Why pay a professional wedding photographer?
You pay for the experience. You pay for the back up kit. You pay for someone who has a creative eye and knows how to work around problems when they come up.
So many little hiccups can happen on your wedding day, from the groom popping a button (I’ve got sewing kit), to smashed lanterns, guests getting stuck on motorways, and non-stop torrential rain (I’ve got umbrellas). What you should have is a photographer who can adapt quickly to any and every situation and help you make your day run smoothly.
Nearly anyone can take a half decent photo in the on perfect soft light day. But harsh mid-day sun, crazy rain, pitch black early winter nights? That takes experience, creativity, and the right kit. Your mate with a camera who takes the occasional decent landscape photo won’t have that experience or that kit. They also probably won’t know how to manage a crowd of 100 people who are itching to get to the bar.
Take my wedding Friday, gorgeous couple, lovely people, lovely guest, lovely venue – albeit limited space inside. It rained nearly non-stop from the arrival of the bride. Not a problem. I have studio lights; I can do portraits indoors. Not a problem, I use off camera flash and can do you some stunning creative couple portraits even in tight spaces. I can get you lovely photos no matter what the weather. I can also do you creative outdoor shots in the dark and rain if you’re up for it!
However, lets talk real disaster. At one point on Friday’s wedding, just before first dance real potential disaster struck – my camera popped out of my holster and crashed to the hard-stone floor. One smashed camera and lens. Ouch. I stood and stared at it for a moment deciding whether or not to swear, picked up the pieces, put it aside and carried on with my other camera, safe in the knowledge that I still have a spare older one in the car. Yes, I have 3 cameras. The clients won’t know the difference, and I’ll have everything sorted and fixed before my next wedding or I’ll rent a replacement. Most annoyingly for me the one I dropped I’m about to semi retire to have it as emergency backup number 3.
Before I started wedding photography a friend of mine had a mate photograph her wedding. Their lens stopped working before the ceremony. They had no back up. My friend ended up with no photographs. I have so many friends who got married and asked a mate to take their photos and have ended up with very few or very poor-quality photos. That’s why I spent a year shadowing another very experienced photographer (Andrew Miller – www.andrew-miller.co.uk – great photographer) to really learn the ropes and get the experience and work through the challenges in a low risk environment.
Everyone has a budget to work to and that’s fine, you should expect to allocate approx. 8-15% of your budget to wedding photography. Once the day is over and the guests have gone home and the flowers have faded the one thing you are left with is the photos. Make sure you invest in someone who will be able to capture your memories well.
Below are some examples of what I can do for you even if it’s blowing a gale outdoors.