From my perspective
He did a pretty decent job on the group photos: my parents and me, my bridesmaids and me, etc., etc. But what was truly missed that day was everything else. I have ONE single picture of my husband and I together that I just like, nothing that I love....and my dad actually took it.
There aren't any pictures of the girls getting ready, or the guys hanging out, or of details like my flowers, or the cake, or anything that truly tells the story of our wedding day. And I regret that so much.
Even if you don't choose me to be your wedding photographer, choose someone that you can trust to capture your day the way you want to remember it; someone who knows what they're doing and has years of experience under their belt, with customer referrals if asked. Experienced photographers do more than just take great pictures. I've helped bustle many dresses. I've quickly sewn a few stitches on a hem once. I've been the only person the bride would talk to when she was super stressed out by everyone else. We help keep everything on schedule and go above and beyond just picture taking at every event.
Memories fade, they really do. Having beautiful images to hold onto and look at years and years from now will help bring those faded memories back to life.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER?
A photographer friend of mine recently told me she almost booked a gorgeous wedding with a really cool bride until the the client called and cancelled because she decided "to go with a friend who has a good camera and is wanting to start a photography business." I feel for this bride. She wants to save money and help her friend out. I get it. What she doesn't realize though is that she's entrusting the memories of one of the most important days of her life to someone who might/maybe/kinda sorta knows what she's doing. If someone is just starting out, they shouldn't be charging anything and you should definitely understand that you will absolutely get what you've paid for...or didn't pay for.
Stories like this make us cringe. And for good reason.
Why hire a professional photographer? This question means more to me now than it did ten years ago when I got married. Back then I didn't have a clue about wedding photography and the massively important role it plays in a wedding day. I had zero understanding of what to look for in a photographer or why I should even have one. When a family friend "with a really good camera" offered to shoot our wedding for us, I didn't hesitate. "Money saved!!" I thought. We paid him a whopping $150. Now, I don't want to knock this family friend because he did the best that he knew how and with what he had. But since I'm older and wiser now I wish I could go back in time and hire a professional to be there instead and let our family friend be a guest as he should have been.
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