Cameras have come a long way in the last 40 years to the point where point and shoot cameras can take great photos and SLRs are more affordable than ever.
So why do you need to hire a professional photographer for your special event? Because when it comes down to it, it’s not just about equipment. Paint brushes and paint are easy to buy but doing so doesn’t make you a decent painter because you put some pigment on a canvas. It takes an artistic eye, experience and (in the realm of digital photography) good computer photo editing skills.
Here’s why you should hire a professional photographer for those special events:
- “But my friend has a camera. . .” Maybe they offered to take the shots. Before you take them up on this generous offer, are they going to be on board to take ALL the key shots? Will they have people pose for table shots? Will they capture the key moments, like when your daughter throws the bouquet? If they’re part of your event, chances are that there are some shots you’d want that you may not have in the end.
- You just don’t have the right equipment: Really, you don’t (your friend probably doesn’t either). Unless you or your friend is a serious amateur/semi-pro, you probably haven’t spent thousands (probably tens of thousands) on high quality “fast” lenses (with wide apertures so you can blur the background) or have lenses with high-end coatings that make images that much sharper; or flash guns (and battery packs) that provide adequate lighting coverage and the juice to power bursts of shots for hours.
- Ensure those special moments are captured: Let’s face it, if it’s an event that you’re part of you’re going to be distracted at some point and miss a key moment, because you want to socialize, or you need to be part of the “action”. Relying on your guests to capture all those key moments doesn’t always work.
- Perspective: A professional photographer knows how to “fill the frame”, capture those key shots from the right angle and has the confidence to get into the action without being obtrusive. Ever get those shots where the subject is very small in the center of the photo with the backs of a lot of people’s heads lit up in the foreground? Professional photographers know where to situate themselves to make sure the subject is the focal point.
- It’s not just about taking the shot; it’s also about editing them—and the time it takes: Photographing is just the first step. The best shots need to be selected out of hundreds, and best shots need to be cropped, color-corrected and organized. There’s a big time investment in this that a professional photographer can execute for you efficiently and timely.
- Keepsake albums: In this digital age, how many photos end up on a hard drive and never printed or get viewed? Most professional photographers will provide you with an online gallery and a proof book so you can pick your favorite shots. A keepsake album with heavy pages offers a large, elegant way to present your event, and they are also durable. You’ll also get more artistic layouts and special effects. Furthermore, nearly all manufacturers of these albums don’t sell direct to consumers.
- Put your photographer’s cost in perspective: For that special event, you’re likely hiring a venue to hold the event, a caterer for food, a DJ or band for music, decorations, skimping on a pro photographer will cost you more than money. When all is said and done, the photos and memories will be the things most cherished from that special day.