Are you going back and forth between having a family member photograph your day or a professional? Are you worried you’ll go way over budget for a photographer? Why should you choose one photographer over another? Here are some tips and tricks to get you the most for your money!
Reason #1 Why You Should Hire a Professional:
They’re Professionals! Snag happen in your wedding plans? They’re trained to work in quick, stressful situations! I can troubleshoot very quickly and use my extensive knowledge of past weddings to resolve whatever issue we might encounter. Things happen….salons run behind, priests think a ceremony starts at 5, not 3, etc. They happen! I make the most of our time in the event of a mixup or snag!
Reason #2 Why You Should Hire a Professional:
Think about the day after your wedding, perhaps when you’re both on your way to your Honeymoon. What is left after that day besides your memories? Photographs! You want THE BEST photographers you can afford! I give my couples an online gallery filled with their beautiful wedding moments and then I educate my couples on where to print their priceless images. You also get a gorgeous coffee table books with all of your memories.
Reason #3 Why You Should Hire a Professional:
I back up all your precious photos! Sure, you can hire someone for half of our cost, but even BEFORE I even leave your wedding, I have backed up every single memory card from our cameras. I also back up to a hard drive AND back up to my online Cloud server. Your photos are safe with me before we even leave the reception.
Reason #4 Why You Should Hire a Professional:
I am insured! I have the coverage we both need in the event of an emergency. Some halls do not even let a photographer in the door without professional insurance!
Reason #5 Why You Should Hire a Professional:
I HAVE BACK UP GEAR! I cannot stress enough to people the importance of hiring a professional photographer. They should ALL have insurance, back up gear, and know how to use the gear they own. We have ALL had it happen where a memory card goes bad or a flash stops firing. Because we know the struggle with technology, we have backup cards, batteries, cameras, lenses, etc for whatever situation happens. Cameras are technology and can jam up or go bad just like anything else with working parts. I have heard horror stories from couples where their photographer only had one memory card and had to keep stopping and backing up files before going, where their camera stopped working and they didn’t have a backup, etc. Don’t let that happen to you.
Reason #6 Why You Should Hire a Professional:
I’ll make you look gorgeous! I know all the right ways to pose you together, separate, and with family. Because of my extensive training, I’ll educate you on how to position your body, how to hold your flowers, and how to get that fierce serious look! Do you have body image concerns? I can work with you to overcome them and get you feeling hot and confident.
Reason #7 Why You Should Hire a Professional:
I always provide you with the best. I include 2 photographers with your day because I firmly believe you should have two. You’ll want two because this provides us options for angles for the first kiss, walk down the aisle, cake, dances, etc. and shouldn’t pay more or compromise with another photographer. I include an engagement session because you should have professional photos together (and meet and work with your photographer before the day of your wedding) when you are wearing normal clothing. I give you the best because you deserve the best!
Reason #8 Why You Should Hire a Professional:
Again, I always provide you with the best! After your wedding, do you want an album? I include one because you deserve to share and have an heirloom of your photos together in one place. Prints? I can do that or give you places to print. Canvas prints? I have the best canvas wraps with the tightest corners and highest quality!
Reason #9 Why You Should Hire a Professional:
I am with you the entire process. Because I am with you from start to finish, I help you make up the best, most efficient timeline for your day, I keep lists of what photos you need, what’s happening throughout the day, call you a week before the wedding to lock in all the times and details, and keep everything on track for the actual day. Think of me as a tiny wedding coordinator because I organize all the people for formal photos, fluff your dress, fix your train, veil, flowers, necklace throughout the day. Therefore, I am there the entire step of the way to provide you with any professional guidance and advice you may need.
Reason #10 Why You Should Hire a Professional:
WE WILL BE THERE! So many times I hear horror stories about photographers that don’t show up to a wedding, or ditch the wedding after the ceremony and take all of your hard-earned money. Because we’ll be there, we will work hard all day, and deliver priceless, professional photographs to you that you’ll treasure forever!
In conclusion, the biggest regret I hear from married couples is that they were disappointed in their wedding photographer! Don’t let that be you! Figure out a budget (a REAL budget, not one that you see on a wedding website or Pinterest) have some wiggle room around 10% if you absolutely fall in love with someone’s work and your personalities mesh well, and jump in! You will NOT be disappointed!