If you missed last week’s post, you might want to take a quick look. It is an important one in my opinion, and worthy of being the top regret. Next on the list of top wedding regrets is one that is close to my heart; spending money on a great photographer. I felt that the article made some great points regarding the importance of photography. Many of the brides I have worked with indicated that the formal family photos were one of the most important aspects of the photography, since they knew this could be the only time both families would be together.
Of course one of the top arguments for professional photography is the fact that the images will be the only thing left years after the wedding. This might be partially true, since the dress will likely be tucked away somewhere. The photos will likely be the only visible item displayed or sitting on the coffee table. You photographers that want to argue this one, have at it, I think it comes down to the importance the bride and groom place on photography.
Not trying to spark off the “cheap-entry-level-photographer-killing-the-professional-market” debate , because I think there is a place for every photographer in the wedding market. I just want to say that not every bride has the budget for a top professional. I don’t sit on the fence on this one. There is a place for the entry-level photog who is only charging a couple bills for a wedding. The point I do want to make is that, as a couple, you need to decide what is most important. If photography ranks high on that list then don’t cheap out in this area. You may have a relative or a friend that takes great images, but taking one great image in a controlled environment is very different that shooting under the extreme pressure of a wedding situation. The same principle applies to the budget entry-level photographer.
Weddings are a pressure cooker of emotion, details, action, limited time, and the incredible crush to get consistent dramatic photos of everything. No second chances, no do-overs, no retakes. A good wedding photographer will know what needs to be captured through experience and discussions with the bride and groom. It is important to look at a good selection of the photographer’s work and determine if their style, quality, and look fits.
In the end it is a balancing act to determine what is most important and adjusting the budget to get the quality that is desired for those top ranking items on the list.