(Closed) Photographer commitment issues…! UK

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Bumble bee

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cubiebee:  Keep looking. £2000 should get you a good photographer. Ours was fantastic and she was only just over £1000. What area are you in? Maybe people could recommend some reliable ones

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Bee Keeper

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cubiebee:  keep looking. The fine art style you want is a little harder to come by. You may also need to consider upping your budget slightly. 

We went with David Morgan and loved him. But he’s very much hands-off/reportage style so may not be what you’re looking for. If I can, I will try to find some of the photographers we short-listed (who would be roughly in budget). 

Also, keep searching. I used Google, and you can narrow your search by including, say,  ‘fine art’. Also, don’t restrict yourself with location, most willing travel, I contacted some in Scotland (our wedding was also in Berkshire) and it wasn’t an issue; obviously you will pay travel costs but I found this averaged around £200-300.

Hope This Helps

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cubiebee:  this is his website which probably gives a good idea:

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We had booked another photographer, but they cancelled 4 months out which unfortunately meant we couldn’t get everything we wanted (great posed shots AND great candids), in the style we wanted (crisp, modern, vibrant; not into the whole rustic/vintage look), in budget. So we priories the style and the candids as we felt we would look back at the candids more/they would represent the day better (they have done; we still get a buzz looking at them and it brings us back to those moments). 

Will try to dig out some more details of others for you 🙂 

PS: our wedding was in Reading  

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - St.Matthews Church, Hants, UK

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cubiebee:  Hey, I don’t know if this is the sort of thing you’re looking for but try http://www.dmphotographyuk.com/ – My Fiance is an assistant manager at a big wedding hotel and says he comes highly recommended with beautiful work. Here’s the facebook for a look as well https://www.facebook.com/dmphotographyuk (we’re debating using him now we’ve seen the work).

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I’ve had a look and I think I’ve deleted the emails, gah!

My advice would be to set aside a couple of hours and sit down and google ‘fine art wedding photographer/y UK’, and then basically go through each one on the first however many pages of results (eg 5). If they don’t have pricing, they will probably have a contact form or email address, so just shoot them something basic eg ‘We are looking for a photographer for our wedding on x date and y venue/s, for z hours. We really like your work and were just wondering if you are available, and what your rates are’. If then they come back to you and are a) available and b) within budget, you should then ask to say at least 1-2 full weddings. We found this very eye-opening as some who looked amazing on their websites completely lacked any consistency, and we realised we would get a handful of excellent images, a lot of decent ones, and then a lot of average ones (and we wanted all the images to be excellent).

Another bit of advice: you don’t say what you want for your budget, but I would suggest paring it down as much as possible to get the best photographer possible. So for us, coverage from getting ready until the party was in full-swing was an absolute must, as were the rights to the images, and digital copes of the images. Prints and albums were not, because you can pay later. We will hopefully finally order our album soon (wedding was August 2014); this enabled us to spend our full budget on the photography, and then save afterwards for the albums (our photography cost £2000; the albums will cost around £1600; so to get them at the same time would have neartly doubled the budget).

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Keep looking. You can certainly find better for your budget. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

Look for another. We had the same situation with a photographer. We loved his work but just didnt click with him and he was patronising to us. We decided its not worth it and found someone else that we liked much better. A tip I found when looking was to look for photographers that have done shoots at your venue before- thats how we found our photographer. That way they already know the setting and best spots to take photos with lighting etc. 

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cubiebee:  I do understand re the album, but honestly, try to wait (or up the budget). Having a (decent) album included will massively eat into your budget and dramatically reduce the style and quality you can afford. 

Obviously each to their own: for us the quality of the photography was most important and where we wanted to put all our money. Remember that you can get a cheap album to tide you over (eg through vistaprint/similar).

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Helper bee

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cubiebee:  Check out kellyembryphoto.com , she is in America but I know she will discount for travel and her work is stunning.

 

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