When you hire a wedding photographer you are not just hiring them to provide a service, yes they will be there all day taking photos, however for a wedding photographer that is just a small part of the job and what you are paying for.
Once they day is over your photographer will go away and edit your photos, over the course of the day they will have taken hundreds if not thousands of photos. Do you really want your photographer to just go and print all these photos off and give them to you? Wedding photographers are not hiding anything from you, however what they are doing is putting together a beautiful story.
If you go and watch a film you know it has been edited, on DVD’s you can watch different ending sometimes and you can also see deleted scenes, some of the scenes are not needed for the film or the storyline, when it comes to the end there are different scenes, however there may be only one ending that truly reflects the story and that is what is used.
Again, the same can be said to a book, it would be like asking a photographer to hand over a memory card, USB, or DVD of raw images is akin to asking an author to present you with their book in manuscript format, unedited, unformatted, and including the paragraphs and chapters that didn’t make the cut.
Your photographer could take several photos at any one moment, do you want 200 photos as you walk down the aisle. Some maybe out of focus, some may have someone stood up with the phone in view, some may have you and your father both with your eyes closed. Do you want these photos? Really? This is only part of the process, photos are also processed and adjusted to get the colour balance just right, also some photos are adjusted to be black and white where they are more suited and look better.
As well as paying your photographer to take the pictures, you are also paying them to edit them, ensure each photo is the best is can be, ensure it is beautifully cropped and adjusted, the colour and exposure is just right, to ensure that each photo that goes into your album shares a beautiful moment and as a collection tells a magical and romantic story. You are paying for your photographer to use their knowledge and years of experience to get this just right, to make sure that they don’t just present you with a folder full of hundreds of photos, but a single album of a beautiful story that you can’t wait to relive.
Remember you are not just paying your wedding photographer to take photos, you are hiring them to capture and tell a story, not just any old story, but your very own unique story of your beautiful wedding day.