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Best Wedding Photographers in the UK with the deepest pockets
Barely a week goes by without a new Top 100 UK Wedding Photographers list being published somewhere online, swiftly followed by a flurry of Facebook posts by eager snappers keen to point out to their armies of obsequious followers that ‘Hey - I’m proud to be included on this amazing list of awesome wedding photographers’. Well done dude! Awesome - you so deserve that!
All these lists of the Best Wedding Photographers Ever have one thing in common - actually two things in common. The first thing is that I’m never included. This is surely an oversight on the part of the impartial, objective list compilers - I mean have they seen my work! Are they aware of my reputation and the groaning shelf of wedding industry awards! Obviously not or surely I would have made at least one of the lists by now. I’m certainly the best photographer in my neighbourhood and I should make the list. Shouldn’t I?
Are Two Photographers Really Better Than One?
There are numerous conspiracy theories surrounding the the death of professional wedding photography or the exponential race to the bottom as it’s known in the office. I’ve mentioned a few reasons for the decline here on the Secret Wedding Photographer blog, such as free engagement shoots. Some will claim that the big camera manufacturers don’t care about us pros and much in the same way that Apple virtually ditched development of professional work stations and support for professional applications (farewell Aperture) the big camera companies are now focused on making photography easier and cheaper for consumers. Let's leave for another post!
There is another far sinister factor - the Second Shooter, lurking in the background. I’m old enough to remember life before the second shooter. The days of a now mythical creature - the photographers assistant. A useful beast who knew his place. I even employed one once who didn't want to be a photographer. He liked assisting. Having an assistant is great. They carry your bags. Make sure everything is working. Move lights around and hold reflectors. They were an amazing thing. Unfortunately they are rarely seen now. Commercially no one will pay for them. They have been made extinct by the birth of the second shooter. Another disastrous idea for the wedding photography business.
Wedding Photography: A Cautionary tale
Last week I had a Saturday off - unheard of in August in the good old days - and I went to a friends Birthday party in Prestwich. It was great to be out with my lovely wife at the weekend rather than waiting for the first dance to start in a green cast grim marquee in Cheshire. If ever I’m out at the weekend all I get is the same question, “ Not working?”. Then I’ll be introduced to someone I don’t know and once they find out I’m a wedding photographer they will invariably tell me they hated their own wedding photographs - funny how you never meet anyone who actually liked their pictures. At this party I met a recently married bride from London who told me a really interesting story which illustrates how even smart, clever couples can end up with some terrible wedding photos. Hopefully this will serve as a cautionary tale for brides to be...
It's hard work photographing weddings
“Do I really need to provide my wedding photographer with a meal?” YES! I have the proof that wedding photographers need to take on the same calories as a Tour de France cyclist or they will faint during the speeches.
When I turned 50 a few years ago I realised I was in a bit of trouble. The good years had been a bit too good to me and photographing 2 - 3 weddings a week had suddenly become really tough. I was over-weight and out of condition. Back to back Summer weddings in the heat, with all the stress and logistical nightmares, had become so exhausting that I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to continue into my 50’s unless I restricted my workload to one wedding a week. Unfortunately this just wouldn’t work financially and so I decided to get back in shape to cope with the workload. I joined the gym and went on a diet. It all went OK for the first six months but as anyone who has ever tried this will tell you - it gets really really boring! On the verge of giving up I did what every professional photographer would do and bought a gadget.