I disagree with most of that article, and here’s why:
We have loads of friends who are handy with a digital SLR.
This makes my blood boil. Everybody with an SLR these days thinks they’re a photographer. Wack it on auto and click away. Thankfully many, many people don’t know what good photography looks like, but owning a good quality camera does not make them good photographers. My $4000 oven doesn’t make me a great cook. Sure, I can use the oven, but I wouldn’t cater a wedding, even a casual one.
The cost of the photos would add an extra 10% to the wedding budget, and we don’t want to get into debt. And frankly the average price of wedding photography makes me feel unwell.
Fair enough, everybody has their own budgeting. However, the prices set by photographers (professionals, I mean) may seem a lot to those outside our business, but they’re well thought out and if you break it down, they make a lot of sense.
We’re applying the infinite monkey theorem, whereby if we have enough people taking photos, we’re bound to get some album-worthy shots.
If I cook dinner enough times, sure we’ll get something really tasty eventually, but most of the time dinner will be average. Same with your photos. Your friends can press the shutter button, they are not going to be posing you, dealing with lighting, or anything else.
The author’s suggestions in the article are at best naive and at worst insulting to professional photographers everywhere.
I totally support OP’s decision, and the decision of ANYBODY to not have a photographer, but this article does not have good reasoning. Expectations need to be reasonable. Think about the photos that get taken when you go to a party. Sure they’re fun, but it wont be the same as a professional photographer. And that’s fine, as long as brides (and grooms) know and expect that.
I hope your friends get some good photos of you OP, and you have a wonderful day 🙂
Note: not trying to promote pro photography as the only option or make it sound like going without is terrible, just want people to know what to expect. If they’re happy with that, then that’s great 🙂