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THE IMPORTANCE OF USING A PROFESSIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

We can’t stress to brides and grooms how important using a professional photographer is. We see way too many couples who have gone with their friend or an amateur and not happy with their photos – and it’s too late after the wedding.

YOUR WEDDING PHOTOS ARE AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR MEMORIES AND FAMILY LEGACY

Your wedding photos are precious memories and should be valued. Its important to like the photographers work as well as having a great rapport. We are happy to recommend photographers we know and trust – just ask.

BUT, THE BEST PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER IS HARD TO FIND AMONG THE LONG GOOGLE LIST?

There are a lot of great professional photographers out there, you just might have to spend a bit of time doing your research. Popular wedding blogs like The Lane, Hello May and good old Instagram are great resources to find talented wedding photographers. We generally go by the rule that if you instinctively gravitate to a certain photograph or style, that’s a key to what kind of photography you like, so just look for more photographers work like that. Then its just needling through the finer details like wedding packages and prices to availability, but you will find the right photographer for you with time and patience.

WHAT DO YOU GET FOR YOUR WEDDING BUDGET?

We believe the important thing is – we all want to decide and control what we want and how much we spend. That is a big part of the reason we started The Coffee Table Book – to encourage people to use reputable professional photographers not just because they are more expensive but because they are skilled professionals and running a professional business. A professional photographer ensures you get great quality photos, memories you will treasure for a lifetime, so its important to invest in good quality photography especially if you want to display them around your home to family and friends that visit your home.

Just because someone says they are a ‘professional photographer’ or even an ‘accredited professional photographer’ or has been working in the industry for 10+ years, doesn’t necessarily mean they can produce great photographs – so its important to look at a wide range of the photographer’s work to evaluate they can repeat the quality and then compare them against other professional photographers to make sure they are the best photographer to capture your memories. Most people can capture a couple of great shots during a shoot, just make sure you evaluate a bunch of shots from one photo session and a variety of shoots by the photographer to get a feel they can produce great photographs consistently.

Also with the age of digital photography, more photographers are editing their photos and using effects – so make sure you like the treatments they are applying to their photos as Ive seen some dreadful editing from strange skin tones, over sharpening an image to losing detail through too much black in the shadows, and even out of focus shots, etc. – so its important to make sure your photograph understands editing and colour. While we are currently going through a trend of ‘vintage’ effects which can either change or desaturate skin tones – its important that the photographer understands these techniques and produces images that are pleasing to the eye. While I love the vintage feel – Ive seen both amazing photographs using this technique, but I have seen more horrible edited images and really strange colours. Its usually the rule that the more creative photographers can get away with pushing boundaries on composition and editing techniques which is usually clear when you are viewing their portfolio of work and through reputation in the industry.

When creating this business, I also wanted to make sure people had a choice of a range of products from a reasonably priced product option through to high quality products, and funky designer products that are unique. Its really all about giving people a choice based on personal tastes and something to fit your budget as we do all place different value on different things – some people really value people in their lives and the memories photos hold of those people, whereas others put more value into purchasing a home or their children’s education. We like to think we can give everyone something of value and quality no matter what your budget !

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