Friends, family, work colleagues, a friend of a friend – they’re all out there, and they’re all willing to lend a hand and capture your day for you, and they are of course cheaper than someone like me!
Can you even book and wholeheartedly rely on one of the above despite the very best of intentions?
The following words of regret remain whispered by couples long after the day, and heard by us and many that we know.
Don’t do it we say! Unless you are prepared for the consequences…
Why we wished we’d booked a professional photographer.
“We were having such a relaxed, informal, casual wedding, the last thing we wanted to do was stand around posing for an obtrusive photographer, so when one of our good friends offered to step in and take some photographs we thought – brilliant, perfect, win win!
He has a great camera, he’s so lovely, he knows us well, and as long as we give him our wish list of moments, we’ll be all set, saving money and hassle! Now we know different.
We’ll never blame our friend – we’re so grateful for his offer – but we should have thought more about what we were doing, and spoken to him in much more detail about what we wanted. We also should have checked out a little more of his photography skills rather than winging it, taking his word for it.
We’re left with such a small collection of images of our wedding day, some of them are not so great either, some of them are ok, and that’s it, moment gone.
On the day we felt like we couldn’t really ask him to do much more in between taking the pics in his own way, and being our guest too, because we weren’t paying him. So we just went with it, and kept telling ourselves, he’s on it, he’s got his camera, it will be fine – and some of the images on the back of the camera on the day looked alright when he asked him to show us – phew! We were so wrong.
Worse still, our families are gutted, as are we – in fact our mothers are actually quite cross with us. And we are cross with ourselves. This is such an easy, yet silly mistake to make. It’s not like we didn’t have the budget”.
Jane & Neil