Your wedding day is a special occasion with moments that only happen once and can not be recreated.
Hiring the right photographer is of utmost importance if you want to preserve those moments for eternity.
Weddings are expensive, we get it. It all adds up, the dress, the venue, the food, the alcohol and then there is the photographer.
Weddings are budget heavy, and entertaining their guests well is often one of the top priorities on a couple’s list. We have shot weddings for several years now and have talked to countless brides, hearing the “our budget is limited” argument all the time. Here is the thing: We understand that, but you can save money on food and your guests will not mind. Save money on linens, no-one will care. Play bad music, your guests may notice, but they will survive. Hire a bad or inexperienced wedding photographer and end up with bad images and you face regrets for a life time.
As a photography team we work with families at every stage of their lives. One of the biggest complaints we hear a lot during consultations is: “We should have spent more money on our wedding photographer and hired a professional with experience; it is the biggest regret we have.”
So here is the fix: Hire a professional with experience in wedding coverage. Check their credentials. Believe it or not, some photographers are not always all that they say they are.
You will also find that capturing your wedding day is quite different than capturing baby pictures or family moments. It takes a special eye to capture weddings and the willingness to move all day long and pay attention to all that is going on. Wedding days are marathons for a good, experienced wedding photographer. We are constantly on the ball, missing nothing. It is one of the reasons we charge what we do.
It is also imperative that the photography team you hire is, in fact, a team. This means two photographers. Yes, read this again: two photographers. Two of us capture more than one. You want two!!
And please, for all that is holy, do not let uncle Mike or aunt Suzy take care of your wedding pictures!!!! Even if they have a good camera and produce decent photos of their pets and children. They will not capture your day the way you want them to. Friends or relatives have their own agenda on your wedding day and will miss a lot. Remember, you did not pay them, they are a family member and friend. Just invite them, treat them as you will all of your other guests and pay for a good photography team on your wedding day. Your wedding day is special, treat it that way!
Regrets are no fun.
Budget for photography, budget generously, and you will have no regrets!