• Kerry Paradis

5 Reasons To Hire A Professional Wedding Photographer

Picture of the groom and groomsman having some fun before the wedding.  It is very hard to get everyone to jump the same time!

Sometimes I hear about someone hiring their friend to shoot their wedding. You know, someone who has a good camera and will do it on the cheap. And when I hear this, I certainly wish them the best. But the fact is, I know that they don’t have much of a chance of being happy with their final wedding photos.

At first it might seem that maybe I’m being a bit harsh. After all, everyone has taken good pictures in their lives, and if someone has a nice camera then they’re sure to get good pictures…right? But the fact is, like every career out there, it’s a lot tougher than it looks. I should know, because I do it all the time!

Let’s take a look at the many reasons why it’s important to hire a professional photographer for your wedding photos instead of grabbing a friend with a camera. Feel free to check out my portfolio as well!


The more experienced a photographer, the more familiar with the locations around the area. And once a photographer uses a location, they know the best way to use it again, rain or shine, sunny or shade. I know the landscapes around here and what makes the best pictures.


Have you ever wondered why the family portrait you have on your wall looks so much better than that photo you took at the family reunion from last year? A lot of it is posing. The way an individual holds him or herself, and they way that they’re interacting with other people, can make the situation look entirely natural, or, with a photographer who doesn’t know what he’s doing, completely staged.

There are entire books on the subject of posing people, but it’s also important for a wedding photographer to be able to read each individual and find out how they might react to being asked to pose in certain ways. And that leads to…


In individual portraits, you’re working with a single person, and thus a single generation. With family portraits, it’s usually parents and kids: two generations. But when it comes to weddings, everyone is there, up to five generations of people! Newborns, great-great grandmothers, kids, parents, and, of course, the bride and groom. It takes talent and experience to know how to work with someone who’s 90 years old and had their first picture taken with a view camera nine decades ago.


Any camera can take a good picture. But it can’t take a good picture consistently…plus, you don’t want just “good” pictures.

The fact is, professional wedding photographers use professional camera equipment because it allows them to get consistently great pictures.

Also, simply asking a friend to shoot a wedding can get you into trouble, because that camera probably isn’t as nice as you think it is. Used DSLRs are a dime a dozen (well, $200-400 dollars on craigslist), and it’s not a camera that you want to trust your wedding photos with. Again, while they sometimes get good pictures, most consumer DSLRs of today can’t get as wide a shot as professional full-frame cameras can.

That doesn’t even include the difference between consumer camera len