Wondering when you’ll ever have on that Wedding dress again? The Cherish / Trash the Dress shoots are a terrific chance to dress in your beautiful gown once more.
Take your pick which approach you want to go for, with the “Cherish” shoot you will visit the studio and posed for the full Marriage magazine fashion appearance.
For the “Trash” experience you can mess it up however you like (we’ve got non-destructive ways of doing that!) – free the inner you and be the anti-Princess. Trash the Dress photoshoots can include location shooting:- Paintball? Mountain Climbing? Mud Wrestling?
Price is £45 for a studio session and complimentary 7×5 inch framed Art Print. Ask for a personal quote for Location Shoots.
Wedding Photography is always changing. When we shot weddings with medium format film, the photographer would spend a couple of hours with the couple, would capture the essence of their day, – the groom and his friends outside the venue, the arrival of the bridal party, some shots during the service, the signing of the register, the family groups and posed bridal shots, and a ‘pretend’ cutting of the cake.
The advent of quality digital photography at the turn of the century changed all that, and ‘reportage’ was born. The photographer would spend all day with the couple, sometimes with a second-shooter, would look for informal interesting shots, capturing the happiness in a story-telling album that would evoke memories of the day from beginning to end.
But wait! The continual development of photography and camera devices, the increasing quality that can now be obtained with smartphones has changed the situation yet again. In this day and age, its become second nature to lift your phone and make a photographic record of life, – and that certainly happens at weddings. With all the guests happily snapping away, recoding your big day, and making hundreds of images, the professional photographer can now go back to what he or she was doing before. Artistic posing, proper exposures in high quality images, working for the key images of the day, perhaps just for two and a half hours or so.
So, here’s my brand new Wedding Offer…
2017 Wedding Offers
‘The Economy Package’: From 30 mins before ceremony to 60 mins after ceremony – just £399
‘The Essentials’: From 45 mins before ceremony to 30 mins before seating for meal or speeches. Includes posed cake shot. Just £499
‘The Full Works’ Package: From preparations of the bride at home to speeches, and first dance. Just £699
‘The Works Plus’ – with Storybook Album Package for £1250
The principle of ‘Caveat Emptor’ is well established in most business transactions. Let the buyer beware! It’s so easy to be defrauded by someone who pretends he is something he isn’t – or who delivers second rate goods or services. This is certainly the case in ‘professional’ photography where a charlatan can set up a ‘photography business’ with no experience, no training or qualifications, no insurance and still get clients by offering prices that wouldn’t stand up financially.
The end result of this is that the person who thinks they are getting a good deal are just being ripped off, used as someone’s Guinea pig or exploited. It would be tempting to conclude that they deserve it, for demanding work at an unrealistic price, if it wasn’t for the collateral damage that is caused to the whole industry in ruined reputations and overall suspicion. A client who has been deceived by a ‘photographer’ can demonstrate their resentment by smearing all photographers with the vitriol usually reserved for estate agents and second hand car salesmen.
Here’s a case in point. I noticed a post on a photography discussion page, on which a woman was asking advice about a camera. She was starting a photography business so a relative had given a camera. She didn’t know whether the camera was any good for professional photos and was seeking advice from others.
The camera in question was an old, Nishika 3D, ‘point and shoot’ fixed focus, 35mm film camera. Totally unsuitable, even when new, for producing professional images, yet she didn’t seem to know what it was, how to use it or how to make images.
Just imagine what a total disaster it will be for her unsuspecting clients, who book her on some price comparison website.
As with any other transaction, when booking a photographer – Caveat Emptor.
One of our popular local venues for weddings, Galgorm’s gardens are perfectly manicured and its buildings well cared for. In summer it is splendid – in Autumn it is appealingly pretty, as this photograph taken today shows:-
Yet, there is something strange lurking in the undergrowth…
In a combination of Old and New technology, I made this image on the iPhone, using my brilliant new ‘Hueless’ App. I noticed this old Remington typewriter sitting on a sideboard at a wedding in Brownlow House, Lurgan. I suspect it was supplied by the bride or the wedding planner. Regardless of how or why it was sitting there, it looked like a good subject for a photograph!
I imported it to Photoshop (the iOS version) and tweaked it just a tiny bit, to produce this rather pleasing image, where the manufacturer’s name is nicely highlighted against the low-key natural background …