Uncle Bob vs. A Professional Wedding/Mitzvah Photographer
We like Uncle Bob, we really do. He’s a great guy and everyone loves being around him. He tells great jokes and can even do a few magic tricks at parties. He’s the guy we all look forward to seeing at Thanksgiving. Uncle Bob rocks. But what do you say if he offers to photograph your wedding? It sounds pretty good. He has a really expensive camera, and he says that he won’t even charge you; it will be his wedding present! Awesome. It sounds too good to be true! And it’s totally understandable to consider it. After all, who wouldn’t like to shave a few thousand dollars off their wedding budget?
The problem with this scenario is that many clients have the same expectations of Uncle Bob as they do with the professional images they see in the wedding magazines. After all, anybody can be a photographer, right? And if that’s true, why not save the money and put it towards something else?
It’s true that anyone can press a shutter, but it’s a wholly different thing to have them deliver professional quality images at a wedding. Wedding photographer is considered by many to be one of the most difficult, challenging, and high-pressure photography jobs. You have to be master of multiple photography disciplines, and you have no luxury of a re-shoot if things don’t turn out.
So what are the REAL differences between Uncle Bob and a professional? Why should you have much lower expectations from hiring Uncle Bob? What advantages does a professional have? We decided to outline, in a lighthearted way, the differences between what to expect from Uncle Bob vs. a Professional Wedding / Mitzvah Photographer: