A good friend has an expensive camera. Couldn't they just take our event images?
Of course they can, but don't underestimate how challenging photographing a wedding or event can be. You have to be sure that this person is going to perfectly capture your big day – and for this they’ll require a number of specific qualities. A good event photographer has to be skilled in architectural, macro, portraiture and documentary photography. They should also be experienced enough at photographing events to be in the right place at the right time with the right equipment. And of course they need to be able to take great pictures.
Event photographers also need to be good project managers and have excellent people skills, with an ability to glean the right information from you to ensure that they document your special occasion just how you like it. Also don't forget that if you rely on a friend to take you pictures, they will find it very difficult to be a guest at your event - they will be far too busy enjoying themselves to take on the responsibility of photographer!