I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (probably not for the last time either!) – weddings are not cheap! There are so many elements to the day and as we know, it all costs. The venue. The dress. The rings. The shoes. The flowers. The catering. The entertainment. Oh yes, and of course, the photography!
There are so many expenses that you incur with a wedding. But, I would argue, the photography is not an expense. It’s an investment. Why? Let me explain.
So much of your wedding planning involves vendors who will only deal with you before the wedding. You’ll choose your wedding dress. You’ll choose your flowers. Once they’re delivered, that’s it. However, with the photography it’s different. Your photographer is the only person you’ll deal with before the day, on the day, and after the day. The wedding photographs are, apart from the rings and the marriage certificate (oh, and the dress hanging in the wardrobe), the only true reminder of the day.
Your wedding photographer does much more than “snap away” during the day. In the words of top Australian wedding photographer Yervant:
“I am Portrait photographer, Fashion photographer, Photojournalist, Landscape photographer, Commercial photographer all within any five minutes of a wedding day, no stylists, no art directors, see it, capture it and get it right.”
Yervant’s right. On the day I’ll be all of those roles, capturing people, emotions, the details, the ceremony, the partying, the venue. Being a wedding photographer is about being able to multi-task. To “deliver the goods”, irrespective of what the weather, the venue, the participants throw at us.
Let’s look at definitions, according to the Oxford English Dictionary –
An expense is “the cost incurred in or required for something“. Your flowers are an expense. They last for a day or two then they’re gone. The food lasts for only a few minutes. The venue is yours only for that day, not for your lifetime.
An investment is “a thing that is worth buying because it may be profitable or useful in the future“. OK, I’ll be the first to admit that your wedding photographs aren’t going to be profitable for you in the future! But, and it’s a BIG BUT, they will be “useful” in the future. They’re the permanent visual reminder of that special day. Of the time and effort that you put into planning everything. Of the special people that you invited. Of the family members who, sadly over the course of time, will no longer be with us. Don’t you agree now that wedding photography’s an investment and not an expense?
You spend so much time and money planning your day – does it not make sense to hire a professional photographer to capture that day for you?
Last year I wrote an article about how much to budget for your wedding photography, so why not check it out?
You also might like to read my article on how to choose your wedding photographer.
If you’re considering a wedding in Dorset or Hampshire (or further afield for that matter), then please get in touch to discuss your wedding photography requirements. I’m delighted to be a recommended photographer for a number of leading Dorset wedding venues and would love to hear about the plans for your special day. Get in touch with me now for a no-obligation chat.
Ian is one of Dorset’s leading wedding photographers. Based in Bournemouth and with over 20 years of experience photographing weddings across Dorset and Hampshire, Ian’s the perfect choice for couples who want unobtrusive, discreet wedding photography that captures the emotions of their special day. Read more about his own personal style of documentary wedding photography on this website.
Proud to be a recommended photographer for a number of leading Dorset wedding venues.
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