Who are you hiring to take your wedding photographs? A friend with a camera, an amateur, or an artist? The wedding photography industry has dramatically changed in the past 6-10 years. Digital photography allows wedding photographers to express their inner artist more freely. Not to say that film based wedding photographers didn’t do that, it was just less frequent.
Is it really that important to hire an “artist” to shoot your wedding? Well that depends on your point of view. Is photography just another added cost to your day OR an invaluable necessity? Is it just another day in your life OR a historic event that will be passed down from generation to generation? Answering these questions will allow you to determine who is best to capture your day.
So what does an artist do differently than your average Joe with a camera?
1) An artist will have devotion for what they are doing & a passion that is unquenchable & so innate that they can’t help but do what they love.
2) An artist will have a different perspective than just your average snap shots. They will put their personal vision into your day.
3) An artist will present you with a polished product from beginning to end. They can’t bear to give you half-finished work so, rest assured that (even if it takes awhile) your photographer is putting many hours of love into your photographs AFTER taking them.
Here are a couple before & afters of my personal work to show that it’s not just about taking photographs that day. Clicking the shutter is not enough, sometimes the camera just doesn’t capture what I see.
I hope this will allow you to re-consider whom you’d like to capture your wedding day & why.