Cost savings

I just had an email from a bride of mine who booked a couple of weeks ago for her wedding in 2011. The email was to cancel the booking… “…having […]

I just had an email from a bride of mine who booked a couple of weeks ago for her wedding in 2011. The email was to cancel the booking…

“…having spoken at greater at length to my dad who has other ideas about how we should obtain photos of the wedding.  Among other reasons, he would like us to ask friends and family to help out with this so that we are able to save some money for other things.”

I can understand that there are budgets for weddings. I am also biased towards the photography, but not having a professional wedding photographer at all due to costs just doesnt make sense. Here are some of the reasons why…

  1. After the wedding, the photos will be the most important thing to you (other than your husband or wife and your wedding rings!). If they arent done professionally they simply wont be worth having. The day will go in such a blur that your memories will be vague at best. A good wedding photographer’s job is to help you remember your day with as little impact as possible on it.
  2. Whoever does do your photos wont understand how the day works and you will spend far too long ‘having your photo taken’. There is a good chance you’ll miss your wedding as a result.
  3. Good wedding photography transcends the wedding itself. It becomes a collection of the best photos you’ve ever seen of the most important people in your life.
  4. So much money is spent on other aspects of the day that to have a set of professional photos is the only way to do the wedding justice.
  5. There are other areas of the wedding where costs can be saved that wont affect your wedding either during or after.
  6. Even if the freind or family you ask is a photographer, if they dont shoot weddings this is risky. You wouldnt ask a cab driver to race your formula one car yet they both use the same tool to make a living.
  7. A good wedding photographer will be so much more to you than a simple provider of photos. Hopefully this blog goes some way to proving this point.

I am at risk of ranting a bit here. The bottom line is that you must book a professional wedding photographer if the photos are important to you. Spend as much as you can as 99 times out of 100 you get what you pay for.