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Whether it’s a friend of a friend, an uncle, or someone just starting out who has only shot one wedding, my advice is “Don’t do it!!”  I could pave thousands of miles of freeway with the letters of regret I have received over the years from people who didn’t hire the photographer they wanted.  It’s one of the most important days of your life, don’t trust it to someone who is not a trained professional!  It will only end badly.  Another rule, no trades!  Those usually end badly as well.

Wedding photographers have the right equipment, understand the flow of a wedding and can deal with all the challenges that come up.  Other photographers, your Uncle Freddy, Cousin Bill or your babysitter who “loves photography” cannot.  It goes beyond just technical skill.  It is about knowing

What moments to capture…

When they are going to happen…

How to help certain things happen…

How to run post-production…

and most importantly how to help you with timelines so you get amazing pictures!