So what does it mean to get married? Hopefully, a lifetime commitment with fantastic benefits to bride and groom that hopefully leads to children and family .......

These are lifetime memories, which is why it is so important to preserve them.

That's why it is so important to book a photographer and, if applicable, a videographer who knows what they are doing. There are many wannabees who offer services and who sport low end digital SLR (single lens reflex) cameras or even compact cameras and who offer services at bargain basement prices, yet don't know the first thing about photography and working with light. Often they are not so good at working with people either.

Ask your prospective wedding photographer what professional bodies they belong to, what their qualifications are and what their investment is in photography. 

An organisation such as Safrea*, the Southern African Freelancers' Association, has many fine professional photographers as Full Members, who subscribe to a professional code of conduct. These are mostly working photographers who, in addition to providing wedding photography services, work within the media publishing areas such as advertising and editorial photography. Photographers such as these have invested way over R 100 000 in cameras, special lenses and other equipment including IT backup and software.

So if you are planning to get married, remember it is the special moments that will provide the memories. You want a professional photographer who knows what they are doing during the ceremony and during the special shoot afterwards - and will be able to suggest the best locations for the bride, groom and wedding party to slip away prior to the reception. 

Wedding reception photography is less important from a quality point of view. So if you have only a tight budget and paying by the hour, rather hire a competent professional to cover the important parts. You can leave the party photography to guests and amateurs, but ensure your lasting memories are professionally and well recorded.

*Safrea photographers can be searched for on the site

The author of this site is a senior member of Safrea who is both webmaster and serves on its most senior governing body.


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