Cheap Wedding Photographer: 6 Reasons you’ll Regret Hiring One
Weddings are expensive. A quick Google search shows that the average Canadian wedding costs about $30,000. They don’t have to be so expensive – there many ways to cut costs, but your photographer shouldn’t be one of them. If you’re on Pinterest, you can find plenty of DIY projects that just take a bit of creativity. If you need to save some money on your wedding find a friend who bakes cakes or cupcakes, go to Michaels and make your own invitations, create the decor on your own. Do anything but skimp on photography. Here are 6 reasons you’ll regret choosing a cheap wedding photographer.
There’s an age old saying: You get what you pay for. This couldn’t be more true when it comes to your wedding photographer. These days, everyone has a DSLR and is a “photographer”. What that means to a lot of photographers, is they can point a camera in the direction they want, click a button and get a half-way decent photo. But, if you change the lighting, or things move too quickly, there’s not saying what you’ll end up with. Many of these faux-tographers don’t understand lighting or the settings on their camera well enough to make sure that your wedding photos look beautiful no matter what the weather does or if your reception venue doesn’t get much lighting.
Years down the road, when you and your fiance have grown old together, raised children together and done life together, what will you have to remember your wedding? Picture it. Your granddaughter asks when you married Grandpa. You can tell her the flowers were gorgeous or the food was delicious, the decor was breathtaking and the venue was amazing. But you can show her the photos. You might take months choosing the music and the flowers, you might try five different caterers and cakes. But at the end of the night, you’ll be left with memories – and photos. If you’re going to budget cut on anything to do with your wedding, make sure it’s not the only thing you’ll get to keep forever. Check out this gorgeous styled shoot for an idea of the quality photos you’ll receive of your wedding day!
Newbie photographers who jump into weddings and charge very little are often not prepared for the amount of work and organization a wedding involves. Weddings are beasts, as you well know, since you’re in the middle of planning one! They are nothing like hour long sessions of families. Wedding photographers do so much more than just snap some photos. Which leads me to my next point…
There are so many tricks and so much experience behind higher priced wedding photographers that cheap wedding photographers don’t have. And as a result, you take major risks with the memories of one of the most important days of your life when hiring one. Think of all the things that could go wrong if a photographer doesn’t know what he or she is doing: out of focus photos, over or underexposed images, missed moments, lost photos – and these are just some of the most common. It’s really just not a risk you want to take with memories this important.
Really, a photographer should feel like a bonus bridesmaid who also happens to be amazing at capturing you and your new husband or wife. You’ll spend more time with your wedding photographer than anyone else on your wedding day, other than maybe your new spouse. You should choose a photographer based on how you connect with their work and how much you click with them on a personal level. If you are frustrated or annoyed by your wedding photographer all day, it’ll really put a damper on your special day. If you have a blast with them, it will make for great memories!
Expensive photographers have high price tags because they deserve them. They have happy customers behind their brand to tell you that investing in their services is a smart decision. They have a consistent portfolio so you know what you’ll be getting. When you hire a photographer with a hire price tag, you can be confident that you’ll be receiving photos you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
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