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Why You Shouldn’t Trust Just Anyone To Handle Your Wedding Photography

Why You Shouldn’t Trust Just Anyone To Handle Your Wedding Photography

You’re finally making plans for your big day. You pick the venue and get the perfect flowers. You select a caterer and organize a scrumptious meal. And then, you make the mistake of thinking all photographers (professional and amateur) are the same, so you decide to just pick the first one that has the date available. Or worse yet, you decide to forgo the pro and use a friend or family member who enjoys doing photography as a hobby.

But, there are at least two good reasons why you shouldn’t let just anyone do your wedding photography. And we’ll explore them both here.

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1. Your Wedding Only Happens Once

The biggest reason you shouldn’t treat your wedding photography haphazardly is simple: you only get married once. These memories are special and you are going to want them preserved. Choosing a photographer randomly out of the phonebook or as an answer to an online ad isn’t going to cut it. For one, photographers often specialize in particular styles and events, so it pays to research options carefully. Second, photographers have different skill levels, even if they are all professionals.

A wedding photographer has experience in the kinds of shots you will want. For example, if you want all of the basic poses and group shots, it helps to work with someone who knows them all by heart. Additionally, those with experience will be able to help everyone adjust their positioning to ensure the most flattering photos possible. While other professionals may have notable skills in their area, it helps to have someone who can anticipate what you are likely to want.

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During the ceremony and reception, certain key events can occur in only a few moments notice, if any is given at all. Someone experienced in photographing weddings will be familiar with the timing and tempo of these events, making it easier for them to capture the big moments as they occur.

Working with a friend or family member can be even riskier, especially if their interest in photography is casual. Aside from being unfamiliar with posing techniques and the timing of the ceremony, they are also more inclined to be distracted during the event, or even somewhat inebriated if alcohol is served.

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2. Your Friends And Family Are There To Celebrate

Aside from the risk of missing important moments being photographed if you allow a friend or family member to handle the duty, you both miss out on the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company during the event. Photographing a wedding is a time-consuming project, as it can require hundreds of photos to be taken to capture a few dozen great shots. That means, if your friend or family member is trying to take pictures and have fun during the festivities, some photographic opportunities will be lost. And, if they capture all of the shots, they may miss out on enjoying the celebration in you and your partner’s honor.

Either way, there is the risk of conflict. If they don’t get all of the pictures you hoped for, you may be upset based on their performance. Similarly, they may be resentful of being asked to work so diligently while others had the chance to enjoy themselves.

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A professional wedding photographer normally has no direct connection to members of the bridal party or their friends or family. That means they can be fully dedicated to the task at hand and won’t feel like they are being pulled away from a joyous event.

So, if you want to make sure you get high-quality pictures of every important moment during the ceremony and reception, going with a professional wedding photographer is your best bet. And, remember, your wedding only happens once, so make sure you have the best moments captured for future enjoyment and reflection.

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

2. Pace Yourself

Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

3. You Can’t Please Everyone

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

6. It’s Not All About You

You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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