My Opinion: Asking A Friend With A "Nice Camera" To Photograph Your Wedding
If you've already started planning your wedding, you've probably already come to the realization that weddings are expensive (duh).
There are so many ways that you can save on your wedding (even maybe attempting a DIY here and there). However, there are others where you should never cut corners, photography being one.
I've had it happen several times...A couple will inquire with me. We get along well. They love my work and know my prices.
Then the heart-wrenching email comes in:
"Thanks for all your information but our friend/neighbour/cousin has offered to take our photos. They have a nice camera."
And no, I am not being over-dramatic.
It breaks my heart for many reasons.
Firstly, I can empathize with couples that are trying to save money. Photography is one of the more expensive investments you will make when planning your wedding and so many people have professional-grade cameras nowadays. That being said, this does not mean they know how to use it, much less use it to capture a wedding day. There are so many moments that aren't planned which professionals are prepared to photograph ONLY because they've had the experience.
Photographing a wedding is also about knowing how to direct. I am STILL trying new prompts and poses on wedding days and I love growing every year with my skills. Stagnant poses and images look awkward and forced. Definitely not how you want to look back on such an important day (imagine those viral "bad wedding photos" that you see on Pinterest).
Fast forward 5, 10, 20 years down the road. When your friends are reminiscing about their wedding, or perhaps your kids ask to see what Mommy and Daddy looked like when they got married. Do you want to have an immediate feeling of regret? With such a huge responsibility (and one of the few physical items that you take away from your wedding), do you really want to take that risk?
Lastly, if you are finding it hard to listen to me because I'm the professional, take it from the countless couples that I've met who've expressed their sadness after their decision to ask that someone with a "good camera" to shoot their wedding.
Cherished memories lost.
Nothing to look back on but bad photos, if the photos were even captured in the first place.
I hope this has given you some insight into the value that professional photography can give you for your wedding.
I mean this with so much love.