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Family Friend as Your Wedding Photographer – A Cautionary Tale

December 8, 2012

Family Friend as Your Wedding Photographer – A Cautionary Tale

Toronto Wedding Photography

We’ve just got an email from your desperate bride who made a decision to entrust her photography to her family friend as opposed to hiring one of many Toronto wedding photographers. Listed here is a short expert “…

I don’t know if you remember me but we contacted your studio a while ago about potential for doing our photography, however we decide to select our house friend. I’m unfortunately however this wasn’t the most effective idea but rather a massive mistake ? on our part. We merely (8 months later) got back the images and they look terrible. You will find way too many issues to list right now however wanted to ask when there is anything that you can do to repair them? …”

Celebrate us really sad once we get these kinds of emails. We’ve chose to put this little comparison why it is almost always an awful idea to go with your family friend as your photographer. Let’s start with the photography and photography experience.

Family Friend:

Loves to take pictures at various family events

Sneaked some pictures at various weddings and it is building or “updating” his/her portfolio

Wants to speak about his/her brand new expensive camera that takes amazing pictures

Likes to shoots in “Auto” setting to obtain the sharpest image possible

Always is checking and rechecking camera settings

Tends to takes snapshot of only people he/she knows

Professional Photographer:

Happen to be shooting 40 weddings every year for the past 5 years

Takes over 100000 pictures each year

Poses great problem-solving skills

Shoots in Manual mode because he/she understand exposure and is able to adopt to challenging lighting and environmental conditions

Know his/her equipment out and in and doesn’t have to constantly check and make sure the settings but could give attention to capturing those fleeting moments

Understands the principles of composition, posing, portraiture and modern story-telling wedding photography

Lives, breaths and sleeps wedding photography

Now let’s see how your loved ones friend’s equipment measures up to pro’s equipment:

Family Friend:

Is quite pleased with this brand new $1000 camera but hasn’t master the majority of onpar gps

His/her backup equipment consist of mobile phone or could borrow a P&S camera from another guest in the pinch

Might have someone grade zoom or flash

Professional Photographer:

Invested over $20,000 in the best and most reliable photography equipment in the marketplace

Carries no less than two pro-grade camera constantly

Has multiple lenses, flashes and off camera lighting system

Makes instant copies of pictures taken during the wedding day

Created redundant backup system including backup wedding photographer

Below are a few other benefits that Wedding photographer offers:

Includes a proper business insurance including liability insurance

Provides contract that protects the customer

Works together with high-end album manufacturers and pro print labs

Attends professional workshops and conferences

Goes into wedding photography competitions

Is associated with many pro photography associations and organizations

Has insightful experience to help your wedding reception operate correctly

Knows the flow from the big day and will anticipate where you can be along with what to capture on your wedding day

Combines talent, creativity and experience to capture your wedding reception so it reflects your personality not his/her

Toronto Wedding Photographers

That’s it – some benefits and drawbacks of getting a family friend as your wedding photographer. Hopeful piece of content prevent some brides from creating a mistake and never employing a professional and reputable wedding photographer. Remember there are no re-does in photography and also the point is that you get that which you buy – it can’t be said different.

By Avangard Photography | Toronto Photography Studio

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