As the wedding season comes to a close and I attempt to market and reach out to as many potential clients as possible for next year, I can’t help but tackle a pressing issue. Hiring a professional photographer and why it’s essential to your big day!
Let’s dive right into the deep-end with the biggest and most obvious point:
1. The Gear we use is simply…better!
[frame_center][/frame_center] Even though every professional photographer will probably crucify me for this point, I cannot help but make it number 1. This does not mean that the better gear someone has the better the photographer they are. This is by no means true, so please, don’t have your friend, who just bought a new camera, take the pictures on your big day. Your day will most likely be ruined if they do. The best camera does not take the best pictures, it’s that simple. However, there is no denying that a good camera, a good lens and the knowledge on how to use them, creates better photographs. We have invested thousands of dollars into our equipment, and that does not just mean the camera. There are many lenses that give different looks, we buy flashes and we learn how to use them. We buy light stands, better memory cards, reflectors, soft boxes, and even software.
*NOTICE*: I am saying “we” because I am referring to the community of professional photographers. Most of us are extremely friendly people and love to work with each other. We actually even have a Facebook group where we share ideas and help each other out.
2. We focus on the details
[frame_center][/frame_center] Whether it’s only been a few weddings (for those just starting out) or whether it’s our 100th wedding, the point is still there. We have been observing (and capturing) weddings for so long that we know how most weddings work. We know that there is going to be that special kiss and we know when it’s going to happen. We also know the universal timeline of the wedding and we know that the bride is going to be late. Nothing against you bride’s but it is almost law now, you’re probably going to be late to the venue, it just happens.
If you hired your friend “that has a nice camera” he/she might have only been to 1 wedding and they probably weren’t super focused on all the small details. So they might miss that big kiss, or miss that tiny detail that you spent weeks preparing. Now don’t get me wrong, if you have a friend that is just getting into photography and you trust them taking the pictures, by all means hire them, but just know that things might get overlooked.
3. We know how to make you pretty (ier)!
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This one is kind of a misnomer because you shouldn’t expect your every movement to be an order from your photographer, but it has some truth to it. What I mean by this is we know what will look good, how to ask you to stand, where to place your hand (which is extremely important believe it or not!) The reason we are constantly talking to you from behind the camera is because we are trying to get you to feel comfortable, while move and stand a certain way.[frame_right src=”http://photography.modernrevolutions.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/diplaugh1-300×200.jpg” href=”http://photography.modernrevolutions.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/diplaugh1.jpg” rel=”lightbox”][/frame_right] My style is a little different where I give less direction and want you to unfold in front of the camera and look as natural as possible. But this doesn’t mean that I won’t ask you to put your hand a certain place, look a certain way, or to make some sort of movement.
4. We study…a LOT!
Unfortunately, all of this knowledge is not that easy to obtain. It takes hours of practice, watching videos, reading blog posts from our favorite photographers, or even taking classes/workshops. The learning alone is almost a full-time job, and I can’t speak for other photographers, but I LOVE it! There are many, many aspects of photography that we need to learn. From how to use the equipment such as lights, flashes, the camera and all of its many settings. Also, how to light you beautiful people to make you look even more beautiful. Which way to point the flash so the light doesn’t look too harsh, or too soft. Everything has to be just right, and we spend hours every week trying to learn as much as we can to make our photos look better.
5. We care about you!!
I know this one might be a little cheesy but once you hire a professional we will then use everything in our arsenal, whether it be knowledge behind the camera, to business management, the contract that you sign to keep both of us safe and secure and to the many third party websites we use to make everything that much better. Something that is becoming an industry standard is online galleries. We have master the art of making galleries to put online that makes sharing your beautiful memories with family and friends so much easier.
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When you hire me, you are putting your trust into me to capture the most important day of your life, and that fills me with joy. It makes me work as hard as I can to create the best looking photos for you to share for generations to come. There isn’t a wedding that goes by where I get misty-eyed as the couple recites their vows, even when I have no clue who they are. I feel they have included me in this special day and to see the love that is in their eyes and the love they feel for each other, it’s truly magical.
So next time you go to ask Uncle Fred or Cousin Bobby (made up names, sorry if you have an Uncle Fred or Cousin Bobby, I’m sure they’re great people) to shoot your wedding, remember that these are once-in-a-lifetime moments and we do not want them to slip away to never been seen again. Let a professional photographer capture those moments so you can pass them on to your children and grandchildren.
Until next time,