Now, everything is set for your wedding except for one thing, hiring a photographer. You might be trying to decide whether or not it is necessary to even hire a professional wedding photographer for your Big Day. To clear your doubts and misconceptions about their professionalism, here we have top 5 myths of wedding photography that you may or continue to hear or read about:-
- Wedding photography is very expensive – why would I support the so-called ‘professionals’ who really only work a few hours for my wedding photographs?
You can be angry or even feel discontent if you would like. Professional photographers have a job that they love, and take great pride in doing. If you think they work a few hours for a single wedding, you are really fooling yourself. Those are the hours that you see them at the wedding. In reality, many hours of preparation were spent and went into that particular wedding. Countless hours will proceed upon the end of wedding day in post-production, where they will need to go through thousands of pictures, process them, touch them up and etc before it reaches your end. When done correctly, the work is extensive, fun, and the pays are decent for the amount of time and energy spent.
- I should provide a list of wedding photos for my photographer.
In years past it was common to find multi-page lists of “must have” wedding photos in every wedding magazine on the rack. These were checkoff lists to make sure the photographer would get a picture of “Mother adjusting veil while bride looks into mirror” and “Flower girl kissing bride on cheek” and of course the never-ending list of every possible combination of wedding party attendant and family member. Amazingly we still see a remnant of these lists showing up on websites and blogs targeted at brides. These lists came from a time when photographers could only load a small roll of film into their medium-format cameras. Every shot had to be pre-visualized and pre-planned to conserve film. Nowadays with pro digital cameras and 16GB memory cards there is no such limitation. If your wedding photographer is a well-experienced one, he/she will definitely know the important shots of the day. However, some photographers may still like to have a list of the formal group shots to make sure they do not missed out anyone from the key bridal party and family members in those pictures.
- I’m only looking for a photographer who can take pictures – that is ALL.
Having a talent or skill in taking good photographs is only part of the package. It is in their work ethics of being able to show up on time, dressed appropriately, converse with the guests, mingle with the wedding party and so on. Otherwise, he will be doing all the opposite things that you don’t intend him/her to do. It is good for couples to communicate and create a friendship with the photographer. In a way, what makes you comfortable, makes him/her comfortable as the photographer understands and feels the love that you have with your spouse. Thus, it will resonate in the photos captured that will last forever.
- It’s better to have two mediocre/inexpensive photographers than one excellent/expensive photographer.
The rule of thumb, never skimp on quality when it comes to your wedding photography. It is important for you to focus on the talent and portfolio of the photographer(s) you are considering rather than the quantity of photographers who will be at your wedding. Some photographers prefer to work alone and create wonderful images, while some studios prefer to work in pairs. No fret as both approaches can be successful. At the end of the day, the most important thing to know is that the photographer you hired can deliver the types of images you want.
- “Uncle John just bought an expensive camera and he’ll be taking my wedding pictures for free. I’m sure things will be fine.”
Things may be fine — at the beginning! You don’t know how good will Uncle John be in taking photos during your actual day. Not unless he is a professional photographer by profession or has past experiences in wedding photography.