In 2008, after a terrible worldwide economic crisis, many owners of “SLR” entry-level cameras decided that shooting weddings would be a great way to earn extra money.
This eventually led to a glut of inexperienced wedding photographers, along with the inevitable lowering of image quality for clients. This in turn led to a drop in the level of trust and confidence in the profession of wedding photography. Professional level photography cannot be learned overnight. Photography is a craft! – A craft that can be learned only with hard work over a long time.
Plus the level of investment is more significant that most amateurs realize. A true professional needs to have at least 2 pro-level camera bodies, 5-6 professional quality lenses from a wide angle for shooting large groups of people in confined spaces to telephoto for distance and portrait shots, not to mention professional lighting equipment (and even more backup gear). And if you add all of the necessary high-end computer equipment plus software, the investment is at least $10,000 USD. Not to mention the fact that a true professional attends ongoing education and workshops, has years of experience, spends many nights looking at photos of other internationally recognized photographers to learn new techniques in shooting and in post-processing, and devotes time to develop his or her own unique style of shooting.
Any wedding involves much more than simply shooting the images, which is only 5-10% of the total time spent on the preparation of the final wedding album. There is also a significant amount of time needed for post-processing which can take many weeks of work for each wedding. Given all...