(Closed) Wedding photographers UK

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Post # 2
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Helper bee

Depends. She may be starting out, if so make sure you get a second shooter. Could we see the website? (I’m a young UK-based photographer myself so could help you out)

Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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mrgswifetobe:  I paid a similar price for someone who was also starting out. We were happy with our pictures, we could’ve paid more for sure and got some amazing pics, but we didn’t want anything too staged etc and for me I preferred to spend the money elsewhere. If you really like her style that’s all you can go on to make your decision. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

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mrgswifetobe:  My honest opinion as a photographer: Her images are twice as good as his. She may be just starting and trying to build a client base from scratch, which is why her prices are this low. If I were you I would ask to see a full wedding from her (the full gallery) and if you like that, go with her. Also, ask her for a second shooter even if at an added cost (they range between £100 and £300 when charged separately, usually). I would make the most of this opportunity because I see many rookie mistakes in the second guy which I don’t see in her portfolio. I don’t particularly like her B&W shots but I really dislike his… As a young photographer myself, I am always willing to make changes to my style according to my clients, whilst a more seasoned one might be less willing. She might be the same. My $0.02.
Happy to answer any other photography questions.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

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mrgswifetobe:  Love the style of the third one you posted, what a shame they’re booked!
Also may I ask, is she charging £650 for the whole day?! I charge a bit more than that for half a day even though I’m also a young photog so if that’s the case she may be underselling herself.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

As a professional photographer, some things to look out for (I’m not giving my site out because I’m not here to promote myself)

– this is the biggest one people miss…. when you look at their galleries, do they show images of everything that happens at a wedding, or just lots of “bride and groom”, “portraits”, and even posed ceremony shots (where you can see a bride and groom in a church, but mysteriously no guests).  These kind of newbie photographers have probably shot no more than a couple of weddings, so they’ve hired models to make it look like they’ve done more.  People are often so impressed with how reasonably good these pictures are that they don’t quite see that it doesn’t actually look like a wedding.

– is your photographer cheap for a practical reason?  The expense of indemnity insurance, liability insurance, a third going to the tax man and top of the range equipment is what pushes the price up for an experienced, full time photographer

– is your photographer cheap for a creative reason?  Light is the biggest thing that sets wedding photographers apart from other types.  To be able to take, and have the equipment for, dark church photos one moment and bright sunshine the next is a skill.  As is the ability to anticipate each element of the ceremony (do they know when the first kiss is about to happen?), the ability to gather people (large groups of people do not gather for a photo easily), the ability to pose people quickly and effectively (even if you prefer “documentary” style, you’d still be disappointed if you didn’t get nice photos of the two of you.)

Post # 9
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Helper bee

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daffodils:  Agree with everything daffodils is saying. She’ll need a wide angle fast lens, a full body camera, a tele, and a zoom, maybe some primes. These are expensive. Also this might not be her full time occupation? Do you know if she does anything else on the side?
I’m a biologist so photography is a part-time thing for me, even though I’ve been doing it for 8 years now. Although my portfolio is not geared towards weddings as a consequence of this. I’m primarily a wildlife and landscape photographer but get called for weddings.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

And actually, looking at that first one, I cannot see a single photo taken during a ceremony.  Those photos look like the couples had a photographer, but invited her to do the getting-ready photos and some bride and groom portraits.  The others in the gallery look like model shoots.

Definitely ask to see some complete weddings – you should be able to see most of these (not all at every wedding – it depends on the venue) –

* bride and/or groom getting ready

* guests arriving and the groom at the venue

* entrance of the bridal party

* bride and groom reaction photos when they see each other

* plenty of ceremony photos that show the couple, guest reactions, readers etc

* the exchange of rings

* the first kiss

* probably not the signing of the register as a lot of places don’t allow it, but my sample albums show the ones that do

* the recessional

* confetti shots

* group photos

* guests mingling during cocktail hour

* good bride and groom portraits

* each speech and reactions of guests

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

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mrgswifetobe:  No worries. Make sure you see a full album like daffodils and I said. If you’re still not 100% confident, maybe ask for an engagement shoot? She may be happy to offer you one so you can get to know her style and make sure you want to book her.

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Post # 15
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Helper bee

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mrgswifetobe:  That’s surprising, but lots of photogs are including engagement shoots in their packages these days (albeit not usually at this price) to secure clients. I don’t do it myself and have never been asked for one outside of my packages though…

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