No matter what your wedding budget is, some expenses are vital. Especially, a professional wedding photographer. Eirik Halvorsen is one of them and he found a brilliant way to prove why specialists like him are essential to every ceremony.


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“I recently came across a thread in a wedding group on Facebook where a bride-to-be said they wanted to save money by not hiring a professional wedding photographer and let the guests be in charge of the photos,” Eirik told PetaPixel. “I mean, they will take pictures, right? You just have to get everyone to dropbox you the photos after and you can make your own album and look back on those special moments forever.”

Not quite. Eirik married his wife almost four years ago and hired his dream photographer to capture all the precious moments. So he took the photographer’s images and compared them with actual photos from the same wedding, taken by the guests. Composition, lighting, image quality and other features differ dramatically. “All I know from the experience of getting married is that all that is left today is the photos,” Eirik said. So if you want those photos to look great, they should be taken by someone who knows what he’s doing.

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“[These] photos are actual photos from our own wedding taken by our guests,” Eirik said

The couple came up with this idea while scrolling through a wedding photography group on Facebook

“A bride-to-be said they wanted to save money by not hiring a professional wedding photographer”

“I mean, they will take pictures, right? You just have to get everyone to dropbox you the photos after…”

“… and you can make your own album and look back on those special moments forever”

Can you though?

Luckily, the couple haven’t followed this advice and had hired a photographer instead

Image credits: Jeff Newsom

Quite the contrast, right?

Image credits: Jeff Newsom

“Me and my wife <…> cut cost everywhere possible to be able to hire our dream photographer”

Image credits: Jeff Newsom

“All I know from the experience of getting married is that all that is left today is the photos”

Image credits: Jeff Newsom