Market research shows that close to 80 percent of couples prefer to hire professional photographers to take photos on their big day. However, many couples still do not see any reason as to why they should hire a professional photographer. Most resort to alternative means with the intention of saving on costs. Some of these alternatives turn out to be friends and relatives. But I insist that hiring a professional photographer on your wedding is not a choice, it is a must!
So, what are some of the reasons as to why you should hire a professional photographer?
Professionals are committed
Hiring a professional will give you peace of mind since you are almost so sure that they will show up on your wedding day, no questions asked. A professional has a contract with you and is therefore contractually obligated to show up and take photos as per the terms of the contract. If for any reason the professional photographer will not be able to show up, then he will definitely inform you early enough so you have plenty of time to find another
Professional photographers have vast experience in wedding photography and will know exactly what to do when things do not go as planned. They have the experience on how to manipulate angles and lighting to bring out the best picture quality of the wedding and the couples. They are also in the best position to adjust according to the weather pattern of the day to bring out the best photos. In addition to that, experienced photographers usually understand how the day flows and will know just when to capture the right moments that will tell the story later.
Professionals have back up
On your big day, the day usually runs so fast that it is sometimes difficult to keep up. And this applies to everyone who attends the wedding, including the photographer. A professional photographer, unlike an amateur, understands these technicalities and will often carry a backup gear for any eventualities. He knows that the camera battery may run out and will bring a backup battery; he understands that the memory stick may be corrupted in the course of taking photos and will carry a spare one and so on. This way, you are sure that no matter what, all your best moments will be captured on camera.
Professionals have the knowledge of working a camera
Photography is not just about taking photos with whatever camera is available. Professional photographers know which camera should be used under which conditions and will therefore bring with them the right camera for the job. They also have the experience of switching between different camera modes at a moment’s notice based on the prevailing conditions. This way you can rest assured knowing you will get high quality photos at the end of the day.
Photographers know how to deal with different emotions at the wedding
Professional photographers will know exactly how to handle the irritating usher who had one too many before the day even began. He also knows how to quickly round up groups of people for meaningful photo sessions even without your knowledge. He also knows how to keep everyone in the room composed so that you do not break up relations after the hectic day.
It is therefore imperative that you hire a professional photographer on your wedding day, irrespective of your budget. In the long run, you will not regret it.