“Why should I hire a professional photographer?”
I’ve been asked this question so many times now. Especially since every aunt, uncle, brother, sister and family friend have a fairly expensive digital camera swinging from their shoulder. After all, their camera IS capable of taking great pictures. Technology is relatively cheap nowadays.
But it isn’t just the technology you are paying a professional for. It’s their experience, their ability to capture ‘the moment’, their customer care and understanding of post processing, composition, light and…
…wait a minute. Instead of listing of a huge variety of reasons as to ‘why’ a professional photographer is a fantastic investment, I thought I would show you why. This small selection of photos are all shot under ‘the exact same light’! As you can see, the photographer (yep, it was me) is constantly making really important creative decisions on how to provide an amazing and varied outcome for their clients. I consider my job to capture all of those amazing raw and real moments between my couples. But it’s also my job to make bad light look great, and good light look amazing!
And just case you wanted more information, and you happen to be a little OCD. like me, I’ve provide a little list below. It’s by no means the complete compendium of reasons you should hire a professional photographer, but it’s a great start – one that I made quickly over a beer at lunch. It’s true; Joe Taylor from Eclectic Events caught me in the act so you can ask her 🙂
Your professional photographer;
- is experienced.
- is a great technical and creative operator.
- knows which lens to use when.
- has situational awareness (knows where to be when).
- has great understanding of composition.
- has great understanding of light and how to use it.
- carries backup gear.
- should have a camera with dual camera slots for redundancy.
- backs up properly after your wedding.
- knows how to properly edit your images for print.
- has public indemnity insurance.
- has a great track record with clients.
- is presentable at your wedding.
- works well under pressure.
- has a proper website.
- can show you a history of great work.
- has a network of other quality photographers to rely on (just in case).
- makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera.
- takes amazing images!
- understands that YOU are their best client – and that doing a great job, keeps their business running.
Photography is my profession. It’s a huge part of my life and who I am. I’m not a weekend warrior and I’m proud that this my full time job. So I hope this post is helpful in providing you with a little more information when it comes to choosing one of your most trusted vendors for your wedding. And stay tuned for more tips to come!
Allexa and Mike were married on the 31st of December, 2015. Yes, I’m actually that far behind in blogging my Albany and Denmark weddings – it’s ridiculous! Their celebration was one of those amazing intimate weddings. Their vows were straight from the heart. After the ceremony we photographed on location around the beautiful Lake House in Denmark. This was one of my all-time favourite, intimate Denmark Weddings. Simple yet still fantastic.
With wedding season just around the corner, I thought I would share what I have learnt over the last few years, photographing some amazing weddings. I’ve put together my top five tips that will not only help you get the most out of your photography on the day, but it may even make the day more enjoyable.
So here we go…
Tip# 1 – Let go
You’ve spent months planning your weddniug down the last amazing detail. You’ve sourced and hired the best people help your vision come true, and you’re about to pull it all together for what is going to be an amazing day.
It’s now time trust in all of your hard work and planning.
Let go, relax and enjoy yourself.
This seems so obvious right. The more you enjoy the day, the more fun and smiles you will have!
Letting go and enjoying yourself really shows in your photos – I promise!
Tip# 2 – Be present
Engage with your partner on many levels; touch, talk and smile with each other. This is so much nicer than having me prompt you to ‘put your arms around each other’.
Enjoying each other’s love and company. Remember to share in your day with friends and family.
This will make the photos much more natural and true to your personality.
Tip# 3 – Have a detailed Timeline
A clear and detailed run sheet will keep everyone on track. Make sure to prepare this well in advance of your wedding day.
Things that are important include are:
- Bridal party names and any important telephone numbers.
- The exact addresses of each photo location.
- The duration of time spent at each location.
- The Expected duration of each significant portion of the day EG, Bridal prep, ceremony, family photos.
Keeping on track, or very close to it, will keep your guests and vendors very happy. It will also get you dancing sooner!
Tip# 4 – Don’t rush
Most couples I photograph are super excited to get back and start the party, and really, why not – it’s a pretty awesome day right!
My advice is to enjoy the photos after the ceremony – don’t rush it – especially if you want amazing images. Make it a special part of your day.
The less you rush, the more you will enjoy the session – the more you enjoy the session, the better the photos will be!
If you are pushed for time after the ceremony, consider the following ideas; do a first look photo session. Not only will this relax some of the pre ceremony nerves, but it will also provide some great images.
The other thing you can do is to simplify your photo locations. Think about using fewer locations. Less travel time means more party time!
Tip# 5 – Have faith!
Ok so you’ve hired an expert photographer. You have discussed a clear brief and communicated on what the most important parts of the day are. It’s also a great idea to have talked about any photo ideas you have in mind.
Now. Let me go to work for you!
This links in closely to tip #1. Sit back, relax and trust that I will find the right light, lens and position for you in the location of your choice.
Now let’s make some cracking images!
Victoria and Lachlan – what a magical wedding and wow – what a dress! I’ve wanted to blog Tori and Loki’s Denmark wedding for ages now – especially since it was over a year go that they were married at the fabulous Harewood Estate. Torie and Loki’s wedding was one to remember, not only for the rain that threatened the ceremony but of course for the friends and family that came to celebrate with them.
Pictures are personal. I treasure them, and so do I hope all of my couples that I photograph. With this in mind, I thought that the words here should be a little more personal too. I would like to share a little of what Tori had to say about her wedding, and how it came to be. Here are a few words from Tori.
“I am lucky as my parents own Harewood Estate Winery in Denmark, so we knew almost immediately that this would be the location of the wedding. It was perfect because we had always wanted an outside wedding and it was somewhere that was meaningful to us both and we would be able to return to.
Picking the dress wasn’t as straightforward! I initially tried the dress on as a joke, I had seen it online but couldn’t imagine why anyone would wear it as a wedding dress. The second I put it on I loved it, the colors were amazing and all of a sudden I could see myself walking down the aisle. The dress captured the relaxed, picnic vibe I wanted for the day.
Our favorite part of the day was the ceremony. It was a rare occasion in which we were able to articulate our feelings for one another in front of all of our friends and family. Before the ceremony, I was so nervous but the second I was there with Lachlan I forgot about everyone else. We chose to say our own vows and although both of us were thinking that it would be hard to remember them on the spot, we spoke effortlessly and from our heart to one another.”
Please enjoy the images.