5 Reasons Why a Professional Photographer is Worth the Dough

5 Reasons Why a Professional Photographer is Worth the Dough

You spend a lot of time and money in preparation for your big day. Whether to have a planner helping you bring your vision to life or you are spending countless hours assembling all your DIY Pinterest projects one by one, it’s a big job. But what is all that effort for if you hire an amateur photographer off of Craigslist?

Though every professional photographer has been an amateur at some point in their career, is it really worth the risk of having less than desirable photos in order to save a few hundred dollars?

Photography by Aralani Photography

Photography by Aralani Photography

Here are just a few reasons why hiring a professional wedding photographer is worth forking over the extra dough:

  • A professional has done this before. Quite a few times actually. By this time they have figured out how to get the flower girl and ring bearer, and the groomsmen (the big kids) to all cooperate at the same time.
  • They know how to work quickly and efficiently to get the group poses you want as well as those candid shots of those special and sometimes unexpected moments you will look back on and smile.
  • They remember to get the all shots of that beautiful décor you spent so much time and/or money on.
  • They know which lenses, angles, and lighting work the best for each shot, a skill that is learnt over time and time again of shooting weddings.
  • When the wedding is over, a professional photographer’s job is not. They spend countless hours sifting through the hundreds of photos and editing and enhancing making sure the photos look as beautiful as you remember it.
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Photography by Aralani Photography

Keep in mind that on average in the Portland area, a professional photographer costs anywhere from 2.5k-3.5k for a day’s coverage. This usually includes a second photographer and, depending on the photographer, some photo credit (use it towards an album or other prints). If this price has got you in a panic, don’t worry! Read our cost saving tips in order to make your budget stretch further so you CAN afford that perfect professional photographer.

Picture that!