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Is a professional wedding vendor worth it?

Without a doubt, YES! Let me share some experiences from some weddings in the past.

The photographer in these experiences was the only vendor who was not an experienced wedding professional, and did the photos as a favor to the couple. It was a very sweet gesture and was very ambitious. I”m sure they had some good photos. All these experiences are true. All had a family friend or relative take the photos.

As the bride was walking down the (outdoor) aisle, the photographer was walking backwards down the aisle and backed right into me. If I hadn’t been paying attention to his awkward half crouching while walking backwards movements, I would have been knocked over.

And, there was this time when the bride had great expressions on her face as she was walking down the aisle. But since it was outside, there were some tourists in the background of his shots. However, if the photographer had taken photos from the other direction, the photographer would have gotten great photos of the beautiful background and a photo of the groom wiping tears from his eyes. Both of those were missed opportunities.

Also, during a wedding the ceremony the photographer stood 3-5 feet from the couple, nearly the entire time, blocking the view of the parents and guests.

Finally, I need to stop saying that there’s not much more than can happen during a ceremony that would catch me off guard.

During a wedding, with about 100 guests, when the rings were exchanged, the photographer, standing 4 feet away, said, “can you do that again, just slower, i missed it.” And the couple did! One of the very few times that I’ve been left speechless. Awkward.

Please hire an experienced professional wedding vendor.

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14 thoughts on “Is a professional wedding vendor worth it?

  1. Thanks for sharing these experiences. Its so sad to hear of lost moments and unprofessionalism by photographers. I appreciate you getting the word out how important it is to hire a professional photographer.

  2. Oh my word! You should have seen my face as I read this. That’s so crazy! I’m glad you didn’t get knocked over. I probably would’ve laughed though! Speaking of laughing remember the time at the olde pink house when you made me laugh during the ceremony? What an amazing dramatic reading of poetry that was!

  3. Absolutely–a photographer should rarely be seen during a ceremony, let alone in the front of it! And you, Rev Schulte–are an awesome photographer as well! So glad you chose to pick up my camera the day you married Rocky and I!!!!

  4. I’d like to add that whenever someone on the “crew” is not an experienced professional there’s usually a glitch, somewhere. Like the time a couple asked a friend to officiate. While photographing the bride in her room the event planner rushed in, stating that the ceremony had begun without her knowledge! The officiant/friend had just started without checking with anyone! Not much was missed but who needs the panic and rush? … it’s completely avoidable!

  5. The reshoots I’ve done for brides and grooms have all been a result of getting terrible images or the family member disappeared into the reception and never did their couples portraiture. One reshoot was because they never got ANY images from their wedding.

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