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Putting your trust in an experienced photographer to capture your special day is a must. Bhria Vellnagel speaks with Jonathan Ho from Luxe & Lace about the importance of hiring a professional.

After your wedding is over, your photographs will provide you with the perfect way to reminisce about your special day. However, the average wedding can be quite pricey, which is why some couples would rather not hire a professional wedding photographer.

Leaving the special moments of your wedding to be captured by someone without experience can often result in blurred, low-quality images. Although the price of hiring a wedding photographer may seem extravagant at first, it’s worth remembering that you’re paying for far more than just photos.

“Choosing to use a professional photographer not only guarantees you get the shots you want but [they’ll] also know the ins and outs of a wedding, and that’s where experience really shows,” says Ho.

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Hiring an inexperienced photographer can cause many issues on the day, as very few understand how the process works and how much time they have between shots. Ho recommends spending a little more on your wedding photography for peace of mind that everything will run smoothly.

“Don’t base your photographer on price,” says Ho. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime event and the last thing you want is an inexperienced photographer knocking over the wedding cake.”

Instead of choosing a company based on its quote, browse through a number of well-known wedding photographers’ portfolios. This will give you a sense of their experience in the industry, as well as a chance to view their previous work.

Many photographers will create their own techniques and find their style over time. For the best results, it’s important to choose a photographer whose style matches both you and partner’s. By allowing your chosen photographer to take artistic reign, you’ll end up with great results.

If you find a photographer whose price exceeds your budget, contact them to discuss a lower fee. Many will offer customisable packages to suit your needs, such as a per-hour price or a cheaper, digital-only package.

Behind The Lens

When hiring a professional photographer to capture your wedding, you can rest assured that every special moment will be captured. With the experience of photographing a number of weddings under their belt, a professional will also know what time is best to take group, staged and candid shots. Ho says there are a number of important things a photographer should do on the day that someone with less experience may not be aware of.

“The important thing is to greet everybody when you reach your location,” he says. “I would [then] look around for the things we need to photograph, [and] – at the same time – I would notice what is happening around me for photo opportunities.”

A professional photographer also has the ability to change settings on a camera according to what or whom they’re shooting, such as aperture, shutter speed and focus. Digital cameras will automatically adjust to these settings, which can result in unfocused images. Similarly, bright background lighting, such as a romantic sunset backdrop, cannot be clearly captured with a digital camera or iPhone. A professional photographer has the ability to snap a wide-lens, outdoor shot, and then capture close-up shots of your floral arrangement.

Backed Up

A professional photographer always prepares for the worst. They will carry extra equipment and have a back-up plan in place in case any disasters arise. They’ll carry an array of equipment such as an extra camera body, SD cards and batteries, as well as multiple lenses. Some may also have one or two extra photographers on hand to capture shots from many different angles.

If the weather turns grim, an inexperienced photographer may not be able to produce the desired outdoor shots you’ve requested. A professional will offer remarkable alternatives that take advantage of the dramatic, stormy backdrop and puddle reflections.

A Retouching Experience

Professional photographers own a range of high- tech equipment, so there’s no doubt their images will be extremely high in quality. From the elegantly staged photos, to those sudden emotional moments, a professional can capture it all and make it look even better in post-production.

“We spend a tremendous amount of time carefully choosing the images, and then we move images to our editing software,” says Ho. “Brides can expect top-notch, sharp images, creative lighting and beautiful [effects in] post-production.”

In the post-production stage, your photographer will edit all of the images so you don’t have to personally sort through the hundreds of shots taken on the day. Editing will also give the images a cohesive colour scheme, and your photographer will be able to remove unsightly creases in dresses or suits. This process can take up to a few months, depending on how many images were taken and how much editing is required.

Memories may slowly fade, but images will not. By hiring a professional photographer to capture your special day, you can rest assured you’ll be able to reminisce about it for many years to come.