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Professional Wedding Photographer vs. Amateur with a Professional Camera

02/19/12 2:50 PM

With the influx of amazing photographic technology available to anyone who can afford the luxury, so comes the influx of amateur photographers doing the work of professionals.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I love that so many people have taken photography to be their new passion, but not anyone can do professional work, even though they may own a professional camera.
There are several times in one’s life when a professional photographer is well worth the price, and unfortunately, some people decide to cut corners and have a random friend snap away at their wedding.  Unfortunately, the nightmare begins there.

There is so much involved in taking professional photographs, especially for a wedding, that it really is a mistake to leave that job to an amateur.  It is possible for important shots to be completely lost –or never taken.  The laundry list of things that could go wrong –and do go wrong, is long!  The horror stories I have heard and witnessed… oh, it’ll make your head spin.
A business associate of mine hired a photographer for his wedding off of Craigslist.  Sadly, the photographer actually arrived at the wrong wedding, took photographs for a full two hours before realizing he was at the wrong event…  Needless to say, it was a legitimate nuptial nightmare.

A professional photographer will be sure to have everything well organized with a timeline scheduled with the bride and groom well in advance of the wedding day, so that all photographs are taken in a timely manner, nothing is missed, and all pictures will be ready for the album with no missing people, no missing portraits, and certainly no moments from the wedding and reception will go undocumented.

On a day as important as your wedding day, your wedding photography is not a place to cut corners on your budget!  Be sure to hire a professional wedding photographer who knows how to work with light, composition, poses, timelines, etc such as Christophe Genty in Napa, California.  Christophe specializes in Wine Country Weddings in both Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley.  When you hire a professional wedding photographer like Christophe, you will have absolutely no regrets.


Posted by Christophe | in Wedding | 2 Comments »

2 Comments on “Professional Wedding Photographer vs. Amateur with a Professional Camera”

  1. Stephen Mutch Says:

    So true Christophe. When we got married years ago, we hired who we thought was a professional photographer for our wedding. We were looking forward to seeing the pictures and when we got them, we were so disappointed. I felt like I could have handed my brother our nice digital camera and gotten better photos. The worst part was that the photos did not capture the special moments and the overall experience. If we had an opportunity to do it all over, I would have hired a professional but also would have looked for an artist like you.

  2. Luke Snyder Says:

    Amen! Thanks for the valuable share Christophe.

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