I Could Not Disagree MORE!

I Could Not Disagree MORE!

I could not disagree more with the statement made regarding wedding photographers in the recent article in Vogue, “The 10 Wedding “Rules” to Break MOLLY GUY

“It’s 2016 and your mama’s wedding is officially a thing of the past. I’m the first to condone any ritual involving love, but some of the wedding traditions out there these days are practically voodoo.

Hiring a Professional Photographer
It made sense back in the olden days, pre–Facebook albums and Instagram hashtags, when the whole world didn’t have phones with cameras on them. Having the actual leather-bound album on your coffee table seemed like the only evidence that the whole thing actually took place. If social media is not your thing, why not scatter some disposable cameras around the party and let your drunken guests go to town? You’ll end up with hilarious and candid pictures without the pressure of “likes.””

With advancing technology, it is easy to fall into the “my friend/family can do it for me for free since they have a camera (or worse a cell phone!)”  Unfortunately this often results in hurt feelings or ruined friendships when mistakes happen. Maybe the equipment failed (a professional has backup plan) or the “photographer” missed an important moment because something else got their attention. These moments cannot be recovered. The risk of accepting a “gift” of photography from a friend or relative who is not a photographer should discourage anyone who thinks they are avoiding an expense.

Even as a  professional photographer and I did not photograph my own son’s wedding. (Even though I had successfully photographed the wedding of my daughter-in-law’s sister just a few years before.) Who would have taken the shot of the groom’s mother coming down the isle or the mother and son dance? I also had a responsibility to meet and greet friends and relatives that had been invited to the wedding.

You can read more “Common Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting A Photographer” in my e-book. Drop me a line at marybeth@lovejoy-photography to receive your free copy.

Mary Beth Lovejoy, photography

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