Brexit Wedding Boom
Business has never been better
People often ask me ‘What do wedding photographers do during the week?’ And I’ll roll out my stock answer, ‘ There is an awful amount of work to be done before and after any wedding - planning, post-production, album design blah blah blah’. The reality is we spend most of the week on Facebook moaning about the business. There are countless secret groups devoted to wedding photography on social media. Referral groups, networking groups but mainly whining groups. Bookings are now so thin on the ground for many photographers that complaining has become the default state for those in the wedding industry.
It's not all doom and gloom though. On one of the groups, I’m a member of, a couple of London based photographers have been waxing lyrical about a current boom they are experiencing. According to them, business has never been better - so good that one of them can even afford to switch to the new ‘must-have' camera system - the Sony A9. He must be raking it in!
Over the years I’ve learnt to take boasting about booking numbers with a pinch of salt, it’s usually a pile of old tosh, but in this case, I was presented with an intriguing reason - BREXIT! Unless you’ve been living in a bubble, you will have realised by now that the British people have voted to leave the European Union and the news is full of doom and gloom about our future or full of joy depending on which side of the fence you sit.
So how has this affected wedding photography? According to the London snappers, there has been a rush to get married by EU citizens living and working in London. French girls marrying their English boyfriends, Spanish men marrying their English girlfriends etc. Brilliant isn’t it - London voters overwhelmingly voted to stay in the EU and yet for wedding photographers living in the capital the out vote means they are the ones getting the benefit. I give up!