5 Reasons Why You Need A Professional Wedding Photographer

July 11, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

With your head ever-so-slightly pounding, the misty champagne-induced haze slowly clearing from your eyes you roll over to see your fiance and then try and remember why it is you have a tightness on your finger...

Boom! 

It hits you, it's a wedding ring, you got married and that's your wife! 

The day before rocked: your friends were there in full force, even your dad managed not to embarrass you.... much. The planning that went into the day paid off and you cannot wait to see the photographs. Then a horrible thought dawns on you. Did you make the right decision to pour all that money into the free bar rather than a professional photographer? Surely, the guy who offered the 'cheapest deal in town' was joking about not really knowing how to use his brand new camera? Or that the blurry ones would be artistic in black and white? Or that he was trying out some some new techniques and hoped that this time these wouldn't make the bride cry?!

Ouch.

Now, I know you're probably thinking that's pretty extreme and could never happen... but check out these stories : "Our big day ruined!" and "I'll sue your ****!" (note these are photography related rather than embarrassing Dad's at weddings, although there's an idea...)

Let's rewind a tad.

For all that the big day represents it is just a day, and like any day you forget things. Even things you swear you'd never forget (ok perhaps this is just coming from a man, but roll with me) like: the colour of your tie, the canapes, the table favours, the button holes... I won't go on or I might get in trouble in case my wife thinks that I forgot those things...

All this leads onto the fact that a good wedding photographer is your answer. Not only will they capture the day's major events, but they will be able to take moments you hadn't even been aware of: longing glances, beaming smiles, a few manly tears. And it's the emotions that add up to capturing how the day really was. Without the people, without the pure joy shared at a couple confirming their love for each other, you would lose the whole sense of sharing and togetherness that a marriage brings with it. So here are a five reasons (and ways to help choose) a truly professional photographer who will trump anybody else:

Reason #1. 
The photographer is there to take pictures, not to be the centre of attention. They must make sure that moments are captured unobtrusively as much as possible. Of course, there are times when they need to get involved: organising groups or giving subtle direction to the Bride and Groom to get those portraiture shots to look as striking as possible, but on the whole they let things happen. Essentially, they must understand the style of your wedding and capture it creatively and honestly. 

 
Reason #2.
Another important matter is the manner in which your photographer approaches your day. Will they give time to you before the day in order to talk through timings, check out the venue and get to know you better as individuals? It's pretty important for you to get on well with each other. Did you ever think about this girls? Your photographer will quite likely spend as much time with you on your wedding day as the chap you're getting hitched to... so wouldn't it be nice if you were happy in their company?!


Reason #3. 
Your photographer should impress you. And by that I mean you should be genuinely in love with their work. It should excite you. It should connect with you. It should make you wish you were in the photograph. There are few occasions in life where you will look so good or so happy. With the right photographer you will look unbelievable. And that is the goal. To have photographs taken like you've never had before. Pictures you want to show off to the world.


Reason #4. 
So, you've got a great photographer whose pictures you adore, who understands about your day and relates well to both of you. Now just make sure that they are reliable. How can you check this? Well they should be able to give you contact details for previous couples who you can contact if you want to. Get it straight from the horse's mouth as it were. Secondly, do they have suitable backup equipment if Auntie Fiona spills her wine over the camera? It happens and they should be ready for it. Thirdly, are they insured? This protects both parties against any nasty accidents or loss. 


Reason #5. 
Wow so that's it really. Apart from one last thing. Do they fit into your budget? And is your budget flexible if photographs are something you think are worth investing in? It's no good lusting after a photographer if it's going to be detrimental to your bank balance in the long run. However, with the right mindset you should be able to determine what is important. Is it the free bar or is it the photographer you've had your eye on since you got engaged?


I'd love to hear how you found your perfect wedding photographer. Was it word of mouth? Did you meet them at a wedding fayre? Had you seen them on a blog? Do tell. Especially if you have an embarrassing Dad story as I could be onto a winner there ;)

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