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Why Professional Wedding Photography is Worth the Investment

March 21, 2024

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It’s me, Whit. Lover of love, travel and the two coming together. My story goes well beyond the beautiful images you see. 


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Today, I’m diving into something close to my heart – the irreplaceable value of professional wedding photography. Now, I know it’s easy to consider letting a friend, an uncle or someone new in the industry to handle your photos – budgets are real, and we’ve all got them. But trust me when I tell you, your love story deserves more.

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Why Go Pro? It’s All in the Details

Professional photographers are like your wedding day ninjas. We’re there, but also not there, capturing those laughter-filled moments, the tears, the stolen glances – all with a quality that only comes with experience and top-tier equipment. It’s not just about having a good camera; it’s about knowing how to use it to turn a fleeting moment into a forever memory. With the ever changing pace of a wedding day and the lighting that goes from bright to dim in a matter of seconds, a professional photographer will be able to handle those adjustments with ease to ensure a moment is never missed.

The Artist Behind the Lens

Each wedding is a unique story, a personal journey between you and the love of your life – and any and all the people you want there with you. As a professional, I pour my heart and soul into weaving this story through my lens. From the golden light of a sunset kiss to the delicate details of your table settings to the intimate moments before saying “I do”, these are the chapters of your day, told in vivid, emotional imagery. An established wedding photography business like Wild Love & Wanderlust will document your day in an authentic, heartfelt and artistic way – activating all your senses when you eventually get to relive your wedding day through your images.

More Than Just a Click of a Button, More Than Just One Day

After the last dance, when the lights are dimmed and you’re laying in bed reminiscing on the entire day with your now SPOUSE, my work continues. Editing is where the magic happens. This is where we turn great photos into a gallery of emotions, a timeline of your day that will bring you back to those moments every time you see them. Not only will a professional photographer weave those photos into a truthful story of your day, but they will have an established consistency across their editing. The style you fell in love with on their portfolio will be reflected in the images you receive.

The Unseen Value

With a professional, you’re not just paying for photos. You’re investing in peace of mind. I’m talking about backup cameras, contingency plans for that tricky lighting, and the experience to handle whatever the day throws at us, including rain, rowdy guests, forgotten rings and so much more. And believe me, weddings can be full of surprises!

Consistency is Key

Imagine this: every photo, from the first excited smile to the final dance, is beautifully shot, with consistent quality, style, edit and creativity. That’s what a professional offers. Unlike a beginner or a hobbyist, a professional photographer ensures that the quality of your entire wedding album is uniform and stunning. Consistency in lighting, editing style, and overall quality is something that takes years to master.

Crisis Management

Weddings are beautiful, but let’s face it, they can also be unpredictable. What if it rains, or the lighting isn’t ideal or you have two people not getting along or your bridal party isn’t listening? This is where a professional photographer becomes your superhero. We’re trained to handle tricky situations, adapt quickly to changes, plan for B, C & D scenarios and handle crises with ease ensuring that your photos look spectacular, rain, shine or chaos. We come equipped with not just the right gear, but the know-how to navigate these challenges seamlessly.

Your Story, Told Beautifully

Each couple has their own vibe, their own electric love that lights up the room. Capturing this essence, this unique bond, this piece of YOU is the heart of what we do at Wild Love & Wanderlust. It’s about creating something that is undeniably you. Anyone can take a pretty photo but not everyone can capture your relationship and the way your nose wrinkles when you smile at your person or the softness in your eyes when you’re about to tear up.

Wrapping It Up

Your wedding photos are more than images. They’re timeless tales, love letters to the future. They’re the laughs, the tears, the wildly-in-love looks. And not just between you and your person. The moments between you and your guests are just as important. The details that you put into your day from your chosen wedding bands to the flowers you adore to the written vows and the table settings you spent hours deciding on. Those are all a delicate piece of your day and are part of your story. All of these things, my friends, are worth investing in.

Feel a connection? Dreaming of photos that capture your wild love and wanderlust? Let’s chat. Together, we’ll make sure your wedding photos are as genuine and cared for as your love story.

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My heart and passion for this work is summed up by the act of service. From the first wedding I ever photographed to ones years later—I’ve yet to come down from the high of being part of a couple’s best day and putting it in digital form to look back on for a lifetime. I take my craft seriously, and that means serving you in all aspects on your wedding day, and the days leading up to it.

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