Although many people have DSLR’s or high-quality point and shoot cameras that allow them to take professional level photos, good wedding photography is more than just taking good wedding pictures. In order to have a complete record of the day, you have to be sure you get all the right shots. This is a lot of pressure! For many people, wedding photos are something they simply don’t want to leave to chance. While they may be okay cutting cost on flowers, food or hiring a DJ, wedding photos are meant to last a lifetime.
So, should you hire a professional wedding photographer, or get a friend or family member to handle your wedding pictures? The answer is up to you and your budget. If you can afford a professional wedding photographer — do it. One common option is to hire a photographer for the minimum amount of time they are available. This generally means capturing the ceremony and the family photos typically taken directly after the ceremony. This is covered in about 2 to 3 hours. With this type of package, you won’t have coverage for pre-wedding photos, or for most of the reception. You’ll want to be sure there are at least one or two people who can commit to taking these photos. Don’t assume that because you see people whipping out their phones or cameras you’ll get the shots you want.