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Our ‘The Last Supper’ Stag Do Photography featured on Staggered today!

We are absolutely delighted that Groom-aimed Wedding Blog Staggered has decided to feature our stag do image of The Last Supper today! You can read all about our involvement and first hand accounts from the Groom, Best Man and Usher about the process.

We are very proud of this piece of work and would love to be further challenged with Hen and Stag do’s – consider photography as part of your party! Maybe you want to recreate your favourite album cover? Ladies, consider yourselves as Britain’s Next Top Model finalists??

You can see the blog post at http://www.iamstaggered.com/competitions/stag-do-tales-the-last-supper – please do leave us a comment and share with your friends!

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Why should you book a professional wedding photographer?

If you read the wedding blog Rock n Roll Bride, you’ll know that Kat Williams tries to tackle key issues that come up in our industry, and the controversial subject of pricing when it comes to photography is no new subject for her. However, we feel a response of our own was necessary to this week’s post “Should I Book a Professional Wedding Photographer or Get a Friend to do it for Free: A Cautionary tale, which you can read here

The post is from a woman who asked her friend, a car photographer, to do her wedding photography with disastrous consequences. The wedding photos are some of the worst we have ever seen. It’s a very honest account, with her admitting she should have offered more support, such as visiting the venue and checking he had the right equipment for the job.

We receive many enquiries from Brides who tell us they love our work, but have to ‘warn’ us that their partners don’t feel they should have a professional photographer, usually as they know someone who has a good camera and takes great pictures. I should point out we started by taking wedding photos for two sets of friends, as we knew we wanted to be wedding photographers, but our only experience was a couple of family weddings. The difference here though is that we knew we wanted to specialise in weddings, so we made a point of visiting the venue beforehand to check lighting and space, and obtain any equipment we didn’t already have, as well as find out the couple’s expectations and group photo requirements. From those images and some great testimonials we acquired our first clients which was over three years ago and we haven’t looked back – we absolutely love photographing weddings!

But what is the difference between us, back then, and you asking your friend to photograph your wedding? Here are a few things we advise you to bear in mind when making the decision:

● Shooting a wedding is a pressured environment, things are moving constantly. How would you feel if your friend missed a key moment?

● Do you have any concerns about your friend enjoying themselves? If they are nervous they may not be able to fully relax and enjoy your wedding day.

● Your friend may take lovely pictures when you are on a night out or be able to take nice headshots in the day, but how would they cope with lighting changes such as if it rains and goes gloomy, or you step out of your ceremony in to really bright sunshine? What if your ceremony is performed with the two of you standing in front of a window? This is a tricky exposure that requires a certain level of technical ability.

● We were told a story once about a bride’s friend who was taking the photos during the day but still enjoyed themselves to the point of getting very drunk, so they don’t have any wedding photos post-meal. Would you be able to set the right expectations with your friend or family member?

● As experienced wedding photographers we are ready for most occurrences and can work quickly to change plans if things go a bit awry. This is because we are no longer fazed by weddings, we thrive on the pressure and thrill of getting those moments you will treasure forever.

● Possibly the biggest thing to consider, how will you feel if your friend does not manage to provide you with beautiful wedding photography, if it’s not quite right? This could tear a friendship apart as it unfortunately did for the writer of the Rock n Roll Bride blog post.

If budget is tight try and think about the priorities throughout your wedding and beyond.  Your wedding photography is one of the only tangible things that lasts from your wedding so we would recommend it has the next biggest part of the budget after the reception venue and food. The wedding day itself will pass in a whirlwind and even on return of your honeymoon you will find the details are hazy and your beautifully vibrant wedding photography will ensure the memories come flooding back forever.

From experience we know all the wonderful things that can happen on a wedding day. We can truly capture the emotion of the ceremony when mum begins to wipe the tears from her eye and working in tandem we can capture the moments you won’t even know are happening, a lovely surprise for you when you look back at your wedding photography. Another key aspect of the way we work is that we also know how to blend in and not get in the way, in fact, many of our clients have commented it was like having friends photographing the wedding, so we can be your happy medium! Poor photography really can mean that the lasting memories of your special day are of disappointment not joy, so think clearly about the decisions you make, whether it be for a friend or professional.

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Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2 today – Wedding Photography Stories. Why you should do your research!

Did anyone catch the Jeremy Vine show today? There was a really interesting discussion about wedding photographers, particularly homing in on one wedding photographer who has a fair amount of disgruntled customers. One thing that immediately struck us though, was that this guy was charging £350 to do the photography AND a video. The photography is of very poor quality, and by the sound of the complaints he was also unprofessional. Surely the old saying comes in here – you get what you pay for!

The programme features highly regarded wedding planner Sarah Haywood who is very refreshing in her advice!

When hearing about quotes from other couples, or seeing a wedding photographer’s pricing, we are usually very wary of anyone who says they can shoot a whole day wedding for under £1000. Producing beautiful wedding photography is anything but a one day job, we put hours into the processing of every individual photo to make sure it is an accurate representation of your wedding day and brings back the memories at a glance.  We’ve blogged before about the pricing of wedding photography, and would suggest any couple looking at wedding photography considers the following:

– A good set-up costs money. You should expect any professional wedding photographer to have professional digital SLR cameras, which cost over £2000 for the body alone, bearing in mind this will need updating every few years. Add another few thousand pounds worth of lenses and that’s just the basics.

– Look at much more than the portfolio on their website. The portfolio is considered the best of the best, but ask to see a whole real wedding so you can see the standard across a whole day. We keep our wedding galleries open to the public, not only to allows guests and friends easy access to the wedding photos, but also to show prospective clients our high standard across the day. If we have the pleasure of meeting you we will show you a real wedding album that we created for a previous client.

– Meet your photographer socially. We will never invite you to our home or office, not because we don’t want to, but because we don’t want to make you feel like you are getting the big sales pitch. We prefer to meet our prospective wedding couples in a nice pub or coffee shop, so you can see if we are people you would like hanging around your wedding – after all, we’re essentially your most important guests that day. Don’t settle for someone you aren’t sure about, the last thing you need to be worrying about on your big day is having someone you don’t really like at your wedding!

– Break down the quote they give you. They will incur an expense visiting your venue before the wedding, then will have to travel on the day, shoot for however many hours, then sit and process your wedding photography throughout a good week or so, upload it to their website, create disks, design and pay for albums….. If you’ve been quoted £500 for all that, ask yourself how much time they will really be spending on the most precious photographs you are likely to own in your life….

– It will be tempting to ask your cousin with the good camera to do your wedding photography, but do think again. If they are a guest, chances are you’ll get pictures of the day and nothing after the meal once he’s had a few drinks. More importantly, being a professional wedding photographer is more than just having the right equipment. We know the moments, the shots you’ll treasure, we can pre-empt the way the day will go and are experienced enough to deal with the pace of the day and when things don’t quite go to plan. We will have planned  wet weather options and be able to change the schedule in a moment to suit what happens in the day, because your wedding photography is our passion, our business. We really do love weddings!

Your wedding photography is the only real thing that lasts from your wedding day. You may keep your dress but even that is unlikely to be worn again. Do consider this when setting your budget, as you can’t underestimate how important your wedding photos will be to you in the years to come.

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Interesting blog from Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride: The Price of Wedding Photography & How Much Should I Expect to Spend?

Interesting post on the great wedding blog, Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride that we would like to share with you.

It is always interesting to see how much value different couples put on photography, yet Kat addresses the notion that you maybe get what you pay for. 

We recognise that the photography is one in what seems like a million things to spend your hard earned cash on, yet once the guests have gone home, the confetti swept up, the last canape has been nibbled and you head off on your honeymoon as the new Mr & Mrs, for us our work is by no means over. We will spend many many hours over the next few weeks working on the pictures. An interesting anecdote in the article is a guest saying to the photographer how nice it must be to only have to work one day a week! (if only!) Our job is by no means a one-day job!

We finish each photo individually and this takes a lot of time when dealing with over a thousand photos, but time we feel is necessary to make sure we (and ultimately our clients) are 100% happy with each image. 

We try and keep our prices as reasonable as possible, and we think that with us, you get a lot more than what you pay for. We have just implemented a new pricing structure and this decision was not taken lightly as we pride ourselves in being affordable value for the finished products.

View the blog here and see what you think, and it includes thoughts by Julia Boggio, award-winning wedding photographer.

The comments at the bottom also make interesting reading, this was a quote that jumped out to us.

Great article and well balanced, it baffles me when couples put £3000 in to flowers and zilch into photography. One dies the next day and the other lasts forever, its a no brainier.”

Wise words..

 

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