Over the past several months I have had several brides contact me and then say I’m to expensive to hire. Which is perfectly fine. I understand that my prices do not fit into all budgets. Everybody is different and everybody has different financial situations. However, most of them say they have a family friend or family member who has a pretty nice camera, and they are going to do their wedding photos. Here is where I have a disagree, UNLESS your family member or friend is professional photographer, please do not do this. IT’S REALLY NOT THE CAMERA THAT MAKES THE IMAGES! and yes, I’m shouting at you because it’s really true. A great photographer can make awesome images with a point and shoot. I’m not just saying this because I’m a photographer and I want to get hired to pay my bills. I’m saying this because your images are all you have left after your wedding day is over. They are the memories. Your first family heirlooms.
I’ve also had people contact me and want me to edit the photos their family/friend took and make them look like my images, and while I will for sure give it my best shot. It’s very very VERY hard to do this. I can’t advise enough about hiring a professional for your wedding photos. Even if it’s not me, find a photographer that you love and try to work something out with them. There are plenty photographers out there, one will be in your budget. Start the memories of your lives together off right. Don’t be disappointed when you see your images. I’m a big believer in you get what you pay for and it kills me when I see an email stating, “my images are terrible, can you help?”
If the images are important to you, let a professional handle it. Like I said, even if I’m not the photographer you hire, I want the images of your day to be perfect. Think about it.