Why hire a wedding Photographer?
I recently saw a post from a popular magazine on outdated traditions for weddings. Once of them being hiring a wedding photographer. It stated that wedding photographers were originally hired back in the day when not everyone owned a camera. Since everyone now has either a camera phone or some sort of camera their position is that you in fact don't need a wedding photographer.
I beg beg beg to differ.
Of course I'm a little biased being a wedding photographer. But I compiled a list of things that I feel greatly increase your chance of having awesome photos for years to come.
- Beautiful and timeless photos. If you leave the photos to be captured by iphones you are unsure of the photo results that will be provided. With a professional wedding photographer you have/or should have looked at some sort of portfolio and based on the quality of their work you hired them. You can expect a certain result based on previous work that you have received.
- High resolution images. So you want to blow up one of the photos to be a banner (don't laugh, I had a bride recently create a banner of an engagement photo I took of her). It hung over them at their reception. I'm thinking that photos took with some cameras (not all) may not be able to be quite so large. With the professional equipment that professional wedding photographers are shooting with these days, you will have no problem enlarging photos.
- Professional editing. So you wake up in the morning with a zit on the day of your wedding. Or I've had some that requested certain things to be edited out. The list is really quite large sometimes. If I'm able to, I will try to accommodate the request. Professionals have the software in order to edit the photos. The editing is part of their brand of photography and not every photographer edits a certain way. I've had some clients state that they have photoshop and will just update the photo. The reason we don't like this is simply that it affects the brand of photography that we are trying to create.....and it's also against copyright laws. I know there are filters for Instagram and editing apps that are out there. But just because someone may have the software/app doesn't mean that they are aware on how to use it to the best of it's ability. Professional photographers are more versed in how to manipulate these programs to get the best out of your wedding photos. They have edited thousands and thousands of photos....(sometimes all from one wedding).
- Lighting/Professional equipment. The setting is a beautiful outdoor reception that will go into the wee hours of the night....when it's dark. Very Dark. With lots of twinkle lights. I think this is absolutely beautiful. However, if you have ever tried taking a photo in super dark situations you don't always see the result you were looking for when you took the photo. Professional photographers will have the equipment to handle these low light situations to create truly beautiful photos of you. You would want someone to be able to capture that first dance with your hubby under the twinkle lights, right? Leave it to the pros to light up these super dark situations. Or super bright situations where the camera decides to silhouette you instead? This may be nice for a few photos, but for all of your photos for the day? Probably not.
- Creativity. I think this is pretty self explanatory. The pros will be able to capture all the details of the wedding day, flowers, rings, shoes, invites, expressions, and all the moments in between....creatively. It won't just be a snapshot of the grounds. It'll be presented in a way that tells the story of the day. That shows off all the hard work that you put into planning and preparing for your wedding day.
- Storage and Backup. Lets face it. Even if someone has the newest and greatest DSLR (or as I call them "the big bad boys") camera they still might not have the storage and backup capabilities that professionals have. Many think that photographers take "a few photos" on the wedding day....try a few thousand.....yes it's that many. You don't see them all as you don't want to look through them all and there are duplicates so Aunt Sally can be in at least one photo with her eyes open. Many Pros walk around with a whole little book of SD cards for storing your many photos. You don't want to get to the reception and be like "ok well we are done taking photos as we ran out of room on our camera cards." We also have backup equipment and back up storage for the photos once the wedding is completed. Just picture a photographers house getting robbed right after your wedding. Pros would have a safeguard/cloud storage or store their data in multiple places to decrease this type of risk.
- Remember that it's the photographer taking the photo....not the camera. You could have an amazing dinner out at a restaurant and you certainly wouldn't say, wow those pots and pans make an amazing meal....that's just silly. It's the chef. It's the creativity and the years of practice at their art that makes the dish amazing. The same goes for professional photographers. When I'm out shooting and someone says this I just mess up the settings to my camera and have them take a photo. It's awesome. ;)
- You're guests should be able to enjoy the day as well. You convinced your bff to take photos all day of the wedding. What happens if she/he drinks too much and can't take photos for the full reception? Or they aren't aware of things going on and misses them? Professional photographers learn to anticipate these special moments during your wedding day to help ensure that nothing is missed. You're guests should be able to enjoy themselves. Let the photogs do the work.
- Posing. While some may think this is just "hey look at the camera and smile". It really isn't. If you want those natural looking photos where everyone looks happy and not forced then a professional photographer is for you. They will know the best way to pose you and your guests/family.
These are just a few reasons why I think hiring a professional photographer is in your best interest for your wedding day. Let your photographer worry about all the little things for the day, how to work their cameras, being there for all special moments and providing timeless photos of your wedding day to remember them for the rest of your life.