In hopes of saving money, some couples consider depending on pictures captured by their friends and family instead of hiring a professional wedding photographer. This may seem like a good idea, but there are likely some other benefits of hiring a professional that you might not be considering. Continue reading to learn more:

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Crowd Control

During the hustle and bustle of your wedding day, the last thing you want to do is organise friends and family for group photographs.

This is where a professional wedding photographer really comes into their own. Apart from taking gorgeous photographs of your big day, another part of their job is to organise the group shots. Remember, if you want certain group shots make sure you tell your photographer before the big day.

All you’ve got to do is stand there with your hubby and look pretty! Source: WeddingIdeasMag

Experience

Professionals have spent thousands of hours photographing weddings. They know how to sneak a shot of the bride and groom’s mothers looking at the couples with tears in their eyes. They know when the bride will pull that blissful smile in her face. They know when to take a shot of the groom looking at her with so much love and overflowing excitement. They know how to get the best shots even in tricky lighting. They’re capable of all these because they’ve got more than enough experience with weddings — something your “budding photographer” friend obviously don’t have. Source: HuffingtonPost

Strained Relationships

When working with a professional, if anything, you will build a relationship with them. Almost always, when hiring a friend the relationship gets strained in some way. Either they hold a grudge against you for making them work for free or less than normal, or you’re not happy with your results and you just can’t tell them. It’s not worth ruining a relationship with one of your friends! Source: TheEveryLastDetail

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