When it comes to wedding photography, some 91% of couples choose to hire the services of a professional photographer, while 8% will choose an amateur - relative or family friend. The other 1% don't bother with wedding photographs at all, perhaps just having a quick ceremony at the register office and then all heading for the pub afterwards.
Many people believe that anyone can take wedding photographs if they have a good camera. Although you could take some wedding photos using your phone, it's unlikely that you will get enough to keep in the album.
Professional wedding photographers spend years honing their skills so that they can produce a stunning set of photos every time. One thing that many couples want is a photographer who can help them to keep calm. When you are the centre of attention for the day, having someone taking photos of you can be stressful because there is always that doubt at the back of your mind.
Maybe your tie isn't quite straight, or maybe that necklace isn't showing as it should? A photographer who is not only great at taking pictures but has a relaxed and friendly approach can be a great asset on such a big day. This is why you need to meet with your chosen photographer before the day itself and have a friendly chat so that you can get to know each other. A good wedding photographer will also want to see the venue in order to plan ahead. Commercial Photographer
Many couples prefer a mixture of candid and posed photographs for their wedding in Hertfordshire. According to the dictionary, "candid" can be described as "truthful" or "frank." Candid photography is those photos which are taken with the subject often being unaware that it is happening. The photographer will mingle with the guests and use his training and instincts to spot something unusual or something that looks as though it may happen and be ready to take the shot when it does. This gives the photograph a natural and relaxed look.
Technology plays a more important part in wedding photographs today. A drone can be used by some photographers to capture aerial shots. This can make a big difference in the final wedding album. Taking photographs with a drone is yet another skill that has to be learned - first of all how to fly the drone, and secondly how to use it to get the best shots. The photographer will also have to be licenced by the Civil Aviation Authority to pilot a drone and will need to have insurance cover as well.
Something to consider is the cost of hiring a wedding photographer for the day, which is why some couples cut corners and have their Uncle Jeffrey take the photos. The vast majority of couples don't want to take risks because this day is unique and will never be repeated. Even so, you may wonder why a professional quotes you a price that may be greater than you were expecting.
The photographer will meet you beforehand and may also travel to the location to take a look. On the actual day itself, he may be with you for as much as 12 hours - which is a long working day in anybody's language. It is more than that. There is much to do after the event, including editing and adding effects. All minor flaws must be corrected, which takes much more time than the actual day.
You also have to consider the cost of the equipment, which can run into the thousands of pounds. Cameras, lenses, and other equipment must be maintained and new USB's and hard drives bought. The cost of a DRI Mavic Zoom 4K drone is approximately PS1,100.
Then all the costs of learning to fly the drone and how to get the best shots with it has to be factored in, along with courses and workshops which the photographer will attend in order to keep up to date with the latest trends and advances in photography.
So, as you can see, there is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes than there ever is on your big day itself.