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Top 5 Wedding Photography Myths: Debunked

Wedding photography is one of the most important components of your big day. After all, your wedding pictures are the biggest keepsakes! As you’ve researched all-things wedding in preparation, you’ve probably come across tons of info about photography, like do’s and don’ts and things you need to keep in mind when it comes to perfecting your wedding day photos. While there is a lot of truth out there, there’s also a lot of fiction that not only isn’t helpful, but ultimately won’t serve you at all. Need some help deciphering what’s what? Let’s dive in and debunk the top five myths out there about wedding photography!

Myth #1: My friend or family member can do my wedding photography

I know weddings cost a lot of money, so in an effort to cut costs, sometimes it seems like a good idea to consider asking a friend or relative who has dabbled in photography in exchange for experience and portfolio growth. While you might think that’s a good idea (after all, your iPhone photos look pretty good most of the time!), photography is not something you want to skimp on when it comes to your wedding. The talent and experience of a professional photographer is priceless. They know how to work angles and lighting in a way that will shine through beautifully with your photos, and they know how to capture the best moments without interrupting them. Your photos are meant to last a lifetime, so make sure they can stand the test of time.

Myth #2: The more expensive the photographer, the better

Sometimes you do get what you pay for, which means some qualified professional photographers might charge more than others and will be worth it. But that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily better or right for you and your wedding. Understanding the tone and style of what you desire for your wedding is key. You also want to look at the quality, consistency and editing of the photographer’s work. Use your judgment while knowing that what you pay can go a long way. 

Myth #3: The more photos you have, the better

No doubt you’ve heard this one before. After all, if you have a ton of photos to choose from, you’re sure to find more beautiful, social media-worthy shots, right? Not always. If you think about it, if you’re committing to a photography package that includes 1,000 photos, then your photographer will feel pressured to get as many shots as possible, which might mean you’ll be receiving extra photos of guests and centerpieces that you really don’t need or want. When it comes to wedding photography, it’s quality over quantity. By selecting the package of photos that you need, you allow your photographer to really focus on the shots that are truly important. Trust me, you will feel overwhelmed even with 500-600 images from your wedding day. Sometimes less is more!

Myth #4: I can direct the photographer to get the shots I want

While you’ll likely have a desired shot list, directing your photographer isn’t the best idea. Not only are you adding stress to your already full plate, you’re not allowing the photographer to do the job you’re paying them to do! Trust their ability. You chose to hire them for a reason! Miscommunications are bound to occur, not to mention feelings of frustration, and there could be a lot of time wasted when you should be focused on celebrating the love of your life.

Myth #5: Group shots won’t take that long

The group shots, whether it’s with the bride and groom and the wedding party, or posed family photos, might make meaningful memories, but they also will take up a chunk of your time. You might not think it’s necessary to have a schedule of who needs to be photographed and when, but it won’t hurt. Plan out the group shots and include that within your wedding timeline so it can be as seamless as possible. You’d be surprised to see that some bridal party and/or family photos can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes depending on the size and number of shots you’re hoping to get. For large group shots, plan for 10 minutes per shot to ensure you get it just right. 

You can’t always believe what you read or hear about wedding photography! When in doubt, ask the photographer yourself if you have any questions that need clarification. Go with your gut, and remember your wedding photos are probably the one keepsake from your wedding that will stand the test in time. Invest in them wisely!

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