I recently read an article by URBO.com that made some very good points as to why you should hire a professional photographer for your wedding. These days, everybody has an iPhone and are willing to volunteer to take your wedding photos. Then there are the “fauxtographers”, who own a DSLR ,which they set on auto mode, and think they are professionals. While phones and cameras have come a long way, please don’t let a non-professional handle such an important day.
If you spend money on one thing for your wedding day, let it be the professional photographer. Wedding photographers may look expensive when you go over their pricing, but it is important to pay enough to guarantee quality results.
Lots of married coupes have tried to save money on photography, only to end up with wedding pictures they hate. There is no re-do. I’ve heard of many negative experiences when a friend of the couple or cheap photographer takes on the task of the wedding day. Photos are how you are going to remember the day for the rest of your life. I always tell couples that the two tangible things you take away from your day are your wedding bands and your photos. Pick someone that you like as a person, has the style of photos you desire and is the best you can reasonably afford.
So how much should you spend on a photographer? It really depends on where you live. Here in Cape Breton, a photographer is going to be a lot less expensive than one you would hire in New York. Wedding photographers may charge anywhere from $2500 to $10,000. Most experts would agree that a reasonable amount would be 10 percent of your budget. Make sure you meet with your potential photographer even if it means via Skype. Ask to see plenty of samples. Looking at a full wedding from detail shots to crazy dancing photos may determine if that photographer is right for you. Even ask for references. Word of mouth is a powerful thing.
In conclusion, your wedding is probably one of the most important days of your life. Don’t trust it to just anyone. Do your homework and hire the person that will capture your day the way that represents the amazing way your love story played out.