There are lots of money saving tips out there so I've put together a few of my own. However, I wouldn't advise trying to save money on your photography by asking a friend or friend of a friend who just happens to own a camera and basic kit lens.
I say this, not as a professional photographer because I want your money, I say it because it can come back to bite you. Consider this, a professional photographer will have spent time and money on training and honing and developing their skills and will have professional equipment, including backup kit, something your friend might not have.
A pro will also have people skills, try prising guests from the bar for that all important group shot and you'll know what I mean. They will also know how and when and sometimes when not to use flash and will use it to balance the natural light or to light a scene in the correct way. Flash used incorrectly can potentially ruin a shot.
There's also after the event, most professional photographers will shoot in a format called RAW, think back to film days and you had the prints which you developed the negatives from. A RAW file is like a digital negative and requires the correct software to develop into usable images.
Your friend etc., might not have the correct software, even to edit Jpegs straight out of the camera. You only get one chance to get it right and like life itself, there is no rewind button.
You can save money and here are a few tips:
It was a lovely hot, sunny day for San & Ez's weding at the Kinmel Manor & Spa, Abergele - perhaps a little too hot! The day started with photographs of the bride, San, getting ready whilst the groom, Ez was being photographed with his bestman, his son at a local hostelry by my second shooter, Chris Jackson of Captivating Images.
Ez is a Firefighter and unbeknown to him, San had a arranged for a vintage fire engine to pick him up and drive him to the ceremony. The day went really well, got some cracking images and the staff were really helpful.
Another hot, sunny day for Paul & Leah's wedding at The Vale Country Club, Ruthin. It started off with photos of Leah getting ready at home whilst my second shooter, Neal McVeigh, was photographing the groomsmen and guests arriving at the venue. Another lovely location and a very enjoyable day.