We have all thought about it, or at least know someone who has thought about it: Saving Money on your Wedding Day by hiring a friend or family member to be your wedding photographer. Sometimes this works out, sometimes not. In our professional opinion, it is always a good idea to hire a professional wedding photographer. Here are a few reasons why:
1. A PROFESSIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER WILL BE COMMITTED TO YOU.
A professional will be committed to YOU and your wedding day. You won't have to worry about your "friend" not showing up, or flaking on you at the last minute. YIKES! You won't have to worry about Uncle Bob getting sick and not being able to bring his good camera. Your wedding day memories will only happen once. Don't take a chance: Hire a professional wedding photographer and don't miss out on capturing those once in a lifetime memories.
2. A PROFESSIONAL WILL HAVE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE.
There is nothing worse than having everyone standing around at your wedding not knowing what to do next. Hiring someone who has wedding experience will help the flow of your wedding day, and will undoubtedly help to limit the amount of stress before, during, and after your wedding ceremony. You should be able to enjoy ALL of the moments of your wedding day, without worrying about whether your wedding photographer is doing their job and capturing all of those precious wedding details.
3. YOU WILL GET PROFESSIONAL RESULTS FROM A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER.
Let's face it... you get what you pay for! Hiring a professional wedding photographer will ensure that you get the professional wedding photos you want. You may not think that this matters now, but trust us, it will matter to you when your wedding day is over, and the moments have passed.
4. YOU WON’T AFFECT YOUR RELATIONSHIPS.
If and when your wedding photos do not turn out how you wanted them, things may get really awkward with your friend/family member. What started out as a friendly gesture to help you save money on your wedding day, has now turned into a giant thorn in your side.. perhaps forever! Is it really worth it?
In our experience, having a friend or family member do a "professional’s" job almost never works out (unless they truly ARE a professional, in which case, SCORE!). The decision remains yours, but we urge you to remember: Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime experience, with once in a lifetime memories... the choice is yours.
STILL GOING FOR IT?
If, after reading the above, you STILL want to take a chance and hire a friend or relative to capture the moments of your wedding day, no problem. It is your day, and ultimately your decision to make. We just want make sure you know your options when/if your pictures do not turn out exactly as you planned. We suggest that you keep the below link handy, just in case. A good wedding photo editing service can certainly help you transform your otherwise ordinary wedding photos.