Our trendy wedding bloggers Sam and Emily, aka the dirtyweddingcows, have just completed a massive survey of married couples via their Facebook page and they are just working through the results now. With their work rate their findings should be published sometime in 2015!
Anyway, some of the details we have seen may be of interest to wedding photographers and couples about to book their wedding photography for weddings in 2013.
One of the questions concerned how much recently married couples had spent on their wedding photography and [un] surprisingly 70% of respondents said they regretted trying to save money on their wedding photographer.
Now it doesn’t say how much more they wish they’d spent. They might be wishing they’d spent an additional £5 for all we know but it is quite obvious that most couples these days try and save a bit of money on things like wedding photography and maybe live to regret it.
This is our totally scientific analysis of the results but all we’d say is make sure you’re not in the 70% and book a lovely top professional photographer for your wedding - it could be the best money you spend on your big day.
The venue is booked, the dress is on order, now you need to think about booking your wedding photographer. Considering the cost of this service, you need to make sure the photographer capturing the images of your special day is the right person for you both and has a good understanding of the type of memories you want to achieve.
Your wedding will last one day but you will want to look back at the pictures for a lifetime. Check a website such as Find A Wedding Photographer for great wedding photographers in your region.
1. Do your research carefully, meet potential photographers. There are many great wedding photographers around; the trick is to find the one that suits you. Wedding fairs can give you an opportunity to meet different photographers in person and get a feel for their type of photography, as well as an idea of prices. Some photographers will invite you to come and talk through their portfolio and their style over a cup of tea. This is a good way to work out if you are going feel comfortable on the day with your photographer.
2. Stay traditional.Try and find a photographer with a classic style - you will want to feel happy with the pictures for many years to come. A mix of traditional and more modern angles can work well. Don't be overly impressed with special effects in some modern photography, they can date very quickly. Be wary of photographers that rely on Photoshop or other retouching software; it should just be used to enhance the natural light in the photographs.
It’s tempting in these times of austerity to get a friend or relative to photograph your wedding. What could possibly go wrong? They have quite an expensive camera and one day they hope to pack in the day job and turn professional. You are actually helping them out. Doing them a favour as they get to build their portfolio. Please think again. There as so many stories appearing at the moment of people who have done just that and lived to regret it.
Take Jackie Sanderson and her new husband Adam. They were left with no wedding photographs after trusting the job of capturing their big day to their friend and ‘budding pro’, Ben Fagan. After the wedding Ben left the memory card containing their images in his wallet and a week later he was involved in a pub brawl and lost his jacket. Jackie and Adam returned from their honeymoon to discover that they had no photographs of their big day.