What sets apart a hobby photographer and a professional photographer?
Great question! I think it’s the ability to deliver excellent photos, no matter what. If you value photography and want to preserve your memories of your friends and families, that’s when you should invest in a professional photographer.
The main difference is about delivering quality over the entire day, from your preparations right through to your reception. It’s about anticipating key moments, having a vision and being able to manage people. Often wedding photography is like a game of chess and we are trying to be a couple of steps ahead of the situation. We also have professional equipment and the expertise that can cope with technically difficult situations where a hobbyist just couldn’t get the same results.
We’ve been to a lot of weddings and we help out with suggestions and tips that will help with your timings and the flow of your day that all help you have the best experience.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a hobbyist photographer capture your day. But you probably won’t get the same quality of photos. And if curve balls get thrown their way, they may not be able to adapt and continue to create great images like a professional can.
Professional or not, my tip would be to find a photographer who has a style of photos you like, and to look through several full galleries from their weddings. That way you’ll be able to see what they can create in a variety of situations and over the course of an entire wedding.
Whether you have a professional or a friend taking your wedding photos, you’ll still be happily married either way. If great photographs are important to you, then we’d recommend having a professional capture your day.