Social Media Madness!
Scanning through Photography blogs, I have read that many photographers have found that they feel that the wedding photography profession has changed over the past 5 years, their clients tend to look at pricing rather than quality which is such a shame. For me personally receiving an enquiries based on my style, my work is what I love, its wonderful as most of my enquiries are based on the quality of the images, this being one of the most important thing's for me, couples wishing to book my services as their official wedding photographer, I want them to love my work first and foremost.
I do think that because this world has become social media mad, instant images posted online, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, You-pic etc are all about quantity rather than quantity!
Photos have to have feeling and memories captured in the image however you have to admit some of the photos you now see online and receiving thousands of likes and shares are absolutely crazy out of focus, blurred and sometimes offensive but loved by the masses!
I have been told by other photographers that they have attended weddings where the guests at some of their wedding's are carrying I-pad's, running behind them in order to take the photo “Get a camera” I here my self thinking! The problem I feel with this being "everybody on the planet has seen the Bride & Grooms wedding before the Bride and Groom" straight onto Facebook!
A few months ago I photographed a wedding in Bath where the Bride and Groom gave stricked instructions to their Family and Friends “Absolutely No Facebook uploads” has it really come to this?
I receive many enquiries for my Videography service too (although I have reduced the amount of Video packages I record each year) it gives me the opportunity to work with lots of different photographer's (and have made some great friends over the years) seeing their different styles and the way they capture the wedding day, it can be fascinating, I remember videoing a wedding a couple of years ago where the Groom had asked one of his friends to photograph the day for him; Just before the reception the friend came across to the Groom and apologised to the Groom saying that “his camera hadn't been focusing all day” and therefore all the photos were ruined!
Thankfully I always carry my Fuji X100t with me even when I am booked to film a wedding, its great for me to capture some images for the Bluray Video, I didn't have all the photos of the day's events captured however I did have approximately 150 images for the Bride and Groom and was able to capture some of the speeches and their first dance for their wedding album.
Of course everyone is a wedding photographer in today's times! Taking selphies is a tad different! however some now feel they have the skills required, in order to photograph a complete wedding!
Surly all you need is an I-Phone and you're sorted? lol
Yes times have certainly changed; Ive been in the wedding industry for about 25yrs, I love my work, its an Art, I still get that buzz when attending someones wedding as the official wedding photographer, I personally believe that all this social media buzz will change and clients will become aware, once again, that hiring a professional wedding photographer is a must have, quality first and then, a fare price.
I do love these wise words penned by the great John Ruskin.
“It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do!”
My promise; you will love what I produce for you, reportage photography, a true document of your wedding day, capturing the true story, the real romance, your story through the Art of wedding photography.