Don't Judge A Photographer by Their Lens

So many brides and grooms out there think they know all about photography. While you may own a nice camera, that doesn't mean that you are an expert. And in most cases, when a couple does own a nice camera, the first thing they do when they meet a potential wedding photographer, is to ask about their camera.

What kind of camera do you use? What kind of lenses do you have?

If I were to ask a photographer these questions, the answer coming out of their mouth would sound like a bunch of mumbo jumbo to me, like a foreign language! And for most of you, it would sound the same.

But you ask, "because the internet told you to" in the latest article on "Questions you must ask your wedding photographer."

But today, instead of giving you a list of questions to ask (that won't even help you choose a wedding photographer), we are going to talk cameras. Because let's be real, if you like what you see in their portfolio and you like him or her as a person, then that's all you need to make your decision.


Does the camera or the lens really matter?

Instead of just writing about it and hoping you believe me, Theresa Bridget Photography and I came together to demonstrate this better.

We had a day full of photoshoots with three photographers present - two were professionals and one was not.

And guess what?? They were all using the same (professional) camera!

And here are some of the results:

professional vs amateur wedding photographers
professional vs amateur wedding photographers
professional vs amateur wedding photographers
professional vs amateur wedding photographers


The Photographer Behind the Lens

From lighting, to posing, to the editing after the wedding, there is far more to photography than the camera.

It all has to do with the photographer behind the lens.

Give me the most expensive camera in the world, and I wouldn't be able to snap a beautiful shot. But give a professional an iPhone, and I'd bet everything I own that their shot will be far better than my "professional camera" shot.

Of course, you want to be able to blow up those beautiful wedding photos and decorate your new home together, and you definitely want the quality to be great. But more than anything, judge the photographer BEHIND the lens, rather than the lens itself.

professional vs amateur wedding photographers