by: Francis Formica
In her book It’s Her Wedding and I’ll Cry if I want to, Leslie Milk, who is the lifestyle editor of the Washingtonian, gives the following advice to brides: “Now that every Dick and Jane seems to have a digital camera, it is easy to underestimate the importance of having a true professional photographer with many years of experience. Sure, anybody can take wedding pictures. If they shoot enough of them, there are bound to be a few good ones. But only a pro with years of experience can light pictures to make everyone look good.”
First be sure that you select a professional with years of experience. These pros are facing the challenge being created by those newcomers who have just purchased digital SLRs and are virtually unskilled in the fine points of photography. Some have jumped into the market with the philosophy of shooting a ton of mediocre images and handling the bride a CD of images a short time after the wedding for a low price.
Once again, Leslie Milk says it best. “Here’s the most important thing you need to know about wedding pictures: Book the best photographer you can afford as soon as you set the date. The wedding music will fade, the flowers will die, and you will not even remember if you ate, let alone what you ate, at the reception. But the wedding pictures last forever.”