So, I don't normally refer you, the occasional wayward reader, to other sites, but I've come across a couple of interesting articles lately.
The first (admittedly written by a photographer) is an article that advocates the purchase of a wedding album rather than relying solely on a disk of images. My basic package does include a disk only (with a preview book) and then couples can decide if they also want an album. There's no hard sell, but the option is there.
This second article, from the same online site follows up on a survey of brides in America and what they might have done differently.
It's interesting to note that 12% of brides felt that they spent too much on photography. This is a poor reflection on us photographers. Either we have failed to meet their expectations in terms of the results or some element of the service offered has been left wanting. A bit more reassuring, from my perspective, is that another 21 per cent of brides wishes they'd paid more for the photographs. Now this doesn't necessarily mean they wished they'd had the money for that top photographer who only does 2 weddings a year, it means that brides wished they hadn't economised by using friends, relatives or real budget photographers. Though I am curious about what was included in the 45% of everything else.
On a related note, number two on the following list is brides regretting not getting a great photographer. Have fun, enjoy your day, if you're more comfortable with a relative taking pictures than a relative stranger then you will get some pictures for your album. But if the budget can stretch to a professional photographer, one who can be as arty or as light hearted or as cutting edge as you're looking for, you shouldn't end up regretting it. Alway providing we do our job right of course!
And finally, photographer Anne Almasy, evokes my own ethos on weddings. I love the romance, the beauty, the happiness and the joy of weddings and that's what we, as photographers, should try and capture.