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Why a Professional Wedding Photographer is Important

Why a Professional Wedding Photographer is Important

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Of course, as a professional photographer, any article with a title about why it’s important to hire a professional photographer for your wedding is going to seem self-serving but honestly, this is something that I’m very passionate about.

I’ve spoken to countless couples over the years during my photography career and it makes me sad to hear people’s regrets that they saved on their budget by asking a friend / relative to take their wedding pictures and they were disappointed in the result.  That’s not to say that there aren’t folk out there who haven’t loved the pictures that their friends have taken of their wedding day but I have a sneaking suspicion that they are in the minority – not that they’d ever let on to the photographer.

The thing about wedding photography is that it is one of the hardest types of photography there it (if you don’t count those absolute heroes who hang out in impossibly hot / cold / wet / uncomfortable locations to bring us incredible pictures of rare animals – I mean, those guys are in a class of their own).   In the world of wedding photography, there’s just so much to consider.  From lighting and positioning to managing the day, and the people and getting in the right places to get the perfect shot, to knowing how to work a venue, judge the timings, the list just goes on.  If your friend / family member hasn’t got any wedding photography experience, they’re likely to struggle with this and a. get stressed b. not be able to enjoy the wedding and c. not get the photos that you want.

My Friend has a Nice Camera…

Quite often I hear people say that their friend has a nice camera and so they’re just going to get them to do it.  However, a camera is just a tool which a craftsman uses – the greatest set of brushes in the world won’t make you a great painter.  If you’re friend is keen to get their camera out (and they might well be if they’ve invested a lot in it) then they definitely should and they can enjoy capturing images without the pressure of being in charge of the whole thing.

An Amateur Photographer may Lean on you More during the day…

A professional photographer will be used to the format of the day and be happy to guide you from one section to the next capturing your pictures along the way.  An amateur might well require much more input on what you’d like to do and this can mean more time planning your photos on the day and less time enjoying yourselves.  Put yourselves in the hands of someone you trust and that you’ve made all necessary plans with up front so you can relax and let them lead you on the day.

Amateur Photographers Can Feel Uncomfortable in Front of Large Groups…

When you’re starting out as a wedding photographer, there’s a natural feeling of discomfort when you’re posing up and dealing with large groups of people. Of course, you get over it and your confidence grows but an amateur might well not have got past this stage yet.  This can lead to badly posed groups in the rush to get things over with, technical errors as focus is on the people not on the photography and also the guests picking up on the nerves and feeling uncomfortable themselves.  It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the group photos aren’t always the favourite part of the day for the guests and so you’ll want someone in charge who’s in their comfort zone, able to arrange groups efficiently, pose them well and get the photos done so folk can get on with the party with the minimum of fuss.

What If…

Professional photographers will have a belt and braces approach to card and image security, good back up systems and working practices in place and their eye on the ball at all times.  That is not to say that anyone is immune to technical failures but it’s good to know that all the bases have been covered in this regard.  For instance, our professional cameras record your images to two separate cards simultaneously so that in the unlikely event of a failure, your images are safeguarded.

A Wedding is a One Time Thing…

This is probably the most important point of all.  Your wedding day will happen as it happens and it needs to be captured in real time on the day.  It’s not like a studio shoot where you could arguably recreate your images at another time – when the moment’s gone, it’s gone.  You need to be sure that you have the best pair of hands and eyes possible watching all the time and capturing everything as you’d like it.

After your cake has been eaten and the last dance has been swung, your photos are what you’ll rely on to spark those wonderful wedding memories throughout your lives together.  The right pictures will bring you so much pleasure as you look at them over the coming the years and so capturing them really isn’t something to be downplayed.  If this makes you want to book VisualChaos for your wedding, well that’s great but please, please, please do consider getting a professional to capture your photos  – I promise you, you won’t regret it.

By | 2018-01-24T18:28:53+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Categories: Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments

About the Author:

I am a professional Creative ~ Photographer, Videographer, Cinematographer and Drone PilotMy professional photographic career started at the tender age of 13 when I won my first commission to photograph an art collection by a local artist. It paid £50 which was reasonable money for an ambition 13 year old in 1978. I have continued to take pictures ever since, and quite simply, I couldn’t be happier! I am professionally qualified with the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP), and also the Masters Photographer Association (MPA), although I have recently decided to give up my membership of the MPA in favour of the other two associations.

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