Why would you choose a professional photographer for your wedding?

January and February are busy months for engaged couples…with Christmas out of the way, it’s time to plan your wedding. At this time of year you can visit one of the numerous wedding shows held throughout Ontario. This is the place to go for advice from professionals who know the best ways to make your wedding run smoothly and ensure that you will have that perfect day.

Weddings involve a lot of planning, and often a lot of expense. There are ways to reduce the costs, but in some cases you are best to pay for someone with experience and knowledge to provide the services you need. This is especially true of your wedding photographer.

In this day of easy access to decent digital cameras and editing software, many people have jumped on the wedding photography bandwagon. They see the business as a way to make quick money, and often don’t have the equipment or skills to provide exceptional photographs. I see everyone from bank tellers, to civil servants or factory workers, all eager to shoot your wedding “to make money on the side”. Sounds like a great idea, but what does this mean for you as their client? You have a slim chance of ending up with photos that reflect the emotion and magic of the day. The weekend shooter lacks many things… experience in planning hundreds of photos, knowing what types of shots are required, the ability to deal with family and friends who would rather be having fun than posing for photos, and the technical skill required to create beautiful photos, both traditional and candid, with split-second timing.

But it’s digital, right? They can take hundreds of extra photos, to make sure some of them “turn out”. And there’s always Photoshop to fix them. Not so…a bad photo will still be a bad photo, even after being edited to death. And finally, most amateurs don’t really care about your wedding… they have a “day job” and lack the commitment of someone who depends on the business for their living. You may save a few hundred dollars, but surely your wedding is more important than allowing amateurs to create what is the only lasting memento you will have.

Unfortunately I hear the horror stories on a regular basis…about the bride who was in tears at her wedding because the so-called photographer had no clue about what they were doing, or the photographer who rushed to Future Shop during the wedding because their one and only camera broke, or the panicking bride who called me the day before her wedding because her “friend the photographer” decided to go to the cottage for the weekend instead. I already had a booking…I only hope she found someone to help her. The sad part is that by the time you find out you’ve made a huge mistake in your choice, it’s too late. The wedding’s over. The dress is packed away. The flowers have wilted, and the relatives from overseas have gone home. And the photos are ruined or don’t exist.

So just what DO you get when you hire a professional? Well, I have photographed over 300 weddings during the past 25 years. All of them have been unique, and at each wedding I spend time creating original images that are one of a kind. I meet with the couple beforehand and we formulate a plan to make the photo session run smoothly. We look at timing from before the wedding to the very end, to make sure we have ample opportunity for photos. We discuss the family shots… who should be included, or how to deal with divorced parents. I often visit the locations beforehand to get a feel for the lighting and backgrounds I will use. I use high-end equipment, and have 3 cameras with me when I photograph a wedding. I have extra batteries and flash units. I don’t book anything else for that day. I arrive early, and help keep things flowing smoothly. I have provided a shoulder for a mom to cry on, and eased the tension of family conflicts by being that impartial third party. After the wedding, I help you choose the photos for your album and have them printed by a professional lab. I take care of any retouching needed and include high quality albums in my packages. I treat your wedding photos as if they were my own, and because this is my full time profession, you will be sure of receiving photographs that you are proud to show to friends and family, not just now, but for years to come.

Take some time to visit my “Weddings” section for more information on my packages, or to view my portfolio. I also customize packages to suit you, and can offer payment terms. Feel free to call or e-mail…I’d be happy to discuss your wedding plans anytime.

Posted on January 09 2010 top