Your mind is racing with all the different options, from all the different vendors, on what to choose for your wedding day.
And, when it’s time to pick a photographer, it is really easy to see this as just another ‘thing’ to check off the to do list, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Obviously, I’m a photographer, so a bit biased! But let me explain why I think it’s SUCH an important part of your wedding day…
Firstly, we’ll spend a surprising amount of time together, from the planning - probably months (maybe a year) in advance to your wedding day when, naturally, your photographer will be around you a LOT! I joke with brides that I end up spending more time with them on their wedding day than their Groom!
Your photographer can also be a valuable source of help in planning your timeline. If you want to capture the things that are important to you; the teary moment of your Mum zipping up your dress, the joy of your first look and that moment you walk back down the aisle as husband and wife! It’s a BIG deal that needs an experienced and safe pair of hands!
But they also can set the tone for the day! You want to know your photographer will be a positive influence on your day, be kind to you and your bridal party and will treat your loved ones well no matter the circumstances. Your photographer has more interaction with you and your loved ones than any other vendor on your day besides your wedding planner! It’s a BIG decision!
But there’s an even more compelling reason that your photographer, or rather your photos, are worth investing in. Your photos will last decades into the future. 10 years after the wedding most of the items, flowers, décor will all be gone. But you’ll have your photos to treasure for a lifetime.
Imagine how many times you’ll relive this day over and over through your pictures?
What I mean is that a talented photographer will make all of the other investments you make in your day even more valuable as they keep giving back to you.
I was talking recently to a friend who had chosen not to have a photographer but had a relative do it for free. She had been disappointed by what she had received. Nonetheless, she looks through her wedding images monthly, even years after her wedding! Yes, she loved her wedding and is thankful someone offered to do the pictures for her, but wishes she had hired a better photographer, not really appreciating that it’s the photos that preserve everything.
And last, we associate pictures with how we were feeling in that moment. That’s why it’s important to find someone who makes you feel comfortable, relaxed and taken care of. Someone who makes it a happy and exciting time and shares the joy with you! This shouldn’t be a stressful experience, but a fun, relaxed one to capture such a special time! You should feel amazing about yourself during your photos! And you want to look back on those pictures and remember the joy you felt with the person who matters most to you!