Reasons you should hire a professional photographer rather leaving it up to a uncle Tarirai with his new camera to capture your big day.
Think of your wedding as a high action sporting event
Wedding photography consists of capturing all of the important events over the course of the wedding and the reception. There is lots of movement, throwing of bouquets, dancing, speeches et cetera. Like a sporting event your wedding photographer gets one shares to capture each part of your wedding. He needs to be in the right position, with the right lighting, the right camera with the right lense with the right settings at the right time. You want someone with experience managing this sort of high action shoot.
A professional wedding photographer will have more than one camera
It’s quicker to change cameras than to change lenses if a different lens setup is required. A professional photographer will likely arrive with three or four cameras already set up with a particular lens.
A professional wedding photographer understands photographing in mixed lighting conditions
over the course of a wedding and reception your photographer is going to need to manage photographing in many different lighting conditions. Inside, outside, under fluorescent or incandescent light… Or even in a mix of natural and artificial light. Lowlight in the latter parts if the lights are turned down the dancing. Whilst the modern camera will do a serviceable job using automatic settings are wedding demands unmemorable job not just serviceable. A professional wedding photographer will be old or just to the many varied lighting conditions the average wedding presents.
Professional wedding photographer will use many memory cards
Memory cards can fail as well. Far better to have one fail with half an hour of the wedding missed than have the whole wedding lost different shot all on one memory card.
A professional photographer understands how to take a great photo
Taking a great shot is not five parts luck, four parts camera and one part photographic skill.
A professional photographer is there to work
They won’t be distracted by chit chat and miss many of the important events, they won’t succumb to the temptation of an open bar they won’t flag and fade and lose interest midway through your wedding. It’s a job their reputation is on the line and with online reviews now so prevalent
A professional photographer will have lots of ancillary equipment
Including a variety of lights and reflectors, tripods, spare camera batteries, flashes, automatic shutter release systems etc,
For the Professional Wedding Photographer, the job is only half done when the wedding is over
Because that’s when the second half starts, sorting through the shots, picking out the best ones, then Photo-shopping to ensure they are colour corrected, any lighting issues are addressed, unwanted elements are cropped out etc., In most cases, the newly wedded couple will want the wheat, not the wheat and the chaff, and they will want the wheat looking as good as possible.