I work out of a relatively small market (and rarely post, but lurk here often), and often see "wedding photographers" advertising online on Craigslist, small business sites, newspapers, etc., who clearly have little wedding photography (or any photography) experience at all. They may have bought a bigfolio website, and a dslr, but their work is very amateur (and quite terrible too). While I don't see these people as competition, I honestly worry that unsuspecting/uneducated/under-funded couples will end up with what basically amounts to on-camera flash crap for their wedding photos. I was thinking of making up a list of important reasons to hire a professional wedding photographer, or perhaps more importantly, an explanation of why hiring a professional may not be cheap, but is worth it. I feel there isn't much education out there for the average bridal consumer. As most of us know from experience, and reading the first-timer posts on this forum, so many people think that photography is about equipment, not time-tested experience. So...what I'm getting at is what would be on your list of reasons to hire a professional/questions to ask your potential wedding photographer. I'll start, 1.)How many weddings has your photographer photographed as the head hired shooter?