Trying to save money on your wedding? Don't ditch a photographer in favour of getting your instagram addict friend to take some pictures on their camera in the vain hope that those pictures will be as good as paying for a professional for the day. Here's why;
If you attend any half decent wedding fair, you'll see a smattering of photographers all "offering something different" for your big day, but realistically, all providing the same thing; photography. If you're getting married, you may have started looking into photographers already and noticed that they don't exactly offer their services for free.
So, are they worth it?
As with all trades, there are charlatans, the sort of people who are quite happy to take this picture of your wedding and expect you to pay lots of money for the privilege....
So, us money savvy folk must do our home work. Ask yourself what kind of images you want from your wedding. Lots of photographers have a style, a vibe, a particular way of shooting and you can really see that from comparing one style to another. Below you can see a Boulevard Bride who chose the wonderful wedding photographer Razia N Jukes for her big day. Razia says "My photographs are light, bright and natural. Each image is individually colour graded using my signature style ensuring classic, stylish pictures that won't date"
Compare this to the style of someone equally as fabulous but stylistically very different like Simon Rudkins of SJR Photography who will capture the mood and atmosphere of the day and make the viewer feel as if they were right there with you.
The digital age we've been thrown into has made things a little easier for Brides to cut corners and save a few pennies when it comes to weddingness, but Sister.....camera phone pictures are not the way to do it! Some couples feel differently about having the big traditional "Wedding Album" that all our parents had - which is fine of course, if you don't want to spend the big bucks for the photographer to do it professionally, you can do it yourself. Perhaps buy a cool scrapbook and create your own. But, you still need great photos to put in the scrap book!
Choosing a photographer is actually very similar to choosing a wedding dress, except, you don't have to take your clothes off. Your wedding dress, should be an extension of your personality, a bit of you, it should reflect your spirit and vibe - your photographer should do that too!
You won't just walk into a shop and say "Hi, I need a wedding dress, so, I'll just take that one in the window please", so don't walk in to a wedding fayre and pick the first photographer you see. Have a good old chin wag with them and get a feel for their work. Have a look online, check out who promotes themselves and look at their pictures and presentation too!
When in comes to money, you must remember that a photographer's job isn't to just rock up to a venue and take some pictures. Their equipment has to be excellent, perfectly working and top of the pops. They have to travel to your wedding. They have to politely take un-required artistic direction from about 9 different high ranking Bridal Party members. They have actual seconds to get that perfect shot. They have to be everywhere at the wedding and not be seen at all. They have to be present at the most important and personal moment of the day and capture the essence of that moment perfectly, with grace and style. Then they have to get home after a very long day and get in the studio and sift through, edit, treat and organise thousands of photos. Then they have to get them to you, beautifully presented, just the way you want them, as soon as possible. So, don't be surprised at the cost of a wedding photographer. Feel the water, have a haggle, you never know!
Just make sure you get what you want so you can enjoy the day without worrying, and look forward to having a good old happy sob at the pictures and re-living the day for years to come.
P.S. A good photographer is also perfect for helping you remember parts of your wedding that you are too drunk to recall, like this bunch. Obviously, the picture below, of a Boulevard Bride, was taken by a professional at Gosfield Hall...Can you imagine how rubbish it would look on your Mum's old camera, circa 1992? Enjoy your photos, invest in a photographer.