedding day, the food and flowers will all be gone but your wedding photographs will remain. They’ll be your enduring proof of one of the most important events that took place in your life so you want to get them right the first time.