In many ways wedding photos are the most important aspect of all, because once the day is over it’s your wedding pictures that will be left as mementos for you to cherish for years to come. Of course wedding photography can be expensive, but it’s a small price to pay for having a lifetime of happy memories documented forever. A professional wedding photographer is fully trained in how best to capture the right shots on any kind of wedding day.
You may be tempted to get one of your relatives or friends to take pictures for you, but no matter how experienced that may be at photography they are no substitute for a professional who arrives prepared with the right photography equipment. Having incredible high definition wedding photos that you can cherish forever, either as a beautiful wedding album, or as a framed photo in your home will never look dated like the photography from an amateur camera tends to do.
A professional also understands that capturing wedding photos is unlike regular picture taking. It’s of vital importance to understand basic photographic practices such as capturing the right lighting and knowing which angles work best in a wedding scenario. If money concerns are putting you off hiring a professional wedding photographer, you should consider scaling down on another area of the wedding, such as the food you’ll be serving afterwards.
Another benefit to hiring a professional is that they know how to coax the best poses from you and your guests. A professional will encourage you to forget the camera’s presence by making you feel so comfortable that you relax completely, which in turn makes for natural and spontaneous photos. A wedding photographer will simply blend into the crowd and take images of all your wedding guests as they socialise in relaxed natural poses that counter the intense rigidness that often comes with striking intentional poses.
Of course you will want to take some private photos of your closest friends and family, after all it is your wedding day. But do you really want you or one of your guests to spend the entire day strolling around holding a camera? It would look strange and inappropriate to have one of your guests sat taking photos of you as you say your vowels or when you take your first dance. It could also become an unnecessary distraction too. Furthermore, an untrained family member taking photos could result in uneven images, shots with their fingers over the lens, and accidental camera flashes. Do you really want those pictures on your mantel piece?
Without hiring a professional you also put pressure on your guests as they will feel obliged to take excellent quality pictures. You also rely on them not to lose or damage the camera. A professional photographer will be like a fly on the wall at your wedding venue. They will remain detached from the proceedings while ensuring all photos remain safe and well developed.