When it comes to planning your wedding, there are many things to think about, consider and budget for. The list will seem endless, and you may not know where to start, yet there are certainly a few things that should be your starting point and priority when it comes to wedding planning.
Beautiful photography is paramount. It can become easy to exceed a budget by including every little detail you want for your wedding day or elopement. When that happens often, the photography becomes eclipsed by the planning, the dress, the venue, the details, & the choice of fantastic food and drink. We know that your day is all about the experience, about celebrating you, being with your people. Living in the moment and celebrating life. But recording your day, a historical family event should always be a priority. We believe in the power of words in celebrating location and recording it authentically. The value of photography only increases with time. Reliving your day, sharing with future generations and reminiscing about those no longer with us. Great wedding photographers take you on an emotional journey long after you’ve watched the sunset on your wedding day. And catch the moments and the people who mean the most to you.
Table of Contents
- 1 Why Is Wedding Photography So Important?
- 2 Why Is Hiring a Professional Wedding Photographer So Important?
- 3 Is Your Wedding Photographer The Most Important Element?
- 4 Reasons Professional Wedding Photography Is So Important
- 5 How Not to Choose Your Wedding Photographer
- 6 Things to Consider
Why Is Wedding Photography So Important?
The most important part of a wedding is the couple, and that is what it is all about, and that is all that matters at the end of the day. However, when it comes to planning the big day, you shall speak to many suppliers, from florists, bridal boutiques, caterers, stationery designers, the list goes on, all these people will tell you how important it is to get it right. Getting the right flowers, having the best food, is all about the dress, that is good, you want to work with passionate people, however, are these a priority when planning your wedding? Of course, they should be included, and I am not saying you should leave out any of these, but are they more important than wedding photography?
I read and hear about many couples who only have a small budget left for their photography, couples struggling to find photography they like for their wedding coming up very soon, and couples who are not having a photographer as they cannot afford one. These couples haven’t put very much importance on photography…
Why Is Hiring a Professional Wedding Photographer So Important?
Is wedding photography the most important thing when it comes to your wedding? Nope, not at all. However, when planning your special day, it should be up there on the priority list of things to look at, budget for and book.
Wedding photography is important because it will capture your day, capture your memories, tell a story, and not just any story. It will tell a beautiful story of your special day, a day you will never forget. A story that you can show friends and family, your kids, and grandchildren, something you will have and can treasure forever.
You see, your flowers will wilt. Your cake will quickly be eaten. Your invites will be binned after the day. Your dress shall be worn once. Those shoes shall go back into their box. This isn’t me trying to be glum and miserable. This is about perspective. This is about helping you focus your budget on things that you may not put importance on, such as wedding photography.
Is Your Wedding Photographer The Most Important Element?
They are wedding specialists.
While a professional photographer will be able to take photographs better than an amateur, enlisting the help of a specialist wedding photographer is a far better option.
You don’t want Uncle Joe Bloggs to be taking your wedding photos, who then gets caught up in the festivities of the day, perhaps after a few too many glasses of champagne and forgets he was supposed to be capturing your wedding. A wedding photographer is there to work, not to socialise.
As the expert, a professional is on-hand to advise you on how to get the images you want from your wedding day. If you’re going to stage formal shots, then there’s a wedding photographer for that. If you’d prefer whimsical, caught off-guard style photos, then there’s a photographer out there for that too.
Plus, they will be able to turn camera-shy guests into grinning Cheshire cats when the time requires – well, at least for one photo at least!
They don’t just capture people.
Remember how people say that the day goes by in a blur, leaving you in a ‘did that happen’ haze? And that guests certainly won’t notice all the tiny details that you’ve spent months stressing over? A professional won’t just ensure that you have the ‘yes that happened’ photos. They’ll also include all the details which made your day UNIQUE!
You want the bond between the two of you to be captured and the off-camera glances that guests give to one another in their happy state. But you’ll also want to reflect on the decorative elements of your wedding, too, whether it’s the table plan display, wedding favours or photobooth display. When you’ve taken so much time to curate your wedding, you’ll want to have the evidence for years to come.
They understand timings
Couples often find that on their wedding day, they are left with little time to enjoy it with one another or spend as much time as they would like with loved ones. A photographer will advise on just how long taking photos will take before you are free to enjoy the rest of your day.
Let your photographer know the types of shots you would like, where and who with, and they can ensure that these are taken in the most productive way possible. They’ll also be conscious that getting various family and friends together for group shots is challenging, but that’s what they are there for!
They don’t stop at the wedding.
Once the lights have come up on the dance floor and your guests start to leave, a wedding photographer doesn’t hang up their camera and bid you farewell just yet! Editing your wedding photos after the big day won’t take five minutes and requires an experienced eye to reflect upon. Your photographer will be able to correct any imperfections to make sure your wedding album is as true to the day you remember!
Many wedding photographers will discuss with you in your initial consultation how your images will be presented to you following your big day. Whether you want them in a photo album, personalised storage box or a USB to display on your laptop, there several options that you will be able to choose from!
Reasons Professional Wedding Photography Is So Important
A keepsake of your story
Wedding photography allows you to relive your entire day, from the exciting morning preparations right up to the evening toasts. These crucial moments tell the beautiful story of your wedding – which will go by so fast, you’ll want something tangible to look back on and treasure.
Catch the moments you missed
The purpose of a wedding photographer is to capture every part of your wedding day, parts of which you will miss due to greeting guests, touching up makeup, or just checking everything is running smoothly. You’ll likely be super busy, so you will want to look back on all the little moments in between.
Take an emotional journey.
Photographers can capture the heart-warming, emotional shots that you might otherwise forget. A professional will blend into the background to get candid shots of these intimate moments – from getting ready with your bridesmaids to the pride in your parents’ eyes when they see you in your dress.
Create personal display images and gifts
Profession wedding photography means you will have high-quality images to display in your home, as well as personalised gifts for friends and family. These are also perfect for compiling into beautiful, quality photo albums that your families, children and grandchildren can enjoy.
Avoid dodgy memoirs
One of the main benefits of having a professional wedding photographer is that you avoid the blurry, over-exposed, or just plain awful shots were taken by a family friend (who may be half-decent with a smartphone camera, but it’s just not the same!). You want to relive the experience at its best version, and a proper photographer can help you avoid disappointment and ‘cringe’ moments.
Take some stress out of the day.
A good wedding photographer will have plenty of experience and will be able to get the best images in the simplest, most straightforward way possible. This takes the stress off your shoulders and allows you to relax and enjoy the day.
If budget is your main concern, research the massive range of wedding photography packages on offer and try to find something that works for you. It might be better to save a little on things like flowers or cake to stretch the budget, and you can even go for a digital photo album to bring the price down.
How Not to Choose Your Wedding Photographer
We have many articles helping guide you through searching, finding, meeting and picking your perfect wedding photographer, but how about the things NOT to do!
They Are Cheap
When choosing your photographer, don’t just pick them based on value and what is included, don’t just go with the photographer that has a free engagement shoot, printed album, online gallery, USB pen, photo frames and printed t-shirts just because of the extra bits, they are secondary to the photos that will be captured. It is so important you find and hire a photographer that you love.
Their work matches your style. You know you can trust them, feel relaxed and at ease with them. All these things will make for a more leisurely day and better and more natural photos. Many photographers will offer packages with bits mentioned before, including an engagement shoot becoming more popular. If they match your style, you love their work, and you ‘click’ with them, this is great. However, don’t just pick a photographer purely based on value and what is included.
They ‘will Do.’
When planning your wedding, there are a million and one things to think about, the list seems endless, and sometimes you may think that ‘will do’. You may look at lots of photographers and struggle to find the time to meet up with them to view their work and see how you get on. It is crucial not to pick a photographer just because it takes some time and seems like an endless task. Take your time and ensure you not only find a wedding photographers work that you love but also a person behind the camera you love too. When you find them, you will walk away feeling like you have just been speaking to a close friend. It is so important and makes a real difference to how you feel and come across in front of the camera.
Wedding photographers love what they do. They have a passion for the industry and a passion for capturing beautiful weddings, you may be feeling stressed, and many photographers will understand and be able to relate. Just ensure you find the right photographer for you, which matches your style and one that you can trust and feel relaxed with. Go with your gut. If you have no doubts, then get them booked! But don’t just say ‘they will do’.
They Have ‘some’ Stunning Photos
Wherever you see a wedding photographer be it here on this site or online, you will see lots of beautiful photos, a range of stunning shots that will catch your eye and make you go wow. This is great, and you should find a photographer whose work you love and makes you go wow. However, it is essential to remember that it is great having a few photos that make you go wow. However, you want a wedding story that makes you go wow. The point here is consistency.
When viewing a photographers work, ensure you see full and completed albums. This may be online or a hard copy. You want to ensure that all photos are stunning and the quality is exceptional throughout, and not just one or two photos that look great. A good photographer can take stunning photos, and a great wedding photographer can tell a story through beautiful photos.
The Venue recommends them.
So you have picked your wedding venue and booked the date. Depending on the venue, they may have a list of recommended suppliers, from catering, florists, planners and photographers. This is a great starting place; however, it is essential not to go off this list and not open your eyes to other alternatives. Check out the article on the double-edged sword of being a venue ‘preferred’ wedding photographer. You may prefer styles of other photographers you may have seen here, for example, that are not on their list; you may have met a photographer from their list but not felt completely happy. Don’t compromise on your wedding photographer by just reviewing the ones recommended by the venue. Ensure you get the best photographer you can afford and the one you want.
My Uncle Has a New Camera
Be it your Uncle or friend down the road, wedding photography is more than just a camera. Just because they may have an expensive camera doesn’t mean they have the experience and knowledge to go and capture a wedding. They may love photography, going out at weekends capturing landscape shots, or pictures of the kids playing in the park; however, it is a dynamic event when it comes to weddings.
The camera is just a tool and means for capturing the moment, the skill, knowledge and experience is the key to wedding photography. You only get one chance, so you want to be in the right place at the right time, you want to ensure you capture that one moment beautifully, you want to ensure you have a wedding story that will help you relive the emotions and happiness if your wedding day.
Things to Consider
Maximise your budget. Will the guests notice if you saved a little money on your flowers, will your guests notice if you saved a little on the food, will they notice if the cake isn’t 5 tiers high? Save a little where you can and maximise your photography budget; it is the only thing you will have left at the end of the day. Read our article on The Real Cost of Wedding Photography.
Find your style. There are hundreds of wedding photographers to choose from, and most will travel all over the country and even abroad, take time to decide on a style you like and find a photographer that reflects this. Make sure you view more of their work and complete albums. You don’t want one or two beautiful photos. You want a beautiful story of high quality throughout, from beginning to the end.
Book quickly. The best wedding photographers get hired and booked up to 2 years in advance, so once you know the date, find your perfect wedding photographer and get them booked.
All this planning is for one day only, one day you marry the partner you wish to spend the rest of your life with, one day you share this beautiful moment with all your family and friends you love. Make sure you hold onto those memories and don’t look back and wish you had hired a photographer.