Laura and Mark were engaged and on a tight budget. They were making plans for a lovely afternoon wedding at University Circle Botanical Gardens. Because a friend offered to take their wedding photos, they initially planned to forgo a professional, however after we had an opportunity to discuss the importance of hiring a pro-photographer, they decided to secure my services.
Over the past several years I’ve noticed a growing trend; Friends and family members photographing weddings. Initially it may seem like a great way to cut the budget. Technology has been advancing, which largely includes DSLR cameras. So many couples see this as an advantage.
However, because there are a multitude of variables that may happen on a wedding day, it’s important to consider why a pro is worth the investment.
A professional understands how to anticipate, bypass and solve problems effectively. This may include unrelenting weather, tight timeframes, and/or a multitude of last minute changes.
A professional should also understand the following:
- Dark areas (church, reception, etc.)
- Overexposure (related issues — squinting, etc.)
- Ceremony restrictions
- Photograph locations
- Anticipating moments (first kiss, etc.)
- Being prepared for the unexpected
- Promptly delivering photographs
- Having an emergency plan secured to safely arrive at wedding and reception site
- Photograph backup system
Aside from knowing that a professional photographer will handle any potential problems, the biggest difference between hiring a friend and a professional are the services the professional will ultimately deliver. A stunning album, beautifully delivered photographs, and a flawless wedding day experience. To pull off this wonderful accomplishment requires a very skilled professional.