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In Brighton, and probably beyond, everyone’s a photographer. Cheap digital SLR cameras have encouraged a whole new generation of people to pick up a camera and try to make some extra money, moonlighting from their weekday jobs, photographing someone’s wedding. Brides like these amateurs because they seem very cheap, which is all very fine and good until they get the photos back and realise they should have gone to a professional.
On two occasions recently, brides have contacted me to ask if there’s any chance I could rescue them. They delivered the photos to me that they paid someone else to take, along with photos gleaned from their family & friends, taken on all manner of cameras from iPhones to consumer DSLRs. One of the brides was in tears as she handed over the carrier bag of CDs and memory cards and begged me to tell her I could do “some magic” to turn them into the body of photographic memories she had dreamed of. Of course there’s things one can do with brightness, contrast and colour problems – but ultimately if a photo is poorly composed then there’s nothing that can be done other than to discard it and move onto the next shot. Luckily for both these brides they’d been at least partially rescued by their family & friends. Generally their photos were poorly exposed – either over or under exposed – but at least sometimes they composed a reasonable shot. The photographers they’d paid to capture the day, alas, though they’d put themselves forward as professionals, had utterly failed to capture more than a few worthy shots in each case. All this editing work took a good week of work for each wedding before I could even design their albums.
I sent both brides away with a lovely hand made album cobbled together from what I could salvage, and a hefty bill, which in each case was more than it would have cost to hire me originally.
The moral of the story is caveat emptor – buyer beware – and don’t dare to think that wedding photography is something easy that anyone can do just because they have a mid-range digital SLR camera. You get what you pay for, and as I am always telling people, unless you can see several weddings-worth of work from a photographer demonstrating his or her ability to capture great shot after great shot, hundreds of times over, don’t book them. If you do, you’ll be regretting it for the rest of your married life… unless you pay even more for a professional wedding photographer to rescue the day.
In recognition of the economic climate, I have taken the decision this year to offer a substantial 30% discount on all my all-day wedding photography packages booked this year. In addition I have not raised the prices of any wedding photography service or product even in the light of the recent government VAT increase, and continue to offer 2009/2010 prices. Of course you still get the same high-quality wedding photography services throughout Brighton, Sussex & Surrey, as friendly, relaxed and informal as ever.
So when it’s a choice between a bloke with a camera and an experienced, professional wedding photographer with an excellent track record, at least you won’t have to select based on cost alone. Give me a call on Brighton 01273 358834 to discuss your wedding photography.
Alan Riddick R.I.P.
It was with the greatest of sadness that I heard only today the news of toastmaster Alan Riddick’s untimely death a few months ago. I had the enormous pleasure of working with Alan at weddings where I was the wedding photographer and he the toastmaster, the last of which was Vicki and James’ wedding last Christmas Eve. It is devastating to think that I shall never again have the opportunity to work with this dignified yet warm man, who always managed to balance immense professionalism with a firm but gentle hand on the proceedings which would ensure that any function went smoothly. He always spoke of his family with great love, dedication and affection, and although I never had a chance to meet them I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Kay and the rest of Alan’s family.
Anthony & Dianne come from near Sunderland, a long long way from Brighton, and booked their wedding photographer at very short notice compared to some. They were originally going to get married very differently, but after serious illness put everything on hold, they made the decision to go all fun & frivolous! So it was out with the white dress & wedding car, and instead they took a small group of close family & friends to Brighton for the weekend, hired a Tuctuc, and a very relaxed, laid-back wedding photographer… and had a very touching little ceremony at Brighton Registry Office in the capable hands of two of my favourite Brighton registrars, Dr Trevor Love and Rebecca Roach. I met Dianne at the Brighton Holiday Inn, just as there was a fire alarm & full evacuation – luckily she recognised me as her wedding photographer due to the large camera, and I recognised her as my bride due to her unusually bright dress! Our excellent tuctuc driver zoomed through the streets of Brighton, along the seafront, all the way up Madeira Drive, giving Dianne the grand tour of Brighton’s promenade in the brilliant sunshine before heading back towards the town centre & Brighton Registry Office. Then after the ceremony we all went off to Brighton seafront in the tuctuc again for some excellent shots down at the carousel and deck chairs on the beach. Finally to Al Duomo for some excellent nosh in a beautifully decorated upstairs room. A splendid day full of genuine emotion, with a small bunch of lovely people who I sincerely hope to see again whenever they return to Sussex. Thank you both!
This was a three-hour wedding photography booking including all images on CD and cost just £649
When Lucy & Luke got married at the Marriage Room, Hove Town Hall last Saturday, they really needed a better looking location for their wedding photographer to catch them in a romantic moment of matrimonial bliss. So we all jumped into the wedding car (a Brighton taxi) and went down to the Birdcage Bandstand, sole survivor of a once proud line of such bandstands that graced the promenade of Brighton & Hove, newly renovated and restored and looking glorious with its intricate wrought iron tracery illuminated against a cloudy, stormy sky heavy with August rainclouds. As a Sussex wedding photographer I get to photograph some very lovely wedding venues around East and West Sussex, but sometimes moments spent at a characterful location like the Birdcage Bandstand can make all the difference to a set of wedding photos.