1. Professional Photographers have Education

A professional photographer has usually had years of training and/or schooling in the art of photography. They know their equipment inside and out. They can set their camera to the proper exposure intuitively, without having to stop and fumble through a manual like amateurs would. Wedding photographers in particular sometimes have just 2 to 3 seconds to adjust their settings on-the-fly. Or else, they miss “the” shot. Same goes for architectural photographers. They don’t have supersized outdoor soft boxes. Architectural photographers rely on the sun and they only have moments to capture those amazing instances of light.

2. Professional Photographers understand Lighting Techniques

Lighting is key to successful photography and is a whole topic unto itself. It takes years for a photographer to master lighting techniques both in the studio and in outdoor settings. A professional photographer is able to adjust camera settings quickly and fluidly based upon diverse or changing lighting conditions. Knowledge of how the camera interacts with light is key to compensating for over- or underexposure, but often times, photographers must rely upon their experience –not the camera’s readings. The professional is adept at creating unique and customized lighting scenes and are able to expertly supplement natural lighting with their own professional lighting effects as needed.

3. Professional Photographers have Experience

A professional photographer has done it before; they’ve shot a variety of events and portraits and have been exposed to many subjects and conditions. There’s NO shortcut to experience, and you take a tremendous gamble with a first-timer or an inexperienced photographer not knowing what to do at various points during your event or shoot. Those in the professional photography world have a lot of experience to draw from; they know intuitively to take extra shots of crucial moments in case anyone blinks or has an awkward expression. They know the ins and outs of posing and can make subjects look natural and beautiful in any setting. They anticipate angles and approaches for each scene. They have experience in guiding groups of every size for optimal results, interacting fluidly with their subjects to achieve the desired results. Professional Photographers know exactly what to do at the moments that it matters.

4. Professional photographers have the right Lenses

Professional photographers have an assortment of quality lenses at their disposal as well as the knowledge of which one is best for any given scenario. They have the foresight to be prepared for a variety of situations with a second (or third) camera already equipped with a different type of lens. They have knowledge of advanced lens focusing techniques to achieve artistic effects that an amateur would only stumble upon by accident (and that only if they’re fortunate).

5. Professional Photographers have Props and Backdrops

When it comes to portrait work, there’s far more to the equation than just a camera and a basic lighting setup. The right backdrops and posing props can be crucial to a successful final result. A professional photographer knows ahead of time what backdrops to have on hand for your shoot, how to light them and what effect their lens choice will have. Your friend or relative (with a really good camera) might show up with a bedsheet and a stool from their breakfast nook. While this could work, you can count on a professional to deliver optimal results.

6. Professional Photographers know Editing and Software

A professional photographer will also own or have access to the ideal editing software as well as the know-how to retouch and edit your photos, bringing out the very best in each one. The last thing you want is a Photoshop novice trying to retouch photos of your most prized and precious me

7. Professional Photographers are Professionally Invested

A professional photographer is working for you, and they are invested in your satisfaction. You are their client, not their relative or friend, and they will retain a level of professionalism your aunt or brother-in-law may not. They also have the fortitude and commitment to work for long periods without breaks and see the job through so that the best results possible are achieved.

8. Professional Photographers have the needed “Artist’s Touch”

A professional photographer doesn’t just “take snapshots”; they facilitate the creation of works of art. A professional will draw from all of their artistic training and knowledge of equipment and gear to deliver the finest-quality photographs possible. An amateur will likely be “winging it” for large portions of your shoot.

9. Hire a Professional Photographer so that You will be in the images.

In most families, there is a designated ‘photographer’; and often it is Mum. This means that there are rarely any photos of Mum in the albums. Or, the photos of Mum aren’t so flattering as they have been taken by another member of the family that hasn’t practiced much. If you hire a professional photographer to do them for you, Mum is guaranteed to be in the shot.

10. With a professional photographer, your session will be thought out and styled

Unlike family snapshots, when you book your portrait session, your photographer will guide you on how to style the session. This will involve choosing the right location to suit your style and family and will also cover what to wear and how to prepare. This single point can make a huge difference in how professional your images will look.

11. Professional Photographers have Quality equipment.

Most of my clients own a DSLR. The fact that they hire me shows that they value photography—the reason that many of them have their own camera as well. Although cameras are expensive, the cameras and lenses that your photographer owns cannot compare in quality to ordinary consumer cameras. Most clients love images where the subject is clear but the background is blurry, an effect known as bokeh. In order to achieve good bokeh, you need superior equipment. Your photographer will have all the equipment required to produce beautiful images, that most ordinary households won’t have.

12. Professional photographers know how to use their equipment.

Most of my clients that talk about their cameras will also admit to me that they turn their camera to auto and let their camera do the work. Modern cameras can take great images on auto, but things can also go very wrong too. This can result in dark images, blurry images or the on board flash popping up to light your subject. Your photographer will know how to use their equipment and will have manual control over their camera. They will be choosing their ISO, shutter speed and f-stop to ensure the image is well exposed. Professional photographers know their equipment in and out.

13. Professional Photographers carefully re-touch your images

They use products like photoshop and lightroom to ensure that your images are properly exposed, the colors are perfect and the image is polished to a professional level.

14. Professional photographers pay attention to detail.

Your photographer will pay attention to the detail. With newborn photography, babies are posed right down to the position of their hands. Blankets are smoothed out. Fabrics are ironed. Background clutter is removed. The time of day is carefully planned. Every part of the image and your session is carefully planned to ensure that you get the best images possible.

15. Professional Photographers are a set of fresh eyes.

Your photographer will bring fresh eyes to your family and will look at your family in a unique way. They will offer suggestions and solutions that you simply haven’t seen or though about. This will result in images that you may not have thought to capture.

16. With a professional photographer, you make an investment in your home.

One of the goals of most sessions is to produce images that will be enlarged and framed for the wall. This is an investment in your home and can enhance a room. You spend a lot of time and hard earned money furnishing your room–finishing it off with professional images of your family only makes sense.

17. Professional photographers have a lot of training and experience.

It takes years and a lot of hard work to hone photography skills. Your photographer will have spent a lot of time and money educating themselves on how to compose your images and light them well to create a lovely gallery of images for you to choose from.
When the event is over, it is now a precious memory and you will want the best images possible of that memory. This is even more important for those moments that cannot be relived, like weddings, maternity images, newborn images and other important milestones. Make sure you capture the best images possible, so you will always look at those images and smile warmly. These photos will take you back to that time or that day, to a place where you can almost smell the flowers and touch the perfect newborn skin. It is definitely worth hiring the best you can afford to capture those precious memories

Hire a professional photographer for your Business Products
If you’re a business with a brand new product, how are you going to compete with the market? You’ll need a professional photographer at some point to reach that next level in your marketing and sales. Especially since many businesses make most of their profits online. It’s best not to let a lens the size of a pimple represent your product. This category can include you, as the product. If you’re an entertainer or market yourself in any way as a brand, only a professional photographer can really deliver the quality to exceed or match your competition. This includes headshots, business portfolios, politicians, and even homemade blogs. Just because you can make an online business from home, that doesn’t mean it should look like it. Everyone’s business model should include at least one professional photoshoot in their expenses. Too many small businesses forget to do this and end up trying to hire a photographer with the change in their pockets, when their profits aren’t where they hoped they’d be. Don’t mess around with your business, hire a professional photographer.


A professional will be committed to YOU and your wedding day. They are guaranteed to show up on your wedding day, no questions asked. I’ve seen “friends” commit to photographing a wedding and then flake out 2 months – even a few weeks- before the wedding, people not show up to help on the day-of when they said they would, and even people just not caring at all. When you hire and pay a professional, they are contractually obligated to carry out the duties that you hired them to perform!

19. A PROFESSIONAL Photographer WILL HAVE EXPERIENCE with the particular aspect of photography that they are hired for.

Just like you don’t go the doctor to get your teeth cleaned, you don’t hire an architectural or amateur photographer to shoot your wedding.
There’s nothing worse than having everyone standing around at your wedding not knowing what to do next. Hiring someone who has experience will most definitely help your stress level both before and during the wedding. A professional with experience will also have a specific way of doing things, so there won’t be too much guesswork for you while planning your wedding. The last thing you want to have to do while planning your wedding is figure out what your friend is supposed to be doing!

20. YOU are guaranteed to GET AWESOME RESULTS FROM A PROFESSIONAL photographer.

Or in other words, you get what you PAY for! Hiring a professional will ensure that you get a great result. Whether it’s photos or flowers, or food or coordinating, having someone who does weddings for a living will certainly give you the best outcome. It may not always be the most ideal option to spend money on a professional, but really and truly, paying for a service makes SUCH a huge difference! Not to mention that yes, there’s a contract involved, and as stated before, they are obligated to provide you with those awesome results.

21. YOU WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT STRAINING YOUR RELATIONSHIP when you hire a professional photographer.

When working with a professional, if anything, you will build a relationship with them. Almost always, when hiring a friend the relationship gets strained in some way. Either they hold a grudge against you for making them work for free or less than normal, or you’re not happy with your results and you just can’t tell them. It’s not worth ruining a relationship with one of your friends!


If they truly are your friend, you’ll want to have them at your wedding and enjoy it, right? And if that’s not the case, then you don’t really want to even have them at your wedding. So, hire a professional photographer and let your friend sit back and enjoy the wedding and not scratch their heads doing something that is second nature to a professional photographer.

23. Professional photographers have countless hours of practice, training, and knowledge under their belt.

They shoot in manual. They know how to Photoshop missing people into a photo. Their photos are better because it is their job for them to be.

24. You can be IN the photo when a professional photographer takes them.

A professional photographer can’t promise, but grown-up husbands are much more likely to perform for them than they are for you. And for longer, too! They at least appreciate the investment and want to get their money’s worth from the whole thing. All you have to do is get him to show up and make sure he is wearing something appropriate, the rest– your photographer will handle.

25. Great photography is not a cost item, it’s a profit center!

Good photography sells more product. It makes your service look better. It takes your business and shows it in the best light (no pun… seriously). Look at the premium brands for the truth. They spend tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars on their imagery. Why? Because they KNOW it works. In side by side comparisons, consumers and purchasers choose brands with great photography over products with bad, boring or mediocre imagery.In short… better photography sells more stuff to the clients you want to serve. Professional photographers do the pictures for the big name guys. Let the same professionals take yours.

26. Professional Photographers get Consistent Results –

Two key components of a professional golfer are consistency and adaptability. For instance, a good golfer that plays the local course twice a week every week, may be able to par the course on a regular basis, but that golfer may not be that consistent when having to adapt to a completely new course and especially a difficult course. But a professional golfer can not only shoot par and way better in most cases consistently, but they can adapt to a new course. This is much how a professional photographer works. A professional photographer can be consistent in numerous situations by adapting to the surrounds based on knowledge. This consistency, adaptability and knowledge are all things that bring about quality results from the professional photographer.

27. Professional photographers typically stick to professional Equipment –

Some pros may not agree with this, but ask them what they shoot with.  You will likely find out that it’s not the latest low end “consumer” DSLR. It’s true that equipment alone does not magically make someone a professional photographer. So just to clarify, if someone goes to the camera store Saturday morning and spends thousands, that doesn’t mean he or she is automatically a professional. However, for those truly doing photography professionally, there is often a hefty investment that comes with it. One camera bag could have thousands of dollars worth of investment inside it. You wouldn’t like using a professional in other fields that don’t have the right equipment to do the job, so don’t use a photographer who bought a camera, a kit lens and a flash on Saturday and magically Monday morning they are a pro. In the BIG brand photography world, it’s likely these photographers will not be going after that business. But small business owner beware, make sure the photographer is equipped to the job and provide excellent quality.

28. It’s Your Brand

Your brand is important and commercial photography is an easy way to help your brand stand out. It’s true that in the digital age that you or your friend with a nice camera can get some shots that may
be just good enough for the web and look good. However, with a little financial investment for a true commercial photographer, your brand could go from good to great. Perception is everything. Invest in a real commercial photographer and not someone who just takes good pictures.

29. You Get What You Pay For

OK, you don’t always get what you pay for and sometimes expensive is not as good as cheap. However, when you are working with a true seasoned professional photographer and are truly comparing apples to apples, it’s likely that the cheapest photographer out there will not deliver equal results. Although the cheap photographer could be a philanthropist and be great, it’s likely that too cheap will only yield good reults and not great ones. A friend of mine sent me some examples of a photographers work recently along with what the photographer wanted for the images, I was shocked at the results and the price. Why did my close friend not go with me? He knows that I am not the cheapest option for his needs and only uses me for his larger budget projects. FYI, I am not crazy expensive. There are sevices that I offer that are a great fit for small businesses.

30. Professional Editing

In the consumer market, it’s not uncommon for a new photographer to shoot a session and burn lots of images to a disc and they are done. A true professional cares more about their work and reputation than to just hand over a disc of the images. Professional photographers edit their work even if it’s just a quick run through of lightroom. However, some images need lots of attention which could take several minutes to an hour plus just to properly edit one image. Find out if the photographer you are considering edits there work. This is one easy way for the photographer to save you some money and them some time but likely deliver good results vs. great.

31. Because He or She Is Professional

A true professional will be professional in the way they do business. There is something to be said in any business about professionalism. A plumber may not be looked at like an attorney, but the plumber can still treat you with respect, respect your home by not walking on your carpet in muddy shoes and deliver services in a way that leaves you with WOW! A professional photographer, especially in business world, should not only deliver great photography but make you feel great by his or her attitude.

32. Isn’t digital photography cheaper?

ANSWER: The emergence of digital photography over the past decade has revolutionized photography. And though we miss the days of film–particularly gorgeous black and white–digital shooting has numerous advantages. Among the perks of digital is the ability for the photographer and client to catch mistakes and make changes early in the shoot by checking the monitor, as well as faster turnaround time, easier image modification and retouching, increased ability to shoot in low-light situations, and the ability to create dynamite color and black and white images from the same shot. But here comes the confusing part: for amateurs, digital is often cheaper; but for professionals, it’s not. In fact, according to stats published in the past few years, doing a professional shoot digitally costs as much as one-third more than traditional methods. Why, you ask?

33. Professional photographers are CONSTANTLY CHANGING HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE:

In the old days–from eight to one hundred and fifty years ago–photographers expected their cameras, darkroom equipment, and all they needed to shoot and create an original image for you to last between five and twenty-five years, if not more. Today, digital equipment–cameras, computers, hardware, and software–is often obsolete in a few months, and rarely makes it to two or three years. Constant upgrading isn’t cheap!


When a photographer shoots digitally, the post-production work required after the shoot–including downloading, naming files, color corrections, various batch actions, backing up on multiple external hard drives, retouching, burning CDs or DVDs, etc. etc.– is infinitely more time consuming for the photographer, and sometimes takes longer than the shoot itself. In the old days, this was often a simple lab drop and pickup that was billed to the client. Today, it is the photographer who is working at the computer perfecting and presenting your images, which is reflected in your bill.

35. Professional photographers offer FASTER TURNAROUND EXPECTATIONS:

Because clients know how quickly digital turnarounds can happen, they often expect the photographer to process and deliver much, much faster than with film. The marketplace has upped the ante on deadlines as well. So these added pressures also push up the costs.

36.What am I paying a professional photographer for?

When you pay a professional photographer to shoot for you, you are generally paying for the following things:
 • a creation fee, which involves their creativity and expertise;

 • an agreed upon number of hours or days to do your shoot and deliver a final product;
 • expenses incurred in creating those images (film, processing, post-production time in digital work, etc.);
 • a print or scan of one or more select images;
 • a repro rights fee on individual photos you wish to reproduce and use for professional purposes. This fee is variable and will depend on the use. Personal, editorial, and educational usages for example, are generally less expensive than commercial and advertising.

37. Professional Photographers offer Print quality

Mom– Once you- or hopefully your photographer- take those amazing images of your family, you’ll want to print them to show off to the world, right? There’s a reason that photo prints from Shutterfly don’t cost very much- because the quality isn’t made to last. You’ll find your prints won’t look as great over time. A major plus to having a professional is that they will be able to get you the high quality prints that your images deserve. You may pay a little more on the front-end but the prints will last much longer and look so much better hanging in your house. Plus, your photographer will be able to make sure your photos are formatted and fit correctly for the print.
1) Professional– As a consumer you are limited on the labs that you can order your images from. If you tell any professional photographer that you are getting your images printed at Walgreens, Walmart or Shutterfly you will see them CRINGE!  (Here is a link to a comparision of original files printed at consumer labs) Photographers have the ability to print at labs that consumers do not have access to that offer high quality images that will last YEARS and YEARS to come!
Professional photographers know how to tell a story. They capture your personalities in an image. It almost seems like you’re watching a video about your family, but it’s just still images. The best pictures seem to be the ones you didn’t know were being taken. Photos of you genuinely interacting with your children. Moments that may soon be forgotten are now documented forever. There is no value you can put on that.
1) Professional– Take all the camera and photoshop capabilities out of it and it really comes down to this: Photographers are visual storytellers. They know how to step into your world and capture you and your family in all of their glory.

38. Liability

Professionals carry liability insurance to cover any property damage during a photography shoot.

39. Releases

Professionals know when Model and Property Releases are required and what they should include.

40. Back-up Equipment

Professionals have back-ups to get the job done even if there’s an equipment failure.

41. Efficiency

Professionals work to ensure your client’s or your business incurs minimal disruption during the shoot.

42. Paperwork

Professionals document the scope and cost of each job.

43. Copyright

Professionals understand copyright law and how it impacts the use of the images.

44. Licensing

Professionals know that images must be licensed to protect you and the work created.

45. Customer Service

Professionals treat you and your clients with courtesy and respect.

46. Budget

Professionals stay on budget and inform you immediately if a request will alter the price.

47. Deadlines

Professionals meet deadlines.

48.  Photographers take a load off of you by organizing

During the hustle and bustle of your wedding day, the last thing you want to do is organise friends and family for group photographs.
This is where a professional wedding photographer really comes into their own. Apart from taking gorgeous photographs of your big day, another part of their job is to organise the group shots. Remember, if you want certain group shots make sure you tell your photographer before the big day.

49. Professional photographers only give you Quality photographs

While point and click cameras are good for your holiday snaps or candid night out on the town pictures, they’re not ideal when it comes to documenting an entire wedding day.
A professional wedding photographer knows the ins and outs of their camera. They have the skills and knowledge to capture your memories in the best quality photographs possible.

50. You’ll look back fondly

Looking back fondly Once you’re home from your honeymoon and you’re settling into married life, having an album full of memories of your big day to look back fondly on is something you can look forward too.
Your professional wedding photographer can capture the mood of the big day and present it to you in a stylish and pleasing way. Something that you can enjoy for a lifetime.

51. You will not get this chance again.

This is your wedding. Hopefully you will only be having one. Isn’t it worth the investment? The #1 regret I hear from brides about their wedding day is that they are not happy with their photos. Don’t be one of them. Besides, when else will all your family and friends be gathered in one place? Probably not until your funeral. My own sister had a very mediocre photographer at her wedding. Within a year, both my grandma and my mom passed away. Those are the last family pictures we will ever have, and they are not good. If only she had hired a great photographer…

52. It’s not just for you, its for everyone who loves you.

Of course your wedding day should be all about you and your fiance, but don’t forget how much time, effort, and money your family and wedding party have put into it as well. They deserve some nice photos to remember the occasion by. But even more than that, think about future generations. Won’t your kids and grandchildren want to see these? What girl doesn’t love seeing old wedding photos of the generations before her? This is the one aspect of your wedding (aside from your marriage itself) that will last forever.

53. A professional wedding photographer can anticipate what will happen next.

This is why you should not only get a great photographer, you should get a great wedding photographer. The word “photographer” encompasses a variety of people- family photographers, fashion photographers, commercial photographers, food photographers, etc. Being good in one area doesn’t necessarily mean you are good in another. If you hire someone whose livelihood is shooting weddings, there is a pretty good chance they have done this enough times to not only know where they need to be in order to capture certain moments, but also random things like what kind of light will come through a stained glass window at 5:00 in May, etc.
A great photographer can turn an ordinary wedding into an extraordinary wedding.
I have seen this first hand on multiple occasions. A couple is on a tight budget and doesn’t have a lot of money for decor or fancy extras at their wedding. But they hire a great photographer, and lo and behold when you see the photos you would think it was a luxury event. The photographer captures everything at its best, and everything that is wonderful about the day, and when you look at your photos the memory of your wedding can be even better than the reality.
If it doesn’t turn out well, you don’t want to have hard feelings with a friend.
This is a big one. If you hire (or ask a favor from) a friend and the photos don’t turn out well, it can seriously damage your relationship. Every time you see that person for the rest of your life you will think of how s/he “ruined” your wedding photos. It may not be intentional, but you will. Its kind of like if they ran over your cat with their car tire. You know its not intentional, but you can’t help but associating them with this one unfortunate act.
So how much does a great wedding photographer cost? This depends on where you live and what all is included in their rate. Some photographers quote their rates for shooting only, while others quote packages that include both shooting and prints, albums, digital images, etc. When you are researching photographers you should keep this in mind and make sure you are comparing apples to apples with regard to pricing
The Bottom Line
While you may need to compromise the wedding budget on parts of your wedding you should make sure hiring a professional photographer is something you don’t skimp on.

54.Trust the photographer’s judgement.

They’ve got a pretty good idea of what works both technically and artistically; their work consists of imagining ahead of time how something’s going to look and it’s seldom to never that a client has the expertise required to offer critical informed opinions based on artistic merit.

55.If you’re not familiar with a new photographer, ask to see their portfolio, any serious photographer will have a portfolio

And then take the time to imagine how your special project might look with that photographer’s style imprinted.

56.Photographers are much more inclined to consider

Publicity submissions based on the quality of the photography. Consider calling ahead for specific likes and dislikes, and remember that your poor photography makes their books look bad.

57.Context may be just the thing to add interest.

Consider hiring a hand model (or using a familiar tool or other reference) to indicate size and scale for small part setups.
1) Consider various formats for your shots: having a choice of horizontal, vertical, and square layouts makes editing and the editor’s job much easier.
2) For studio shoots, setting the lighting is the biggest factor. Once that’s in place, a large number of similar sized bits and pieces can be run through very economically.
3) Learn to look at how lighting falls on the part. Pay attention to highlights and shadows. You see exactly what the camera sees, so learn to interpret the scene.
4) If you don’t have an experienced art director who can spell out just what’s needed for that ad or this web banner, leave it up to the photographer, or ask him/her if they can hire freelance talent to help with the chore.
5) The same holds true if you aren’t familiar with the photo imaging software that came with that $75 scanner. Getting a set of prints back from WalMart isn’t the same as ftp’ing a file to a publication web site for CMYK reproduction.
Above all, look for imagination. Even a wet mop on a bathroom floor will benefit from a little glamour. 

58. Experience is what makes professional photographers professional

During a wedding day, many of the most important moments only happen once – like the exchange of the rings, the first kiss and first dance. And one of the main benefits you receive by hiring a professional wedding photographer is having their photography experience behind you to make sure that you will be able to show these moments to your grandkids. These are not events that will happen again, or get replayed, so it is important to have a photographer there you can trust to document the shot – on the first try.

59. Professional photographers Know The Shots To Make

There are tons of photographs to make during the course of wedding day celebration, with some being more important than others. A professional wedding photographer will know those shots by heart (rather than having to look at a list) and ensure that all the important moments of the day are documented for you. This skill takes a while to develop and can’t be taught overnight, so if it’s the first time your photographer has shot a wedding, the photographer will likely miss a bunch of key shots.

60. Professional Photographers have the Ability to Anticipate and Catch Split-Second Action

This somewhat goes hand-in-hand with the previous reason, but goes a step farther. Not only will a professional wedding photographer know the shots that need to be captured, but the professional wedding photographer will be able to anticipate the action, and put themselves in the right spot for the best angle. Though weddings don’t move as fast as sporting events, they do move quickly and the photographer needs to be observant, ready, in the right place – with the right lens on at any given time. If any of these things are missing, your shot will be missing too.

61. Professional photographers have Posing & Coaching Skills

To shoot great portraits of couple’s, the photographer needs to have practiced it many times. If you have ever had an inexperienced photographer take your picture, you probably felt stiff and not knowing what to do, likely because you didn’t receive much coaching. The inexperienced photographer may have been too overwhelmed with operating the buttons on the camera to make sure you were positioned in the most flattering way.

62. Professional photographers have Lighting Skills

Advanced lighting skills are critically important to good wedding photographs. That’s because many of the venues where couples get ready or hold their receptions are very dimly lit, often times to create a special atmosphere. A professional will have the skills to shoot in even the darkest of light, where an amateur may struggle to get a usable frame or something in focus.

63. The professional photographer does all of the Organization of Group Photos:

This is an area where a professional wedding photographer can add value to your wedding photographs. These are important photos for many couples since weddings are often the only time the entire family gets together in one location. It can be very hard to successfully organize and arrange a large group of people if you haven’t done it before. Can you see everyone’s face? Are all the people there? And is the arrangement orderly and well constructed? And what about the people who have started drinking already and are feeling a little tipsy, distracted and are not following directions?

64. Professional photographers are familiar With Wedding Etiquette

During a wedding day, there are some things that a photographer just shouldn’t do, like walk right in front of the main aisle during the ceremony. Faux-paus like this won’t ruin your wedding, but they can raise your tension on an emotional day. A professional wedding photographer knows the “does and don’ts” throughout the day, and can make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

65. Only Professional photographers have Post Processing and Editing Skills:

After a wedding, it is common to come home with hundreds of images to import, sort, edit and then export. It takes a significant amount of time to do this, and a professional wedding photographer has a process for dealing with this many images at one time. Also, the professional wedding photographer is skilled in editing, and can make photos look their best in the digital darkroom from RAW image data, at the same time, making sure all the files are backed up in multiple locations so your wedding memories are safe and sound.

66. Professional photographers anticipate the equipment they need and arrange to bring It

Nowadays, everyone has a camera. Even cameras with really high “mega-pixels” as is the buzzword for most consumer grade products. And most cameras capture nice pictures given the right lighting situation, or when people are standing totally still. But what if the light isn’t good? Or what if the people are dancing? Rather, professionals worry about things like autofocus abilities, ISO levels and noise capabilities. These are some of the factors that allow us to catch sharp photos, in very dark places, even without a flash (which isn’t allowed in many churches). In addition, there are big differences between consumer and pro lenses. While they look nearly identical, pro level lenses often let in 8 to 16 times more light than consumer zoom lenses. And that can be the difference between getting sharp, bright photos – compared to dark, blurry ones.

67. Professional photographers have Access To Pro Level Photo Labs and Album Companies

There is a huge difference in the quality of the photo books and albums a professional wedding photographer will have access to in order to showcase your wedding photos compared to a consumer. Nearly all of the premium album and print companies reserve their services to a professional wedding photographer, leaving amateurs with more automated, and less premium albums and photo books.

68. A professional photographer will know how to light different subjects.

There are certain rules to follow that professional photographers do by instinct that amateurs could only find after hours of research. For instance, the amateur sees the professional add a hair light to portraits. They. In turn, go and do the same for every portrait they take. What they don’t know is that when professionals take a portrait of a bald or thinning man you don’t use a “hair” light. Because there is no hair. No hair- No hairlight!

69. Professional photographers know how to manipulate the camera to make everyone look as good as they like

For example, different lenses and angles are used on heavy set people VS thin people.

70. Other than the wedding dress and the rings, the photography is the only wedding expense you get to keep forever

Do you really want to entrust it to Uncle Bob, or another amature?

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