As you envision what will happen on your big day, you’re probably also imagining how it will look in your photos. Of course, we all want to have great wedding pictures, and so we listen to different advice to know that we’re on the right track. However, there are beliefs about wedding photography that, on closer inspection, don’t really hold true. Below are the most common wedding photography myths, and why you shouldn’t believe them.
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1. “A friend or a family member can be my official wedding photographer”
This is probably the biggest misinformation that a lot of bridal couples believe. Many couples choose to just appoint a friend or a family member as their photographer – only to realize their mistake once they see the results. Keep in mind that the experience of a professional photographer is simply irreplaceable. These photographers know exactly what is going on and will happen next, and can adjust accordingly for any lighting problems. While your friend only has one camera and no backup and lighting equipment, a professional photographer will have all the necessary gear and equipment to ensure everything runs smoothly in case of unforeseen circumstances.
2. “Provide disposable cameras instead of hiring a professional photographer”
For unplugged weddings, it’s a popular choice to provide disposable cameras to the guests, who will then take photos of the wedding from their unique perspectives. Alternatively, you can set up a special social media account where your guest can upload the photos they’ve taken with their smartphones. However, keep in mind that the quality of the photos taken by your guests is far from those taken by a professional photographer. So let your guests have fun and take their photos if they want, but never assume that those photos can replace the ones by your photographer.
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3. “Choosing a beautiful venue is enough to make my photos look breathtaking”
A stunning venue is, of course, important in having a great wedding experience. But for most photographers, the venue as a whole isn’t really as important as the lighting of the venue. To a skilled photographer, good lighting is enough to make subjects look wonderful even if they’re placed in a bare or basic background. Pro tip: get a professional photographer who has previously worked on your wedding venue. Not only will he have the expertise you need to get stunning images, his personal experience will also help you avoid bad lighting conditions.
4. “An expensive photographer guarantees top-quality wedding photos”
Generally speaking, with professional photographers, you will get what you pay for. However, there are some who price their services expensively to create an impression of excellent quality and being the best in the market. The market price of a top quality wedding photography package can be over $5,000, even higher for the cream of the crop. If you find a wedding photographer who charges $5,000 for his work with little or poor samples to back him up, exercise caution and take more time to look around.
5. “You need to have table shots with all the guests”
Indeed, the table shots are a good and simple way to ensure that you have a photo with every one of your guests. But this can be time-consuming and dull, given how all of you would be posed the same way anyway. In fact, table shots are normally the ones couples leave out of their wedding albums. So, how do you make sure you get a photo of every one? As mentioned above, you can request your guests to upload the photos they’ve taken through their smartphone to an online album. Alternatively, you can go around your venue after the program proper and have informal shots with your guests. The advantage of this is that not only will it be faster, your pictures will be more varied and your guests are more likely to be in livelier moods.
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6. “You can tell the skill of a photographer through his online samples alone”
Remember that any seller will put their best foot forward, so expect to see the most stunning photos in every photographer’s website. You need to investigate further in order to see the real quality of a photographer’s products. Request to see their entire portfolio or a compilation of photos of recent clients. Notice the photo quality in every type of lighting condition, such as dark night, ambient lighting, bright outdoor lighting, and dim indoor images. Moreover, look at photos from varying range of distances, angles, and shots. All images should be compelling, appropriately exposed, and consistently sharp.
7. “I don’t need to spend much since it’s just a 4- to 5-hour event”
Producing quality wedding photographs don’t just happen during the wedding. In fact, it’s just a fraction of the total amount of time your photographer will devote on your wedding pictures. Apart from their expensive cameras, you’re paying for the use of premium computer software, lenses and lighting equipment, electronic storage, and the professional labor of your photographer. For every hour your photographer spends on site, they will spend three to four hours on post processing, and that’s even before they can begin designing your wedding album.
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8. “I just need someone who knows how to Photoshop”
If the image is really poorly taken, fiddling with brightness and saturation won’t make the picture any better. What you need is a professinal photographer who can excellently capture images in the right lighting and has highly trained graphic designers who can enhance and retouch your photos.
9. “The best way to get what I want is to direct my photographer throughout my wedding”
While it’s definitely helpful to inform your photographer about the specific shots that you want, directing him on each of his shots will only exhaust you and make you miss all the many beautiful and fleeting moments of your wedding. Rather than constantly hovering over your photographer, simply tell him the photography style and approach that you want and then let him do his job. Professional wedding photographers are trained and well-experienced, and therefore, they know when and what to shoot during your special day. Just let them do their job using their best judgment – that’s what you’re paying them for.
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Your wedding photographs will be with you for the rest of your life, that’s why they’re pretty expensive. Paying a photographer $2,000, $3,000 or $4,000 to cover a one day event may initially sound too much, but bear in mind that these professionals will spend weeks or even a month to prepare for shooting your wedding day and perfecting your wedding photos. You’re willing to spend thousands for a wedding dress, venue, and catering, which you’re only be having for one day, but photographs will be the only memoirs you’ll have to reminisce that very special day for the rest of your lives.
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