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Wedding Warning

Discussion in 'Talking Pictures' started by BrianWall, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. BrianWall

    BrianWall Well-Known Member

    There is a story in Saturday's Times that should serve as a salutary lesson to anyone thinking that moving into wedding photography is a good idea! The article exposes a wedding photographer who made a dog's dinner of it and subsequently went bust.

  2. PhilW

    PhilW Well-Known Member

    To a certain extent this is a "pay peanuts, hire monkeys" situation is it not? £750 must be at the very low end of wedding photo services
  3. Barney

    Barney Well-Known Member

    Actually Phil I think £750 is the bottom of the middle.

    Someone posted a similar link on Facebook and I commented there that the couple have to take responsibility for not doing their research.

    I also wondered whether the Daily Mail which was linked to had paid the going rate to the photographers for use of their pictures. If so, at least the photographers could refund the not-so-happy couple. Somehow I doubt it.
  4. PhilW

    PhilW Well-Known Member

    Crikey!!! So the "wedding warning" here is: Don't bother trying to make a living off wedding photography :p
  5. frank1

    frank1 Well-Known Member

  6. beejaybee

    beejaybee Marvin

    If you can do 5 a week, £750 x 5 x 50 is somewhere round about 6 times median wage. Of course there are expenses to take out of the income, but it doesn't look that bad a living to me.

    I couldn't stand the stress anyway.
  7. PhilW

    PhilW Well-Known Member

    But given that most people get married at the weekend, during the spring/summer...... and each wedding would take, what, 4 days editing after.

    so maybe 30 weekends available, lets assume you have one shoot each that's only £22.5k a year revenue for your business - minus tax & expenses & capital outlay..... that's breadline stuff i reckon.
  8. surf_digby

    surf_digby Well-Known Member

    And pre-wedding visits to the couple and the venue also take up time. Unless you pass the images to someone else for retouching, then wedding photography just isn't something you can do daily.

    Someone posted this on another forum, which brilliantly sums up why these weekend wedding w****rs continue to exist.
    I think I used enough asterisks for the word "warriors".
  9. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    Bloody hell - how quick are you with photoshop??
    Weddings are priced above the £1k mark not because of the time spent on the shoot, but the pre and post shoot work. If you're a one-manband, one wedding a week is ample work, as it averages around 3-4 days real work.
    £750 for a wedding, they got what they paid for I think.
  10. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    5% of the wedding cost? Cheapskates got what they deserved... ;)
  11. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    In the highly unlikely event I got married (Dave proposed 34 years ago and we never got round to it) it would be a simple affair but if I'd like decent photos I'd be bloody fussy about the photographer and I'd want good results. Equally I'd accept I'd be looking at at least 1.5 grand to get a pro and a good result
  12. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    They are pretty bad. :(

    The group shot possibly might be fixed with a crop.

    But the rest my goodness. :eek:

    I've seen better wedding shots from a guest's compact camera. :rolleyes:

    To me it looks like someone who has picked up a camera that day, fresh from the shop. :p
  13. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    I could do better than that!
  14. AlecM

    AlecM MiniMe

    Well, I clicked on the link, thinking 'they can't be that bad...' as they say in digital comms circles....OMG!!!
    Words fail me. I realise £750 is not a great deal for a pro for the day (£2k is more like the rate looking at local ones), but these are barely worth £75.
    Should have asked friends to take a dozen instagrams each on their iPhones - at least they would have had character!
  15. Wheelu

    Wheelu Well-Known Member

    I had to laugh :D

    These guys must have been trying really hard to produce such terrible results - they can't be serious.......
  16. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    I like some of the quirky ones...although they would have been better in focus:D
    Nothing wrong with something a bit different... but so different:eek:
  17. wave

    wave Well-Known Member

    I think this should be a warning it is not that easy to do a wedding and if as can been seen here it is so easy to ruin the day. I am at a loss what to say. I did a relatives wedding in january and i havent done one for many years but i checked the shots as i took them any that i had doubts about i took them again, its easy with digital. all the basics have been missed here
  18. Old git

    Old git In the Stop Bath

    This should in some way be kept as a sticky so as to show newbs telling us they just bought a DSLR and announcing they are turning into pro wedding togs. Oh, and then asking what depth of field is........
  19. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    I do actually struggle to see how anbody could take such bad pictures. These are the mistakes of absolute beginners, surely?
  20. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    Surely even an absolute beginner can see that something is so out of focus and blurred as that shot at the reception if they can't then someone should find their guide dog for them

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