Updated: Dec 9, 2020
This is the most heard reason why people don't have a dedicated photographer, DJ, or makeup artist for the wedding. It's also the nr.1 reason why newlyweds are left with really bad or no wedding images at all. Yea, you can save some money here, because your friend is so talented, but is he/she dedicated, has the experience, and can you 100% trust his judgment on what would be best for you?
Oh, your friend has such a cool Instagram, he/she will be awesome at this. Have he/she ever been photographing weddings? If yes - ask to see those wedding galleries, and ask yourself if you are ok with that quality and the style? If yes - go ahead and book him/her for this event.
But if you doubt that's a smart idea, listen to your gut.
You spent your hard-earned money on the food and decor, and wedding cake. Your makeup will be flawless and the dress of your dreams will make a debut. Are you prepared to have no good images of all of that?
I have been to over 50 different weddings. I also have learned how to work in different lighting situations and in a limited time. I am changing my camera settings constantly during the day, just to have your images correctly exposed and sharp. It's a skill that takes practice to be able to react quickly. Weddings are not the place to test your skills. It's demanding and you have to be sharp and quick.
I invest heavily in my gear. I joke that I drive around with photo equipment worth more than my car. 2 camera bodies, 4 lenses, lighting equipment alone for the wedding sets me at 100 000 KR. This equipment allows me to create amazing images in extremely challenging conditions.
My reputation is at stake in every single wedding. Everyone is on the internet, it's especially important to do an excellent job with amazing service at every single photoshoot. Is your family friend similarly motivated?
When you hire me, my only goal is to capture amazing images that you will love. I am there to work, even if I look like I am having fun.
A family friend is still a guest, and he will be tempted to share a drink or two with your other guests, or have an engaging, long chat outside with your family. And that would be only fair because he's there to enjoy himself, not to work.
I do understand that there might be financial or family reasons behind your decision, but I really hope this article will empower you to speak up and choose what is best for you and your fiance at the end of the day.
If you need advice on how to choose your wedding photographer, I have a short article on 5 questions you should ask yourself before hiring the person. You can read it here.
Good luck :)