Why use a professional photographer.
People often ask me why they should pay me x amount of dollars to shoot their wedding when a relative, friend or a beginner on Facebook would be cheaper if not free.
I look at it this way....if my house needed re-wiring I would use an electrician.
If my car needed repairs I would use a mechanic.
If I needed legal advice I would consult a solicitor.
All these require a license to operate and have to spend many years learning and honing their skills before they can go into business and charge for their services.
It is no different for photographers. We spend many years learning and perfecting our trade and many dollars on the best equipment.
The best professional photographers did not ever charge till they had their skill set perfected.
The latest research suggests that the average professional photographer in Australia earns $24.47 per hour after all expenses, taxes etc are deducted. Given the long hours we work and the many late nights we put in to deliver the best possible images for our clients this is certainly not high.
It is a given that anyone with a modern DSLR can take a reasonable photograph, why shouldn't you use just anyone?
The answer is simple. When the light, weather etc is perfect anyone can take a great picture with a minimum of effort in auto mode.
Perfect lighting, weather and venue rarely exist for the full time wedding photographer. This is where we earn our money...when the going gets tough.
I am always amazed how people will book to have some of the most important photographs of their lives taken by a complete newbie on Facebook who does not have a single wedding image posted.
They then complain post event about how terrible their photos turned out.
I guess cheap is not always best.
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