Planning a wedding can be hectic work: wedding dress, bridesmaids’ dresses, venue, reception, food, music, guests’ list… And then you have to decide whether you should hire a professional wedding photographer or not. Why not use pictures taken by friends or relatives? After all, photographs may not be your top priority. The most important thing is to enjoy the day, right?

It’s okay to wonder: are wedding photographs so important? Is it worth spending money on them, when you are already paying for everything else? And if it’s worth it, can’t you opt for a cheaper alternative, like using the photos your guests take?

Hiring a professional wedding photographer, instead of assigning the task to an amateur photographer, is worth every penny you spend.

There are so many reasons why you should consider hiring a professional and we can walk you through each one below.

A single purpose

A professional wedding photographer will help you avoid potential disappointment.

The photographer is there for a single purpose: to focus on your wedding in order not to miss a single moment or detail.

Your guests, on the other hand, are there to celebrate your special day with you. They are there to have a good time—and so are you. Worrying about photographs will keep everyone distracted.

Because of your wedding photographer’s experience, they will focus on their job and get the best shots without you even noticing them.

Most importantly: this will take the stress off you, your partner, and your guests, and allow you to enjoy the moment.

In the end, without a professional wedding photographer, you risk ending up with the worst of both worlds: having poor photographs—and neither you nor your guests enjoying yourselves.

What makes images powerful?

While your wedding day only lasts for a few hours, you will want to remember it for years to come. You will want to share it with your friends, relatives, children, and grandchildren.

Wedding photographs aren’t just images that you, as a couple, will keep for yourself. They are photographs that will be passed down through generations.

That is why photographs have always played an important role in our lives: they connect us to our past. They remind us of people and places. Most importantly, they let us relive our feelings and share our stories with others.

Wedding photographs don’t capture things but emotions

Wedding photographs will allow you to relive the entire day as many times as you wish: from the morning preparations right up to the goodbye hug of your last guest. These pictures will tell the beautiful story of your wedding and let you look back and remember your wedding day.

A wedding photographer is not just an expert in technical matters. Crucially, she knows that she’s not there to capture things. Her technical skills will help her in her real work—to capture emotions and immortalize special moments.

The most special moments are fleeting ones: the groom anxiously waiting for the bride, the happiness when they exchange their “first look,” the pride in the parents’ eyes… what guest would be able to capture those?

Wedding photographs capture details

Wedding photographs will also capture every detail you will unavoidably miss during your wedding day.

Your wedding day will fly by. Everyone will want to talk to you, to share in on your happiness. Many brides hardly find the time to eat something, let alone notice small things like their grandmother’s earrings, the ones she had promised to wear on your wedding day.

When you have invested so much time and money into designing and putting together your wedding day, you want to relive the experience at your leisure, taking in all the small things that you were too busy to appreciate during the event.

Wedding photographs capture people

Your wedding is a rare opportunity for you to have all your friends and relatives together.

In everyday life, it is just impossible to keep in touch with everybody. It’s even harder to bring everybody together at the same time. These rare and blessed moments, when everyone you love and care for surround you, cannot be missed!

Let your photographer know the types of shots you would like, the locations, and who you want a picture with. Getting various family and friends together for group shots is a challenging task—but that’s what your wedding photographer is there for.

And, of course, that these photographs can be given to those close relatives and friends as a special gift to remember your wedding day and keep sharing in your joy for years to come. That’s where a wedding album + prints comes in handy.

What are the most important wedding photos?

That raises another issue: what should you have in your wedding album?

The key to an amazing wedding photo album is to include all those precious moments and details.

We are all different people. What’s special to one may mean little to another. So, feel free to focus on whatever moments you feel are important to capture. Be sure to discuss these with your wedding photographer.

Having said that, here are some wedding photos most people will not want to miss:

  • Number one, the bride getting ready. For many brides, this is a special moment. They will want to keep memories of their loved ones helping them put on that special dress they may have been dreaming of since they were little girls. The dress that will turn a bride into a showstopper. 
  • Then comes the ceremony. Those moments when the doors swing open and the bride enters, everyone stands up, and the bride walks down the aisle.
  • And, of course, that first look when the groom’s eyes meet the bride’s. One of the most emotional moments of most weddings.
  • The moment when you exchange vows + rings.
  • When you are pronounced husband and wife.
  • That special moment where as bride + groom you share your first kiss.
  • Finally, the bliss you two share immediately following your ceremony when you walk back down the same aisle as husband and wife.

When should you take wedding pictures?

Most weddings don’t end with the ceremony. After the ceremony, your wedding photographer will usually take group photos. Before you and your guests leave to go to the reception, however, ask your photographer to sneak in first and capture the immaculate décor, still perfect, waiting for everyone to arrive.

Beyond any must-have photos, have a lot of fun shots during your entire wedding party!

Spontaneous photos are the best ones. While your first dance and the parent dances are all important, be sure to ask your wedding photographer to focus on shots that capture your true love; the off-camera looks that groom and bride exchange. Or the glances that you and your loved ones give to one another. These are all well worth remembering.

You’ll also want to reflect on the decorative elements of your wedding:

The bouquet that symbolizes the blooming of your new life. The shoes and the rings; elements with which photographers can get particularly creative. Also the cake—the centerpiece of your wedding dinner—and all the other delicacies you serve your guests.

Why are wedding pictures so important?

Wedding photographs are so important because they are the best way to immortalize your wedding. Not just things like shoes and cake but people and emotions.

These are the tangible evidence of just how great your wedding day was and how happy your family and friends were.

They are what will make you smile and cry years after the last light of your reception room has been turned off.

And these are things that only a professional wedding photographer can guarantee for you.

Contact BLVD Wedding Photography and we would love to hear what’s most important about your special day!