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Your wedding memories last a lifetime and at one point a wedding album was the one luxury everyone made sure they had but today with so many options – both print and digital, we have Laura, from Pearman Photography explaining “What’s the point in an album anyway?”
When shopping around for your wedding photographer you will quickly see that there are an array of packages out there. From a shoot and burn cheap option right through to a huge album with fine imported leather covers, etched or embossed with your name on them, displayed in a block of mock-ice. You will undoubtedly ask yourself “Why would I want to pay for that?!” I’ll just do something myself after the wedding.
Well although we’d be the first ones to agree with the point that today’s bride is drowning in a sea of book and album options, we still think taking a breath to think about how you feel on this choice is still worthwhile when planning your wedding budget and day.
First up, lets have a quick glance and the digital options:
SHOOT N BURN
Traditionally a ‘Shoot N Burn’ set up is where you pay a low price for a photographer to rock up on the day of your wedding then simply copy all of the images onto a CD for you without looking at them. Here you are paying for their time. Their skill at shooting a wedding, manage people, make guests feel at ease, then go home. It should take anyone about 10-15mins dragging and dropping all of these files from the camera’s memory card straight onto a branded CD. Bish, bash, Bosh.
Sometimes photographers would take a little extra time to weed out any pictures that were ‘mis-fires’ (where the flash didn’t go off) ‘blinks’ (where anyone in the shot has closed eyes, weird expression etc). They might do a relatively quick batch edit ‘light retouch’ on the work after this. Lets say taking up to 3 hours. You should pay a bit more than a shoot and burn option price for this service.
Extensive retouching is then something most of us offers at a time rate. If you decided you needed a spillage on your dress or something taken out of every single picture, a photographer would spend a significant amount of time doing this for you so that you could never see it on the final image.
Then we can look at albums. Let me first tell you that albums to buy at trade price, direct from suppliers are not cheap. Some suppliers require samples of your work before they even allow you to use their stuff. They stock an array of leathers, silks, linens, acrylics that can now all be used to personalise a wedding album. Team that with a full rainbow of colours and sizes, then Page numbers and you are looking at an extremely difficult ordering process. With such a set of bespoke options it is really no wonder that the people out there who produce these blank books and albums are perfectly within the common understanding of pricing accordingly charge what they charge. Add all of the stocking availability, then the fact that every single last book must be made from scratch to order, then manufactured, then delivered together and you will arrive at the price any photographer has to pay for an album.
To design an album takes a professional a significant amount of time to do. Regardless of whether they plan to put your images in as photographic prints behind card mounts (usually done expertly by a lab) or if they offer to give you a fully bespoke flatter design on your pages. This whole process can take weeks of time to do right. Any good photographer will not send any page or piece to the lab until they have your full consent to do so. This means also allowing extra time for you the client to see the last stage of the work, approve it, have time to change your mind and so on. At Pearman Photography we allow 2 months from beginning to end as a smooth and swift album timescale.
With that bit of insight into the price you might see as high when shopping around for your photographer and finish, take another moment to think about what a wedding album will serve as for you. This bit is really a very personal decision. If you want to make individualised wallpaper from your wedding photography then absolutely go with a CD finish. Ask youself if you really will take that time out to design your own cheaper lower quality version? Can you really see yourself teaching yourself how to use complex book designing software after getting married when you return to work, move house, have a family? With the CD get scratched? Do you have your own robust back up system? Will you use it for your wedding photography?
If you pulled a confused face at any of those questions think about going for something you can take off the shelf or out of a memories box and look over for years to come, and then pass down to your family, 100% think about investing in something that will stand the test of time.
Who knows it could end up as an article on a cyber episode of The Antiques Roadshow’ in 200years time.
Laura is the founder and owner of local studio Pearman Photography. With years of experience in the Wedding Industry we take this opportunity to thank her for her inside scoop on wedding albums and books. Make sure you ask your photographer for full details, or speak to Laura yourself:
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As a Wedding Photographer and Bride-to-be, I was thrilled when Leanne asked me to guest-blog for Tyne the Knot.
Being in the industry as well as part of the local bridal audience, I hope my advice and tips help you in planning your Big Day.
There are countless lists out there and books that you can buy to tell you what to book and when to book it. I honestly believe before you click that “Buy Now” button or take the book to the checkout you both need to sit down and get your Wedding figured out in your own way. Setting a fixed budget is key –regardless of what size it is- is crucial, by doing this you already have a frame to work within. Next up is decide on which bits you care about the most as a couple. I see so many couples at the booking stages of their wedding, who have clear ideas and plans for what they want, and then when I meet them again to do their Engagement Shoot, I learn that Family members (especially the Mam’s) have swooped in and taken over. You are the two people getting married here, and you both decide who you want to share the day with. So stick to your guns and do things you way.
Then, after this, I say its time to open up that book. They do help out with timing mini deadlines, which helps to reduce the stress levels in getting everything done. Remember though, all you really ‘have to have’ is 2 rings, each other and someone to marry you, the rest is optional.
From a photographic stand-point, I hear many tales from photographer friends and other suppliers about the huge array in quality of work. There are people out there who bought a good camera and then decide on opening the box “This David Bailey malarkey is a breeze”. Stay away from them! By booking a student, you minimise the risk in getting incorrectly exposed and blurred photography, in comparison to relying on a friend of the family or relative to work the whole day for you. You should find out if the student you are looking at (to save money) has ever been to a wedding before. Were they there as a guest, or were they there assisting a professional (these are two very different situations). Do they have a full secondary back up of equipment? How exactly do they plan on shooting the event for you? Simply asking them these questions and hearing their answers will provide you with food for thought about “going cheap”. You many not necessarily get those beautiful pictures to pass down to your heirs. Put simply. With photography of any nature, you get what you pay for.
Conversely, there are still danger areas to watch out for at the other end of the spectrum. Paying an obscene amount of money could lead to you ending up with tonnes of additional prints, many album copies and for your Wedding Day to evolve into an epic Photographic production Shoot day.
– What kind of photography do we like and want at our wedding?
Having examples to show your photographers when meeting them gives them a visual brief to work towards. Similarly taking along or showing examples of the Wedding photography that makes you both cringe is just as useful. Any photographer will appreciate a “What not to do example”.
– Go and meet with photographers at their studio’s (or at your place). Every one of us has our own personality, price and creative style. Taking the time to visit 3 different photographers will show you how varied this service is, and you can make an informed decision on how each photographer will affect your wedding.
Ask your Photographer these questions:
– Do you have a contractual agreement to protect both parties?
If they don’t, you risk no back-up photographer on the day in case of unexpected illness/worse. You will also have an unclear picture of how the full service plays out (that’s before, during and after the wedding).
– What insurances do you have?
Again, if they aren’t covered, walk away.
– What products and formats are available to buy?
Do you want your Wedding Photography in an album? Or a book? Do you just want to have the image files on a CD, or use them on facebook?
– How do you archive your work?
Finding out how a photographer backs-up and keeps their catalogue of work will give you the important piece of mind if you are planning on getting a ‘digital finish’. CD’s do not last forever, and hard-drives crash. Make sure your files will be made available to you long-term. (With no extra admin fees).
– What additional shoots do you offer as well as the Wedding day?
These extra services are usually built-in to any photographers’ set of Wedding packages or service options. Taking the chance to get yourselves in front of the camera ahead of the Wedding Day is an excellent way to test out the photographer and their abilities to make you feel at ease and look good.
So to summarise, I recommend picking out a photographer carefully. Make sure they can suit your needs, personalities and budget. Remember that after the day is done, in years to come, your rings and photographs are the things you will look back on again and again, to remind you of how great your Wedding day was.
You can check out Laura’s studio – Pearman Photography by hitting her site: www.pearmanphotography.co.uk
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Social media and internet journalism has led to a lot of write before you think or comments going viral that weren’t meant to be or simply things getting out of hand.
There are forums for brides and grooms to be, Facebook pages to submit questions etc and I see the same things popping up time and time again… A wedding photographer costs HOW MUCH???
With comments such as “can you believe how much they charge for 6 hours work”, “I can get a friend to do it for free”, “they hear wedding and just want to rip you off” I get rather annoyed and have to bite my tongue (or sit on my typing fingers).
While I know there will be those who may rip people off or may provide substandard work – I think you will find that is not something that is limited to wedding photographers – just they create their own evidence so it’s easier to show what you aren’t happy with. I know many photographers and as this meant to be about budgets, I’d like to write about why you will be paying out – on average 10 – 15% of your budget on a photographer and where the prices come from.
Firstly the price quoted is not simply a per hour rate – you are not being charged £2000 for 6 hours work – your photographer is not making £333.34 per hour – far from it!
Running a photography business is more than just turning up on the day with your camera and snapping away till you get 600 photos to show the bride and groom – they have a business to run and that, believe me, is expensive.
So what is involved in your wedding photography package. While each photographer offers something special to their skills and the packages will vary, looking at your average package – it is generally an engagement or pre-wedding shoot along with perhaps 6 hours on the day shooting and an album…
- There is generally a couple of hours preparing for and attending the initial consultation for the wedding and engagement shoot;
- The preparation for and the engagement/pre-wedding shoot itself (generally on location) taking around 3 hours in total;
- Between 3 and 6 hours backing up, reviewing, culling, and preparing these photos for an hour-long preview session with the couple;
- A couple of hours preparing a wedding day timeline and consultation with the couple to plan the shots, the timings, locations (perhaps more time for an on location chat) and to create appropriate paper work;
- At least a couple of hours preparing as photographer for the big day – checking equipment, back ups, etc;
- The 6 – 7 hours photography on the day itself;
- 12-18 hours backing up, culling, editing, fixing the hundreds of photographs taken on the day – this depends on many factors and may take longer;
- 1 hour preview session with the couple of the photographs
- 2-6 hours creating album or discs for the couple, ordering, backing up etc – creating your final product
- Time spent uploading photos to any online albums
And while this looks a lot – generally between 35 and 60 hours (check out the hourly rate now!) there is all of the day-to-day things involved in running a business…
- National Insurance and income tax
- General business expenses such as insurance, accountant, advertising (remember those wedding shows you found them at or the magazines you spotted them in);
- Training and development – their photography courses and further skills training
- The cost of the equipment and maintenance (and depreciation) – not just the camera itself but the computers, phones, maintenance equipment and safe storage.
So, please do remember there is a lot more that goes on behind the camera flash. Yes prices vary – so does the experience, skills, styles and knowledge that comes with each photographer. So before you shout and ball, or make snide comments on social media – remember that they are not on £300 per hour …..
Getting married and the celebrations surrounding a marriage or civil partnership are big – no matter what your budget there are so many elements you spend days, weeks, and months perfecting for it all to whoosh past in the space of 8 to 12 very quick hours – what is left afterwards (apart from maybe a hangover and some new crockery)? Capturing your big day is a huge responsibility and will give you something you can look back on for years to come. So today we are catching up with Gareth from Blindsided Creations.
Why photography? What made you start-up? “I started doing photography when I was 16 as a hobby, and studied it to a high level alongside of other subjects. While studying Creative Advertising, I started working freelance to help fund my studies. With the aid of social media many of my friends became more aware of the quality of my work, and started asking me cover their weddings or other social events. With a sudden purpose behind my photography, my love of the art was revitalised, and even pushed to a whole new level. In that I decided, this is what I’m supposed to be doing.”
As we all know there are a lot of wedding photographers out there – what is you USP (unique selling point)? “I’ve studied both Creative Advertising and Photography, which lets me cater my skills to broader client base. Though knowledge of advertising may not seem relevant when talking about wedding photography, the course was essentially an exercise in both creative thinking and art direction. Meaning I can come at any shoot, whether a commercial, a family portrait, or a wedding from a new angle, creating contemporary innovative new images for any occasion. It also means that though I may have a preferred style, I can easily adapt to the needs and wants of any clientele.”
So there are many aspects to your job, what is you favourite part? ” I love every aspect of my job, though one of my favourites has to be seeing the look on a clients face when they see my final work. But another is being so involved in an important, often intimate, part of another persons life.”
There is a lot of trust that goes into that I guess, so while you love it all what is the least favourite part of your job? “I don’t like feeling like I’m intruding on someone’s special day. So I always try to blend into the celebrations and capture more natural moments within the day, and where possible avoid letting formal shots drag out, so people can get on with enjoying their day.”
So you spend your time with many couples, and will have seen lots of different ideas – what is you top tip for brides/grooms? “Remember your wedding is about both of you, and celebrating the time you’ve spent together. Make it a day you’ll both enjoy, and don’t let anyone get in the way of that.”
Capturing the big day involves a lot of technical aspects that we (non-photographers) may not appreciate – a fantastic venue may be awfully light or difficult to access for great photos – what is your favourite wedding venue? “My favourite venue for the wedding ceremony has been the Winter Gardens at Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham. It is a well-lit venue with beautiful views of the surrounding Northumberland countryside and its owns gardens.”
“My favourite venue for the Reception has been the High House Farm Brewery, their staff are polite, friendly, and efficient. They serve a good selection of drinks including their own very good brands. The food served was delicious. The venue itself is situated in a beautiful location, and has a lot to offer for everyone.”
So, pulling out your crystal ball – what do you see as the Trends for 2013? “The engagement shoot is becoming much more popular, a simple 20-30 shots taken with just the couple, often in the place they got engaged, but nearly always a place of beauty that’s significant to the couple.”
We love a bit of inspiration – share with us you favourite inspirational quote/verse:
“Creativity is making mistakes, Art is knowing which ones to keep”
If you will, share with us your wedding must have: “After the right girl standing opposite me, I’d want either the reception or the ceremony (or both) to be somewhere very scenic, but that’s the artist in me trying to express itself even though someone else would have the camera for once.” That must be a difficult thing to pass over to someone!
So aside from going around, taking photos of beautiful brides, gorgeous receptions and cheeky page boys, what is a typical day at the office? “When I’m not out at a shoot, I’m at my computer editing pics, checking weather reports for days i’m supposed to be out, trying to keep social media up to date on current projects, talking to printers etc. and occasionally I get to go out and meet new clients over lunch or a coffee.”
Cannot go wrong with a coffee! So, where can we see you? “I operate mainly online, but I’m always happy to meet a client for coffee, lunch, or even a cheeky drink.”
So once the big day is complete what would be your dream honeymoon. “My dream honeymoon would be a world tour stopping off at various truly amazing landscapes and vistas, both natural and man-made.”
And to relax after that (what would be truly amazing trip!) what wedding related film would you chill out with? “I’d have to say The Princess Bride”