How Hard Is It To Photograph A Wedding?

Achieving Professional Results – Without The Professional

In the technologically-advanced world we live in, anyone can pick up a smart phone or digital camera and take a decent photograph these days. Smart phones are armed with increasingly more sophisticated cameras embedded within them and digital cameras are boasting more megapixels than ever before. With all this in mind, is there really a need to hire a professional to photograph your event? Can you do it just as well as a professional without paying the price? In many circumstances, the answer is simply ‘yes you can!’, but there may be one exception; photographing weddings.


Your wedding is of course the most special and momentous day of your life, which is why the natural thing to do is to hire a professional wedding photographer to capture your big day. But as with hiring any professional, there are no guarantees and things can go wrong, so can you (or a friend) do it yourself? Of course you can – but there are three key elements to consider before you decide to ditch the professionals for good.

Step One: Planning

The secret to successfully photographing a wedding is all in the preparation. Knowing what the bride and groom want and expect, what the best locations and backdrops are as well as who will actually be attending are the big three factors to consider before the morning of the event.

This part of the process takes the most research to pull off so ensure that you sit down with your amateur photographer and go through your wedding’s itinerary in great detail, highlighting any special requirements or possible problems that could arise during the day along the way. After all, practice makes perfect, and your chosen ‘photographer’ will feel a lot more comfortable with their role if they feel fully prepped too.

Step Two: Timing

Timing is another essential thing to get right in order to capture a wedding in the most professional manner. As timing is such an important factor, you must also prepare for the worst case scenario to avoid any basic yet disastrous mistakes.

For example, sometimes the bride can take longer than expected to arrive at the church. If you’re stuck outside waiting for her, a professional photographer wouldn’t just be clock-watching; they’d have a backup plan and be taking some scenery shots or approaching guests for photos.

Weddings don’t just fly by for the bride and groom – the photographer will find that they have little time to waste too, so it’s vital that you make the most of every spare second you have.

Step Three: Communication

Communication is the key for a happy (and successful) working relationship between the photographer and the newlywed couple. Perhaps the best thing about hiring a friend instead of a professional is that you can be honest and be forthcoming without feeling bad. If your budding photographer isn’t doing what you want, or you’d like them to try something new, just tell them!

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Cris Lowis is a Shropshire wedding photographer who’s always more than happy to share his expertise with budding professionals!

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