In today’s world it seems as though anybody can pick up a camera, point and click, and capture a worthy photo. Modern technology has even made it possible for toddlers to be photographers as evidenced by numerous photos I’ve found on my very phone of my granddaughter’s precious face!
I suppose these days it’d be easy to believe the adage that anyone can take a picture. True, anyone can point and click but when it comes to capturing once in a lifetime moments as special as your wedding day I’d highly recommend hiring a professional photographer. They will not only be able to take quality photographs but a great photographer will also give you a one-of-a-kind experience as an added bonus!
Back when I was married in 1992 I had no concept of the importance of a good photographer. On one hand I had my mother-in-law telling me how important it would be to hire a good photographer because we’d want to be able to look back years from our wedding day and remember all the details. On the other hand I had my mom convincing me that budget was more important and my budget was minimal so she could ask a friend if he’d take pictures for us. I opted for mom’s friend and man do I wish I’d have hired a professional. Sure, I’m grateful that we at least had someone there who knew how to point and click but I’d have loved to experience what I now know a professional photographer could’ve have offered us.
A true professional photographer will spend hours researching you and your likes/wants/style etc. They meet you in person many times and really get to know you so they can provide you an experience custom made just for you. “Custom made” are key words here. Everyone wants a little something different, something new and exciting. Sure, plan on doing some traditional poses that grandma will love to hang on the wall but feel free to get crazy, be yourselves and capture moments that only you can produce! Trust me, photographers appreciate creativity as much as their clients appreciate their creativity. Take for example a recent elopement Savannah and I recently designed along with KSFloral Design and photographer Kinsey Whidby Photography. One of my favorite photos is of the bride and groom riding down the highway on their motorcycle, the bride in her beautiful wedding dress and red Converse tennis shoes sneaking out the bottom of her dress. Priceless, and a one-of-a-kind photograph the happy couple can take pride in knowing that it’s totally unique and not easily duplicated.
Professional photographers know how to work the lighting, how to edit pictures so you are delivered a portfolio worthy of a Vogue editorial. My wedding pictures, not so much!
There are so many photographers vying for your business so here are a few things to consider when choosing the right photographer for you: The first thing I’d recommend is look at pictures from photographers you love and then contact them for an in person meeting. This is important for 2 reason. First, you can get a really good feel for that persons personality and then decide if they are the right fit for you. Secondly, any good photographer will also do the same. They should be able to decide from that initial meeting if they’d be a good fit for you. A professional will not have an issue telling you if they think they’re the right person for the job. During this meeting both parties should be very clear with their wants/needs. Make sure you hire someone who has a contract that is beneficial to both parties. You want to make certain all agreed upon details are well documented. A professional will have a detailed contract in place, not only for your protection but for yours.
Budget is always an issue and here is something to keep in mind when you are hiring a professional. These people are responsible for capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments. On the wedding day emotions are running high. There is a lot of stress for brides, grooms, and family members. A professional photographer not only acts as the picture taker but a personal stylist, florist, personal attendant, assistant, seamstress, counselor and the list goes on.....all the while trying their best to capture every little detail and moment in an often 8-12 hour day! It’s a lot!!! I’m not sure there is enough money in the world to make me want that job, honestly, I have so much appreciation for any wedding photographer! Again, they are worth their weight in gold!