As true as the above statement is, Professional photography is more than just snapping a picture. Hiring a professional is about having your special day not only documented, but having beautiful photographs made that will truly reflect the effort, significance and essence of it all. Beautiful photographs are created and made, not just snapped and taken. Lighting, composition, demeanor towards those being photographed, are just a few of the elements that make your experience exceptional. I’m talking about making photographs, not just taking pictures.
What you receive after your event is important too. Having a book of photographs to look through and enjoy without the hassle needing a computer or TV to view your photographs is not a new concept, but, it is a fleeting one. Some of the many reasons this is happening, is cost and time. Many photographers are unable to provide these services in a professional manor out of sheer ignorance or an unwillingness to invest time and the cost of professional products, so they convince people that it’s not necessary. It makes less work for them and puts a great burden on you.
Now you are responsible for color correcting, cropping, retouching and printing your photographs. Which is why you go to a professional in the first place. It’s like going to a 5 star restaurant and having them show you where the kitchen is to cook your own meal. It defeats the purpose. So when you compare, make sure it’s apples to apples and not half baked.