As cameras on mobile phones get better and better, and there are photographers out there offering full day weddings for a few hundred pounds, you may be asking yourself: Do I really need a professional photographer nowadays – and why are some of them so expensive?
In order to answer this, it's best to break it down into three sections:
Every photographer is different, we have different styles and different approaches to photography. Professional photographers generally spend a lot of time editing images – this is one of the main factors that go into why professional photographers can be seemingly expensive. Basically, you aren't just paying us to take pictures at your wedding, but also to spend many hours afterwards, carefully editing each image.
While I understand that sometimes people have tight budgets, I always urge couples to pick a photographer based on their pictures – not just on price. It is becoming increasingly common for people to ask on Facebook for a wedding photographer and say that "they are just getting quotes" – in my opinion, this is how you would find a cheap car mechanic or something, its not the right approach to finding an artist.
You may end up finding a photographer who will do your wedding photography on the cheap, but if you don't like the pictures you get at the end, then it was just a waste of money.
Let me start by saying that no matter how good camera phones may get - they will never come even close to the quality of a professional camera used with professional lighting. (It's a matter of physics)
Its always such a shame when you see a post on Facebook where someone has managed to capture a beautiful moment at someone's wedding, but the picture is just really poor quality. This is another reason why you should be weary of photographers who offer to do your wedding for a few hundred pounds – professional camera gear can be really, REALLY expensive! It's not unusual for a professional photographer to spend thousands on just a single lens.
So, ask yourself this: how can someone charging £300 for a full day wedding, afford to spend that kind of money on equipment? The simple answer is – they can't.
Weddings are complex and highly pressurised days – and if your photographer misses something, then there are often no second chances.
What really worry's me (more than photographers offering to do a wedding with rubbish gear and no artistic vision) is photographers having little to no experience. To be completely blunt about this: a photographer should not selling themselves as a professional, without the experience and skills required to do the job properly. In my opinion, this is completely inexcusable behaviour and is essentially fraud.
All too often I see a photographer claiming to be a professional, with amateurish pictures showcasing only one or two weddings. It's no different than buying a half decent spanner, doing a little bit of DIY – and then offering your services as a professional plumber... It's just a recipe for disaster.
I hope this information helps answer some of the questions you may have. If you have any further questions, or would ike to chat about your big day, feel free to get in touch.
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