I was reading a blog from another photographer and found an article that rings so true and we hear more and more all the time.
“My Cousin is going to do the photographer for my wedding” said the Bride. “She got a new digital SLR as a graduation gift from her parents and now she’s a professional wedding photographer”. Not quite…not even close.
I was shooting a wedding in Denver and an Uncle of the Bride was standing next to me with the same camera I was shooting with. We were comparing photos and He says to me “How do you do that?”, referring to how good my photos look compared to his.
Just because you have a camera it doesn’t mean you know how to set it to get the best possible shot in the worst lighting conditions or to be in the right place at the right time at the right angle to make the shot perfect.
Here is the article I found from
1. How experienced is the photographer?
“You don’t know the power of experience until you have experience”
A seasoned photographer:
- Knows all the key moments in a wedding is vital, to ensure no shots are missed
- Makes sure everything happens on time and there are no surprises
- Is able to help with the timeline to make sure the wedding day is fun and all shots are made
- Understands how to get amazing photos under any lighting condition
- Can provide a variety of albums, enlargements, parent books, etc… But it really doesn’t matter what you get if the images aren’t amazing. The most important factor when hiring a photographer is the skill of that photographer
You can have two very similar portfolios between photographers. The difference between a really solid pro versus an amateur is that the pro can get amazing images every single time. Not one great shot every few weddings. Education and experience are key components. (read more)
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