A couple of weeks ago I heard about a report on Fox News. It was an interview with the spokesperson of a leading bridal publication. She said that many couples are forgoing professional wedding photography in favor of having all their guests take photos and upload them to a single Flicker site.
I have to tell you - I have several hundred friends on facebook and twitter so I see a lot of wedding pics. Out of focus, cross lit, badly composed, overexposed and underexposed. Do I see good quality images? Yeah, once in a while, but mostly it's (see list above). I can't imagine those being my wedding photos, can you?
The wedding album is your new family's first history book. It is a documentary of the first day of the rest of your family's life. A life of quality and style who's opening images are ... SNAPSHOTS? I look at my parents album, a study is black and white, my husband's parent's photos softly faded color. Memories that can never be remade lovingly protected in ribbon bound albums of leather and paper.
Properly trained professionals have made an extraordinary effort to understand the nuances of the event and psychology of the day. Your professional photographer has mastered the technique, mechanics and artistry of her craft. Having a friend take wedding photos is no different than asking your neighbor next door to stitch up the three inch cut on your hand because she makes her own clothes.
A colleague of mine often says "The money you save on your wedding photography today is exactly the amount you'll spend in regret tomorrow". Sage words. How do you want to remember your wedding day? With photos off an i-Phone or professional photography that truly lasts a lifetime.