Seriously now: How many times can you get virtually all your loved ones in one place, all dressed up and looking their best?
This is why I encourage people to invest in a professional wedding photographer. You may be tempted to enlist a family member or friend to chronicle the occasion, but that would mean you’d have at least one guest who’s spending more time getting the right moments photographed than actually enjoying the wedding—or, worse, having so much fun that they forget to take pictures at all! And the $8 disposal cameras you place on each of your guest tables? They may break the ice between guests who don’t know each other, but they’ll rarely result in pictures you want to frame. This probably isn’t the camera’s fault, but the fidgety 5-year-old who’s found a neat new toy to play with. (Buy them a coloring book—it’s cheaper.)
With a pro on hand, everyone relaxes and has fun, and you can rest easy knowing you’ll be able to relive the moments again and again through the quality photographs that will grace your wedding album.
As I write this, my gaze keeps straying to a framed picture of my late husband holding our first granddaughter. It’s a powerful image, perfectly in focus with lighting that captures forever his expression of love and her youthful sparkle. You can’t put a price on that!
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