- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2010
As someone who already got married, I just wanted to share a little bit about my thoughts on photography with the hive, since it seems to be a popular topic, and my rambling helps anyone, then I am glad.
Before I got married, I didn’t really care that much about photos—even my husband, who is a skilled amateur, didn’t think it was that big of a deal. My parents have maybe five or so photos from their wedding and my grandparents have maybe, what, one?
I assigned my husband the duty of finding a photographer and gave him a tiny budget. He came up with a couple options that were in the tiny budget, but both of who were less than optimal. (Apparently I cared more than I thought.) I did a little research and found two really great options, one who we ended up and way underpaying (but that’s another story).
I love our final photographs beyond belief and I look at them all the time and I made two different albums with them that I look at a ton (and as a slide show background on my computer)!
But my point, after all this rambling, is that photography is important, but I don’t think it should become this all-encompassing *thing* that many brides seem to think it should be—you will treasure the photos because of your memories of the day and the people in them, not because they were perfectly styled, you know?
Having said that and having seen many wedding photos of people i know and on the hive, the one thing that I would try to use to differentiate between photographers would be lighting—except for our professional photographer and a couple guests who shot semi-professionally—many guest photos I have are blurry and dark.
Many guests captured many funny moments that they saw (and no need for a separate site—everyone pretty much put them on Facebook, Flickr, or put them onto a CD for us, without us asking) and that make me laugh and smile and that I treasure for the same reason—they are part of the memory of the day. I do think though, that I would be a little disappointed if that was all I had—more than any other quality, the ability to use light well is the most important, I think.
So, in summation, look carefully for a photographer but not at the expense of your sanity.