Why Hire A Professional Wedding Photographer

Because you get what you pay for!

In almost two decades of photographing weddings, I’ve met with dozens of brides who have brought their married girlfriends to the wedding consultation. I am struck by how many of them had made bad decisions regarding their wedding photography. Thinking they were being wise by saving money, they discovered too late that, “you get what you pay for”. I felt sorry for them. As they would look over my wedding albums with their “bride to be” best friend, they would sadly express these words, “I wish I would have hired a professional photographer, my pictures were horrible!” These unfortunate young ladies trusted the most important day of their life to a friend, relative or inexperienced photographer. I understand that brides don’t always have “sky’s the limit” budgets for their weddings. If you have a tight budget consider cutting corners in less important areas. Most brides spend about a year planning every detail of their wedding day. After the wedding the dress goes in a box, the wilted flowers are tossed, the delicious food and cake are no more. The photos are the only tangible thing you have to remember every detail and precious memory of the day that you spent dreaming about since you were a little girl. Do you really want to trust these memories to uncle BOB?

Just because someone has a nice camera doesn’t make them a good photographer!

I own a hammer and nails, but you wouldn’t want me to repair your roof! Most non-professionals do not understand how their camera’s internal light meter determines exposure for instance. They don’t understand that what may look good when they are taking the picture translates very differently to the final image. The way our eyes see light is very different from the camera’s ability to see light. Have you ever taken a picture of a subject with the sun behind them? When you’re taking the picture your eyes can see both the subject and the beautiful sun in perfect balance. So you are disappointed and confused when your pictures have a blown out sky and your subject is completely dark. It’s situations like this and others that make it hard for people with good cameras to necessarily get good pictures.

There are other technical considerations as well. Does this person with a good camera understand: lighting, posing, composition, exposure, depth of field, subject matter, white balance, or how to choose the best lens or camera angle for a given subject or situation?

What about social skills? Have you ever been at a wedding and there’s a so called goof-ball “professional photographer” who is inappropriately dressed, makes buffoonish blunders and thinks the wedding is all about “him”, while embarrassing the bride and groom and irritating the guests? I assure you this is “NOT A PROFESSIONAL”! A professional should be technically precise, highly creative, organized and know how to properly photograph a wedding and work well with people while keeping the photo flow of the day flowing smoothly!

Professional products and services

True professional photographer’s use quality camera equipment and have all the equipment needed to successfully capture a wedding. We only with with professional vendors and can offer a host of quality products & services. On-line galleries, retouching, special effects and artistic album design are a few of the benefits of hiring a professional. I met a recent bride, who in my opinion, had been overcharged by an unqualified photographer who had placed her very mediocre wedding images into a cheap consumer album that was already falling apart. Luckily this bride was not educated enough to know how bad her product was.


When you hire a professional, you are getting years of experience & expertise. Because it takes time to build the necessary skills to really master the art of documenting a wedding to ensure that your wedding memories are preserved in beauty & perfection. There are many that call themselves professionals, but truly are not. There are some beginners which lack experience and therefore are quite a bit cheaper. Just know that you will receive an inferior product. If you are okay with that, that’s fine, because it is your choice. As long as you know the risks and are willing to take them, hopefully you won’t be disappointed. Your disappointment is what I am trying to help you avoid. Your wedding memories are a one-time shot, NO DO-OVER”S!

Reputation and successful business

Typically if a person or persons have spent the time, money & effort that it takes to build a successful business, they are going to come through for you. I have heard the horror stories through the grapevine, like photographers not showing up or a year after the wedding the bride and groom still don’t have their wedding images or the dreaded, got their photos but they were horrible! It can be risky trusting someone with such an important responsibility. Do your homework.

Last thoughts

You will spend more time with your photographer than any other vendor. Make sure you not only like their images and trust them, make sure you like them as well. Avoid arrogant, cocky, “I’m all that” photographers or your wedding day will be all about them and what they want. You deserve to have the day be about you & what you want! You are the star of the day!

Carefully consider the information above, before you decide to trust the most important day of your life to a well meaning, yet very unqualified “picture taker”. Even the most well meaning people are not qualified to handle all that it takes to make your wedding day a smooth running, photographic success.

Don’t live with regret…invest in your memories!

I hope this was helpful. I would be happy to answer any questions that you might have, just e-mail me or leave a comment.


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Wedding Music

Wedding music is a very important choice for a couple to make together for their special day. Music is essential for setting the tone and to create ambience in general, and so the wedding music that you decide to choose for your union obviously deserves careful consideration. There are no “right or wrong” rules for wedding music, except for the essential fact that your wedding music should be something that you both want to listen to. Wedding music is representative of state of mind and emotion; whether that be lyrically or musical in content. It is possible to create an ambience and adding to the occasion, simply by the music that you choose to pick for your wedding. Of course there are several different stages of a wedding, and each is both personal and different from wedding to wedding. The individual couple should consider how their guests are greeted to the wedding venue – what sort of wedding music will they listen to in the background as they wait for the ceremony? What sort of wedding music should the bride walk down the aisle to? What sort of wedding music should the new couple depart the ceremony with? And then there’s the reception to consider… whether background music at a meal or at a dance or disco themed party.

Popular Wedding Music Choices Wedding music selections will obviously always change over time and between cultures. In Western tradition the most popular choice for the bride to walk down the aisle to is still ‘The Wedding March’. But, having said that, it is also absolutely acceptable for the couple to customize their own music to suit their own personal wants and needs. For example, if you have a special song or tune that you both class as ‘your song’, then there is absolutely no reason to not utilize this for the bride’s walk down the aisle.

Top Ten Wedding Music Choices Wedding music differs from couple to couple, from religion to geographical location, and from individual to individual. If you are struggling to think of the ‘right’ songs to choose to compliment your wedding day they why not turn to the inspiration and experiences of other couples across the globe? In a World Wide Web Google search the top ten most popular wedding music choices came up with the following….
Traditional / Classical: •Ode to Joy by Beethoven.
•Trumpet Voluntary in D by Henry Purcell.
•Bridal Chorus from “Lohengrin” by Wagner.
•Canon in D by Pachelbel.
•Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach.
•Air in G by Bach.
•Allelujah from “Exultate Jubilate” by Mozart.
•Spring from the “Four Seasons” by Vivaldi.
•Trumpet Tune by Clarke.
•Water Music by Handel.
Contemporary / Modern : •Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith
•Everything I Do (I Do It For You) by Bryan Adams
•Amazed by Lonestar
•You’re Still The One by Shania Twain
•From This Moment by Shania Twain
•Have I Told You Lately by Van Morrison
•You’re Beautiful by James Blunt
•Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
•Angels by Robbie Williams
•I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston

Wedding Bouquets

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Ninety five percent of wedding bouquets are hand-tied, where the flowers are gathered together and the stems are wrapped in wide satin ribbon. Brides wanting more glamorous bouquets choose beads, brooches, jewel pins, pearls, crystal/rhinestone picks, and monogrammed ribbon to dress up plain ribbon-wrapped stems and blooms. With the continuing popularity of the beach and garden themes, brides wanting a more rustic and natural look to their bouquet add elements such as shells/starfish, feathers, berries and pinecones.

The rose continues to be the most popular and elegant bouquet flower. Lilies, peonies, hydrangeas, tulips and orchids represent the trendier choices. Arrangements with a just-picked and looser casual look have

Non Traditional Wedding Desserts

Wedding pies are a fabulous option because they are versatile and inexpensive. You can have a wedding pie display that would envy any tiered wedding cake, and the flavor, texture, and style choices are endless. There is a pie for everyone and every style: vegan pies, fruit filled, cream, meringue, crumb, silk, chocolate, and so many more.

Don’t think you can’t tailor the look of your wedding pies to the look of your wedding, because you certainly can. If you were going to have a white tiered cake but decide to have pie instead, you can have several cream-topped pies that are decorated with rosettes, flowers that coordinate with your wedding colors, fancy piped swirls or your initials, and you can even top one of your pies with a bride and groom statue. Pieces of pie crust can be made into special shapes or initials as well. You can also have meringue and cream pies topped with pieces of gold leaf or gold dust for a glamorous touch.

As far as display options, you can purchase a tiered cake stand to place your pies on, arrange them on a buffet table that’s decorated in your wedding colors, and if you plan to have only one kind of pie, place one at each guest table. Even the trend of serving individual wedding cakes can be replicated by serving individual wedding pies.

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Trends for Wedding Dresses

Romantic, flowing dresses in floor-length styles remain popular. Brides today choose dresses with flowing, soft fabrics, ruffles, satin sashes (at the waist), and delicate floral details. Most dress silhouettes are refined and include the delicate overlaying of fabrics such as chiffon, tulle and lace. Gowns with crystal, cubic zirconia, and/or pearl embellished bodices are very popular at the moment.

The modified A-line skirt also remains prominent on the fashion runways (slim through the waist and flared at the bottom) although many designers have included ball gowns and tea-length styles in their lines as well. Strapless gowns are perennial favorites, but this season has brought back the off-the-shoulder look for brides who want to accentuate their neckline or draw attention to gorgeous jewelry.

Wedding Ring Trends: Halo Settings

Engagement rings are more trend-proof than other types of jewelry, but that doesn’t mean styles stay static. Choices in these sentimental stunners have lately expanded to include dazzling color, tributes to the past and even a bit of social conscience. Read on for the latest and loveliest in betrothal baubles.

Halo Settings The halo is heavenly and there’s more than one reason why. First off, this style skews a little vintage, which has been a popular engagement ring trend for a few years now. Plus, Natalie Portman sports a double-halo ring, so there’s some celeb buzz for the shape. The unbroken circle also symbolizes the unity of the happy couple, and, on a more practical level, those framing stones make the center solitaire appear larger, which is never a bad thing. (That main stone need not be a diamond – Kate Middleton’s engagement ring is a modified halo with a big blue sapphire taking center stage.) You’ll usually find this setting paired with relatively slender bands typically embedded with pavé stones or rich milgrain work. The most of-the-moment variation uses colored stones as the halo while the center stone shines clear.

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