I’m always so busy September through to the new year, and never seem to have time to blog, although my FB page does get updated with the odd thing or two…anyway, here’s some photos of a fantastic Queensberry album that the client wasn’t expecting until January, but which left the studio on Christmas Eve and was delivered by my octogenarian parents on their way to my sister’s! That’s customer service for you!
A small intimate wedding on one of the hottest summer’s day imaginable. Rhinefield House in the heart of the New Forest was the spectacular setting for the moving ceremony and the sumptuous wedding breakfast. With a Sage cover, this Queensberry Album will have ivory mats, and the photographs will be mounted on grey pages which will give a soft border to each one.
Another beautiful Queensberry Album delivered to its home, together with two digital copies for parents.
The digital copies – 7″ x 5″ – are faithful replicas of the Feature Album, covered in the same ‘Baby Blue’ Leather. Each one even features the flip pages which I designed to tell the story of the ceremony on one spread. Delivered in their own soft bags they are the perfect gift for parents.
What interested me most on reading it was that all five of us featured – some of the top names in the wedding photography world – gave essentially the same advice to prospective clients seeking to choose a wedding photographer:
see client testimonials as well as wedding photography; check experience, & whether the photographer is full or part time;
check they have client liability insurance (an absolute must have);
choose someone you get on well with;
look for passion and emotion in the images;
choose a reportage photographer with great care, not all ‘reportage’ images are flattering – make sure they can also take the other type of shots that matter e.g. groups, lovely portraits of the couple.
In terms of trends, each of us picked our own trend, but I agree with all of them:
1. Image manipulation – there is currently a fashion for heavily manipulated, fashion style images.
Whilst I think this can work well for a portrait shoot, for a wedding I offer this style to clients on one or two photos only from the hundreds taken. I prefer wedding photography to be ‘real’ rather than fake, to tell the story of the day. When I do show such an image I usually recommend that it is a stand alone image, rather than one put in the album.
2. The best of both worlds – Not just reportage or portraiture.
More Brides are realising that posed photographs don’t have to be stiff and formal and that reportage shots aren’t necessarily relaxed! The best photographers are combining both, I certainly do.
3. Trash the Dress – the big trend coming in from the USA.
This is becoming more and more popular both with my existing clients and with Brides who have used other photographers for their wedding.
4. The importance of the classic wedding album
Digital only packages are popular, but invariably clients realise that a wedding album is more than a collection of photos – it’s an heirloom, and a repository of their memories of an extra-special day.
The lovely thing about overseas weddings from a photographic perspective is the opportunity to take photos in completely different light to the type we usually get in the UK. A real treat!
See more photos of the day in the wedding portfolio section of my site:
Why an album? Why Queensberry?
Having just come off the phone to a prospective client who was dubious about why they might want to pay for an album I thought it might be worth posting a few thoughts on the subject.
In this digital age almost anyone feels they can take photos – which is wonderful, as photos are perfect ways of reminding us of past events, emotions and friends. So it is with a wedding. However, these days photos often stay on the computer – hundreds and hundreds of them. But an album, especially a beautifully constructed wedding album will outlast the computers, to be passed on through the generations. It has a wonderful physical presence: just by turning the pages you can re-live the day quietly on your own, or share it with others.
I have included Queensberry Albums with my wedding packages almost from the beginning. There are many album suppliers on the market, and Queensberry certainly aren’t the cheapest, but they produce bespoke albums of the highest quality. I can design a client’s album around the pictures they choose – no preordained sizes for the photos, and each design is unique. The albums are classic without being traditional and most importantly for an heirloom that must last, durable and timeless. Their pricing also makes them pretty exclusive, but they really are worth the extra.
I’m in the middle of finalising this album for a lovely client who’s wedding day I was privileged to record last year – mostly in the pouring rain! I’m at the ordering stage, having just been given design approval. It will be 15″ square, with a Navy leather cover. The wedding invitation will be mounted into the album on the first page and the photos will be cut and hand-assembled in the album onto mist (cream) pages surrounded by an ivory mat. Stunning! A gorgeous permanent record of a beautiful day.