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Professional Wedding Photographer- Is It Worth It?

When it comes to planning your wedding, your budget is definitely something you should consider when hiring vendors. Deciding your budget for photography and any vendor directly correlates with how much you value that service or product. For example, if you’re a professional chef getting married, you will most likely invest a lot more money into the food than someone who isn’t a foodie.

Of course, I would tell you that photography is one of the most important things for your wedding day. Because when you and all your loved ones are no longer on this earth, the photos will be passed from generation to generation and will tell a story and be a part of your legacy. So when photographers say forever, they mean it. If photography is one of your top priorities for your wedding day, keep reading to see why hiring an experienced professional wedding photographer is worth your money.

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Why a professional wedding photographer is worth the investment


A professional wedding photographer has experience shooting weddings and understands the flow of events throughout the day. They are familiar with the challenges of wedding photography, such as lighting conditions, and know how to handle them. They can anticipate your needs before they even happen.

Technical expertise:

A professional wedding photographer has the technical expertise to create stunning images. They understand camera settings, lighting, and composition and have the necessary equipment to capture high-quality images. Lighting and circumstances can change in an instant so it’s important to hire someone that can solve problems quickly.

Creative vision:

A professional wedding photographer has a creative vision and can translate the couple’s unique personalities and wedding style into beautiful images. Professional wedding photographers capture candid moments and create posed portraits that look natural and spontaneous. It’s important to find someone that not only understands your vision but can collaborate.


Professional wedding photographers understand the importance of experience throughout the entire wedding process. They will communicate effectively with the couple, arrive on time, dress appropriately, and be respectful of the wedding guests. In some circumstances, they will be your personal liaison.

Peace of mind:

Hiring a professional wedding photographer gives the couple peace of mind, knowing the photographer will capture their day beautifully. They can relax and enjoy their special day, knowing the photographer captures every important moment. Another way to gain peace of mind is hiring a wedding planner, Weddings by Gillian is one of my favorites.

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So when it comes to budgeting for your wedding photography, remember that your wedding photographer is not just someone who shows up on the day of your wedding and snaps some pictures. They are with you every step of the way in the planning process, and they’re the only vendor that’s with you the entire day. Even after the wedding, the photographer will be a part of your life, possibly capturing moments of you as a couple or your future family. You’re building a lifelong relationship! If you are looking to hire a professional wedding photographer with over 10 years of experience inquire with Bethany today to secure your date!

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Meet Bethany

Photographer, mother, educator, inspired by impromptu dance parties, good light, and you.

As an award-winning female photographer, I specialize in capturing moments of joy and love through timeless imagery and storytelling. With an eye for detail and a passion for creating magical memories, I'm dedicated to providing luxury and unique experiences to my couples.

My first memories are of my grandfather's camera - I have a deep-rooted curiosity and love for photography that has carried me through life and a decade into a career I am proud of. Everyone has a unique story to tell and deserves to be celebrated.

I take the time to design my shoots based on your unique love story, creating a photographic style and direction just for you. Whether it be to celebrate your engagement, wedding, or documenting your love journey, I will create memories that perfectly reflect your love in a way that is only yours.