If you've found yourself on this page, then there is a very good chance that you are considering hiring a bridal shower photographer to take photos of your special event. While this can be an attractive idea, before making such an important decision it would be wise to consider the pros and cons of doing so.
A bridal shower is a special day where young soon-to-be-married women celebrate their upcoming nuptials with their friends and family. Many of the women present will have years of useful marital experience and the whole event is a time for sharing laughs and experiences and to join together in the excitement of the coming union.
So let's figure out if scheduling a bridal shower photoshoot is right for you.
The Pros of Hiring a Bridal Shower Photographer
There are many good reasons why an upcoming bride would hire a bridal shower photographer. Let's look at them individually.
The photos will be available on the web in years to come and, assuming you have the copyright for all photographs, they can be used as a lasting reminder of your special day.
It can also be great fun planning your photoshoot with friends and family. Having a photographer there might make planning the shower even easier.
If you're not very good at direction, the photographer might be able to help suggest some fun ideas to brighten up your photos. You'll all likely be taking photos anyways. Having a professional there will ensure you'll be happy with the results.
The Cons of Hiring a Bridal Shower Photographer
Obviously, having a photographer there isn't for everyone. Here are a few things to consider to see if you don't want to hire for bridal shower photography.
Having someone else there can sometimes break the flow of your shower if they are not in tune with what is happening. The guest of honor might want to do things the photographer didn't plan for or doesn't want to photograph.
The photographer might not take well to "interference" or suggestions from others. Sometimes people can be rude and the Photographer may cut shooting short if they feel disrespected in any way. This could also cause the guest of honor to feel uncomfortable as well.
The cost is always a concern. For engagement photos or even the big day, you'll want a professional behind the lens. For a fun event like this, having a photographer is more optional.
How to Make Your Choice
To decide if this is right for you, think about what you are looking to get out of having a photographer at your bridal shower. Is it something truly special that doesn't happen every day? Do you want photos that incorporate everyone involved with the event especially the guest of honor? Or do you just want a couple of snapshots here and there, but don't really care about them being professional quality?
If it's vital that all participants be photographed then consider hiring someone who is familiar with events as opposed to just doing portraits. Alternatively invite your friends and family who do photography as a hobby, or someone who is interested in learning how. This will give them a chance to hone their skills while not limiting you by the cost of an experienced photographer.
This way, you'll gain the benefits without breaking your budget.
Get Creative If You're Looking for Something Unique
If you are simply looking for some photos that capture the ambiance more than anything else then there's no need to hire anyone at all. Bring along your digital camera and make sure it has room on its memory card before going to have plenty of space left over after snapping away (and delete unwanted photos from the computer if needed). This will let you concentrate on enjoying yourself versus worrying whether the photos turned out.
On the flip side, if your bridal shower is something you want to remember for years and years, make sure you get the best at your event. Hiring the best doesn't just mean you hire someone who can take great photos. It also means they can compliment the festivities rather than interrupt them. Having a photographer at your bridal shower should make it more fun and not less.
If you need help finding a great photographer, read our article on questions to ask your photographer before hiring them.
Should You Hire a Bridal Shower Photographer or Not?
\When it comes to taking photos at a bridal shower, you have two options. You can hire an experienced professional photographer who will come in and capture the event as if they were friends of your family, or, you could do everything yourself with your phone or camera.
So ask yourselves these three questions before deciding what is best for YOU:
1) Do I want my pictures to be professionally done?
2) What is my budget?
3) What will make me the happiest years from now?
If you do decide that a bridal shower photo shoot is exactly what you want, let us know. Most times we can create a custom package that includes both bridal shower photography and the bridal photoshoot at a cheaper price than what you could get for both.
No matter what, we want these events to be special for you. Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.