I'm not sure if there's a phrase that fills my heart with more dread. Obviously as a photographer I'm far more inclined to protest the absolute necessity of a wedding photographer on your big day, but it's for good reason. As a bride-to-be myself, I'm regularly chatting to fellow brides about their planning processes and all the little stresses that come with planning a wedding (do we really have to feed people this super expensive menu? What on earth are wedding favours for?). Something that crops up sometimes is the question "why do we need a professional?", which is then followed with "I'm pretty sure Ryan/Adam/Fred has a great camera - surely he can just snap away at the wedding".
First of all, let's give Ryan/Adam/Fred a break. He's meant to be a guest at your wedding, not a supplier! Secondly, Ryan/Adam/Fred might be a fantastic landscape photographer but you're not a landscape. Your wedding day contains heaps of different lighting conditions and events that you can't repeat - why risk leaving it in the hands of someone who's used to photographing mountains that rarely move?
Once the cake's been eaten and the guests have gone home you're left with your photos. Your kids and grandkids will delight looking at all the dodgy haircuts and questionable suit choices. You'll laugh at the best man breaking out his best dance moves. Don't you love seeing wedding photos from the 60s with the short babydoll dresses? The amazing wallpaper choices of the 70s? You're paying to preserve this moment, this memory for generations to come.
If you've been told your wedding day will go by in a flash, it's true. I've not had my wedding yet, but I know from attending many many weddings that they go by so quickly. I've had countless brides tell me that they're so happy they have the images to remember what turned out to be an amazing, fleeting day.
You're not just paying for a photographer. You're paying for someone who's seen it all - someone who can suggest last minute ideas for first dance songs, someone who can help arrange flowers and can help work out the best timeline for your day. We've got your back.