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Why hire a pro?

There's been a lot written about this topic on many blogs and magazines, but this article, Photography, written by Seattle Bride Magazine hit home for so many reasons.  

Seattle Bride Magazine hired an amateur wedding photographer to follow Joey Hong, a pro photographer from John & Joseph Photography in Seattle.  I actually met Joseph for a very brief moment when I was starting out in photography myself.  He was shooting at my ex-girlfriend's wedding in LA and I introduced myself to him during the reception while he was going around shooting.  I just remember afterwards sitting at my table thinking, "man, if I could only ever be as good as them, how awesome would that be?"  

Before the wedding, my ex told me that she hired these guys in Seattle and paid something like $5000 to have them come down and shoot her wedding.  I was like you paid what?! And you flew who from Seattle?!  At that time, I didn't even think paying over $1500 for a "wedding" photographer was worth it.  Don't they just stand their and say "1, 2, 3, cheese!"  Well, after I saw their website, I immediately knew why she hired them.  So I had to meet them when I got a chance.  Their website was my first exposure to really good wedding photography.  Jerry Yoon Photography might not have materialized if not for this chance meeting with one of the best out there!

This article does a great job of pointing out the difference a fraction of a second makes when a pro is ready for a photograph vs. an amateur who is fumbling with their settings and can't execute on all levels when a peak moment is flashing by.  Well, I've said enough about the article and now you should just go read it.  

Photography by Cody Ellerd

Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 by Registered CommenterJerry Yoon in | Comments6 Comments

Reader Comments (6)

Wasn't this a great article - very well done. I came across it yesterday and already posted it on my facebook - a must read!

August 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette LeBlanc

Hey Jerry, funny you posted this -- I just saw this article the other day and I totally agree that it is one of the best "why hire a pro" articles out there.

Shoot on!
Cindy | hopparazzi photography

August 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Chen

amen amen amen! hire jerry!!!!

August 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlynnkaichao

Thanks for sharing this article!

August 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShar

hi jerry! i've been following up on your blog posts at weddingbee and i think you're extremely talented and just as great as john & joseph photography! :) i would love love love to work with you someday!

August 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteresther kim

Hi Jerry, You recently did a wedding for my clients Marissa & James in NJ. It was a pleasure working with you!
I totally agree with the importance of hiring a pro, I always tell my clients there's a reason why some vendors are so expensive...if it was easy everyone would do it!

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