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Meh! Why should we invest in good photography?
OK here we go…
First I have to say, I’m not here to tell you that you MUST value photography above anything else to do with your wedding, or you MUST divert funds from other things to pay for me, everyone has different priorities I get that. Some people value music more than pictures, other people value good food and fine wine, others perhaps a free bar all night for your guests - you’re adults and you know your own minds and jeesusss it’s your wedding, not mine! Here’s what I will say, assuming you do value pictures though.
Your wedding is going to be one of the biggest and best days of your life, you’ll share it with everyone dear to you for a single day! That’s a big deal, I should know I’m married, been there and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, we created some incredible memories that will last a lifetime and so will you. Please don’t risk booking a cheapo photographer and getting crappy pictures you’ll be absolutely devastated about in a few years time, trust me, we were those people! We didn’t think we’d care about pictures, 10 years down the line we still regret that decision!
It’s a fact that people who are very good at what they do charge their worth, photography is no exception. In fact, photographing a wedding is unlike any other form of photography - everything is a one shot opportunity, there are no retakes, or studios, no second chances. The important moments that happen, they happen so quickly and they have to be captured in a split second, everything happens at breakneck speed, then there’s variable weather, lighting conditions, the randomness of people - weddings are hard to photograph well. To shoot a wedding you not only have to be a great photographer technically, but also a people person, it’s all very well being good with a camera but if you have the personality of a dead cod you’re going to rub people up the wrong way - and that can tarnish a wedding day for a couple.
A photographer not only has to be excellent, they also have to be 100% on their A-game for an entire day, a wedding doesn’t allow you to lose concentration for a second and that’s where experience comes in. Sure, you can save a few ££ by going with a cheaper options but you certainly get what you pay for. The money you’re investing is in your memories - that money buys you years of experience, your photographers individual shooting and editing style, their creativity and vision of your big day, and more importantly consistency - a quality photographer will give you a full gallery of great pictures, a lesser photographer and you’ll be lucky to get 20. They are the things that make your wedding pictures what they are and something you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Not speaking as a photographer, but as a married man who didn’t think too much about pictures, I can honestly say that photography is the one thing we regretted the most about our wedding day, choosing the that’ll do option rather than the ‘we need this person at our wedding’ option.
As a photographer (I became one after we got married in case you’re wondering), I think your pictures are perhaps THE most important thing you should invest in…obviously I would say that, it’s how I earn my living - but I’m also saying that as someone who really does wish they’d invested a bit more into their own wedding pictures.
It’s completely your decision though, I fully understand that.
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Thanks very much for reading,