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There’s been a lot written about this topic on many blogs and magazines, but this article, Photography, written by Seattle Bride Magazine hit home for so many reasons.

Seattle Bride Magazine hired an amateur wedding photographer to follow Joey Hong, a pro photographer from John & Joseph Photography in Seattle.  I actually met Joseph for a very brief moment when I was starting out in photography myself.  He was shooting at my ex-girlfriend’s wedding in LA, and I introduced myself to him during the reception while he was going around shooting.  I just remember afterwards sitting at my table thinking, “man, if I could only ever be as good as them, how awesome would that be?”

Before the wedding, my ex told me that she hired these guys in Seattle and paid something like $5000 to have them come down and shoot her wedding.  I was like you paid what?! And you flew who from Seattle?!  At that time, I didn’t even think paying over $1500 for a “wedding” photographer was worth it.  Don’t they just stand there and say “1, 2, 3, cheese!”  Well, after I saw their website, I immediately knew why she hired them.  So I had to meet them when I got a chance.  Their website was my first exposure to really good wedding photography.  Jerry Yoon Photography might not have materialized if not for this chance meeting with one of the best out there!

This article does a great job of pointing out the difference a fraction of a second makes when a pro is ready for a photograph vs. an amateur who is fumbling with their settings and can’t execute on all levels when a peak moment is flashing by.  Well, I’ve said enough about the article and now you should just go read it.

Photography by Cody Ellerd

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7 Responses to “Why Hire a Pro?”

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I think it really depends on the photographer/friendor. I have some friends that are really good photographers and I doubt they’d be fumbling with their settings(though I am going with a pro for other reasons). Also I actually prefer some of Ellerd’s photographs to Joey’s….well composition anyway, some of them could use more light/be less grainy.

 
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lalalandTN (message)  131 posts, Blushing bee

AHHH! I read this article on the plane back from Seattle two days ago. I completely agree- the $ is worth it for amazing pics.

 
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Hi Anonymous,

I think that composition is just one key element out of the five or six required in nailing a photograph perfectly. There’s lighting, exposure, the moment, direction and probably some more. Nailing one of those and doing a mediocre job on the others or even failing on just one of them is what separates a decent photograph from an amazing one. Maybe it’s preference, but I think that Joey’s compositions and everything else about them are far superior than Ellerd’s.

The first comparison is almost no contest. Joey knows that separation from the background in subjects is key in cluttered hotel rooms. That’s why he has them framed in the white window and you can clearly see their outlines and exposure is perfect. Peak moment is captured. I personally would crop out the phone on the right. Compositionally, this is no contest.

I think Ellerd does a good job of describing why her next three compositions are inferior as well. But then again, who am I to say anything, I’ve only been a pro for 3 years!

 
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Miss Bruschetta (message)  5,565 posts, Bee Keeper

We knew we didn’t want to cut corners on our photography…I’m soooo excited to see how our wedding day will look in pictures, since I’m sure it’ll pass in a blur!

 
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emileee (message)  595 posts, Busy bee

I think it’s a lot of pressure to be a friendor photographer! I would never put that kind of burden on a friend.

 
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TH

Totally agree! While the most important thing about marriage/wedding is the happiness of the couple, the next most important thing for me is the pictures. After all, that’s the only thing that you could look back to to remember how your day was, how you looked like on your wedding day 20 years from now.

 
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Gareth

This is adorable! I really want to shoot sessions like this.

 

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