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Hiring a Professional Photographer When "I can take pictures" may not be enough

Updated: Aug 4, 2023


“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen. Hiring a professional photographer may be on your mind, but have you considered when someone who says "I can take pictures" may not be enough. What does a professional bring to the table:

  1. Expertise and Skill: they bring extensive knowledge of lighting, composition and posing to create stunning images. Their skill ensures that they can capture the best moments and details of your special day.

  2. Experience: professional wedding photographers have experience working in various wedding scenarios. Such as lighting conditions, manage large crowds, and ability to adapt to changing situations. Their experience allows them to anticipate and capture key moments throughout the day, ensuring that nothing is missed.

  3. Equipment and Backup: using high-quality cameras, lenses, and other equipment to capture the best possible images professional photographers come prepared with backup equipment in case of any technical issues. Having professional-grade gear allows them to capture sharp and high-resolution images that will stand the test of time.

  4. Artistic Vision and Style: a photographer's unique artistic vision and style is invaluable. When you hire a professional, you can choose someone whose work aligns with your aesthetic preferences. They can create a cohesive visual story of your wedding day, capturing the emotions, joy, and beauty of the event in a way that reflects your personality and vibe.

  5. Reliability and Commitment: their reliability ensures that you can trust them to capture all the significant moments without concern as they will arrive on time, stay focused, and work diligently throughout the day. They are committed to your wedding day and will spend time carefully selecting and editing the best images. They have the skills and software to enhance the photos, adjust colors, and create a polished final product. This attention to detail ensures that you receive a collection of images ready to be treasured.

Hiring a professional photographer can bring peace of mind allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the experience and create lasting memories without worrying about capturing every moment yourself or relying on friends or family to do so, allowing you to relive those precious moments for years to come.

How do I find and how much is a professional photographer?

  • Ask for Recommendations

  • Research and ​Review Portfolios

  • ​Confirm their Experience and Read Testimonials

  • ​Arrange a Consultation and Ask for References

  • ​Clarify Wedding Details and Sign Contract

The cost of a professional wedding photographer in West Virginia (WV) can vary depending on several factors, but on average, packages can range from $1,500 to $4,500 and is based on the photographer's experience, reputation, the duration of coverage, the number of photographers, the location, and the services included in the package. Additional services such as engagement sessions, photo albums, prints, and travel expenses may also affect the overall cost.

After completing the first three steps above (recommendations, research/reviews & confirmation of experience/testimonials) we recommend reaching out to those that match your preferred style to discuss your requirements with them, and request detailed pricing information and package options. This will allow you to compare in order to make an informed decision about hiring a professional photographer based on your budget.


Our team's tips

  • photographer must be a team player and able to work with other's

  • ask about guarantees of delivery and price reduction options if not met

  • inquire about their number of weddings

  • do they have a back-up plan if they can't make the wedding

  • how long does it typically take for them to deliver the final edited photos

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