With technology advancing even for the non professional photographer, it seems like a good idea to skip on the expense of hiring a wedding photographer… NOT.
Listen, my dear readers, this is not the case and I don’t just say this in order to dip my fingers into your wallets.
Two years ago I began my journey, it was the first time I held a DSLR Canon T2i in my hands while strolling along the beach in L.A, California. I didn’t know what to do with myself. So many settings, so many variations to achieve, so many ways to frame the photo and tell a story. Looking back at the first few photos I took with this camera, verses my regular point and shoot, or cell phone camera, I could already tell that the quality and possibilities one could achieve, was beyond what I thought before!
Fast forward 2 years, and countless bad photos, frustrating lighting experiments, and free labour, my work has come leaps and bounds, and will continue to improve as opportunities to practice and grow arise.
Yes the modern Smart Phone takes spectacular photos of your All Inclusive Vacation to Cuba, and yes that selfie turned out real crisp, but here is what you need to know on your wedding day.
- YOU AND YOUR GUEST WANT TO ENJOY THEIR NIGHT. Why worry about the exposure of that photo? And the countless retakes because it came out blurry… WHY? Disposable cameras? Sure, sounds like fun, but you get to sort through the 7/10 that are of nothing but silly faces you will never look at again or the table cloth that was an accident, and you are printing, you are spending that money anyways.
- PHOTOGRAPHERS NEED TO WORK! Yes, this is my profession and this what you are paying for: experience and knowledge of the artistic trade, the $20,000 worth of photography gear I bring and lug around with me all day just to capture that genuine smile, and retouching. At the end of the day we are just as exhausted, if not MORE exhausted, than you are! We want you to be happy with the final product and we will bend over backwards to capture it.
- QUALITY MEDIA. I don’t care what you say, your Iphone does not beat my $5,000 DSLR, not to brag. I worked hard to buy this so I could provide a quality product for you to cherish forever and ever. Enough said.
The list can go on, but it would be beating a dead horse. Do your research, find a photographer that you like and meet with them. Get comfortable, build that relationship! And look your best as we run around like headless chickens making you look good!