Why hire a wedding photographer?

For you and your groom, your wedding day will be one of the most special days of your life. So why wouldn’t you want to hire a wedding photographer? A professional wedding photographer will fully understand the wedding process, as such they will be in the right place at the right time with the correct camera gear and settings. They fully understand not only how to use a professional camera, but what works and doesn’t when it comes to composition and framing images. A photographer only gets one shot for the exchange of the rings, the kiss, when your groom first see’s you and your dress, etc etc. Uncle John may not be ready, a pro will be…

A professional wedding photographer in Birmingham are not as expensive as they were, say 10 years ago. The introduction of the digital camera has forced the average cost of hiring a wedding photographer down, but equally it means there are lots of individuals out there who claim to be professional wedding photographers, but are at best hobbyists trying to earn some extra cash. It’s easy to think I’ll go for the cheapest on the market, but that often comes at the expense of poor quality and unsatisfactory images.

A professional wedding photographer will take the opportunity to get to know you before your wedding day. Afterall, they will be spending one of the most important days of your life in your company, so you need to be relaxed and trust them. You want to try and avoid a photographer who doesn’t pre plan, who doesn’t get to know you and visit the various venues beforehand. This pre-wedding planning is essential to ensure that your photographer has a full understanding of your big day and the venues involved. It’s good to have a pre-wedding shoot, because this allows you to relax and familiarise one another.  It doesn’t matter how many weddings a photographer has photographed, because they could have been doing it badly for years! What is important is the quality of their work and whether you like their particular style for example: story-telling wedding photography, black and white wedding photographs.

If you are getting married in a church, there are all sorts of problems and issues that anyone other than a professional will be able to deal with. Can I recommend that you read our article on choosing the right church wedding photographer.

A professional photographer will also have a repertoire of images in their bag and will be able to call upon them during the day. This is particularly important when it comes to your bride and groom intimate shots. A photograph should look elegant, rather than fake or contrived. A weak photographer will really struggle when it comes to this aspect of the day.

Depending on your day, a pro will be able to supply you 200+ high quality images that fully document your whole wedding day. An amateur or hobbyist will provide you just 10 or so… Ultimately, a professional photographer will provide you images that are head and shoulders above an amateur or hobbyist.