Today we're going to be having a look at a widely asked question amongst engaged couples. Do I need a professional wedding photographer?
Often this question comes down to budget, or a lack there of. As I discussed in my previous post, wedding photography is only expensive when you fail to account for the facts that make up a whole wedding photography package. Wedding photographers have a huge outlay in order to run a successful business and the prices charged are simply down to this fact. Some photographers charge more than others, often depending on experience and the level of equipment they use. Wedding photography is only expensive if you think of it as paying for the photographer for one day, you're not, you're basically paying for over a week’s worth of work. Advertising, editing, equipment and travel are just a few points to mention. For details on what it means for wedding photography to be cheap, affordable or expensive, have a look at my previous post here.
Nevertheless, wedding photography is perceived as being expensive. Sometimes budgets don't allow for a £1500 wedding photographer. For those truly treasured moments though, it is possible to hire photographers, such as myself, for £200. This may 'only' cover the ceremony as well as some before and after shots, but the important first look between bride and groom, exchange of rings, vows and the first kiss are then captured. This is something that in 20 year’s time will be what you want to look back on and remember, it is important.
So, you might say 'well I have a friend who takes pretty good photos, I think they'll be able to capture some shots'. Ok. They might. Have you asked them what shutter speed they'll need to use to stop motion blur, what aperture setting to ensure artistic or optimal depth of field? If they know their cameras then they'll likely know these answers. But what about where they need to stand, the composition they're creating, the light quality and direction, the exact moments to take the shots? Still think they know it all? The next question for them, do they know how to edit the images to ensure correct white balance, correct exposure, aligned images, sharp images with minimal noise, correct details and everything else that goes into editing? If your friend knows these sorts of things and knows them well, then you could be on for some good photos. Probably the most important question though, have they ever photographed a wedding before? At the end of the day, good equipment will only get you so far. As a photographer you have to be aware that during a wedding everything can change in an instant. These twists on the day can only be anticipated through experience. So, in summary, can you use a friend to photograph your wedding? It depends on the friend; do they own professional equipment? Do they know how to use the equipment, really use it? Do they know about lighting and compositions? Do they know how to properly edit wedding photos? If yes to all these then you can expect some good photos. Notice how I said good, not great.
To achieve truly great wedding photos, you need an experienced photographer, someone who is ready to anticipate all the timings and mis-timings of the day. In short, someone who knows exactly what they're doing. Wedding photography can be free from a friend and depending on the friend you may be able to expect ok - good results. Professional wedding photography can also be affordable, budget, cheap; it just depends upon your outlook and your expectations. A cheap wedding photographer will still have the experience your friend lacks. An affordable wedding photographer is just that, affordable. Prime Photos are advertised as affordable. I aim to provide you with quality images, experience, professional equipment and professional editing. Are your memories worth the risk of losing them through bad photography? Or should they be treasured and captured as only wedding photographers know how? Your memories are precious, capture them wisely.
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