- 10 years ago
- Wedding: May 2003
Good morning all…
I’m new here at the Weddingbee but love what I see so far! I have been around the wedding industry for over 15 years as a professional wedding photographer and BOY HAS IT CHANGED the past 3-4 years! WOW! Seems there are more choices than EVER for a bride planning her perfect day! It also seems, with the technology of today, it has made photography so much more accessible to the average consumer therefore, brides expect more and more control over their final wedding images than ever before!
I’m hoping I can get some much needed feedback from you all by way of your opinion and thoughts. I PROMISE- I’m NOT selling ANYTHING because the thing I’m "thinking" about selling, I don’t even know if there would be a market for but I’m hoping you can help me figure that out.
I read in a thread here on Weddingbee posted back in April about the couple who did their own photography with a tripod. Sounds good in theory, doesn’t it? BUT, I read all of your responses which has lead me to posting this question:
1) With budgets getting tighter for a lot of brides (but of course not all), and the advances in consumer use digital cameras being the high quality they are, why wouldn’t a bride want to photograph her own wedding or have a friend do it?
– — what I heard in the post in April was– "way too stressful worried about if the photos would come out or not" and in general… HIRE A PROFESSIONAL? Well… what if a professional with over 15 years experience would offer this expertise as a "wedding day consultant" rather than your photographer?? Would you be interested? Would this be appealing to you?
OKAY… so here’s how it might go:
You contact a good friend who takes "decent photos"– they’re learning and seem to be pretty good. You ask everyone else who will be attending to come with camera in hand as well. You hire "a professional" to come in and pose your groups, consult live on-site with tips for making the photos great working with each of your "photographers"- spends some time setting up beautiful photos of the bride and groom- based on appealing site selection, lighting conditions, etc. At the end of the day, you’ve paid MAYBE $400-$500 and YOU GET TO KEEP ALL OF THE IMAGES from everyone’s camera to do with as you please!!!
On the back end… your "prfessional photography consultant" offers (if need be) retouching services if you elect to have some of the pictures enhanced… IT’S ALL UP TO YOU!
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS CONCEPT? Would you pay for something like this? Would this even be appealing?
I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!
I’ll check back here on the site to see what you all have to say! I won’t share any email addresses or websites because truly… I’m not looking to sell you anything… just doing a little Market Research.
THANKS SO MUCH for your time!