Every couple looks for ways to cut costs when planning a wedding. One that some couples consider is to skip the professional photographer, relying on a friend or other amateur to take the event pictures. Although this can be tempting, there are many reasons why you should definitely hire a professional photographer instead.
There are some areas in your wedding where you can safely try to save money. For example, if you order your groomsmen gifts online instead of buying them at an overpriced specialty shop, that is being smart. Your groomsmen will still get great gifts, but you won’t have to spend a fortune to get them. In some instances, you can get away with doing your own wedding flowers, and you can definitely make fantastic looking invitations on your home computer.
Some elements of a wedding, though, should never be done on the cheap. If the bride’s mother attempts to make her gown, and she is not a talented seamstress, the results are likely to be regrettable. The same is true of the wedding photography. These days, everyone has a digital camera and fancies themselves an expert, but the truth is that a real photographer is an artist. Having your uncle Harry take the pictures is no substitute for having your portraits taken by, and printed by, someone who really knows what they are doing.
The wedding photos are something that you will have for the rest of your life. If the wedding cake was a little dry, or the band wasn’t quite as good as you had hoped, at least you will be able to forget about those details over time. However, if your pictures are lousy, you will be reminded of it every time that you open your wedding album. There are no do-overs.
Even a skilled amateur photographer is not as good as hiring a real wedding professional. The professional photographer will know which moments are the most important to capture, and will make a point of getting them for you. On the other hand, your uncle might miss something important because he is chatting with his brother or dancing with his wife. The relative who volunteers to take the pictures will be a guest first, and your photographer second. That is definitely not good enough when it comes to your most priceless memories.
Some couples think that they can find a middle ground by hiring a student to be their wedding photographer. While this might be better than leaving it up to a relative, the chances are that you will still end up with less than stellar results. A student who is not experienced with weddings is surely going to miss some of the key shots, and their eye for composition and beauty is unlikely to be as refined as that of the professional.
It is just too risky to try to save a few bucks by eliminating a professional photographer for your wedding. If you leave the photography up to someone else, there will be nothing you can do if the pictures are not great when you see them after the wedding. Why take a chance on something as important as the memories of your wedding?