You might be getting married (congrats, by the way) and attempting to decide whether or not to even hire a marriage photographer. You might be attempting to decide now on which photography professional to choose for the wedding day. You might be a wedding photographer, attempting to understand the delicate and confounding psyche of those who engage in wedding planning.
Whoever you are, for the reading pleasure, check out the top 10 myths of wedding photography as relayed by a photographer who still loves capturing. These are broken directly into three categories: a. Myths about not hiring a professional at all; b. Myths about the selection process; and c. Myths about how exactly the photography should be done.
CATEGORY A: I don’t need/want a marriage photographer because:
1. My cousin’s roommate from college just got the new Canon 999D and various ‘L ‘ professional series lenses; it’ll be great (and, did I mention, FREE!).
Is it impossible to find a good free photographer? No. Could it be likely? No. Is it advisable? Almost never. But hey, it really is your wedding day. It is possible to chance it on the stranger who could very well be overly intrigued by the bridesmaid who has just a little bit a great deal to drink at the reception and starts to dance provocatively. That way, the bulk of your photos could be of her. Perfect, right? And free. In this situation, you can just point out to your kids, twenty years down the road, that the photographer did take these photos with really leading edge technology, which is why you can observe just so much detail of the lewd woman at your wedding with, how shall we say… ‘perky’ breasts. No, she isn’t the bride, but doesn’t she appear to be she is having fun?
2. Why would I get yourself a photographer? Everybody and their dog includes a camera (even cell phones pictures are creeping up in the ‘megapixel’ race). The snapshots from guests will suffice.
Yes, it is true to state that most of us now carry a camera on our body at all times (on our phone at the minimum). Moreover, at a wedding, many or even most guests bring some type of additional camera to memorialize the function (particularly things that go wrong, if they can’t stand you; tears from the groom should they do). However, rigorous double blind studies have already been done on the info stream to which we have been referring, and they all show one thing. These pictures have a 99.9982% chance of sucking. Really badly. There might be one great photo of the bunch, of your dog by the end of the aisle that meant so much to Great Aunt Esther. It will be perfectly exposed, focused, and display Sparky with a beautiful stance using great composition.
3. Wedding photography is too expensive – why would I support an industry of so-called ‘professionals’ who really only work a couple of hours a week. I don’t know whether to be angry or jealous.
You can be angry if you would like. Maui wedding photographer may also be jealous, since we’ve a job that (hopefully) we love, and take great pride in. If you feel we work a couple of hours for a single wedding, you’re fooling yourself. Those will be the hours that you see us at the marriage; suffice it to say, several hours of preparation went directly into that particular wedding, a lot of time will proceed upon the end of wedding day in post-production. When done correctly, the work is extensive, fun, and pays decent.