For many people, it can be tempting to agree to let a friend take their wedding photographs on their big day. It’s often seen as a way to cut costs for what will surely still be a decent set of photos. Right? Well, not necessarily. Just because someone takes photos as a hobby, it doesn’t mean they have the expertise required to frame wedding photos in the very particular style required.
Firstly, yes, it’s true. A friend will probably be able to undercut the price of a professional photographer. That’s great. Or is it? Now is probably one of the times it’s worth bearing in mind that you get what you pay for. OK, so your friend might have some pretty impressive holiday snaps or some artistic photos from a walk in the countryside, but wedding photography employs very specialist techniques that your untrained friend likely won’t know about.
Secondly, if the pictures don’t turn out quite how you expected, you’ll be left with a substandard set of wedding photos, and you’ll be disappointed every time you look at them and realise that the lighting isn’t quite right or that the angles aren’t as flattering as you’d hoped. As the most important album on your shelf, these photos need to be done properly as everyone will want to see them, and you shouldn’t have to make excuses to avoid showing them around.
If you are in the area, then a professional Bristol wedding photographer, just like in other areas of the country, will also have the best editing software to iron out any blemishes and make sure all of the colours look great. Maybe it’s just some evening out of skintones after a long night of dancing or an unfortunately-placed shadow, but it needn’t ruin an otherwise perfect picture in the hands of a photographer who knows how to edit photos to make them look their best.
Your friend also won’t be able to produce the range or quality of photo products that a professional can. Whether it’s a bound wedding book, an elegant album or a large canvas, a professional will have the printing facilities and the ability to transform your photos into some top quality products to share with your friends and family.
Also, it could put a bit of strain on your friendship. It might not be your friend’s fault that the pictures aren’t ideal, but you might still resent them for leaving you with a less than perfect memory of the biggest day of your life. This might be a case where it’s OK to politely decline and say you’ve already made arrangements for professional wedding photography services to cater for your big day.