It shouldn’t be shocking that everything pertaining to a wedding is expensive. You have the venue, caterer, florist, bakery, dresses, tuxedos, and the photographer. If you are looking to cut costs and maybe use that extra money for your honeymoon, we recommend skipping the photographer and taking your wedding pictures yourself. This may sound unrealistic, but it is much easier than you think.
You won’t need all sorts of fancy equipment to take your own wedding photographs. You can get away with a camera, tripod, and a memory card. It is best to have a DSLR digital camera, because they take better photos. Extra lenses can be helpful, but are not necessary.
What is necessary is extra batteries, so you do not get halfway through your wedding and realize the battery on your camera died. You should also make sure your memory card is capable of holding quite a few pictures. This will ensure the card doesn’t fill up before the end of the night.
The tripod will be for those times when you want group pictures. It will allow you to place the camera in one spot and set the timer. There are even remote timers you can purchase, so you are not running back and forth between the camera and the shot.
Taking the Pictures
While you can take many of the pictures yourself using the tripod and the timer, it is usually more fun to get a few friends involved in the process. So, figure out what poses you want to do and then let your friend start snapping away.
We recommend practicing using your camera before your wedding day and having your friend practice too. Simply head out to a local park, or even your own backyard, and start taking pictures. It is easier than you think, so don’t be too intimidated.
Reviewing and Editing the Pictures
You are going to have a lot of photos by the end of your wedding. We recommend taking the time to review them before you start the editing process. This will allow you to get rid of the pictures that you do not love. Then you can simply edit the pictures you want.
Other Picture Taking Options
If you are scared of tackling photographs on your own or you are afraid you are going to miss a few of the must-have photographs, we have a couple other options. You can place disposable cameras on each table and tell your guests to take pictures throughout the night. You can even have people take pictures with their cell phones and then send you the best ones.
Another option is to set up a photo booth, so everyone attending your wedding can have their pictures taken.
There are so many options when it comes to getting pictures on your wedding day. While hiring a photographer can be the easiest step, you can save a lot of money if you consider some of these other options.