You just can’t beat “Candid”. There’s something very special about a picture capturing a natural smile, a spontaneous laugh or tears of joy that a staged photograph just can’t manage.
"Candid".... that’s my style in a nutshell!
I’m constantly anticipating reactions and have developed a second sense when it comes to clicking those split second, fleeting moments.
The focus of my approach has always been about capturing natural images, without direction or influence. Weddings are filled with a wide range of emotions and interactions throughout the day that provide an endless source of opportunity... these are moments that go unnoticed by most, but can often be the most powerful.
When all is said and done I want you to look back at your Wedding photographs in years to come, and think "that's exactly how I remember my awesome day!"
Q1: What should I be paying for Wedding Photography and how should I price it?
Good quality Wedding Photography can on average cost between £900 to £2000 for a full day coverage.
Some charge less and some charge much more. Articles on this subject have suggested that 10-15% of the wedding budget is set aside for photography.
I'm not sure who came up with that figure but the pragmatic approach would be to opt for the best value, style and quality that is within your budget. This will require a bit of leg work and research but see if you can find a wedding photographer who is prepared to show full portfolios of a wedding day not just the best one or two shots.
Q2: Why does Wedding Photography cost so much?
I think most people have the miss conception that a days work as a photographer is simply 8-10 hours work on the actual day. Personally I spend 5-7 days post processing the images, organising client web galleries, designing Albums and presentation boxes to ensure my Bride and Grooms get the very best quality imagery on return from their Honeymoon. There is also a pretty hefty investment in equipment and most but not all, will have insurance to ensure they are covered for equipment, indemnity and liability.
Q3: Should I let my friend photograph my wedding?
If your friend is an experienced professional, I would say yes, go for it!
However if they fall in the category of ... I have a nice camera and really enjoy taking pictures as a hobby, then inevitably I am going to say no. They won't cope with the fast pace of the day and may end up missing some pretty important details. An experienced professional will understand the typical flow of a wedding day and will be prepared in advance to capture the key events.
They will be able to react to adverse weather conditions and have the correct equipment to continue your photography inside. As often quoted "there's no substitute for experience."