Wedding Photography – for now and the future

There are two framed photos that grace the walls of my home – my parents wedding and my husband’s parents wedding. I treasure these and enjoy them immensely. They are the World War II generation and both our fathers are wearing their uniforms. These photos tell quite a story.

My parents wedding photo.

Your wedding is an important story, and we all know weddings can be an expensive undertaking. There are many ways to prioritize your budget. I hope photography is one that is at the top of your list. Even an elopement is worthy of beautiful photographs.

In our digital world everyone can take photos and who doesn’t have thousands of them filling up our hard-drives? I’m here to make the case for hiring a great photographer along with having actual prints made.

A wonderful moment caught beautifully

A true professional will capture images that most of us simply cannot even see. It’s not the equipment, although that helps, it’s the ‘eye’ and the ‘art.’  You may have a family member or friend with all the good equipment, but if they are not a professional, do they really have what it takes?

Asking a friend to take your photos is like asking one of your guests to help serve the meal. A guest is a guest. Neither should your father, uncle or aunt officiate your wedding. Unless they are professionals with experience, leave these two important jobs to people who truly know how to make it an amazing and meaningful experience.

A formal group shot.

When choosing a photographer, take the time to look through their work. Some take lots of formal shots and others go with a more photo-journalist route – the ‘capture the moment’ approach. One of my favorites always surprises me with the moments he’s caught, while I never even noticed his presence.  I think a combination of these approaches is really perfect. Capture those special unguarded moment, without the pasted-on smile, but also get group shots and portraits. Sometimes these are the only photos future generations can reference.

I have seen the results of having a friend or family member (who is not a professional) take pictures, and sometimes it is not pretty. Out of focus, heads chopped off, squinting faces.

Another great 'capture the moment'

Professionals have cameras costing thousands of dollars, as well as carrying a back-up camera in case anything goes wrong. For a bigger budget there can be two photographers covering everything.  They also carry a variety of lenses, flash guns, lights, spare batteries, memory cards and a whole host of other technical stuff. But as I already stated – you are paying them not only for this gear, but for their art, their hard work and time spent both on sight and editing afterwards, along with a lifetime of training and experience.

While getting ready for that posed shot... there's this!

In our modern world, most photographers send the couple a link to all the digital images and the couple can choose what they want to do with that. I encourage you to get at least a few high-quality prints made. Digital images can easily be forgotten or lost to the dreaded computer crash. Prints will be part of your home, to be handed down generation to generation – even after formats change.

Years ago, I found some footage of my family that was on an old home movie format, and had them converted to video-tape; then I had that converted to DVD. What will happen when there are no DVDs left?  Technology is forever changing… but a print, like a painting, just is what it is.

As with all of life’s milestones, we are left with memories, and those memories can be best kept in the real world. Consider it a gift to the future.


THANK YOU Lisa Rhinehart for all the gorgeous photos. Lisa was chosen as one of the top 50 wedding photographers world-wide. 


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