Brides Magazine is all about weddings, yet they don’t really seem to like wedding photographers. After they advised the brides not to feed their photographers, now they have another “ingenious” piece of advice. They say you should hire a professional photographer, but they consider pros only those who use Nikon or Canon. And only full frame cameras come into consideration!
Earlier this year, Vogue shocked us by advising couples not to hire wedding photographers. But Brides Magazine also seems to be taking the bread out of photographers’ mouth, in their own way. Both figuratively and literally.
In their article “Essential Questions You Need to Ask Your Wedding Photographer”, they give a set of, well, essential questions for you to ask. I won’t discuss if all of the questions are actually essential, but there is one suggested answer so wrong that it hurts.
According to a wedding photographer Tiffani Matsuura, you need to ask the photographer what kind of equipment they use. And the answer they’re supposed to give you is “either Cannon or Nikon”:
What kind of equipment do you use?
“They should say either Cannon or Nikon, which are the most readily available professional cameras available,” says Tiffani. “However, there are professional and amateur cameras in both brands. A professional camera should be a ‘full format’ camera. This will ensure that you can print large-scale prints easily.”
I don’t know where to start. First of all, I really wouldn’t like anyone to shoot from Cannon on my wedding day. In some countries, people shoot from guns on weddings, but I think cannon would be a bit over the top.
Thirdly, you should only hire photographers with “full format” cameras because of prints? Are you printing a billboard?
And last but not least, there are some other camera types as well. Tiffani mentions film cameras in the article, but where are the mirrorless ones? There are many photographers who have switched to mirrorless and they’re doing a wonderful job. Remember Kevin Mullins? You want to say he’s not a professional?
I’m very surprised this kind of “advice” comes from someone who is in photography business. I suppose she uses a full frame Nikon or “Cannon”, but I don’t know if she’s aware that it’s not what makes her a professional. Being a professional is so much more than that!