The New Year
24/01/12Having been a pro now for over 35 years, I approach each year with the same optimistic caution as I have always done. One thing you never do is take things for granted. Its a difficult period for us all I know. I have seen a recession before and know that it seems impossible to look forward but at some point, I cant predict obviously, it'll begin to get better. My reason for this? Well I assume that as a couple reading this you will be looking and planning for your 'big day'. Whenever that is you dont want to have a day that you'll regret. You want to mark it with great and smiling memories as you look back. Most of those things that you 'buy in' for the day will be just that, for one day. Because of that you need to choose wisely and ensure that you get the best value. Not only that but you want to ensure that you are getting the best for your money. Its a minefiled out there and the 'NET' whilst a wonderful invention, can also lead to bad choices. One of the most frequent horror stories you hear is a bad slection of the wedding photographer. Why do you think that is? I mean you look at their sites and some seem absolutley fabulous dont they? Of course they do because its a visual seduction. A delightful collection of glowing images. Many of which are models shot to order, no pressure, no nerves, a set up. Also the wonderful 'endorsements' too. Easy to write and portray it as the truth. So how do you choose? Easy really. Check with friends, speak to the photogapher, meet them and look at a complete range of weddings, FULL GALLERIES, they have done. Not just a selection of well chosen shots. If you can and you havent gone to them as a friends recommendation, actually seek out those people who have given testimonials, then when you meet the photographer see how they are with people. I say all of this because as a 'tog' I hear countless tales as I shoot at weddings. 'It was awful', 'they took over' 'pictures were very disappointing' and the one I like, 'really wish I had known about you. Hardly known you were there but the pictures are real and captured the flavour of the day'. I say all of this not to be clever but as a warning. Step through the minefield carefully and ensure you are choosing not just on the 'financial bottom line' in this difficult time because like Amber, photographs last forever! Quality is always evident. Not just in the pictures but in the person you are entrusting too.
Ok I hope you take that advice with good heart.
This year sees me undertaking a few different style weddings again. I look forward to each one. I love the way couples all approach the same situation and then 'personalise' it. I've photographed them on boats, cars, Fell tops, and even specially 'decked' out white taxi's! The common dominiator though is the wonderful couple and their 'entourage'. Made some great friends. As well as planning for their days, I am also busy writing for many magazines at the moment.
Its nice to be able to diversify my work into the writing and its great when people are happy for me to write about them too.
Maybe it'll be you soon? I hope so and look forward to hearing from you if you are considering me for your day.
Valentines Day is approaching so if your busy checking 'snappers' out, then please get in touch. I'd be delighted.