Why You Should Use a Professional for Your Wedding Photography/ Video Coverage: Don’t Skimp on this!

Don’t skimp on good wedding photography! Seriously, don’t. One of the biggest regrets we often hear from newlyweds is that (a) they did not use a professional photographer and so had poor quality wedding pictures, or (b) quality photography was not a top priority. Newlywed brides usually cried ‘had I known, I would have hired a better photographer I thought was more expensive’. In most cases those are people that spent the most money on their wedding wears, but end up with pictures that make the wedding dress look cheap.  Make good photography a priority – that’s the only thing you will have left, to show for all the money you spent on your wedding – no amount of talk-talk story will show it.  Think about it – if you have the biggest owambe wedding party and end up with poor quality, blurred pictures, what will you tell your future children? Common, make QUALITY photography a top priority in your wedding budget. After that, if you still have extra money, add quality videography into the do-not-skimp list, but if not focus on getting very good pictures only (most people won’t ask you for the videos, but most will ask for pictures).

image of a nigerian wedding photographer snapping away

Photo Credit: Instagram/ BigHStudios (Nigerian Wedding Photographer)

Oh Yes, You Can!

Before you say that you cannot afford a professional photographer, I want to let you know that some good photographers are affordable, even more affordable than you think. AND, yes you can afford one, if you consider cutting small cash from that latest aso-oke/ designer wedding gown you are eyeing.  Buy a slightly cheaper one to make room for good photography.  Yes, you can afford a better photographer if you reduce the number of people you will invite from 500 to 400 – and use the food and drinks money for the 100 guests you cut down to hire a better photographer. Instead of hiring an amateur/ quack photographer and an amateur videographer, put that money together to hire 1 good, known photographer. Haba! Must you have the two, if you can’t afford quality in each case? Must you have BOTH a photographer and a videographer/ video coverage vendor? If your wedding pictures don’t turn out well, because you were spent more on other things, how would you explain that to your future children when they ask.

Learn from Past Mistakes of Other Brides

Please, don’t hire a jack-of-all-trade photographer that covers anything events – find one that has covered plenty of weddings, AND don’t take their word for their expertise – see their previous wedding photography works with your eyes and if you don’t like them, keep searching/ ask around until you find one good one. It’s worth it. In previous articles, I shared real-life stories of brides who seriously regret making mistakes of not making good photography a wedding priority:

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Here’s How You Can Afford Good Wedding Photography without Robbing the Bank

Here’s a fact, quality service, quality photography, does not  necessarily mean EXPENSIVE. If you plan to make good wedding photography a priority, you’ll devote time to finding the most affordable good photographers. Hey, what’s the use of wearing an expensive wedding gown and a track record of a big owambe wedding reception that they blocked roads/ street for when you have no good quality pictures to show for. What excuse will you give your children? And guess what? Those friends you invited to show off to will abuse you behind about your shabby pictures. So, make room in your wedding budget for a good photographer.

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So, When is the Best Time to Book Your Wedding Photographer?

Let me tell you a truth – most good wedding photographers are booked many months in advance. So, if you want a good photographer, book him early on, about the time you start your wedding planning – so that you’ll have enough time to see their previous works at weddings, and confirm if they are a good fit for you.

A photographer is often the last thing that most Nigerian couples think of, and some hire a wedding photographer in a hurry, last minute after all other wedding plans are in place, and a few weeks to their wedding they end up picking just any available photographer. I’ve met couples who cried when they got back their wedding pictures – either because out of 500 shots, they could not boast of 10 good prints to put in their wedding album. I’ve also met couples who are still expecting prints of their wedding pictures two years after. Don’t repeat a known mistake – book a good photographer early.

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Mistake of Budgeting Very Cheap for Photography or Not Budgeting for it At All

Good wedding photography is not very cheap, and it should not cost you an arm and leg either. Take time to find professional photographers that you can afford. Don’t let price alone determine who you hire to snap your wedding pictures – many made that mistake and can’t rewind back (but you can prevent it).

For a lot of brides, photography is not a top priority because they believe that any cheap street photographer can do – to them, what matters most is their wedding gown and cake. They want to impress on that day. How about what to show to people after that day? Plan to have impressive pictures. Include the cost of a photographer in your wedding budget. Note that not all photographers are good at covering weddings – some generalists just snap everybody they see in your wedding, and their shots don’t tell a story of your big day. Some photographers would produce print copies straight away without giving you a chance to pick what you like from the raws. That’s not the type of photographer you want – good wedding photographers do not miss the industry standard wedding photos shot-list. If you start searching early for a professional wedding photographer, you will have time to vet them, and many to choose from.

Although most good and professional wedding photographers are costly, some are still affordable. Starting to search early will give you enough time to find one that is within your budget.

Help Your Wedding Photographer to Help You

Some basic things can make even the best photographer not to capture great shots from a wedding, and that includes ‘bad makeup on the bride’, poorly lighted venue/ hall, too busy surroundings or decoration that make a bad backdrop. So, watch out for those.

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These days, photographers are using photoshop skills and modern technology to amp up the quality and finishing of pictures they snapped, thereby making you appear to look nearly perfect – see those Nigerian wedding pictures on Instagram, magazine covers and on BellaNaija.  Here’s a tip – photographers are not magicians – help them to help you by hiring a quality makeup artist that will prep your face okay.  There’s a limit to what photoshop can do, too much photoshopping makes pictures look fake – so, please also make hiring a good bridal makeup artist a priority.

After Your Wedding, Let the Pictures Do the Talking

We here at NaijaGlamWedding love wedding stories, and only good wedding photography can tell a wedding story better than words, when brides submit their weddings for us to feature. We look forward to seeing your wedding and anniversary here – that is why we want you to plan for good pictures in advance.

Good quality pictures make low-budget weddings look costly, and poor quality photography make million dollar weddings look cheap. After the wedding day is over, no amount of words or explanation by the couple can make anyone believe otherwise.  Do you want to be cheap on your wedding photos budget, and use mouth to explain that it was the photographer’s fault? Have it in your plan to have impressive photo-shots to show those that could not attend, to share on Instagrm/ facebook, to show guests that were there. Think. Think… You only have one chance to capture moments from your wedding day in pictures – make it count! The bottomline is that you get what you pay for – don’t be stingy when budgeting for wedding pictures; get the best vendor and you won’t regret it.

That’s it on our tips on why you should not skimp on your wedding photography. It’s worth allocating a fair amount of your wedding budget. While we believe that there are lots of up-and-coming, not-ye-popular good photographers, we highly advice that you don’t plan to take a chance on any street photographer to cover your wedding – because the success rate is 50/50.

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About Stella Anokam

Stella is the founder and Editor of this blog (NaijaGlamWedding). Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. Submit your photos to be featured – it’s FREE, because we love everything weddings, bridal showers, engagement shoots.

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