Newlywed bride and groom around a table with their family at a wedding at Linden House in London

everyone has a camera phone, so why bother with a professional wedding photographer?

In the midst of wedding preparations, you may find yourself pondering, "Do we really need a wedding photographer?" It's a valid question, especially considering the myriad of expenses that come with tying the knot. With smartphone cameras becoming increasingly sophisticated and the presence of eager guests armed with their own devices, the thought of investing in a professional photographer might seem unnecessary. Spoiler alert… you really do need one, but honestly, let’s take a balanced look at the for and against. 

The Case Against Professional Photographers

1. Budget Constraints

Weddings often come with a hefty price tag, and every penny saved counts, especially these day! Allocating funds to a professional photographer may seem like an unnecessary luxury when there are seemingly more pressing expenses.

2. Everyone's a Photographer

With the prevalence of smartphones equipped with high-quality cameras, it's easy to assume that your guests will capture all the essential moments. Why spend money when Uncle Bob can snap a photo with his smartphone?

3. Casual Intimacy

Some couples might prefer a more relaxed atmosphere without the perceived intrusion of a professional photographer. The desire for candid moments captured by friends and family may overshadow the need for orchestrated, posed shots.

Why You Truly Need a Professional Photographer

1. Craftsmanship Matters

While smartphone cameras have come a long way, they still can't match the skill and artistry of a professional photographer. The nuances of composition, lighting, and framing contribute to creating timeless images that transcend the capabilities of amateur snapshots. A camera is just a tool and what matters is the skill of the person using it. When you see great photos it’s easy to think the phone just took care of everything but a phone can’t frame, follow the light or anticipate moments before they happen.

2. Uninterrupted Experience

Entrusting the photography to a professional allows you and your guests to fully immerse yourselves in the celebration without the distraction of managing cameras or ensuring every moment is captured. Do you really want to be walking down the aisle to a sea of phones held high? Wouldn’t you rather your guests be in the moment, smiling at you?

3. Expertise in Capturing Emotions

Professional photographers excel at capturing the essence of your special day – the raw emotions, subtle glances, and fleeting moments that might go unnoticed amidst the hustle and bustle. Often these little moments which happen away from the main action are a couple’s favourite photos of the day.


A professional photographer focuses on delivering a curated collection of high-quality images, ensuring that each photo is a masterpiece rather than drowning you in an overwhelming number of mediocre shots. Did you know that it usually takes as long to edit the photos as it does to take them? So, a full day wedding shoot will take around 12 hours solid to edit. Do you really want to do that? 


Professionals understand the art of storytelling through visuals. They can weave together a narrative that unfolds seamlessly through your wedding album, creating a lasting memory that goes beyond individual photographs.


From dealing with challenging lighting situations to knowing how to capture group shots flawlessly, a professional photographer brings technical expertise to ensure your photos are not marred by common amateur mistakes. And let’s remember, you only have one chance to get it right. You can’t go back and fix mistakes later. 


Professional photographers have a knack for capturing those subtle, often overlooked moments that make your wedding unique. These are the details that might be missed by amateur photographers, ensuring a comprehensive and authentic representation of your day.

To sum up, while the allure of cost-cutting and relying on the collective cameras and phones of your guests may seem tempting, investing in a professional wedding photographer is an invaluable decision. Trust me. Of course, you’d expect me to say that, but really, the expertise, craftsmanship, and ability to preserve the emotional tapestry of your day make it a choice you'll be thankful for as you revisit your cherished memories through beautifully captured images.

Wedding Photographer Gary Williams


If you're looking for more than just posed photographs, if you want your wedding day to be documented authentically, capturing real emotions and heartfelt connections – then you've found your documentary wedding photographer. Get in touch and let's create memories together. If you want to know more about me, click here.