IELTS Speaking Part 3: four-step answer

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Let’s try using all four of the steps that I recommended in last Friday’s lesson. Here’s another question from IELTS speaking part 3, with my answer below it.

Do you think it’s ever worth hiring a professional photographer?

(Direct answer) Yes, for certain special occasions I definitely think it’s best to pay a professional to take photos. (Explain) A professional photographer is likely to have a better camera and related equipment, and you would hope that the end result will be a set of stunning photographs. (Personal example) Thinking back to a wedding that I attended last summer, I remember that the photographer knew exactly what he was doing, and he took some great pictures of the bride, groom and guests. (Opposite or alternative) Without a paid professional, you would have to rely on a friend or family member to take photos, and I think this would be risky. I don’t think you can trust an amateur when it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event.