Should you Hire a Professional Wedding Photographer?

Many couples make the decision to hire a friend or family member to capture their wedding and while this may help with costs, it can end up being one of their biggest regrets. 

Your friends and family naturally have the best intentions when offering to shoot your wedding but having the latest camera is not enough to take amazing photos. Wedding photographers have experience, creativity, and technical expertise, something that takes years to build up.

If you’re considering hiring a non-professional photographer, these are some the risks that you should be aware of: 

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1. A LACK OF SKILL
Photographers spend years mastering different types of shots, how to make the best use of lighting, and how to operate a professional camera correctly. When you hire a non-professional photographer, their lack of skills might end up ruining some of the most important shots of your day. For example, taking a photo of your first kiss might mean knowing how to shoot in a dimly lit church or outside in direct sunlight. Will they know how to capture various shots in any environment? Anyone can take nice pictures at a wedding but you can very clearly see when a photo has been taken by a professional versus when it has been taken by an amateur.


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2. MISSING IMPORTANT MOMENTS
A professional wedding photographer knows when to be ready to capture those important moments throughout the day. When you hire a friend or family member to shoot your wedding, there is a good chance that they’ll miss out on some important and memorable shots. Firstly, they don’t have experience shooting weddings and secondly, they’re also there to socialize and enjoy the day. While it’s not ideal to imagine that someone close to you simply wouldn’t show up on the day, it’s important to note that they’re not running a business so they don’t have any contract in place guaranteeing that they have to show up. 


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3. A LACK OF EQUIPMENT
Photography is not a hobby that many people can afford. Photographers need a reasonable amount of money to get started, with many professional photographers renting their equipment for years before they can afford to buy their own. The right equipment makes a huge difference to the quality of your wedding photos and also allows your photographer to get creative. Even though a non-professional photographer might have an amazing camera, they probably don’t have any extra or backup equipment. Camera malfunctions happen all the time. Will they be prepared? Professional photographers always have backups in should any technical issues arise. Also, will your friend or family member have the means to edit and print your images after the wedding? Simply put, there is a lot more to photography than pointing and shooting.


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While the idea of asking someone close to you to shoot your wedding might sound appealing, it does come with a lot of risks. This is one of the most important days of your life so make sure that you’re hiring someone who can capture beautiful photos that you can proudly look back on years from now. 


Top 6 Photos With Your Bridesmaids That You Absolutely Need

There are plenty of photos you have probably considered taking on your Kentucky wedding day. From getting ready, the ceremony to pictures with your family (and of course with the groom) but what about the ladies that have helped throughout the entire wedding planning process? While you know you'll have some time to take group shots of the entire bridal party, you’ll want to make sure you have these photos with your bridesmaids as you get ready on your big day!

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1. Showcase the Wedding Dress

The wedding dress has beautiful details you'll want to capture. You can pose with all of the bridesmaids to show off their dresses as well or have some great close ups of the bridesmaids helping button, zipper or lace up the details of your dress.

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2. First Look With The Bridesmaids

You have heard about the first look for the bride and groom but what about when the bridal party sees the bride for the first time? The bride's first reveal to her bridal party can result in some emotional and memorable photo opportunities.

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3. Having Fun

As you are getting ready everyone's nerves are a little on edge because everyone wants to look their best. There will be moments when you just need to let loose to relax a little and having a little dance party, jumping on the bed or just being silly are moments that can make for great photo opportunities.

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4. Matching Robes or Shirts

Most brides will have getting ready attire for their bridesmaids and you'll want to capture everyone in their cute and thoughtful pre-wedding wear.

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5. Bouquets and Bridesmaids Dresses

Bouquets won't last a lifetime but the pictures you have of them will. The bridesmaids and bride bouquet shot is one that you will want to have. There are many ways you can showcase the bouquets as well as the bridesmaid's dresses. From lining everyone up and holding their bouquets out to the camera, hiding their faces, to forming a circle around the bride; this is another shot that you can get creative with.

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6. Celebrating Shot

You're getting married! There is bound to be a bottle or two of champagne being opened in the bride's honor. Take a minute to pause as you toast away your single life with your bridesmaids for a picture perfect shot.


What to Look for in a Location for an Kentucky Engagement Session

Engagement sessions are an ideal way for you to see how well you and your photographer will work together. They are also great for you and your soon-to-be spouse to practice your poses for your wedding day portraits. But where should you schedule your engagement session? While you can ask your photographer for some insight on where they suggest, consider these tips to help you choose a location that has significance and meaning to you and your love.

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1. Choose a Place That Fits You as a Couple

Do you have a favorite coffee shop? Go there. Spend most of your evenings dueling it out over scrabble? Set up a session at home. The location of your Kentucky engagement shoot should be a place you two are comfortable in. You don't have to go all out and glamorous if you are more the laid back and casual type. Nor do you have to search for an open field to shoot in if you'd rather shoot in front of a street mural. The location can be any place that will allow you two to act naturally.

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2. Take the Sun Into Consideration.

If you are choosing a location because of the sunset or sunrise you'll have to schedule your session accordingly. You'll also want to take into consideration the season as well since the sunset starts later or earlier depending on the time of year. If you are shooting at multiple locations for your engagement session don’t forget to account for travel time.  If you're going for a sunset or sunrise backdrop you may want to keep your locations closer together to give you more time.

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3. Consider the Visuals and Background

Whether you are going for a rustic or urban look, brainstorm some locations that have interesting backgrounds. Find some interesting architecture or brick walls for an urban feel or fields and trails for a more urban and country feel. Try not to choose a location that has too much foot traffic since this can result in your images getting photo bombed by a passerby. 


5 Things You Should Trust Your Kentucky Wedding Photographer With

Trust is the number one ingredient to any relationship and this is equally as true for the relationship you have with your Kentucky wedding photographer. There's a reason you chose someone to capture the most important day of your life. While you may have a vision of how you want your images to turn out, for the most part you are going to put a lot of trust in your photographer. Trusting your wedding photographer a little more in these main areas will not only result in the best images  possible for you to remember your wedding day but will also relieve you of some stress.

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1. Choosing the Location of the Shot

You Kentucky wedding photographer will take the time to familiarize themselves with your reception location or areas around your ceremony site to find the best places to photograph. They'll know what areas get the best light and where the best scenery is. Also, usually light trumps scenery when it comes to location choices. You would be amazed where some of the most beautiful photographs were taken! Surprisingly, it could have been a less than ideal location with amazing light.  

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2. Time of Day to Shoot

Like I already mentioned, lighting is key to creating beautiful images and using natural light will produce the best lighting setting. That doesn't mean any time of the day will give you the same results. Your Kentucky photographer will know what time of day will be best to take those gorgeous outdoor shots that won't leave harsh shadows on your face or when to sneak outside to take some night inspired shots.

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3. Poses

Trust your wedding photographer to know what pose is the most flattering for you. They can see how the light is illuminating you and what is in the background. While most photographers will take into consideration your photography ideas, you should allow them to direct most of your poses since they are aware of the most flattering poses for your body types, the location and the desired effect of the photograph. 

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4. Editing Your Photos

Trust your Kentucky photographer’s creative eye during the editing process. They will know which images will look best in black and white, color, cropped and which ones to add special effects too, if any. Part of the editing process is a part of their style and this is one of the reasons you hired them. Trust them to use their skills to make each image stunning.

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5. Designing & Printing Your Album

Your photographer knows where to get quality albums made and probably has a long-term relationship with a reputable album making company. The worst thing you can do is have stunning wedding photographs, order an expensive album and find the colors are off, the image is blurred or it simply won’t last the generations albums should be cherished. Knowing where to get your albums made, what size they should be done in and which designs will look best in your albums is part of the package you get when you hired a professional  Kentucky wedding photographer. Trust them and listen to what they think will look best for what you want.