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Busted! Don't Believe These Wedding Photography Myths


Fullerton Photography, LLC


June 16, 2020

Your wedding day will probably be the most significant day of your life! As you want to remember and celebrate this day for years to come, it’s best to enlist the services of a photographer to capture the best moments of your wedding.

However, there are quite a few myths and misconceptions associated with wedding photography and the role of a wedding photographer. Often, these misconceptions discourage people from working with a photographer, which results in the couple not having photographs to remember their wedding day by.

To help you separate fact from fiction, Fullerton Photography LLC has debunked three of the most widely believed myths about wedding photography.

Myth 1: I have a good cell phone, so I don’t need to hire a photographer.
This misunderstanding comes from a general lack of knowledge about just getting a photo vs. creating what a client envisions or wants. While phones have become more and more powerful with burst modes, night modes, etc., generally, the sensors in them are incredibly compact, which leads to higher noise than from a traditional camera and phone software having to fake things like bokeh and DoF. Phones also tend to be limited on internal storage as well as lack the more dynamic RAW modes than almost any camera, which means compressed photos off the bat. While some phones now have multiple lenses and better capabilities than others, not everyone has a top-end device. Instead, focus on looking at a photographer who has flash strobes, external lighting, a good eye for composition, and understands the skills in photography along with what lenses they shoot with compared to just snapping a quick phone photo. Most phones that even have these options, if at all, tend to be convoluted and again, do not tend to have the dynamic range of actual purpose-built standalone cameras. Sure, our files may take time to process post events to add things equivalent to Instagram filters, but the results are generally far superior. That does not mean you shouldn’t shun phones entirely. As devices made to contact and share, they are great supplemental tools for blogging to social media a bit quicker than a camera without wireless on. Now, that being said, if your friend with a camera is aware of what all the settings on their phone, that’s exceptional, but if they’ve never moved out of Auto Mode, it’s probably best to let a professional handle your day.

At Fullerton Photography LLC, we have always used name-branded, recognized, workhorse photography equipment that is standard in our industry to produce fantastic results. You won’t see myself or my assistant pulling out a tiny phone as the method to capture your day, ever.

Myth 2: Wedding photography is expensive!
This, just like any industry and service is highly subjective depending on what an individual studio charges, their expertise in the field, number of weddings, how many photographers and assistants they have on-site, and so forth. It is always best to look at a photography studio’s packages and prices and understand what you’re receiving or not in a quote. Asking questions also goes a long way. Examples include:

a. Do I get the RAWs?

b. Do I receive full size or small preview photos?

c. Do I have to pay extra for all the photos?

d. Does the studio prepare display albums or have services that can make them?

e. Do you offer physical prints?

f. Are there any hard limits as to locations, photos, edits, etc.?

At Fullerton Photography LLC, we have over a hundred weddings of successful, happy brides, and have interacted with thousands of associations at receptions and events. I have attempted to walk the line between offering services that are professional provided my experience, yet are reasonably priced.

Myth 3: Family photos post-ceremony don’t take a long time.
For many people, their wedding is one of the most important milestones of their lives. It is a grand event with many friends and family members. I have seen many couples not realize just how long it sometimes takes to capture the dozens of photo requests. As your wedding party grows (bridesmaids and groomsmen, ushers, flower girls, ring bearers, close friends, etc.), the larger the crowd grows, the more time it takes.

At Fullerton Photography LLC, we always recommend an absolute minimum of thirty minutes, but generally suggest forty-five minutes or an hour or sometimes more, to ensure that the couple has all the family and relational pairings they’d love to have captured in their day. Having a professional handle this, compared to someone in the family lets the entire family be together and saves the stress of sorting that out at the wedding, or including or discluding the wrong people.

If you’re looking to steer clear of these myths, reach out to Fullerton Photography LLC. As a leading wedding photographer and videographer, I can capture your wedding, engagement, and events to give you an album of stunning pictures and memorable videos at affordable rates. My passion for photography, eye for detail will, and skills will ensure that you get results that you can cherish for generations to come. I can personalize my services to meet your needs and expectations.

I serve clients across Milford, Wixom, Novi, Farmington Hills, Brighton, Howell, Canton, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Livonia, Detroit Metro, Detroit, Rochester Hills, Rochester, Grosse Pointe, Warren, Royal Oak, Ypsilanti, Walled Lake, Pontiac, Troy, Sterling Heights, Flint, Fenton, Jackson, Toledo, and the surrounding areas.

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