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Understanding Wedding Photography Part 1

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One of the big questions is why does professional wedding photography cost a little more ? Well, that’s one question with a lot of answers so let me see if I can tackle this by the topic.  Lets start with a common decision:


Friend /entry level photographer vs. Professional Photographer

Why choose a wedding photographer over a friend? I’ll answer that with some questions. Are your wedding pictures important to you? Do you value your own wedding day? Do you care if someone is practicing on your wedding day with no guarantee how they will turn out? If your answer to any of these is “no”. Then by all means, get your friends to do the money for something you value.

For those who think that photography isn’t that big of a deal, but regret the pictures you received on your wedding day and wish you had something better, this is for you. Or if you’re on the fence about whether or not to hire a good photographer or get your friends to do it, this is for you.

We as wedding photographers don’t just show up and take pictures though that’s the attitude that most people have established in their minds. We take great care in what we shoot, how we shoot it, and the composition of what we shoot. Every aspect in that picture is on purpose for professional photographers. Professional photographers tirelessly learn, practice, and research how we can make your images better, so when we show up to shoot your wedding, we do the best possible job we can do.

I’ve seen first hand, and spoken to brides that have let “friends” do the photography followed by great regret. (this is one reason for a Day After Session) Most people will not say anything to their friends no matter how unhappy they are with the images. Their friendship is more important. I cant speak for anyone but me, but I would want my friends with me enjoying my wedding, not working. (there’s an “out” if you have someone pressing you).

The simple fact is that most people simply cant do what we do. Of course there are exceptions. There are some great hobbiests out there. But we are there to do a job so you have the memories and one less worry about your wedding. Its not about the person only. Its about equipment: the right tools of the trade like cameras, lenses, lights, knowledge, experience, creativity, etc.

Does a friend or entry level photographer have the right equipment to do the job? Can they capture not just images, but moments? Do they know lighting?  Can they get the angles? Hows their composition? Can they frame the picture well? It’s something to think about. Here’s just a few examples

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Part 2 of understanding Wedding Photography coming soon