Why You Should Hire a Professional Wedding Photographer Instead of your Friend With a Nice Camera

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?

Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, Lexington, Thomasville, and Kernersville Wedding Photography, Shanna Duffy

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9 thoughts on “Why You Should Hire a Professional Wedding Photographer Instead of your Friend With a Nice Camera

  1. I don’t do wedding photography. I have a great kit, but I don’t shoot people at all. Not even a little. In fact, I get very uptight when family insists I break out my gear and take a group portrait. They don’t understand that I don’t know the first thing about portrait photography. Every time I attend a wedding I’m blown away by how hard the photographer works. I honestly believe a professional wedding photographer has to work ten times harder today than ever before simply because the competition is so tough and the expectations are so high. You have every right to be bugged by the amateurs who grab some of your business, but it’s the bride and groom who lose out. The end result doesn’t fool anyone. Your work is stunning. ‘Nuff said! 🙂

    1. Rontuaru,
      Thanks! I love your comment, and can also relate to being the family’s photographer, lol! Did you take that moon shot on your blog header? It is wonderful!!! Now I haven’t the first clue how to “shoot the moon” I have tried and failed many times. Excellent job!!

      1. Thanks for the kind words. Yes, everything on my blog was taken by me. And to be honest, that moon shot was just beginner’s dumb luck! I’ve tried several times to improve on it and I’ve had little success. Night photography is tricky, but I’m probably over-thinking it. When you’re a beginner you just jump right in without worrying about all the details. Some of my best stuff was taken as a rookie! Everyone has a camera these days, but GOOD photography takes talent and can be much harder than most people think! Keep up the good work!

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