If you have a close friend or family member who is just getting into wedding photography or has a professional camera, it can be tempting to accept their offer to shoot your wedding day for free or much cheaper than a professional wedding photographer would. But letting a non-professional photograph your wedding can result in low-quality or even terrible images, meaning you end up with no good photos of one of the most important days of your life.
While we totally understand your budget constraints, wedding photography is one area of your budget where you definitely shouldn’t skimp. Here are a few reasons why you should turn down your friend or family member’s generous offer to capture your wedding photos.
Only a professional can guarantee images you’ll love
Your cousin will try their absolute best to capture photos of your wedding day, but if they’re not a professional photographer, your images simply won’t be what you want them to be. Professional wedding photography brings SO much to the table: years of experience and training, framing and lighting expertise, editing skills and everything else needed to create stunning images for you. If your venue is dark or the day is cloudy, only a professional wedding photographer can work that less-than-desirable lighting to their advantage.
They won’t miss a major moment
A professional wedding photographer will have a schedule and plan for capturing each moment of your wedding that matters most to you. They won’t miss the reactions to the vows, your first kiss as a married couple or the steps of your first dance together. Your friend with a camera can’t offer the same guarantee and likely won’t plan ahead and be prepared to capture each moment as it happens. The last thing you want is to miss out on images and moments that you want to look back on for the rest of your lives.
There’s more to wedding photography than just images
In addition to taking your photos and editing them into stunning images, a professional photographer can create albums, wall art and other products and can deliver your digital images to you in a specific timeframe. How much editing will a friend or family member be able to do? Will they provide any additional products? How long will they take to get your photos to you? Wedding photography goes far beyond just the wedding day and requires a professional to provide all the services you need.
Working at and attending a wedding are very different
When you hire a friend or relative to do a job as a wedding photographer, they are no longer your guest but one of your vendors. As a result, they are sacrificing their own enjoyment to photograph your special day. They won’t have time to visit with anyone or dance at your reception because they will be running around trying to capture every moment of your wedding. When you ask your friends and family to work at your wedding, they miss out on the fun and joy of being a guest, which is a huge sacrifice to ask any of your loved ones to make.
You want wedding photos that you will love for a lifetime
As with any service, you get what you pay for. When you invest in a professional wedding photography, you will receive images that you can cherish for years to come, hang on the walls of your home and share with your loved ones. If you are unhappy with your wedding photos, you can’t go back and retake them, so it’s important to make sure you work with someone who can create images that you’re sure to adore.