You have only one chance to get it right and a professional will have the experience and knowledge to cope with all possible eventualities and still turn out a great set of pictures that you can treasure forever.
So, what are your options? You may consider using a friend of the family,
Or other guests to some images. While the financial aspect of this may seem attractive, it’s important to consider what experience they have and what they would do should it be raining, for example, and all the images had to be taken indoors. Also, how efficient will they be at organizing people into groupings, if you should want them? A professional will obviously cost more, but it will be one less thing to worry about on the day
Having ruled out a non-professional, you may consider a part time wedding photographer. They will be cheaper than a full time professional, but will probably not have the network that comes with a full time photographer. They may not have undergone any training and also may flounder when it comes to demanding conditions, such as harsh sunlight, high winds, rain, dark skies, shooting into sunlight, etc.
An experienced wedding photographer brings an element of calmness with them to the wedding. They know how to make people feel at ease, as well as deal with situations that may arise in ways that a novice may not. They’ve had time to perfect the skills required to work their equipment and know the development of the day like the back of their hands. An experienced photographer will have a sense of timing and an ability to see opportunities that an amateur may miss. An experienced wedding photographer will know exactly where to position themselves for the important moments and capture them in creative ways. Experience can be expensive, but under the wrong conditions, could prove to be priceless.
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