5 reasons why to choose John at your Wedding Photographer
Choosing your Wedding Photographer can be a difficult decision and its arguably one of the biggest you'll ever make as ultimately, if your Photographer isn't up to scratch, you'll end up with a poor visual record of one of the biggest days of your entire life.
Don't underestimate the importance of your Wedding Photographer.
Here are my top reasons why you should employ ME as YOUR Wedding Photographer...
I shoot a neutral, natural yet modern style. I absolutely do not apply filters to my images. I dont 'squash my blacks' as some photographers are doing currently. I don't colour grade. I shoot images with colours that will stand the test of time. If you choose a photographer that apply colour grading, think of what your images will look like in 20, 30, 40 or 50 years time. It might be fashionable now but it certainly won't be fashionable then. Same applies to selective colour editing, where a small amount of colour was introduced into a black and white photograph. Just no! Leave that back in the early 1990s where it belongs!
I feel my images speak for themselves. However, there is one important thing to note. My wedding photographs are from REAL WEDDINGS. Not a themed shoot, where a Wedding Photographer may come together with a wedding dress supplier, a hair stylist and a make up artist to create a themed, styled shoot where they have all the time in the world to make adjustments, to set their cameras, to change lenses etc.
A Wedding Day is a fast paced environment, where a Wedding Photographer has to be on the ball, has to be able to anticipate 'moments' (which is a skill in itself) and then to have exactly the right settings on the camera/lens combination to capture that moment. I shoot with dual cameras bodies at any one time, using either 35mm and 85mm lenses in tandem, or a I go 24-70 and 70-200. Depends on the environment and situation. I dont shoot with one body.
My kit and back ups and minimising risk to my clients...
There's no getting away from the fact that to be a good Wedding Photographer, you need the best kit. Without going into too much detail (in case my wife ever reads this!), cameras bodies and lenses are VERY expensive. The other kit we need is very expensive too. Its ends up costing a small fortune. As a wise old sage once said 'start with a budget...end with a mortgage!'
On a standard wedding day, I'm using around £12,000 of camera bodies and lenses alone. That's not including carbon fibre tripods, light stands, strobe lights, speedlights (aka an external camera flash to the uneducated)... then there's the memory cards required. I used two camera bodies which takes dual storage cards. As I shoot your wedding day, each photograph is recorded to BOTH memory cards. There's always a small minute chance that a memory card can fail so we take the extra precaution to minimise that risk for you. Just one of the memory cards costs £200. In two cameras bodies, I'll be using four...and take into account the third camera body that sits in my bag unused as back up, thats six memory cards in total costing around £1,200.
So when questioning your Wedding Photographer, ask them what their back up plans are and how they minimise risk to their clients. It is key. Do you want to use a Wedding Photographer that only uses a single memory card in their camera body? What if it fails?
It's the same after your wedding day. Both memory cards from each body are backed up on TWO external Solid State Drives (SSDs) as well as being backed up to a network drive which automatically backs up to the cloud overnight. Never are your images left alone on a laptop or PC which could end up being stolen. Risks are minimised at every critical point in the process of capturing your images to delivering the final photographs to you.