Looking back I wish I had hired a proper photographer to do our wedding photography, we thought we were being frugal cutting corners and letting a family friend take care of the pictures but for such a special day getting the photography right is a BIG deal. These are the pictures you will look back at again and again cherishing those memories of the day, the ones you pull out to show your kids and maybe even your grandkids. I am still grateful for their help of course and love this picture because its us both madly in love with my eldest there too as a tiny bump! But I don't have anywhere near as many pictures as I would if I had hired an official photographer.
Before hiring someone make sure you check out their portfolio of pictures to see if they can deliver your wedding photography needs, you might have something in mind and you need to find someone capable of meeting your vision. You want someone with a natural flair, who can pick the right moment and expression and document it forever. Getting all those precious emotions, the smiles, the tender glances, and the magic of the day is a talent and not all photographers are equal in their skills and capabilities.
Also make sure you check for feedback from other brides and grooms who have used their services. Like anything there will always be cowboys out there so it pays to do your research and pick out a few possibilities, then check their availability for your big day and make sure they come into budget.
But do have a wedding photography budget; it’s not something that should be cut out of your wedding plans just to keep expenditure low. Skip the favours or knock the free bar on the head but keep the photography. Honestly you will be glad you did.
Ideally certain photographers like Holly Bobbins give you a USB to keep too as part of your wedding package this is a godsend as you then have ALL those lovely pictures to share with friends and family. Plus it means you get lots more pictures to keep forever. Then you can decide which ones to have printed and framed at your leisure the most important part is keeping all those pictures in one place. Your wedding day will pass by in a blur, you might miss the tiny details on the day but your photographer captures everything so you can relive the day again down to remembering the wedding bouquets.
Photo Credit: Holly Bobbins