Hiring a professional wedding photographer and cinematographer(videographer) in Toronto

Let's talk about the importance of hiring a professional Toronto wedding photographer and cinematographer(videographer), opposed to letting a friend with a good camera do it, leaving it to your guests or hiring a non-wedding photographer.

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As full time wedding photographers and cinematographers(videographers) based in Toronto, we have heard a number of unpleasant stories about wedding photography and videography. People being let down with the results that a non-professional has produced. Couples choosing to let a friend do it, or I know someone with a good camera, or we're just going to let our guests take the photos. This is all well and good and you may feel that you will be saving money by doing this, but in the long run I can guarantee you will be disappointed.

Your photos and HD video are the only lasting memory you will have of the day, and if they don't turn out as you want, then your memories will be ruined. Many people when they first start planning their wedding and researching prices may think that a wedding photographer and HD cinematographer(videographer) comes with a hefty price tag; they only do one day's work a week or their job is simple, well think again.

A Photographer and cinematographer will meet with you for an initial consultation, they will then have email or skype contact with you before the wedding, they will listen to your plans and answer your questions, in some cases acting as an unpaid wedding planner; sometimes they have to travel a few times to meet with you before the wedding. Then on the day of the wedding photographer and cinematographers(videographers) will be with you for 10-12 hours. After this they will edit your wedding, going through the thousands of images they took and cutting it down to 500 (ish) images for you to look though. All these images will be edited individually, this can take anything from 5 days to 3 weeks. After this they will design your wedding album, another day or two worth of work. Not only is there the time there is the cost of running their photography business. For you wedding HD video, they will edit the whole day's footage second by second, it will take them from at least 2 to 5 weeks.

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Most Toronto's wedding photographers and videographers will shoot with 2 cameras each costing thousands, as well as a back-up camera in case anything goes wrong. They will carry a multitude of lenses each costing hundreds of pounds, some thousands, flash guns, video lights, spare batteries, memory cards amongst a whole host of other technical kit. They will pay for insurance, some have studio hire, and then there is their transport and hotel fees for those weddings further from home.

All in all wedding photography isn't cheap because it isn't a cheap business to set up, run or maintain.
1) Good engagement and wedding photography are more than a fancy camera. Professional full time wedding photographers and cinematographers(videographers) usually spent literally a few years training to be a photographer and videographer. They know how to get the shot predictably every time. They know how to compose the shot beautifully and then execute it with skill and precision. It isn't the camera that does this – it is me. So if you want that beautiful photograph of you and your new husband or wife gorgeously backlit by a red sunset – you can only get that with a pro because the camera just cannot correctly read that light.
2) Professional wedding photographers and cinematographers(videographers) know how the day flows. It is the experience of being at 100 plus of different weddings that allows them to know just where to look and when. Professional wedding photographers and videographers know the time in the wedding when they can sneak a shot of your dad looking at you with a tear in his eye. I know to expect that moment just after the vicar asks for objections and know the church will break into nervous laughter and the bride will pull a priceless face. These are the things you can only get with experience.
3) Professional wedding photographers and cinematographers(videographers) know how to work in tricky lighting. They walk into any room and know within seconds where the best spot is to stand and where the best light will be. Every time. Without fail. A non-professional won't carry back up gear with them, a professional will. This means that if anything goes wrong with one camera then they will always have another one with them. It also means that they will know what to do if a memory card corrupts or if the battery runs out they will always have a spare one. Your guests won't always know how to light a dark venue such as a tipi or a barn. Going from a dark venue to a light venue requires you to monitor the light constantly and react by changing iso, aperture and shutter speed.

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What if your friend is ill on the day? Will they have someone they can call in an emergency? A professional will have a network of photographers and 2nd shooters they can call upon in an emergency. A friend or guest won't have insurance, what if something goes wrong and they cause an accident? Hiring a professional wedding photographer or cinematographer(videographer) who doesn't have experience of weddings can also be a bad move. These people won't know the general running of a wedding day, what happens when and where they need to be for the bet shots. Yes they may photograph landscapes beautifully but do they have experience of moving from group shots to close up shots of flowers all in the same breath? If you get a friend or your guests to take the photos are they really going to be committed to the whole day?

Guests will get drunk and a friend with a good camera may not realise the full impact of a wedding. Professionals can start any time from 10am-11am and some don't finish till 10pm-11pm. Do you really think your friend will keep going for this time, chances are important shots will be lost as your friend gets bored and wanders off to enjoy themselves. OK so it's all very well me telling you to spend all your wedding budget on a wedding photographer and cinematographer(videographer), but I also appreciate that not everyone has a huge budget, so here are some ideas to help you make your budget go a bit further.

Choosing a mid-week wedding may help to keep the cost down, as wedding photographers and videographers, like us NG Studio will offer mid-week discount for less than the full price for a weekend wedding. (This doesn't include a Friday) Also choosing an off-season wedding will help with the budget. Many wedding photographers and cinematographers( videographers) will offer discounts for off-season weddings as these dates are less popular and they are less likely to get booked up quickly. These months include November, January and February . Book wedding photographers and cinematographers( videographers) that offer customized package. Ask your wedding photographer or cinematographer ( videographer) if they take payment plans? Some photographers will allow you to pay in instalments so spreading the cost of payments.

By Ng Studio