Recently, we had a bride who was very upset over her wedding pictures. She made the comment that the photographer only got a picture of her back, going down the aisle. I inquired if he had an assistant and she said no. “Well, I guess he couldn’t be two places at one time.”, I replied.
This is another example of not communicating with your photographer about what you specifically want. It is also a good example of the advantage of hiring a photographer who uses at least one assistant. Gone are the days when the wedding photos all look the same, all posed shots of the bridal party. While you will probably still want those pictures, the best (and least boring) are the candid shots. A good photographer will capture moments at your wedding that you will never see, things that are going on that you might not know about otherwise.
Another bride was extremely disappointed, because she let a friend do the photography for her wedding. The friend usually captures images of butterflies and close-ups of individual flowers. They assumed that because she was so good at this, that she would do an awesome job with the wedding, and they could save money. The pictures were terrible, and this is all the bride has to show for her beautiful wedding. She immediately regreted the decision, but it was too late. She had no pictures of her wedding that were clear, focused, or did any justice to the bridal party, or the decor.
Before hiring a photographer, look at portfolios from at least five. Don’t hire based on price alone, or because they seem nice. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. In the wedding industry you get exactly what you pay for. If you want quality photos, hire a quality photographer.