As someone who grew and worked in the wedding industry for years, I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about wedding photography gone wrong.

Most of these stories originate from couples choosing to hire a non-professional wedding photographer or leaving it to their guests with good cameras do the documentation on their wedding day. Little do these couples know that wedding photography is one of the aspects of their wedding that they must get right!

If you think you’re saving money by letting a friend with a good camera do it, I can guarantee that you will be disappointed. Remember, that there’s no take two on your wedding day and the photos taken are the only lasting memory you will have of the day. If things don’t turn out the way you want them, then those memories will be ruined.

If your friend is truly a professional one, then you’re lucky. I’ll tell you now. Not hiring a professional wedding photographer is recipe for disaster! Indeed, you get what you pay for.

Here are 5 reasons you should hire a professional wedding photographer in Cebu, rather than just a friend with a good camera:

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Professionals know how to capture the bests of the day.
Photo: Creative Panda Photography

A Professional has the EXPERIENCE

Imagine having someone on your wedding day not knowing what to do next. Hiring an experienced wedding photographer will most definitely lift the stress off your back both before and during the wedding day.

As someone experienced, I know how the day flows. It is the experience of being in a number of weddings that allows me to master the itinerary. I just know where and when to look. Simply put, I have a specific way of doing things. That is something you can only get with experience.

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Photo: Creative Panda Photography


Professionals give GOOD results.

As what I said, you get what you pay for. When you hire a professional, you are sure to get good results. I do weddings for a living, so it’s natural that I can deliver the best outcome. The thousands of hours I spent training to be a good photographer and another thousand mastering the art of wedding photography will be all for nothing if I don’t do my job well.

If you browse my portfolio, you’ll see beautifully composed shots taken with great skill and precision. It’s not the camera’s doing- it’s all me, and the thousands of hours I literally spent learning all that.

Another thing you should also keep in mind is that I’m contractually obliged to give you great results. Once you’ve signed the contract, there’s an assurance that I will be committed to do everything that’s expected of me as stipulated in the paper.

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Photo: Creative Panda Photography

You Can Still Look Straight in Your Friend’s Eye

Working with a professional means building a relationship with them. On the contrary, you might be putting your relationship with a friend in jeopardy if you choose the “alternative” route of hiring them. What if you’re not happy with the outcome and you just can’t tell them out of fear that you’ll strain the relationship? You know it’s not worth ruining the relationship, right?

Professionals Always have a Back up

A professional wedding photographer will always carry back up gear with them in case anything goes wrong with the equipment. This means they know what to do if a memory card gets corrupted or if the battery runs out. They will always have a spare with them, be it a lens or a camera. A non-professional simply doesn’t do this or doesn’t have back up with them.

Aside from the expensive back up gear, a professional always has a network of professional photographers and 2nd shooters they can call upon in case of an emergency. When a friend of yours is ill or is unable to attend your wedding, you’re on your own.

A Professional Knows the Value of Commitment

Professional wedding photographers are committed to you once you fix your signature on the dotted line. They are guaranteed to show up on the wedding day from start to finish. Upon paying the deposit, I am contractually obliged to carry out my duties that you hired me to perform.

If you let a friend take the photos, are you sure they can get through everything the whole day? They may get drunk or get busy chitchatting with your circle of friends. If you truly like your friend, you’ll want to have them at your wedding to enjoy and celebrate the moment with you.

Photo: Creative Panda Photography
Photo: Creative Panda Photography

Don’t get me wrong. You could have friends who are also professional wedding photographers themselves and possess all the good qualities I just mentioned above. If you do, then you’re going to be okay in their hands. You can even get a discount.

Just remember that before jumping into anything, make an informed decision first. All in all, wedding photography isn’t cheap. This is because it isn’t a cheap business to set up and maintain either. But as I said, you get what you pay for. And if you want your precious day to last, then hiring a professional wedding photographer is the one thing you must get right from the start.

Looking for a professional wedding photographer in Cebu City, Philippines? Like my style? Then, we can work together! Let Creative Panda Photography capture the surreal moments on your wedding day. Contact us today.

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