The importance of professional wedding photography

As social media turns into our visual portfolio, more Brits are turning to their smartphone to practice photography. With the likes of Snapchat and Instagram offering a platform to immediately edit your photos thanks to their abundance of filters, we have the opportunity to totally transform our images.

Although more people are turning to their device to snap the perfect shot, wedding photography remains an untouched tradition. Hiring the right professional photographer to capture the happiest day of your life is high on most engaged couples’ wedding planning to-do list – and rightly so. Here, we will look at how wedding photography is still so important.

Grasping detail

Many people worry that not having a professional photographer at their wedding ceremony will result in average photographs — but this is a day you want to remember perfectly!  Some decide to risk it all by letting their guests loose to capture their big day, but is it worth it?

Hiring a professional with a canon lens is a good shout; as you’re guaranteed that they’ve worked on similar projects and have all of the right equipment. From simply setting the camera’s date and time to allow for chronological editing, to using camera tripods to maximise sharpness in those all-important portrait shots, their attention to detail goes above and beyond.

Although opting for a friend with a camera could save space for other spend on your wedding budget, but is it really worth it and can they use the right techniques to get the best shot? For example, if a background isn’t going to add anything to the photo, it might be worth setting the exposure down to -2 stops to darken it and help your subjects (more than likely the bride and groom) stand out more. You would raise the shutter speed to do this.

New additions

Have you considered a photobooth for your wedding? Whereas they used to be a staple in shops and department stores, the photobooth is now the ‘must-have’ when organising a wedding.

Although props are a thing of modern weddings, it keeps the idea of printed photos alive! Photobooths are a great form of entertainment for your guests during the ‘down time’ of the wedding. And this photo opportunity has taken over from the concept of having disposable cameras on each table to provide the silly shots. So, let your guests don the moustache and 70s-style sunglasses to give you all a good chuckle for years to come.

Just like every other aspect of the world, technological developments are having an impact on weddings. While the traditions of hiring a photographer are still rife, the way in which we receive our photos is changing. In years gone by you’d wait to see a selection of prints from your photographer, whereas these days, thanks to the Cloud, it’s possible to share images digitally. This allows photographers to create online portals for couples to easily view and share their photos.

With this, the happy couple could even create a montage of photographs for their first dance!

The way we document our weddings aren’t set for change any time soon! Make sure you steer away from ‘bridezilla’ and let the professionals use the traditional traits of wedding photography to play a huge part in making your big day one you’ll remember for all the right reasons.


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