Your wedding is coming fast, things are piling up in front of you and that little number next to the dollar sign keeps creeping upwards. At this point, some couples start figuring out what can be cut back or cut out all together just to make the money stop hemorrhaging. And for some reason, the wedding photographer is always one of the first to go, which is a move that I will never understand. After the wedding, after the honeymoon, and for years down the line, the photos taken at your wedding will be the array of memories that fill up your wedding album, frames, or awesome coffee table book (I love that you can do that now!) so make sure that they are wonderful by hiring a professional.
Well Meaning Uncle Jim
I’ve heard a few sad stories now where friends or family of the bride or groom have just recently purchased their first DSLR and are so excited to photograph the upcoming wedding that the couple really just doesn’t know how to say no. Saving money can be great, but there’s a huge chance that you’re going to walk away with poorly lit, poorly composed, or ill-timed photographs from your (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime ceremony. Don’t be guilted into making that person your main wedding photographer, especially if it’s just to save a few bucks. Let him or her down easy. They can still take photos! Having multiple people photographing just means more moments captured. Just make sure that they stay out of the line of sight of your official wedding photographer. Nothing is worse that paying a photographer for great shots only to find out that Uncle Jim stepped out in front of the camera 3 out of 5 times. Bad Uncle Jim, bad.
Now, if you have a friend who is already an amazing photographer and they offer to shoot your wedding for cheap or free? Take them up on it. Let that be their wedding gift to you. If this isn’t an option, however, find another way to save money. There are ways to cut costs on weddings, but hiring a professional wedding photographer instead of tossing twenty bucks to a novice can truly make or break your photo album. Find something else to turn into a DIY project instead of getting store-bought decorations…or maybe walk out to bubbles instead of that epic dove release you’ve been thinking about (doves poop on stuff anyway). And in the end, if you cut cost on the photographer, who will properly document the perfect kiss, your bubbly toast, and all your beautiful, handcrafted mason jar lights?! You worked hard on those! Pinterest will be proud.
Hiring the Right Wedding Photographer
The security that comes with a professional wedding photographer is irreplaceable. You won’t have to think twice about whether or not your special day is being documented properly, which leaves you to enjoy yourselves, love each other, and look pretty (or handsome?). A seasoned wedding photographer has the proper equipment for all situations and will know instinctively where to be throughout your ceremony to capture essential images. They have photographed hundreds of weddings, so they understand the timing and what angles work and don’t work. Plus, for those romantic couples’ shots, they already have an idea of what poses are flattering. Plus, most photographers don’t mind if you bring them an example of something you like. If you see something neat and potentially achievable online somewhere (don’t lie, it’s probably Pinterest) email the photographer ahead of time and see if a similar image can be accomplished. Sometimes the answer is yes and sometimes it at least begins a creative collaboration.
In the end, your printed memories are in the hands of who you hire, so find someone you love, book them and pay them what they’re worth. You won’t regret it.