Hiring family friends
This is the most heard reason why people don't have a dedicated photographer for the wedding. This is also the nr.1 reason why newlyweds are left without wedding images. Yea, you can save some money here! But are you ready to have disappointing images or nothing to show at all?
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 images, 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 that?
I have been in ower 30 different weddings. I also have learned how to work in different lighting situations. 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.
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. Modern days when 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. A family friend is still a guest, and he will be tempted to share a drink or two with your other friends, or chat outside with your family. And that would normal for them to want to enjoy the wedding. But would you want to ask for the images you want in the evening? With a dedicated photographer, you would never end up in a situation like that.
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 your self before hiring the person. You can read it here.
Good luck :)