Why hire a professional wedding photographer?

Hiring a wedding photographer

Why hire a professional wedding photographer? | Tips For Brides

Why hire a professional wedding photographer I hear you ask?  About 13 years ago, as a budding photographer, I spent a fortune on a brand new camera and all the gizmos. This amazing gadget would be my ticket to taking fantastic images—or so I thought. I actually had no idea how to use the camera to get high-quality photos, they looked similar to the ones I was already taking. Could I have photographed a beautiful, expensive wedding if I was asked? At that time, I suppose I was a ‘good photographer’ with nice feedback from family and friends, but I couldn’t do that, I couldn’t have shot a wedding! I had no experience. 

Why hire a professional wedding photographer, Milton Keynes Wedding Photographer, Wedding Photographer Leighton Buzzard, Destination Wedding Photographer, Buckingham Wedding PhotographerWhen photographing a wedding, it is important to pay attention to composition, exposure, metering, shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO and numerous other technical aspects. Plus, among other things you need to anticipate where those special moments will be, what images need to be taken, how to pose a couple and what to do if there is a technical or equipment failure.

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If you are choosing someone to photograph your special day, you need someone who can do more than just take photographs. You need someone who knows how to use the camera inside out—and all the features it includes. You also need someone who has experience creating creative shots under time constraints, with variable light conditions and in difficult spaces. A nice camera, no matter how good it is, does not do this. The photographer does—and they would have developed skill and knowledge through years of experience and hundreds of hours of shooting and training. With this, you get consistency. You’ll not just have one or two stunning photos, but rather a photographic story to enjoy now and for years to come.

 

Why hire a professional wedding photographer?

Experience | Professional Wedding Photographer UK | Tips For Brides

A true full time professional photographer in Bedfordshire and surrounding counties will have years of experience capturing weddings. This pro will know the shots to take, know where to be at the right time and you can leave him to complete the job with full confidence that the photos will be great.

Professional wedding photographers will also be able to anticipate what happens next, they will know the flow of the day and will have already chosen the perfect place to take the perfect bride and groom shots, they are thinking ahead, constantly. The best photographers will instinctively know the ideal locations and backdrops in the church or wedding reception to take photographs. Your wedding day isn’t a photo shoot—it is a fast paced dynamic event and only provides one chance to capture these moments.

 

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Wedding photography should be fun and enjoyable!

Unlike most types of photography, weddings have both posed as well as action reportage shots. A professional can help make everyone involved feel comfortable and natural—even for posed shots and group shots. Photography is an important part of your wedding day, so the moments spent on the process should be fun and enjoyable. The ability to make the wedding party and guests feel at ease is something that comes only with experience.

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So, what happens if the photographer falls ill, his computer hard drive fails, or there is an emergency? The worst case scenario is that you would have no photos at all of your wedding day—and this is totally unacceptable. Because his reputation is on the line, a professional photographer always has a plan B and a plan C. Professionals have industry contacts to call upon and likely has backups of backups. An amateur may not have a plan B and might not have a way to back everything up.

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One of the most important days of your life | Why hire a professional wedding photographer?

Your wedding day is huge—perhaps the most important day of your life. There is only once chance to capture these special memories, so make sure you work with a photographer that you can trust and with whom you have the highest level of confidence. 

Why hire a professional wedding photographer?

Being approachable, able to direct and be fun at the same time!

As far as making you, the wedding party and all guests feel at ease, a professional will be able to do this and make it seem effortless. The best wedding photographers in Leighton Buzzard and the surrounding regions blend in, make you laugh and will enjoy the day as much as you do, personality is absolutely key. An amateur is likely focusing so hard on getting the camera right that making you feel at ease becomes a secondary concern (if it’s even a concern at all). Natural images have the most impact—the times of asking guests to stop, pose and smile are long gone.

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A professional wedding photographer will arrive for the big day with a vast array of equipment. The equipment should include a minimum of two professional camera bodies, several lenses, lighting equipment, multiple memory cards, spare batteries and a variety of adapters. Of course, he will not utilise every item at every event, but it is important to be prepared for every eventuality.

 

Why hire a professional wedding photographer, Elixir Shore Club, Ibiza Wedding Photography, Milton Keynes Wedding Photographer, Wedding Photographer Leighton Buzzard, Destination Wedding PhotographerOnce your wedding is complete, all you will have are memories—and photos. This photo story is what you will treasure and show to friends, family and perhaps one day your grandchildren. Make sure that every time you look at these photos you have nothing but good memories—not regrets and the wish that you had spent a bit more to hire a professional.Why hire a professional wedding photographer

Capturing those intimate moments | Tips For Brides

When viewing photos online after the wedding, couples are often surprised at the moments the photographer captured that they never witnessed. Some of these are intimate and very special; often these are the best moments. An amateur will not always capture them, and you’ll never know what you missed.

 

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Trust me, I totally understand that everybody has to start somewhere, just like I did! HOWEVER, with everything I have seen as I serve the community as Gary Nunn Photography, I would be very reluctant to hire an amateur to shoot my wedding on their own unless they had at least assisted other experienced photographers in shooting multiple large-scale weddings or worked as a wedding photographer in Milton Keynes or other popular locations. Prior experience like this will ensure he has a basic understanding and that he will not feel overwhelmed by the pressures of the day.

Why hire a professional wedding photographer

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Come and say Hi, I would be delighted to hear about your wedding day!

Remember, keep smiling! 😉

Gary

www.garynunn.co.uk

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  • Richard NunnNovember 9, 2015 - 5:35 pm

    Hi Gary, Just to say I like your website.

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