Friendly Notice for 2019 Brides
All 2019 +2020 wedding bookings are closed. No longer taking on further bookings.
A signed agreement and booking fee is required to reserve your day.
Add on options for current bookings are available for all my collections, such as:
• Second Shooter for different angle of events
• Enlargement Prints and parent albums
• Trash/cherish the dress shoot/freshly married shoot
• Additional Coverage time
• 80 km round trips are included in all of my wedding collections in East London
• A flat rate for travel and accommodation applies for events one or more hours outside of East London
• Courier fees for delivery of final collections ( if required) will be added to the couple’s account
Tips for choosing your wedding photographer
Invest in a photographer who’s style you connect with – this is the most important part! Book someone you connect with personally, and feel comfortable around. Book someone you can trust with your memories, and trust in their advice and expertise.
Wedding photography may appear expensive, but all things considered it will be worth your investment in a professional. Decide what style of photography you and your partner enjoy and choose your photographer accordingly. It is a good idea to spend a decent amount of time looking at photographer’s portfolios on the web to get an idea of your likes and dislikes. Consider a photographic package that offers an engagement shoot. A good photographer will be able to capture images of the two of you that tell your real story. An engagement shoot is also a fabulous way to get to know your photographer and the way that they work before your big day so that you are more comfortable in front of the camera.
Good photographers get booked up in advance so don’t leave booking your photographer to the last minute. Also ensure that you mention your wedding date and venue when sending off that first email.
Why are wedding photographer’s so expensive?
One of the most common misconceptions about wedding photographers is that on average they are overpriced. Wedding photos are the main tangible keepsake from your wedding day (other than your spouse) and many couples believe that this is the reason behind the high price of wedding photography. Despite their obvious sentimental value, there are so many costs which go into producing wedding photos. Many couples often wonder why full time professional wedding photographers charge so much, but in order to support oneself as a full time photographer, this is necessary.
For calculation purposes I will be using a traditional eight hour wedding day collection.
Time spent working on a wedding from start to finish:
• 1 initial marketing
• 1 hour meeting /consultation
• 1 hour communications, responding to queries or questions
• 1 hour gear prep, charging, preparing cards
• 1 hour travel to and from first session
• 1 hour engagement session
• 3 hours editing engagement session
• 1 hour pre-wedding venue visit and scouting
• 1 hours travel time to wedding, arriving at venue early
• 1 hour travel time after wedding , leaving late
• 8 hours wedding day photography
• 1 hour post wedding prep and camera breakdown
• 2 hour downloading, backing up of images
• 1 hour importing photos into software, and culling of images
• 15 hours editing wedding photos
• 2 hours exporting and uploading to USB and online gallery
• 1 hour posting to social media, and client galleries
• 2 hour creating album design
• 2 hours printing, packaging of final collection
• 1 hour delivery of final album and images
Total hours involved in a wedding: 48+ hours
Photographers do not only work when we are holding the camera. These hours add up quickly when we have additional lifestyle shoots during week and more than one wedding per month.
-Travel and fuel
-USB + Packaging
-Printing and branding
Other expenses and time allocation:
Advertising and Marketing, Workshops, learning and continued education, gear, computers, transportation, software, website fees, office overhead fees, printing, banking fees, accounting fees, membership fees, taxes, servicing of equipment, communicating with other vendors/coordinator, researching, visiting the venue and scouting locations, planning with second shooter.
Yes, wedding photographers are expensive.
But, when you take into account all of the work that goes into a single wedding for a photographer, the expenses, the quality of the work, and the value of the product you are receiving it makes a lot more sense why wedding photographers are priced the way that they are. Additionally, full time wedding photographers are going to have a business which can support their family full time and withstand the test of time more than a few years.
Wedding photographers all have one thing in common, they are incredibly passionate about what they do. Any who aren’t quickly leave the industry after realizing the stress level, expense, long hours, and how strenuous working a 12 hour day with 5kg+ of gear on you is. If you are planning your wedding, as you are determining your budget keep in mind not only what all goes in to your wedding photography, but what you will take away from it.