- Calling wedding photographers or help!
We used a guy from just outside Cannock called Neil Maxwell, think his company name was picturebox. Done ours at Brewood in July, very pleased with the results and he was fun during the day, which everyone commented on. He wasn’t cheap, but we are well chuffed with the photo’s.
Can get his contact details a bit later if you want.Posted 6 years ago
grum – well done for this
With every package, all the edited images are supplied high resolution on DVD copyright free to make your own prints & reduced size images for email/facebook etc
..and your photos of course – jealous
EDIT: seems like everyone is doing disks now – oh well. Still prefer your photos thoughPosted 6 years ago
Thanks leffeboy 🙂
Yup it’s pretty common now – in some way it’s not good as I know someone who got their wedding pics printed in a machine at ASDA then wondered why they looked crap! And they could get ‘a mate’ to do hideous photoshopping on them which people might think you were responsible for.
But I think it’s nice for people to ‘own’ their own wedding pictures really.
I’m working on a wedding specific site but it’s not quite ready yet.Posted 6 years ago
When checking out photographers keep in mind, in no particular order:
– How many photos they are offering you for the price. Often they will say a minimum number like 150, 300 or whatever. If you get an album Find out if you make the final selection of photos in it and are involved in the design or not – some photographers make the choice for you, which can be handy or annoying!
– Work out what they mean by ‘high resolution images’ – get the pixel size if possible, as some of them have been known to supply images that are ok for facebook and 8×10’s but not for wall enlargements – you might have to pay more and go back to the photographer for a big size print.
– Ask what retouching is included. Make it clear if you want your pics retouched or not.
– ask if there are additional services (a 2nd disk of photos, more advanced retouching) and what price they might be.
– How many hours of photography you get for your money and where these hours are allocated (getting ready, ceremony, any afternoon do, wedding reception, first dance, waiting around all night for the driving off at the end of the day bit).
– Does your photographer expect to be fed at the reception if he covers it (this is fairly normal, to treat them as a guest as few people want to be photographed when eating)
– Read the contract with care so that you know what penalty you will have to pay if you need to cancel (illness, family problem etc) or move your date or venue.
– Make sure they have a confirmed backup plan to supply another photographer to you if the orig person is too ill or something, to shoot your wedding.
– Make sure they have adequate insurance, in case the memory card gets lost or they drop a lens on someone’s foot or thier car breaks down and they never get to the service. A serious photographer will have some insurance.
– Some companies will supply a 2nd shooter so they can cover the groom getting ready etc. See if they do and if its in the costs.
– Make sure the contract includes a product delivery period which is acceptable to you. Some of them supply ‘taster’ photos for facebook and also on their own web sites but don’t do the main photos until some time later. Make sure you have a date for the whole delivery as wedding photos 6 months after the wedding are not much fun as most people don’t want to see them/buy them that long after the event.
– If you are private people, find out what the photographer puts in the contract about what he can use your photos for – advertising for his business, putting up at wedding fairs, selling to other people, pages in his web site.
– If you are outgoing, see if the photographer puts samples of all the weddings they cover on their business page blog or just some – if you expect to be up there, make it clear.
– Ask if they include a free engagement shoot. This gives you chance to practise posing and feeling at ease with the process before the wedding. Wear something that you wont cringe at in 5 years time and that does not clash with each other or the setting!
– Trash the dress sessions are sometimes possible, where basically its a fashion shoot for fun after the event – its often wading around in water in the wedding attire, posing in scrap yards, running through long grass type stuff.
– look at samples of the weddings they have shot before and ask to see the whole collection of images from a wedding, not just the best 2 or 3 photos from each event – anyone can get lucky for a few and have the rest pretty mediocre.
– Find out how long they have shot weddings and how many.
– see if they belong to any professional photography associations that accredit skill levels.
Hope this helps. I expect I have missed some stuff off but its all I can remember off hand.Posted 6 years ago
Oh and they need to give you a written ‘licence’ or include it in the contract that you have a right to reproduce the images yourself. This needs to be formally stated or you are not allowed to print them yourself, technically/legally.
Giving you ‘Copyright’ is usually the wrong term as the photographer will retain that for themselves and retain ownership of the original files but can permit you to make copies etc by licence. They usually keep the very high resolution or RAW images themselves.
Ask how long they store them for in case anything happens to your own copy of the disk.Posted 6 years ago
A more advanced guide than my post.Posted 6 years ago
I’m rewriting all that stuff for my new website
While you are at it there is a small change you could do to help your SEO
This sort of thing
is brilliant where you mention the name of the location high up on the page. I have a suspicion that you can further improve on it by doing two things. The first is to link to the site for the wedding if they have one. Outgoing links help a bit as well if relevant. The second would be to sort the URL not to have page_id=109. Maybe /wedding/Ashton_Memorial/date or something like that. I’d even be tempted to put a link to the location on a google map as that then lets Google geolocate where you were which will help you for local search.
I may be talking rubbish of course. Getting Google to rate you is getting tougher and tougherPosted 6 years ago
Don’t forget to factor in the wedding tax, I think the going rate is 400%
I know I would say this, but some people seem to think wedding photography is a license to print money – maybe if you are very high end and esatblished, but you’d be surprised how much work goes into photographing one wedding, and how much the equipment costs if you plan on doing a decent job of it.Posted 6 years agoJPRMember
The most important thing is that you like the photographers style. If you want lots of posed family shots choose a photographer who shoots a lot of posed family shots. If you lots of reportage style photography choose a photographer that specialises in that.
I and with that I’ll chuck in my website as well: http://www.jamesrobertsonphotography.co.uk/?p=45
I don’t do a whole lot of weddings, though I am full time professional photographer.Posted 6 years agonorbertMember
I’m still free on the day of your wedding. Take a look at our website Carrera Wedding Photography and by all means, give me a call to have a chat or PM me your number and I’ll happily call you.
You’re not too far out of our normal area and i’ll do a good deal for a fellow Mtb’er
I am a full time professional photographer with two businesses, wedding and commercial/PR. Fully insured as described above. I have a selection of sample albums for you to take a look at and I’ll gladly visit you at your home for a no obligation consultation.
NigelPosted 6 years agoalfabusSubscriber
That Jeff Asscough gets good access to his subjects, doesn’t he:
WARNING, BRIDE IN UNDERCRACKERS CONTENT
I wonder if she knows he’s stuck that on his website.
edit: stw can’t cope with certain characters in URLs, so you’ll have to copy and pastePosted 6 years ago
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