Has the time come to arrange wedding photography for your big day? Worried about mounting costs? Then you may be tempted to ask a friend who has a nice camera to take photos. However, this isn’t a good idea if you want to be sure that you’ll receive high-quality images that you’ll treasure for the rest of your lives. Here’s why hiring the services of a professional wedding photographer is so important…

Good wedding photography is more than a fancy camera

Professional photographers have spent years honing their skills behind the camera lens, and probably photographed many weddings (at least that’s the case here at Hawaiian Shirt Photography!). Professionals know how to get the perfect shot every time, executing it with skill and precision. We tell the camera what it should be doing, rather than allowing its sensors to make the decisions for us.

We know how to work in tricky lighting

Professional photographers know how to work in even the trickiest lighting. We’re not daunted by bright sunlight, and dark and moody ceremony rooms don’t frighten us. We can walk into a room and we know instantly where the best spot is for people to stand and where the best light will be. Chances are, your friend with the fancy camera they got for Christmas can’t say this.

We know how the day flows

Professional wedding photographers know how the day flows. We know just where to look and when to capture those special moments from the day. We know exactly when to sneak a shot of the father of the bride with a tear in his eye, or the guests as they break into nervous laughter just after the vicar asks for objections. This is knowledge that can only be gained after photographing countless weddings.

We are experts in dealing with raw emotions

Never are emotions rawer than on a wedding day. This can lead nervousness, tears and even arguments, but an experienced photographer knows what to say (and what not to say!), even at the most fraught of moments. We know how to help the bride relax as she’s anxiously waiting for her wedding car, and we know how to deal with the usher who’s had one too many before the ceremony has even started. During a day when everyone’s emotions are sky high, a professional wedding photographer can restore calm and tranquillity.

We carry back-up gear!

Professional wedding photographers always carry back-up gear, and so you won’t need to worry about what will happen if our camera breaks for whatever reason. If something goes wrong with one camera, we’ll always have another one with us. It also means that we know what to do if a memory card corrupts. If you enlist your friend with the nice camera to photograph your big day and their equipment breaks, you risk being left with no photos, which would be a disaster.

It’s natural to be concerned about costs when planning your big day, but it’s really not worth skimping when it comes to wedding photography or wedding videography. A professional photograph can be relied upon to capture beautiful photographs of your special day, providing you with lasting reminders of the event. For a competitive quote for wedding photography services, contact Hawaiian Shirt Photography today.