Cheshire Wedding Photographers – What to watch out for…

The Daily Mail has today published an article with what could possibly the worst wedding photographs.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2132578/Are-Britains-worst-wedding-pictures-Newlyweds-devastated-photographer-failed-couple-frame-took-blurry-shots.html

Now the big question for any couple currently looking for a wedding photographer is

” How do I assure that I get a good professional Cheshire Wedding Photographer?”

Fortunately this is a relatively easy question to answer and I have produced a detailed guide for choosing your Cheshire Wedding Photographer which I email to all wedding enquiries with my Pricing Schedule.

In the mean time here are just a few things to think about when choosing a Wedding Photographer in Cheshire

1) You tend to get what you pay for – from reading the article it appears that the photographer was charging £750 for all day coverage with 2 photographers including a disc of images. This is definitely on the low side for all day coverage with the disc of images for one photographer let alone 2. Wedding magazines and websites usually recommend that 10-15% of the budget is reserved for quality photography. When you consider that the couple’s budget was £14000 they spent just over 5% on their photographer. Remember that after the food is eaten by your guests, your flowers have long since died and your honeymoon tan has faded it is the photographs which remain to help relive your perfect day.

2) Ask what backup equipment the photographer uses – in the article the photographer used the excuse that “one of their cameras broke”. This would suggest to me that the 2 photographers only had 1 camera each. Part of being a professional wedding photographer is looking at what could go wrong and planning in advance on how to minimise the impact. This is why I always carry a plethora of professional level equipment as well as a complete set of backup equipment to every wedding and all the Cheshire Wedding Photographers I use as seconds have at least 2 professional level cameras each. If you select me as your wedding photographer and choose the option to have a 2nd photographer there will be at least 5 cameras between the two  of us.

3) Full time does not mean quality – So many photographers advertise the fact they are full time as an important thing, there are even “professional bodies” which are only open to full time photographers but as this article shows you can’t rely on a photographer’s full time status being a sign of quality. This is especially true in the current economic climate where the recently redundant are setting themselves up as photographers because they think that wedding photography is easy money when the truth is far from it. In my experience whether a photographer has another job or nor does it make a difference to the quality of their images or their professionalism.

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4) Look at a whole wedding of images – Portfolios and demo albums are only a selection of a photographer’s favourite images they have taken across a number of weddings. The only way to get a true understanding of a Cheshire Wedding Photographer‘s ability is to look at a whole wedding of images. When couples contact me about Wedding Photography in Cheshire I insist on a meeting so that I can show them a number of whole weddings using my iPad.

5) Ask how long the photographer how much experience they have – a quick check on the LinkedIn site for the photographer in the Daily Mail article shows that the photographer in question only started the business in September 2010 and the wedding in question was in August 2011 so simple maths suggest that the photographer had less than a year of experience at the time of the wedding.  I have been shooting weddings professionally for the last 4 years and have both shot weddings for my own clients and have also been a paid second photographer to a number of other Wedding Photographers in Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire.

6) Make sure the photographer has professional indemnity insurance – There is not indication in the Daily Mail article that the Photographer was insured and whilst it is not a Legal Requirement all professional photographers should have Professional Indemnity Insurance. The purpose of this is so that in the rare event that the photographer fails to meet their contract you can make a claim.

If you are currently looking for a Wedding Photographer in Cheshire and would like me to show you what I can offer and advise you on more tips on how to appraise another Cheshire Wedding Photographer so that you pick me and get the Wedding Photography you deserve please Click Here to Contact Me.

 

Wilmslow Baby Photographer – Life Changing Image

As a Wilmslow Baby Photographer I know that photographs are wonderful things; they freeze moments in time, help capture memories, and ultimately document history for future generations.  Now whilst this is not technically a photograph nor an image that I took, I’m told that this type of image one of the most is life changing images that 2 people see. So when I saw this image being captured at Stepping Hill Maternity Hospital in Stockport I knew that the feelings of joy, excitement and trepidation I was having must have been had by many fathers-to-be before me and that this image is indeed life changing.

I know that whoever it was who told me that the Ultrasound Image is the most life changing image was right and that my life and that of my partner, Elizabeth, will never be that same again. I am quite sure that come Mid October 2012 the long days of a Wilmslow Baby Photographer and late nights I experience as a Cheshire Wedding Photographer will come in handy practice for the sleepless nights.

 

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Wilmslow Family Photographer – Amos Easter Egg Hunt

Traditionally Easter Sunday is a movable feast and marks the day Jesus Christ was resurrected and the end of Lent but in modern life Easter is more commonly associated with the Easter Bunny and the delivery of chocolate treats. This year the Amos Family decided to invite Wilmslow Family Photographer Photography By SimonH to capture fun photographs of their son’s search for Easter Chocolate treats in Grandma’s garden.

With their son being just under two the search was constrained to the garden where eggs of all sizes and other chocolate treats such as bunny faces, chocolate footballs and hollow chocolate bunnies were hidden in various places. Wilmslow Family Photographer SimonH then joined Mum & Dad to capture natural photographs of their son George’s reaction to finding the “brown stuff”, so referred to because even though he is still over a month away from his 2nd birthday he already knows the word chocolate.

The chocolate treats were hidden across the garden, in trees, bushes, on benches and in the flower beds; all places where George could easily spot them. Spot them he did, but it took him a few moments to figure out that the brightly coloured foil contained his favourite chocolate but once he realised what was in store he raced Wilmslow Family Photographer, SimonH to find the next hidden treat and store it safely away in his special red watering can (“away from Daddy, because daddy likes chocolate” apparently).  Below are a few selected images from the Outdoor Family Portrait Session showing the fun that was had by George and his family during the hunt.

If you would like Wilmslow Family Photographer, SimonH to capture natural, relaxed and fun photographs of your family over the summer at your own home or in the great outdoors you can Contact Me for more details.

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Wilmslow Wedding Photographer – In front of the lens

It’s not often that a Wilmslow Wedding Photographer gets the opportunity (or indeed wants) to get in front of the camera but last Sunday I did exactly that.  Helping out student director and model Sascha Laurissa Muir in her final year film studies degree project I joined 8 other photographers at a local Family Portrait studio in Stockport and took part in a film following a Portrait Photographer in Stockport during a photoshoot. Three scenes were planned for the film by Sacsha, firstly a bridal portrait setting which as a Wilmslow Wedding Photographer was bread and butter stuff, the next was a fashion portrait with a stunning flowing burgundy dress, again relatively easy for us and finally the arty side was released with a Marylin Monroe inspired scene with selected video clips getting projected onto the model.

How a Wilmslow Wedding Photographer coped in front of the lens

It was a strange experience; firstly because I needed to sign a model release which as a Professional Photographer is something I have to obtain whenever I work with Models and secondly we were being filmed!!! Whilst the group was taking turns photographing the model Melissa Kay Roberts staring as “Demi Scarlett”  our actions were permanently recorded and as a Wilmslow Wedding Photographer being in front of the lens at the same time I’m working is not something I’m used to. To complicate matters rather than using studio flash which most of us were used to we were using video lights ably set-up by Lancaster portrait photographer – Gary Hill even with all the distractions I am pleased to have taken some great images a small selection of which are shown below.

We had the great pleasure again to work with fabulous Manchester Make Up Artist Emma Mackenzie who did a great job transforming Melissa in to Demi Scarlett. Along with make up for films she also does hair and make up for brides across the North West and as a Wilmslow Wedding Photographer I happily recommend her to all my clients.

Images from a Wilmslow Wedding Photographer in front of the lens

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Cheshire Wedding Photographer on YouTube

As part of any contemporary Cheshire Wedding Photographer’s products should be the slide-show set to music and to show these off I have setup a YouTube Channel which contains a sample of the slide shows I have produced as Wedding Photographer in Stockport and will be updated through out the year.

I will also be uploading slide-shows created during Family Portraits in Wilmslow and the surrounding areas as well as in the Trafford Park Portrait Studio.

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