In the 21st century, every man and their dog owns a digital camera; but don't be fooled, not all photographers are created equal! Here are just a few of the many reasons why you should hire a professional photographer for your wedding, and not trust your Aunt Barbara or Uncle Phil with the important job of capturing your special day.
Although the camera does not make the photographer, having professional level equipment is paramount for shooting a wedding. Not only do you need equipment that is rugged and reliable, but there will almost certainly be part of your wedding day which will have challenging lighting conditions. Professional level cameras generally are more capable of shooting in low light, or harsh lighting conditions, and their photos generally retain more information making them easier to edit.
When you wish to print off your photos, having a professional camera with a high mega-pixel count will allow more flexibility for the printing size of your image. For example, an iPhone 5s camera has 8mp, allowing a maximum print size of around 36x48 inches, where as a Sony A7r II professional level camera has 42 megapixels, allowing you to print MUCH larger images.
When it comes to photography, nothing beats experience! A good wedding photographer will have knowledge of correct composition, lighting, poses and more. On top of that, they will know where to stand to get the best photos possible for your wedding.
An amateur photographer who does not have the appropriate experience to photograph your wedding will almost certainly miss a lot of important photos on your wedding day. As well as missing a large number of photos, it is very likely that the quality of your images will suffer greatly if you choose to let an amateur photographer shoot your wedding.
A professional photographer has a responsibility to produce high quality images for you on your wedding day. If you decide to not hire a professional and allow your friend to take all the photos of your wedding day, there is a much higher chance that you will not receive all the important moments on the day.
A guest at a wedding will want to enjoy (at least parts of) the day as a guest, watch the ceremony from their seat, mingle with other guests and probably get drunk! A wedding photographer has no such luxury, and will be more dedicated to capturing every special moment during your wedding.