Believe me, I DO know why some people think hiring a professional photographer for their wedding isn’t necessary. After all, the wedding couple doesn’t want “all that much” and they’re having a “small wedding with 5 people on each side”. They’re just pictures, right? Those pictures are one of the only things you will have after the wedding is over and done with. So while you’re spending $500 on a DJ, $1,000 on a band, $1,000 on catering or $8,000 on a place for a reception (where you will only be for a few hours), give the photographer a little more consideration.
Or you could wind up with someone like this. At least you’ll know what your hair looks like from behind.
There are several articles on my site explaining how important it is to hire the right wedding photographer for the job. Take a look around and read a few so you’ll understand why choosing your friend may not be the best idea.