Hi there! I'm Breanna, your local wedding photographer in Los Angeles. I've been in this industry for years now, and I feel so strongly about everyone having the opportunity to get amazing photos with their loved ones. There have been too many times when I see couples hiring their friends, or "beginner" photographers to capture their wedding day, and when they get their photos- they're highly disappointed. How come wedding photography isn't one of the highest priorities? There are misconceptions about the importance of a good, professional wedding photographer, as well as why it's such an investment.
Ok I'm not going to get all technical and explain every detail of running a photography business (it gets really boring), so I'm just going to break down why a professional is worth your time and money. Let's start with the obvious question: why would you want terrible photos of one of the most important days of your life? You spend so much time and energy into planning a beautiful day with the ones you love. You don't want to look back on your wedding photos 5, 10, 30 years from now and think "I wish we had a professional wedding photographer." These are precious moments that you will cherish forever- why not treat them with the respect they deserve? Here's why hiring a professional wedding photographer is worth it.
Wedding pros have years of experience.
Professional wedding photographers have the knowledge and tools to make sure we deliver beautiful images that can't be redone. Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime moment, so there's not really any room for error. Bad weather, different lighting situations, last minute changes- most likely we've been through it all. You're paying for years of experience. I'm talking difficult mother in laws, rowdy groomsmen, and nosey aunties- we know how to work with lots of different people without sacrificing the quality of our work. And this is just day-of wedding scenarios. Not to mention the months of planning and collaborating I do with my couples to make sure you receive the best experience the entire time. I pour hours and hours into just prepping for your wedding to make sure you're happy with every detail.
Wedding pros invest in themselves first.
First of all, let's talk equipment. I'm sure your uncle has a fancy camera and loves photography as a hobby. But I firmly believe a good photographer is not determined by their equipment. Also, there is so much more that goes into wedding photography that hobbyists or landscape photographers just may not know. Wedding pros invest in not only our equipment and editing software, but also our education. We are constantly investing in education to better our client experiences, knowledge of photography, and business. Mentors, workshops, tools- all of this knowledge comes with hiring a professional wedding photographer.
Your photos will outlive you.
Do you remember flipping through old photos with your parents or grandparents and looking at photos of when they were young- or when you were just a baby? Back when film cameras were the only option and printing them was the norm?
Your children and their children will have that same experience. These photos will outlive you.
They will be the photos you will look back on for the rest of your life. This is an investment that you will benefit from for the rest of your life. Small, intimate moments with your family or a large celebration with your favorite people- whatever your wedding day looks like- it WILL be eternalized in a special way. I have a unique style that people come to me for. I highlight the small details and moments that my couples don't always see or remember- special moments between family members and little meaningful details of the day. I incorporate that into my storytelling that not just anyone can do. You see, this is SUCH an important part of this job. Capturing moments throughout your day is something that professionals have an eye for.
Wedding professionals will listen to you and meet your needs.
If you hire a good photographer, they will put you first no matter what. You are not our models- you are trusting us with the one of the most important days of your lives. We should care about your story.
Your values, your priorities, and your story.
Of course, every couple is different. You're not necessarily going to vibe with every photographer because we're all different. But a good photographer is a good storyteller. And in order to be a good storyteller, we need to understand your story. Your story has so much depth and complexity that not just anyone can do this. There's a reason why hiring a good wedding photographer is considered an investment- there is SO much that goes into this job that not everyone understands.
So how do I find the right wedding photographer?
Now that we've gone over why it's important to hire a professional wedding photographer, it's time to move on to how to find a professional wedding photographer!!