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!
“What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined… to strengthen each other… to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.”
English novelist (1819 – 1880)
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:
The first thing to do is to agree what you are both looking for at the end of the process. If one of you is expecting complete coverage of the day with all the details recorded but the other is just expecting a few group shots, then you need to do some talking before you start looking! Some couples want a professional, reliable record of the day but they do not want to spend too much time being photographed. For others, the photography is crucially important and an integral part of the day. Are you expecting a stunning set of portraits of the two of you (you’ll need to allocate time out of your day for this), or is that less important than one or two nice shots as long as the emotions of the day are captured? Or, do you want both?
Once you are agreed on this, viewing photographers’ on line portfolios for quality and style is the next stage. However, galleries represent the photographer’s best work, so it is important to see whole weddings to see how their style is transferred across the different requirements of the day. Do this when you meet or ask to be sent a Portfolio CD if whole weddings aren’t available to view on line. Wedding couples and guests are not on a photo shoot, but there to celebrate the day and party, so if you’re looking for a photo journalistic style of coverage then you should check out the photographers’ ability to capture those fleeting moments and your guests enjoying themselves.
Got your short list? Talk to them on the phone and meet if possible. You will be spending a lot of time with your photographer on your wedding day and so you should ensure you like them. Are they professional in their approach to you? Do you feel they will put you first or are you just another gig?
Finally you will need to think about your album, and of course your budget. The price of wedding photography often surprises prospective wedding clients, but wedding photography is a skill and the best can command high prices. Ultimately you and your fiance have to decide on the importance of high quality wedding photography to you, and consider whether it is a price worth paying.