Weddings. These are pretty momentous occasions – absolutely HUGE events in people’s lives. Friends get to watch someone they know and love make one of the biggest life changes they can possibly make. Parents get to watch their children make one of the most significant steps to adulthood imaginable. The bride and groom are joining their lives together – pledging before the world their love and commitment to this person. It’s HUGE! And yet, some would advise that on this life changing day, you should cut a corner in one of the only areas that will last the rest of the bride and groom's lives.
Yeah, I am a photographer, so of course you could say I am biased… But think about it: actual memories fade notoriously fast! The dress (which likely cost several hundred dollars – maybe more!) will probably go in a box never to be worn again – or at best to be given to a daughter. Some grooms wear tuxedos – but almost NO grooms actually buy the tuxedo. It will go back to the rental shop. The gifts fade into everyday life, eventually to wear out, break or simply get replaced. The food gets eaten that day and is gone – the cake… well MAYBE you save a piece and eat it on the first anniversary, but then even it is gone. Other than the marriage itself, only the pictures last! They are forever. And THIS is the area that people suggest you cut corners on??
You spend hundreds, if not THOUSANDS of hours planning the wedding – down to the tiniest detail! You go through an incredible amount of effort to get the day just the way you want it – but (and trust me) it will go by so fast and furious that by THE NEXT DAY, much of your memories will be a blur. And they don’t get clearer with time – they fade even more. But this is likely your only time being involved with a wedding at this level. But what about your photographer? If you have a friend, even a friend with a “nice camera,” how many weddings have they been involved with? Do they know what to expect? Where to stand and when to stand there? Do they know those little moments to watch for? Those moments that will mean so much to you over the years to come? Probably not. Photographing a wedding is NOTHING like just being at a wedding. A professional wedding photographer has done this – a lot. They have seen this over and over again. They know what they are doing. They know when to catch that shot of your dad getting emotional (when he thinks no one is watching!) – they know what you and your new spouse are going to do minutes after you are pronounced married and walk off back down the aisle (no, not THAT lol) – YOU probably don’t know, but the professional photographer does, because they have seen it many times… trust me, those moments are very beautiful and magical, and you WANT those images! Your friend with a camera probably hasn’t really even thought about it.
You probably won’t get told to have your friend with a nice oven buy a cake mix and bake you a cake. It’s unlikely that anyone will offer you the advice to get a friend who happens to have a sewing machine make your dress. I doubt anyone will suggest having a family member whip up some sandwiches for the reception dinner. No, you go all out in these areas. You go as big as your budget will allow, because you want this day to be PERFECT… but you’re not going to remember most of it. I promise! The day will go by in a blur of action. It will be over before you know it, and the memories you DO have will fade. Quickly. The pictures are what will last. They will remind you of the details you forget over time. They will be what you have to see the moments you missed in the first place – you can’t be EVERYWHERE on your wedding day, you can’t see EVERYTHING on your wedding day. But the pictures can show you what you missed, what you forgot. The pictures will last for the rest of your life! Don’t you want the pictures to be amazing? Weddings venues are famous for their bad light. A professional wedding photographer knows how to deal with that. People move – often. Your friend with a nice camera will likely deliver you a lot of poorly lit, dark and blurry pictures. But a professional wedding photographer has done this – many times. They know how to deal with this – they will give you well lit, sharp, in focus and beautiful pictures. They know what to shoot, when to shoot it and HOW to shoot it. Because this is their job – they have done this, they know how to deal with it!
A fairly popular idea is for the bride and groom to provide the guests with disposable cameras and let them ALL be the “wedding photographer.” It sounds like a cute idea – but if you do that, what you have just done is trusted the documentation of your magical day to cameras that simply aren’t designed to get good images in those situations, and put them in the hands of people who probably know VERY little about photography or what to shoot or when to shoot it. The disposable camera idea is done more often than you might think… and there’s a reason you almost NEVER see anyone post those pictures on Facebook…
You put so much into making this day perfect. Don’t cheat yourself out of the chance to have beautiful memories of your beautiful day. Your marriage and your pictures. Those are the only things that last beyond the wedding. Make sure your pictures will capture just how incredible the day actually was, so you can cherish those memories forever!
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