I still hear about people who decide that rather than investing in the services of a professional wedding photographer, they'll save money by going with a family member who offers to take some photographs for free or a friend of a friend who will cut them a deal. There are many reasons I would caution against asking someone who is not accustomed to photographing a wedding - even if they have what seems like all the gear - but the most compelling reason has to do with what happens to the images after the wedding. This image from a destination engagement session in Honolulu is a perfect example. All of these images were taken split seconds apart, and processed in different ways. I now have many choices as to which image is the most compelling. And together... wow. How stunning.
Obviously I am biased, but I am also a bride myself. I know that the investment will be worth it when my grandchildren are looking at my wedding photos.