Easy View Photography’s wedding page already touched upon the importance of having a wedding photographer but due to the amount of questions received about this, this blog is dedicated to looking at this subject a little closer. Of course it is tempting to ask a friend with a decent camera to take pictures or even leaving the picture taking to guests. It might even be tempting to hire a non-wedding photographer to take pictures – after all, if they can take cute images of friends at a party is this so different?
As a photography business, we have heard many of those suggestions, and unfortunately, we have also heard many horror stories as a result. All too often couples end up disappointed with the end result and with the images being the only lasting memory you will have of the day, these memories will end up being tarnished by the negative experience of reviewing badly taken images. As it is impossible to re-create these images, those beautiful memories will be lost forever.
The only reason that has ever been cited to us as to why a couple wouldn’t choose to have a wedding photographer is the cost associated with wedding photography. While we appreciate that it constitutes a fair amount of the wedding budget and some people might only have a small budget, we have also heard comments such as “it’s a lot of money for just one day”. Well, this isn’t accurate. A Photographer will meet with you for an initial consultation, they will then have to email you before the wedding, they will listen to your plans and answer your questions. Then on the day of the wedding they will be with you for 10-12 hours. After this, they will edit your wedding, going through the thousands of images they took and cutting it down to 500 (ish) images for you to look though. All these images will be edited individually; this process can take weeks.
Not only is there the time, there is the cost of running their photography business. Most photographers will shoot with 2 cameras each costing thousands. They will carry a multitude of lenses each costing hundreds of pounds, some thousands, flash guns, spare batteries, memory cards among a whole host of other technical kit. All in all wedding photography isn’t cheap because it isn’t a cheap business to set up, run or maintain.
Still not convinced? Keep your eyes peeled for the next blog.