With all the expenses that go into planning a wedding, you might be looking for ways to cut costs before the end. After all, if you’re like most young couples, you’re probably working with a limited budget for your big day. But you need to be careful about where you save and where you splurge. For example, looking for a pre-owned wedding gown could allow you to get the designer dress of your dreams at a fraction of the cost of new. And with a little clean-up and some alterations, no one will ever be the wiser. Hiring an amateur photographer instead of a professional, on the other hand, could save you money, but you might end up paying the price in the long run due to lack of experience or subpar equipment. So should you hire an amateur photographer to memorialize your special day? Here are some things to consider before you make up your mind.
Cost is often the first consideration when it comes to the prospect of hiring an amateur photographer as opposed to a pro. And there’s no denying that amateurs can be significantly cheaper. There are, of course, reasons for this price disparity, though. And you need to be aware of them so that you can make an informed decision. There are three main things that professional photographers have that amateurs lack: knowledge, experience, and equipment. Whereas professional photographers have generally completed schooling (with a degree or at least certifications), they have been photographing weddings for a while, and they have professional camera and lighting equipment to bring to the table, an amateur may not be able to offer any of these amenities.
Naturally, your amateur photographer will have some equipment, and with everything going digital these days you may not see the big difference between consumer and professional gear. But there are differences that you might not see until it’s too late and you’re stuck with the photos. As for knowledge, you can hedge your bets here by seeking out amateurs that are currently enrolled in photography programs at the collegiate level. And you can ask for portfolios to get an idea of the level of expertise and the kind of artistic eye you can expect. You can even do a shoot beforehand (say for your engagement photos) to see if you like the output of a particular amateur photographer you have your eye on. But there’s simply no substitute for the experience and skill a professional can provide.
If you’re working on a shoestring budget, you may think you have little choice but to hire an amateur for your wedding photos. But keep in mind that the photographs of your special day will last forever, long after the memories of the food, the decorations, and the entertainment fade. So you may want to splurge on hiring a qualified professional like Amy Tripple Photography and cut costs elsewhere. It’s up to you, but when you consider what you stand to gain by going with a pro for this crucial element of your wedding day, going with a pro for photos makes sense.