5 Reasons Why You Should Budget for a Wedding Photographer

A professional photographer taking a picture of a bride and groom in a field.

Weddings are expensive, which is why it makes sense that you might want to cut out some non-essentials to make your wedding “must-have” list a little more budget-friendly. However, there are a few things that you definitely want to splurge on, and that includes a wedding photographer. While some people might argue that everyone’s a photographer these days with decent cameras on their smartphones, that’s not entirely accurate. Quality photography is so much more than simply pushing “click” on a button. Here are five reasons why you should have your wedding photos done by a professional photographer.

1. Photography Is Art

A bride and groom walking in a field with a horse and the sun shining through clouds in the background.

It takes more than an expensive camera or good lighting to make photos really pop. Photographers are artists, so they know how to make your special day look its best. They know which shots look most authentic and romantic, which lighting really works, and which angle to take. Also, photography is more than simply capturing an image. It’s about anticipating a moment. It’s knowing what glance or which objects will shine through best. Quality photographers are intuitive artists who are invested in not only delivering the best images, but in making your wedding look authentically like you.

2. It’s Convenient

A bride and groom looking at their wedding guests after their ceremony.

If you’re considering asking a friend to do the photography for your wedding, know the reality of the situation. There are people to meet and greet, things to eat, and, well, it’s a time to have fun. If you’re asking a close friend or family member to capture your big day, you’re actually robbing them from spending that moment with you. And chances are that no matter how good their intentions might be, they will want to dance and eat, and might even forget to take photos (and you can’t blame them if they’re enjoying themselves on your special day). On the other hand, a professional photographer is strictly there for you. They will not get distracted. They will be ready at any time to capture the moments worth remembering.

3. Your Photos Will Look Professional (Because They Are)
A bride wearing a subtle flower crown and hugging her groom with hills in the background.

No matter how many online tutorials you take on how to best crop or edit an image, nothing beats the expertise of a pro. Photographers know what they’re doing. You can be sure that your wedding photos will be top quality and well edited. From the hundreds if not thousands of shots taken, they know which images truly capture the magic of your wedding. The results will be eye-catching and stunning, and you’ll be proud to show them off to your friends and family.

4. Professional Photographers Will Come Prepared

A bride and groom standing in the middle of a street under an umbrella.

Rain or shine, your photographer will come prepared. They’ll bring the extra batteries, the lighting tools, the extra flashes, the equipment—whatever they need to make each shot shine through whether it’s dark or cloudy or shadow-y. They will know how to work with what they’ve got so you can have the best photos possible. No matter what, the photographer is there for you and nothing will deter them from creating gorgeous images.

5. It’s Your Special Day

A bride and groom standing in an empty church.

You only have (ideally) one wedding day. So why cheapen the memories that you want to last a lifetime? You want quality images and beautiful moments that you’ll be able to share for years to come with your future children and grandchildren. Why leave it up to chance or amateurs when you can splurge on a confident photographer who prides themselves in their work? A professional gives you peace of mind that your wedding memories will look as beautiful as you remember them.

Weddings are filled with those once-in-a-lifetime moments that you can’t get back: the first look, the first kiss as a married couple, the first dance. You should make sure these cherished memories are captured in the best way possible. Yes, weddings are pricey. But the moments you create on your wedding day are priceless, which is why you should budget for a wedding photographer who can give you photos that you can have for the rest of your life.

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