No professional photographer in London – or anywhere else in the world for that matter – will tell you that it is a good idea to get an amateur to handle the photography on your big day. However, some couples still ignore this advice because they are suspicious of the motivation behind it. After all, if we as professional photographers started to recommend that people make do with amateurs, we would be losing business – in the short term at least. Nevertheless, I would ask you to suspend your disbelief for a moment, whilst I give you 3 excellent reasons not to rely on amateur photographers on the day of your wedding:
Mistakes Cannot Be Rectified – If the friend who is responsible for capturing your first kiss or the act of cutting the cake makes a mess of things, there will be no second chances to get it right. Whilst he or she could theoretically ask you to perform the action in question again, can you imagine what kind of day you would have if they were to keep doing this?
Amateurs May Forget Their Responsibilities – The very worst examples of photography I have seen are those cases when the person in charge of the camera was not in charge of their faculties. If your photographer is also a guest at your wedding, there is a very real danger that they may have a few drinks, get carried away with all the celebrating going on around them and start to take some truly awful pictures.
Friendships Can Easily Be Ruined – Quite apart from the fact that the very best examples of London wedding photography I have come across were all produced by professionals, which is reason enough in my mind not to have an amateur do the job, there is a very good chance that you will fall out with any friend who makes a bad job of your wedding pictures.
You could save a significant amount of money by letting a friend or relative be the official photographer at your wedding but I really donít think it is worth the risk.