Who needs a professional wedding photographer? “After all, I have a friend with a great camera and she takes pretty good pictures.” I can’t tell you how many times we have heard that. Well…. lets take that logic and go with it. Let’s say you are learning how to play the piano and you have a small little keyboard. Well if you go to the music store and purchase a baby grand piano than you will certainly sound like a concert pianist, right? WRONG! It takes training and education and practice, practice, practice, oh and more practice. So unless you want your wedding to be “practice” for your friend in training, than hire a professional. When it gets down to it, there is no redo or re-shoot for your wedding day so hire a professional photographer that is certified as a certified professional photographer through the Professional Photographer’s of America or even better, a certified professional Master Photographer.
We had a bride bring us a CD of images she had a “friend” make from her wedding. She asked for our help in creating a custom album like the ones she saw in our studio. I gave her a quote for the color correcting and retouching and album design. (Things any professional studio would provide as part of their wedding services) Well as I began to look through the CD of images it quickly became apparent that the quality was so poor such as out of focus images, composition, and general quality that I could not create an album of the caliber she had seen on our table. I did my best and gave her a very amateur album as far as the content was concerned. Bride went away telling me she should have hired us. I honestly felt bad for her because she could not go back and fix the mistake.
We had a bride that came to us and booked a wedding coverage with us. It became clear after a few moments in a consultation with her that the memories of her wedding day were already going to be very important to her. She had made some changes in her wedding budget to make sure she had exactly the wedding album and coverage she wanted and made sure to book a professional Atlanta wedding photographer. She also made the comment that some things will be forgotten quickly but the pictures is all she will have after that day. When she came to get her finished album she was very happy with what we did and told us she was so happy with her pictures. That is what we live to hear our clients say!
Don’t waste your time being practice for a friend. Call and book your wedding today!