To some, hiring a professional photographer to take pictures of their wedding ceremony seems like a no brainer. But what if you’re already over the budget with all the other wedding preparations and all you need is someone to snap a few pictures of your ceremony. After all, most phones are pretty much equipped with a camera these days. Combine that with the multitude of easy photo editing apps available online. You’re pretty much set for the wedding day, right? WRONG! We disagree with this notion immensely and here are six reasons why.
1. You will get better results
It takes a lot more than just a good digital camera to excel in photography. Sure hiring your friends might be cheaper but, at the end of the day. Wouldn’t you just want better quality pictures? Unlike a majority of your photo savvy friends. Professional photographers have gone through years of training and experience to make sure that your photography session will be stress-free with positive results.
The number one complaint from couples who hire their friends is that unlike professionals, they are unable to style and compose wedding photographs, beautifully. Some mentioned that the lack of knowledge in photography trends dampened their post-wedding highs. While others are concerned that their candid pictures looked too posed and unnatural. Photography isn’t something that comes to a person, naturally. In addition to that, most wedding photographers claim post processing to be the hardest part of the photography process. Every little thing from color distortion to distracting lighting will be fixed through the magic of Photoshop and Lightroom. It takes weeks to edit the perfect wedding picture.
And the results? Both you and your partner will look ‘on fleek’ for your pictures. Now all you gotta to do is hang them around your new flat. Or condo!
2. You don’t have to worry about ruining close relationships
Unlike your friends, you can be honest with a professional. Better quality photos differ according to individuals. But the main key to getting your best pictures is to note every little thing you want to be done. General pickiness might not be a problem for you and professional photographers. But it could be a deal breaker for most amateurs who are looking for new ways to experiment.
Your wedding ceremony is going to be one of your most treasured memories. And hiring someone to help take those memories is no simple decision. Think about it. What if you had complaints about the way your friend coaches you and your partner for photographs? Or if the edited product still looks washed out, awkward or just dissatisfying? You wouldn’t want to risk breaking ties with your close relationships over something as menial as a “washed out photo of your Mom,” right?
Another thing to note is that professionals will never judge you no matter how ridiculous your requests are. Even if you’re the sort of person, who envisions their wedding pictures taking place underwater surrounded by horses. Trust me; we won’t tell anyone about it.
3. Save your time and energy
As mentioned, professional photographers often spend years training to hone their skills further. Hiring a trained professional would mean that your fears surrounding bad photos, poses, and lighting are pretty much dismissed. You wouldn’t need to micromanage a professional who knows your best side. Furthermore, you would be a lot more comfortable with professional photographers whose portfolio’s you have seen. Not to mention the trial session you will get with every pro. Just so that they know what kind of pictures you want before the actual day itself. You can save all the worrying and stress for the paid help.
4. Professionals can be cheaper
The one reason why people hire their unprofessional friends is simply that most are intimidated by the idea of going over budget, just for pictures. Which is a silly reason seeing as most photographers can work with a reasonable budget. Go up to a studio of your choice and have a browse through their catalog and prices, before discussing your budget. Try asking them for discounts or haggle for lower prices by reducing the number of hours they’d have to work for your ceremony. Don’t feel embarrassed and if they refuse. Ask them for referrals to other studios who they think might be appropriate. Do note that even newly established start-ups have professional photographers who are willing to help your budgeting dilemmas.
5. Professionals won’t flake out on you
Sometimes emergencies happen and your friend might pull out from photographing your ceremony due to an illness, a personal problem or just general anxiety from the daunting task itself. And on your special day no less. Professionals are unlikely to flake out on you and even if they do, there is always a backup photographer with similar skills available at no extra cost. The good thing about backup professional photographers is that they’re just as informed about the type of pictures and style of editing, you want.
6. Your friends will be able to enjoy your wedding with you
The most important reason to hire a professional is the simplest. Wedding ceremonies are intimate and playful affairs. You’d want to spend time mingling around with your family and friends. So why should you let your guests miss out on all the wedding fun? Hiring a professional photographer for your ceremony will ease both the pressure for you and your creative friends. Plus! Speaking as a creative freelancer myself, I’m sure your friend would prefer gorging themselves at the buffet and spending time socializing around. It’s a win-win situation for everyone. Think about it. If they truly are close to you, you’d want them to enjoy the wedding, right? And if not. Well, I wouldn’t trust someone like that with the task of taking treasured mementos of my big day.
Being a good photographer is a lot more than just having a good camera and the best editing apps money can buy. It takes skill and training to capture some of the most complicated and daunting events of our lives. Sure it would be cheaper to hire a friend, but events like your wedding will only happen once (if we’re lucky). I say, go all out on your wedding day and spend your money on a photographer that you’re comfortable with. After all, they’ll be responsible for creating memories of you, for your loved ones to remember.