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Wedding photographers pride themselves on the ability to capture gorgeous images in extremely stressful, difficult and unfriendly conditions.  I’ve seen enough pros in action to know that there’s so much more to it than just taking pictures…coordination, people wrangling, dealing with light issues, dodging Uncle Bob the photographer and Vinny the videographer who keep getting in the shot…

Wedding photographers are wedding specialists.  Which is why it’s so surprising that a professional photographer told his friend who was planning a wedding…

“Don’t hire a wedding photographer.”

Here’s a direct quote from the Smog Ranch blog:

“There are many positive things about the wedding photography world, including some great photographers, social media pioneers, workshop pioneers, branding and marketing pioneers, but with these have come the vast homogenization and capitalization of the business…Anytime someone ramps up production, it is nearly impossible to maintain initial quality.”

You can read the whole article here: The Situation

Whew!  Is it getting hot in here?

I’ve heard the argument many times.  Wedding photographers say you should hire a wedding specialist.  Budget brides claim you can get more original work for half the price if you hire a professional photographer who doesn’t specialize in weddings.

What do you think?

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Jeff Padovani

Jeff Padovani is a professional musician, wedding business marketing strategist and resident wise ass at Book More Brides. He’s the “big ideas” mastermind behind the many business ventures (and misadventures!) he enjoys with his wife, Stephanie.

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2 thoughts on “Don’t Hire a Wedding Photographer, He Said”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Pros like me – I’m at it for 45 years – generally can’t stand shooting weddings , weddings are boring because they’re so easy – a wedding photographer is probably better for the job in that regard.
    Still I won’t turn down two grand for a day!
    Pro photog, Kilkenny City, Ireland.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’d say a professional photographer might be a more, well rounded photographer with photography skills, but he/she may not necessarily know when/what to expect and could miss key moments – or they may not know when to step in and MAKE things happen. The wedding photographer might also be a little better at working with the other vendors – professional photographers may be a little bit more used to working alone and at his own pace. You could get some GREAT photos, but not necessarily the one’s you were hoping wouldn’t be missed.

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