The wedding photographer costs less than the cake?

Choccy-Woccy Doodah CakeYes, everything to do with weddings is expensive – including the wedding photographer. That’s generally because someone puts a huge amount of work and their time into each service provided. The hand-made wedding dress, the beautifully crafted wedding cake… these are all understandably expensive. So it grates quite a lot when someone comes along, asks me, as a professional wedding photographer, to do their wedding photography, and then quibbles over the price, which is frequently less than the cost of the cake (to my absolute horror), and usually a lot less than the price of the dress. There are some myths that should be kicked out before you begin…

Myth: “Of course it’s all easy nowadays, you don’t need a professional wedding photographer, you just get anyone to turn up with a digital camera, snap away, and you’ll be sure of getting a few good shots”. This is a myth that doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny, and is constantly proved wrong by the calls I get from people who have taken this route, and then want me to work some sort of professional wedding photographer’s magic on someone else’s amateur photos to make them worth having. Basically I can’t. The only thing that makes a photograph a good photograph is what happens at the moment it’s taken; once that moment has passed, it’s too late – the moment has gone forever.

Myth: “My brother/friend is coming – he can do the wedding photography”. If you’ve ever been put in this position as a keen amateur photographer, you’ll know the pressure it places on you. It’s enormous & relentless, and you won’t enjoy the wedding; you won’t be able to drink; and worst of all, the photographic skills that cause so many “oohs” and “aahs” when you show off your holiday snaps, will vapourise under all that pressure.

Trust a professional wedding photographer who can show a clear track record which consists of hundreds of good photos from wedding after wedding. Choose your photographer because you like him or her as a person; after all they’ll be interacting with your guests, and you don’t want anyone who’ll be abrasive, abrupt or rude. Above all choose your photographer because you love his/her photos; because long after the cake is all eaten by your guests, and your wedding dress is all eaten by moths, your wedding photographs will be the best way to remember the day, the people both living and passed on, and above all relive the emotions of your wedding day. A small price to pay? Yup.

Jon Silver is a wedding photographer in Brighton & Sussex, Kent & Surrey.

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10 Comments

  1. Seattle Boudoir Photographer January 29, 2010 at 4:14 am #

    is when talking to someone who mentions being engaged…any good photographer jumps on that with ‘have you got your photographer sorted yet?’ to hear the painful reply ‘oh, no’

  2. wedding photographer middlesbrough November 24, 2009 at 9:18 am #

    very well done

  3. Phillip Allen November 8, 2009 at 11:45 pm #

    An eloquently expressed argument that strikes a chord with me. I must admit I photographed my first wedding for less than the price of a doughnut. I suppose it’s easy enough for a jobbing photographer to rue the fact so many couples might be tempted to go the cheap or even free route with their wedding photography but I do regret only having access to a handful of blurry snapshots from my parents’ wedding, long(ish) before I was born, as one of my uncles took on the responsibility of documenting their big day. I encourage your readers to take heed of your words if only for the sake of the next generation (and beyond).

  4. Wedding Photographer Italy October 3, 2009 at 9:31 am #

    Less than a cake??? Well I like to do my job but I try to explain why I’m not cheap. I’m a photographer not and I usually do my work as best as I can. My equipements is nice and expensive, I pay all software licences… I work hard and not for free.

  5. Steve Smith September 25, 2009 at 12:02 am #

    I hope you intend to write more in your blog. I love your writing style and you remind me of me in your attitudes to Wedding Photography.

  6. julie copeland August 4, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    It was quite refreshing to see your comments on photography compared to the cost of the cake! I am sure many people do not realise just how much work goes into digital photography, we spend our day capturing the moments that are priceless. We then have to edit (nowadays our clients are savvy they know photo editing is possible, they request the removal of tattoo’s, spots and even people!) and upload for viewing. Further meetings with clients to view, discuss and design their albums, meet again to ensure we have given our clients exactly what they had hoped for which is: their day and those moments captured forever, a permanent record for them to enjoy for a lifetime. I love my work, i love weddings, the hours put in are part of that and the look my clients faces when viewing their album is priceless.

  7. John wedding photographer Colchester July 7, 2009 at 3:27 pm #

    So true, great article.

  8. zdjęcia ślubne July 1, 2009 at 1:53 am #

    Yummy cacke and great article!

  9. Amit Basu Photography May 31, 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    I guess it depends on who does the photography!

  10. Simon Fazackarley March 1, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    It is a bit of a grind isn’t it!, what gets me, is when talking to someone who mentions being engaged…any good photographer jumps on that with ‘have you got your photographer sorted yet?’ to hear the painful reply ‘oh, no, I’m going to get my uncle/friend/brother/dad to do it, He’s good with cameras, he does some lovely landscapes’…I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard this! Oh well, If they don’t appreciate good photos, they aren’t going to be good clients to work with…thats my philosophy anyways! =)

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