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This is What Happens If You Don’t Hire a Wedding Photographer

We share the sad story of a bride who has not hired a professional wedding photographer, and is unhappy, hates her wedding photos, and tells us why you should hire a professional so that you don't end up with horrible and embarrassing photos.
My Wedding Photography Nightmare We talked to the bride Lynne, who is also a wedding supplier who owns and runs Medici Macarons, and we found out how she planned her wedding day, we divided her budget and what she decided to do with photography.
So, first of all, Lynne, how did you meet your partner?

We met a friend of mine. Ian was training to be a social worker, and one night he called a friend of mine when I was there to borrow some books for his course. At first sight, it was love.
How did you plan for your big day?

We decided that on the first anniversary of our marriage, we wanted to start going out with each other. We knew from the outset that we wanted a quiet wedding – just our closest friends and family. Unfortunately, I fell ill and the wedding had to be cancelled. That was a good thing in some ways.

Our small, intimate wedding had grown into something that we didn't want because of parental pressure. We finally got married three years after we met, and we were able to plan the wedding we wanted. We have chosen the date closest to the anniversary of our meeting.

We first booked the registry office, and we were able to ask for a family friend to be married, who made the wedding ceremony special. We started looking for places to have a meal after the ceremony, when Ian's sister offered her house. We've booked a local caterer to serve a buffet-style meal with lots of our favorite food. Ian's mom was a wedding cake maker in her youth, and she offered to make us a 3-tier cake.
How were you going to split up your budget?

We wanted to keep costs low – we didn't have a lot of spare cash, and we both felt we'd rather spend on the honeymoon. We didn't have a specific budget – we bought what we liked, but we ended up spending the same amounts spent on dress, suit, and food. At the last minute, I decided to have flowers for myself, my matron of honor and two bridesmaids. They're more expensive than my dress!
So disappointed with my wedding photos at the time, what was the rationale for not hiring a professional wedding photographer?

Because we had a quiet wedding, we thought that a wedding photographer wasn't really necessary – that somehow it was extravagant for a small wedding. We also thought that this would be an additional expense and that the money could be spent on other costs and on our honeymoon. And then when my brother (who was a keen amateur photographer) offered to take photographs, the idea of having a professional photographer never came to our minds again.
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At what point did you regret not having a wedding photographer, and how did that happen?

I was disappointed as soon as I saw the photo after our wedding. There were so few photos that I felt I could put in a picture frame – many were blurred – or people had their heads cut off – the lighting was wrong!
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Since I became a wedding supplier, I've been following the wedding blogs, and every day I see the most wonderful wedding photos, and I wish we'd hired a wedding photographer to capture our special day.
What advice would you give others to think about using a friend or family member to capture their day?

Don't do that! Friends and family are offering in good faith, but what I've realized is that wedding photography is more than a decent camera and the ability to take a good shot. It's all about having an eye to capture those special moments, to tell the story of your day – as well as all the technical expertise.
What kind of issues did you have with your photos?

Out of focus Overexposed – washed out photos Played shots often have distractions in the background – almost like a garage coming out of my head (as seen above).
Now, I realize that even with wedding type report photos, you've got to have an eye for the shot. My brothers 'more' candid 'shots have all got people pulling funny faces or people halfway off the picture. They're not looking 'natural,' they just look bad.
There are no lovely creative shots that you see so often right now – the one that makes you go 'wow.'

What tips would you give couples to plan their big day and decide how to spend their budget?

Your photo lasts a lifetime – it will bring you endless pleasure over the years to come, long after the food is consumed, the drink has been drunk and the flowers have faded. It's worth budgeting for a photographer – if the money is tight, I'd definitely skip money from other areas to make sure you have one. Hire the best wedding photographer that you can afford.