Different market research indicates that some 82%-90% of brides hire a professional wedding photographer. However, only around 34% buy an all-inclusive package in advance from the photographer, which includes the shooting service and products (such as album, prints, etc.).
Is the “market” doing the right thing?
The short answer: absolutely yes.
Per our experience and knowledge of the wedding and photography markets, we feel that hiring a professional to shoot your wedding is absolutely a must. A mistake here cannot be rectified and will last forever. However, we do not feel that you have to buy an all-inclusive package in advance from that photographer – once you have the digital files you can purchase products a-la-carte from the photographer or you can create wedding albums from websites like BrideBox. This will save you money and enable you to buy exactly what you want when you want it.
If you cut corners with the cake, hardly anybody will realize, nobody will remember, and even you will forget in a few weeks, but your wedding pictures are something you want to cherish forever. They are the only visual memory of your wedding.
“I cried, and cried, and cried. Almost a year later, my heart still breaks. As a blogger, I still cruise the wedding blogs looking for tips and inspiration. I see lots of the same DIY indie styles at the forefront of wedding trends. I see details similar to those I created for my wedding. The biggest difference: they are beautifully shot by a professional photographer, mine are not.”
This is a real quote from a bride who didn’t use a professional photographer for her wedding.
The wedding day is quite stressful, so you want the photographer to be an asset not a liability. You’ll want him to be able to capture all the perfect moments and memories without having to worry about him getting in the way or missing a photo op.
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What makes the professional wedding photographer’s images special is his experience, knowhow and equipment, which can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars. Learn more about the specifics and details about what kinds of equipment a professional photographer needs.
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Weddings are very different from photo shoots in that they are a moving and dynamic event. It’s a little awkward to retake the “I do” moment multiple times, so you need a photographer that knows what is going on, what will happen next and how to capture those moments, while simultaneously taking into consideration things like light, speed, frame and colors.
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Weddings have both posed moments as well as action shots. You need to capture both to truly get a feel for the wedding. Your photographer not only has to be a consultant when it comes to creating great, memorable poses, but he also has to have an artistic eye to capture the special dynamic moments. This skill set is something that comes from talent and experience.
Having a second shooter is also very important, not only to serve as a backup but also because the wedding happens in more than one place and great images can be taken in different places at the same time.
Photo Credit: Ben Chrisman