As the average cost of a UK wedding is only on the rise, it is unsurprising that when organising a wedding, couple’s look to cut costs. When it comes to your wedding photo album it can be tempting to ask a family member of friend to take photographs for you, but seeing as though it’ll stand as a memoir you’ll keep forever, we advise you to hire a professional photographer or videographer. Here’s exactly 5 reason why:
A professional photographer has spent thousands of hours photographing weddings. They know how to grab the split second chance of shooting a father seeing his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress, of a groom looking lovingly at his bride, of a joke shared between the grooms party, and these images will capture and convey the emotion in that moment. Professional photographers know how to get the best shots even in tricky lighting, they know how to work with light to grab the best opportunities for outside shots. A professional has doubtlessly shot weddings at your venue before, they will have an established working relationship with your venue and will know the best backdrops when photographing you and your wedding guests.
A professional photographer will have signed a contract with means they have to show up and they have to provide you with an outstanding service and beautiful photographs because it is their livelihood and their reputation at stake. That is quite a motivation! A professional photographer will have seen everything that has gone wrong and will have prepared for it. Like carrying a backup camera, batteries and memory cards. They even line up an alternative professional photographer should an emergency prevent them from being there on the day. With a professional photographer you will have had a chance to look at their previous work, have a chat with them in advance about everything you expect from your wedding day and you can read testimonials from their previous clients. A professional photographer has experience of taking photos in different light, different conditions, composing different shots and executing it perfectly. The camera doesn’t do this, the photographer does and this results in consistency meaning that you get not one or two stunning photos, but a whole albums worth. Lastly, on the day they will be totally focused on you as they are there for one purpose only and that is to tell the story of your wedding day with beautiful timeless images.
3. Using an amateur means a lot more work for you
A professional photographer will have years of experience capturing weddings so instinctively know where to be and what shots to take. They have no doubt shot weddings at your venue before, they’ll know in advance the flow of the day. You can leave them to get on with it confident that they are doing a great job whilst you give your family and friends your full attention and enjoy your day. An amateur will have not this experience, you won’t be able to leave them to get on with it. You’ll have to direct them which will take you away from enjoying your day. Also in discussions before your wedding your professional photographer will listen to what you want and then use their vast experience to give advice and make suggestions that you will love. A professional photographer will know in advance the perfect place for your bride and groom shots, the best angle to photograph the church and so on. Weddings shouldn’t stop because the photographer isn’t organised. A good wedding photographer moves unobtrusively around your wedding telling the story of your day with beautiful images.
4. 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. They are skilled at putting you and your wedding guests at ease and they get the right shot the first time so images never look forced, stiff, posed or unnatural. Knowing your wedding photography is in good hands allows you to relax. If you’re relaxed your guests are relaxed which in turn gives you much better photographs.
5. You only have one chance
Your wedding photographs should tell the story of your day with beautiful timeless images that should give you pleasure for years and years after your wedding day. Wedding photography has changed since your parents’ day. Their photographs are no doubt kept in a box in the loft with one tired image on display. These days wedding albums are beautiful books designed to be part of your home. Whether you choose an album or a photobook, they look like an expensive coffee table book or a glossy copy of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, casually displayed in your lounge for all to peruse. After the day it is the photographs you will turn to recall those special memories and good wedding photography will not only remind you of how your wedding looked but also capture every emotion of how it felt. Good wedding photography is emotionally very powerful. Can your friend or uncle with a nice camera deliver that for you? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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