At some point during planning your wedding, you will stop to think whether you should hire a professional wedding photographer. A wedding is a special occasion and you'll want every moment of it recorded to look back upon when you're older. A wedding photographer can brilliantly capture moments from a wedding that you'll be proud of. They come with a certain skill and expertise that your uncle or family friend will find difficult to match despite their steady hands. Plus, let's not forget the equipment. When you hire yourself a professional wedding photographer, they come with their own professional equipment necessary to shoot a wedding. Some of this equipment is extremely high-brow and expensive. Not everyone will be able to operate them. Yet, there seem to be many myths doing the rounds about wedding photographers. We thought we’d clear the air regarding this, so you know fact from fiction. After reading this article, you will be able to hire a professional wedding photographer knowing what to expect from them and what counts as out-of-the-normal behavior. So, without further ado, Grand Lens Photography presents the most common misconceptions about wedding photographers .
No need to hire one. Your friend can do the task just as well.
A person can be interested in Freudian literature but does that qualify them to be a therapist? No, right? Similarly, your uncle or friend may be interested in photography, but his/her skills will be no match for that of an experienced wedding photographer! Chances are, your wedding photographer will come professionally trained in the field. Be sure to ask questions regarding their services but do not undermine his/her job or question their capabilities – it is disrespectful. With that said, not any good photographer can photograph your wedding. It doesn’t work that way. Photography is a professional branch with many subsets. Your dentist cannot operate on your eye, can they? Similarly, hire a photographer who has experience photographing weddings, has the proper equipment and the right personality to match. You may think, what does personality have to do with this? Your wedding photographer will be flanking you throughout the wedding, so it is necessary for the three of you to get along. If you don't find their company pleasing, it will tell in the photos. If they manage to make you and your family feel comfortable, they'll be able to get more natural photos out of the lot of you. The photos won't look forced and artificial.
It Is An Easy Job
Wrong. Remember your friend Anita’s wedding? All the drunken brawling and general craziness? Sure, a wedding photographer will capture these candid moments, but his/her job does not stop there. They will also have to block out this craziness in order to shoot photos of your wedding that can be printed out to hang on your bedroom wall. The right camera angle, light conditions, and many other factors will need to be determined so they can get the perfect shots. Wedding photography may seem like all fun and games to the uninitiated outsider, but it rarely is that easy.
Wedding photographers charges exorbitant rates.
A good wedding photographer will not come cheap. That said, the high asking price is justifiable given the time and effort that a wedding photographer has to expend. A corporate portrait photographer can head home after an hour of work, but a wedding photographer is expected to be on their toes the the entire 8-14 hours, depending on your selected wedding package. A wedding can go on for long hours and the photographer should be present from the beginning to the very end. Also, there is a fair amount of post-production required. When you take all of this into account, you know that wedding photographers are not simply trying to rip you off for nothing but just attempting to negotiate a fair price for themselves.
Wedding Photography is easy money
Wedding photographers are thought to reap in a lot of cash for very little effort. It is one of the more common misconceptions regarding wedding photographers. People assume that they put in work, for say, the 8-hour duration of a wedding and walk home with a handsome pay check. It does not work like that. There are many procedural steps involved. Wedding photographers work overtime to attend client meetings, order required accessories, prepare equipment, and then edit the photos they have captured. One must take into account all these hours they spend working too. Additionally, they have their own expenses that get deducted from these earnings like taxes, equipment costs, and the finances needed to market their services. Some photographers outsource their photo editing and those editors receive compensation from the photographer as well.
Wedding photography is not a full-time career
Nothing irks a wedding photographer more than being on the receiving end of this belief. As already discussed, a wedding photographer's job does not end with the wedding. They take their work home and busy themselves with post-production and marketing. Perhaps, wedding photography did start out as a side-job for many in the heydays, but now it is economically viable to enter wedding photography as a full-time profession. A good number of photographers belong to this industry niche, so it would be wrong to downplay wedding photography as an alternative hobby to a more strait-laced career choice.
Any up and coming career is frowned upon and looked at with suspicion until a certain amount of time has passed and people come to realize that the profession is more than a passing fad. The same is true for wedding photography. The general population has failed to recognize it as a legitimate profession for the most part. Wedding photographers are also thought to be expensive and not worth the money. What people aren't aware of is all the preparation that goes into photographing a wedding and the tasks that need to be taken care of post-wedding. The lack of awareness feeds the myths and misconceptions that surround wedding photography and wedding photographers. Our article tries to shed light on some of these misconceptions and reason them out for you, so you can make an informed choice when you want a wedding photographer.