They say memories last a lifetime, but when photographs are the evidence that such a happy memory exists, then you’re going to want to ensure that they encapsulate everything that you remember about your big day.
After all, your wedding day is one of – if not – the happiest day of your life – so, you want photographs which bring a smile to your face each time you look at them. Not a big sigh, that reminds you why you should have just hired a professional in the first place, not let a novice family member or friend take the snaps instead.
We’ve all heard the saying ‘all the gear, no idea’ and just because a friend of a friend may have an expensive camera and all the equipment to boot, it certainly doesn’t mean they are a professional by any standards.
Yet, with many couples shunning hiring a professional in order to keep wedding costs low, there are just some elements that cost-saving measures shouldn’t be imposed on. And a photographer is one of them.
Here are the reasons why hiring a professional is always a good idea!
- They have experience
When we say ‘hire a professional’ we don’t just mean any old photographer – we mean one who specialises in wedding photography. Someone who is an expert in all things wedding, will be able to advise you on the photography process for your big day, offering guidance on the different shots and discussing with you what photos you would like taken.
A wedding photographer will have a wealth of experience in ensuring that even the most camera-resistant of guests still manage to break out into a smile when the time calls. Likewise, they will be able to capture those oh-so-popular off-camera pictures which show people caught up in the moment.
- They’re there to do a job
Enlist the help of a friend or family member and you’ll probably find that photo opportunities are missed – guests are there to celebrate with you, not work. So, hiring a wedding photographer will ensure they are completely focussed on the job in hand.
A photographer will know how to interact with guests, and take the kind of photos which you may not have even thought were important to capture. Grandma dancing, flower girls playing and stolen glances between couples caught on camera are priceless images that you’ll want to cherish.
- They can manage difficult conditions
Rain is the one thing that many brides and grooms-to-be fear the most, along with any other trepid weather condition which threatens to ruin the big day. Yet, whether it’s the weather not playing ball, or low-light conditions playing havoc, a photographer is likely to know how to ensure the photos aren’t ruined.
A professional will be able to spot almost instantly how to get the best photo out of a less than ideal situation. And when it comes to looking back through your photos, the last thing you want is the sun’s glare or wind ruining an otherwise beautiful photo.
- Equipment…and a back-up too!
Technology can be unreliable at times, and the last thing you want is your auntie so-and-so declaring that their camera has run out of battery and she didn’t think to bring a spare. While, an amateur may have all the gear, if they don’t have the photography mindset to remind them to bring a backup option and all the relevant equipment too, then the photos could be over in a flash.
A professional will ensure that they have all the equipment they need, plus spares, to take photos from the moment you start getting ready until the last guest leaves the dance floor.
- Post-production expertise
When the wedding draws to a close, it’s only normal to feel a sense of post-wedded blues, but the thought of viewing all the photos taken from the day is enough to lift spirits once again. A professional will edit your photos carefully, and ensure they are presented to you expertly too.
Whether it’s in a professionally curated photo album, or in a personalised wooden memory box or USB stick; presentation is a little detail which goes a long way in ensuring the happy memories live on.