Are you considering photography and whether it’s an important factor to your day? Have you thought about cutting costs and asking a friend with a camera to do it instead?
Consider also that your photographer is fully trained and comfortable using their camera. Your friend with a new little DSLR is most likely going to shoot all the images on Auto mode, which will produce nowhere near the quality of the images a photographer does. Do they know how to use bounce flash? Off camera lighting? How to shoot in low light? Do they know how to shoot in manual mode, adjust aperture, shutter speed, ISO to the right values for each individual situation? Can they fix any photos that may get blown out if they don’t have good knowledge there? Are they well versed in Lightroom and Photoshop to process these photos? Or do they just shoot in JPEG on auto mode? .. these are serious questions to consider.Can their £400 DSLR kit really compare to professional equipment? Bare in mind, most professional lenses we use cost upwards of £500 alone – let alone the camera bodies which are around £2,000 new. And then there’s the lighting, flashes, adaptors, stands, multiple high speed memory cards and hundreds of other little accessories that we bring to every wedding. While a good photographer will make a £400 work somehow too if that’s all he has to work with, I guarantee your friend doesn’t have that kind of training. What if your friend’s camera breaks? Does he have a back up? I’m guessing not – whereas every professional will have back-up gear in case of any situation along with insurance.