Owning a DSLR camera (also called “a big fancy camera” by some), doesn’t make a professional wedding photographer, as much as owning a sports car and a helmet doesn’t make a racing driver!
A professional wedding photographer will have perfected their image capturing & editing skills over time. They should have an over-the-top passion for what they do, own a variety of pro-grade lenses and back-up equipment, and shoot in RAW-format for maximum flexibility. They should be prepared to capture the key moments as well as the unscripted stolen moments, but should also be able to keep their composure when unexpected wedding day curveballs get thrown their way.
Your wedding images are the only lasting memory of one of the most special days of your lives. Choose your wedding photographer with care, too many couples don’t. When your wedding guests have gone home, the food has been scoffed, the flowers have wilted, and your eccentric uncle has given up on trying to get a date with one of your bridesmaids, all that you will have left are your beautiful wedding photographs. In the words of Benjamin Franklin:
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”