These days everyone has a DSLR, so why should you shell out a couple of stacks for wedding photos when your trusty old Uncle Bob can do it for free? Because Uncle Bob is not a professional. I bought a santoku knife, and it didn’t make me a professional chef anymore than a Nikon kit from best buy is gonna make someone a professional photographer.
Weddings are hard. Really hard. They take a ton of skill, and the ability to think and shoot very quickly without missing a beat. As a Wedding Photographer, I preserve memories. But it’s really so much more that I do- I manipulate memories. It’s my job to make my bride not remember the 500 things that went wrong on her wedding day. It’s my job to give her a wedding album that is her perfect wedding day dream come true, even if the reality was a hot mess. I change lighting, move items to alternate locations crop out and photograph around distractions, wires, messy makeup bags, and exit signs. I airbrush armpit hair, pimples and sweaty foreheads. I give people pep talks to get them to cooperate for portraits, I wrangle kids, provide sewing kits, hairpins and water bottles. help clean up and move things. The other day I took down an entire cobweb including spider with my bare hands, you gotta do what you gotta do to get the job done. In wedding photography there are no re-shoots so you gotta make it count.
This is a subject I am passionate about, preserving the integrity of what makes a professional photographer professional is important in a world where everyone has a camera. For more about why a professional Photography investment is a good idea, and how hiring a pro benefits and protects you, read my post on why wedding photography costs so much, an article explaining what goes into the prices your professional photographer charges.
I very often have people come to me and say they wish I could have photographed their wedding, but have never once had someone say they regretted hiring me. I would LOVE to have some comments below from both sides of the fence, did you hire an amateur or a pro? How was your experience?