You might be engaged and getting married (congrats, incidentally) and trying to decide whether to even hire a marriage photographer. You might be attempting to decide now on which photography professional to choose for the wedding day. You may be a wedding photographer , trying to understand the delicate and confounding psyche of these who engage in wedding planning.
Whoever you are, for the reading pleasure, check out the top 10 myths of wedding photography as relayed by way of a photographer who still loves capturing. These are broken in to three categories: a. Myths about not hiring a specialist at all; b. Myths about the selection process; and c. Myths about how exactly the photography ought to be done.
CATEGORY A: I don’t need/want a wedding photographer because:
1. My cousin’s roommate from college just got the brand new Canon 999D and various ‘L ‘ professional series lenses; it’ll be great (and, did I mention, FREE!).
Is it impossible to locate a good free photographer? No. Is it likely? No. Is it advisable? Almost never. But hey, it is your wedding day. You can chance it on the stranger who could very well be overly intrigued by the bridesmaid who has just a little bit a great deal to drink at the reception and starts to dance provocatively. That way, the bulk of your photos could possibly be of her. Perfect, right? And free. In this example, you can just emphasize your kids, twenty years down the road, that the photographer did take these photos with really cutting edge technology, which is why you can observe just so much detail of the lewd woman at your wedding with, how shall we say… ‘perky’ breasts. No, she isn’t the bride, but doesn’t she look like she is having fun?
2. Why would I get yourself a photographer? Everybody and their dog includes a camera (even cell phones pictures are creeping up in the ‘megapixel’ race). The snapshots from guests will suffice.
Yes, it is true to convey that most of us now carry a camera on the body all the time (on our phone at the minimum). Moreover, at a marriage, many or even most guests bring some type of additional camera to memorialize the function (particularly things that go wrong, if they can’t stand you; tears from the groom should they do). However, rigorous double blind studies have already been done on the info stream to which we have been referring, plus they all show a very important factor. These pictures have a 99.9982% chance of sucking. Really badly. There could be one great photo of the bunch, of your dog at the end of the aisle that meant so much to Great Aunt Esther. It will be perfectly exposed, focused, and display Sparky with a lovely stance using great composition.
3. Wedding photography is very costly – why would I support an industry of so-called ‘professionals’ who really only work a couple of hours a week. I have no idea whether to be angry or jealous.
You can be angry if you want. You can even be jealous, since we’ve employment that (hopefully) we love, and take great pride in. If you feel we work a few hours for a single wedding, you are fooling yourself. Those are the hours that you see us at the marriage; suffice it to say, several hours of preparation went in to that particular wedding, countless hours will proceed upon the finish of wedding day in post-production. When done correctly, the task is extensive, fun, and pays decent.