You might be getting married (congrats, incidentally) and trying to decide whether or not to even hire a wedding photographer . You might be trying to decide now on which photography professional to choose for your wedding day. You could be a wedding photographer, trying to understand the delicate and confounding psyche of these who engage in wedding planning.

Whoever you are, for your reading pleasure, check out the top 10 myths of wedding photography as relayed by way of a photographer who still loves taking pictures. These are broken directly into three categories: a. Myths about not hiring a professional at all; b. Myths concerning the selection process; and c. Myths about how exactly the photography ought to be done.

CATEGORY A: I don’t need/want a marriage photographer because:

1. My cousin’s roommate from college just got the brand new Canon 999D and various ‘L ‘ professional series lenses; it’ll be great (and, did I mention, FREE!).

Is it impossible to locate a good free photographer? No. Is it likely? No. Is it a good idea? Almost never. But hey, it really is your wedding day. You can chance it on the stranger who could very well be overly intrigued by the bridesmaid who has slightly bit too much to drink at the reception and starts to dance provocatively. This way, the majority of your photos could possibly be of her. Perfect, right? And free. In this example, you can just point out to your kids, twenty years down the road, that the photographer did take these photos with really leading edge technology, which is why you can see just so much detail of the lewd woman at your wedding with, how shall we say… ‘perky’ breasts. No, she isn’t the bride, but doesn’t she appear to be she is having fun?

2. Why would I get a photographer? Everybody and their dog has a camera (even cell phones pictures are creeping up in the ‘megapixel’ race). The snapshots from guests will suffice.

Yes, it is true to convey that most of us now carry a camera on the body constantly (on our phone at least). Moreover, at a marriage, many if not most guests bring some form of additional camera to memorialize the function (particularly things that go wrong, if they don’t like you; tears from the groom if they do). However, rigorous double blind studies have been done on the info stream to which we are referring, and they all show one thing. These pictures have a 99.9982% potential for sucking. Really badly. There might be one great photo of the bunch, of a dog by the end of the aisle that meant so much to Great Aunt Esther. It’ll be perfectly exposed, focused, and display Sparky with a beautiful stance using great composition.

3. Wedding photography is too expensive – why would I support an industry of so-called ‘professionals’ who really only work a couple of hours a week. I have no idea whether to be angry or jealous.

You can be angry if you would like. You can also be jealous, since we’ve a job that (hopefully) we love, and take great pride in. If you think we work a few hours for a single wedding, you are fooling yourself. Those are the hours that you see us at the marriage; suffice it to say, many hours of preparation went in to that particular wedding, a lot of time will proceed upon the end of big day in post-production. When done correctly, the work is extensive, fun, and pays decent.

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