You might be engaged and getting married (congrats, by the way) and attempting to decide whether to even hire a marriage photographer. You might be trying to decide now on which photography professional to choose for your wedding day. You may be a wedding photographer, attempting to understand the delicate and confounding psyche of these who engage in wedding planning.
Whoever wedding photos from Lokahi Photography are, for the reading pleasure, browse the top 10 myths of wedding photography as relayed by way of a photographer who still loves capturing. These are broken directly into three categories: a. Myths about not hiring a specialist at all; b. Myths about the selection process; and c. Myths about how the photography should be done.
CATEGORY A: I don’t need/want a marriage photographer because:
1. My cousin’s roommate from college just got the brand new Canon 999D and various ‘L ‘ professional series lenses; it’ll be great (and, did I mention, FREE!).
Is it impossible to find a good free photographer? No. Could it be likely? No. Is it advisable? Almost never. But hey, it is your wedding day. It is possible to chance it on the stranger who may be overly intrigued by the bridesmaid who has slightly bit a great deal to drink at the reception and starts to dance provocatively. This way, the bulk of your photos could be of her. Perfect, right? And free. In this example, you can just point out to your kids, twenty years down the road, that the photographer did take these photos with really cutting edge technology, which is why you can observe just so much detail of the lewd woman at your wedding with, how shall we say… ‘perky’ breasts. No, she isn’t the bride, but doesn’t she look like she is having fun?
2. Why would I get yourself a photographer? Everybody and their dog has a camera (even cell phones pictures are creeping up in the ‘megapixel’ race). The snapshots from guests will suffice.
Yes, it is true to convey that the majority of us now carry a camera on our body all the time (on our phone at least). Moreover, at a wedding, many if not most guests bring some form of additional camera to memorialize the event (particularly things that go wrong, if they can’t stand you; tears from the groom should they do). However, rigorous double blind studies have been done on the data stream to which we have been referring, and they all show one thing. These pictures have a 99.9982% potential for sucking. Really badly. There might be one great photo of the bunch, of a dog by the end of the aisle that meant so much to Great Aunt Esther. It will be perfectly exposed, focused, and display Sparky with a lovely stance using great composition.
3. Wedding photography is too expensive – why would I support a business of so-called ‘professionals’ who really only work a couple of hours a week. I don’t know whether to be angry or jealous.
You can be angry if you would like. You can even be jealous, since we have employment that (hopefully) we love, and take great pride in. If you believe we work a few hours for a single wedding, you are fooling yourself. Those will be the hours that you see us at the wedding; suffice it to say, many hours of preparation went directly into that particular wedding, a lot of time will proceed upon the end of wedding day in post-production. When done correctly, the task is extensive, fun, and pays decent.