My poor blog hasn't had an update in a while - I've been far too busy, sorry!!
So, here's a little post I shared in a buy/sell wedding page on Facebook which everyone should read before booking any photographer.
Brides & Grooms - Please do be very careful with booking your photographer. I have recently seen some people offering free or extremely cheap photography and when you do a little research, all they have is a point-and-shoot camera with which they've only taken very poorly composed and badly focussed images. Don't get me wrong, we all start somewhere and there are some fantastic newbies (I was one, once) and plenty of college / uni students who are building up their portfolios and using the right equipment. However, there are also some really dodgy people who think they're a photographer just because they have a camera that can zoom in a bit and has 13 mega pixels.
Some questions for your proposed photographer:-
- Do you have a Professional Indemnity & Public Liability Insurance (most venues won't allow them to work in them unless they do).
- What type of cameras do you use?
- Do you have back-up equipment and insurance?
- Can I see your work from one wedding, from beginning to end?
- Can we meet to discuss everything face to face?
- Can we sign a contract?
- Are you registered with HM Revenue & Customs?
- If a student: do you have any portfolio I can view?
- Can I have full contact details, i.e. name, address, telephone number, email address & website address?
Any professional / serious student (part or full time) photographer will not mind you asking these questions and will be happy to provide documents to you - whether they charge £150 or £1500. I won't apologise for the rant, though. I hope this proves to be useful to people in booking trusted photographers (whether they are a student looking for experience, a newbie or a pro). Do lots of research! Ask questions and look at feedback where possible. This is the biggest day of your lives so you should have the very best and not be stung, regardless of budget.