Affordable Wedding Photographer

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I'm hoping that someone can recommend an affordable photographer who takes stunning wedding photos. I'm in Newcastle NSW. thanks!

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Its hard to recommend a particular photograph as each one has, or should have, their own style and each bride has different tastes. Here is some advice I give to all my prospective brides; Photographs are going to be the only lasting memory you have of your big day, and it may well be the only opportunity for you to see certain aspects of your wedding day that you ‘will’ miss. Its an unfortunate fact that your wedding day will go so quickly that you will miss things. Having said that do you really want or need to pay $3,000+ or more for a photographer that is only going to give you a certain number of prints or only cover certain parts of your day. Of course you can have the extras, but they will charge you extra for the privilege. I personally think it is outrageous that Photographers can ask some of the prices they do and then restrict your usage of the photographs. They’re photographs of ‘Your’ day, so why shouldn’t you have them all? It is not unusual for a Photographer to retain the copyrights to the photographs. This is so that they can use them without having to get permission each time, but it shouldn’t mean that you too can’t use them. Why should you be restricted in how many you can have and the way you get them, or to put it more frankly, how big your wallet is? In this day and age with people often having family and friends all over the world, being able to email or post them their website or blog for everyone to see is your right. Now that I’ve got that off my chest, lets get down to some basic, common sense things you need to consider when deciding on a Photographer for your wedding. (1) Speak to them, have a coffee with them, get to know them. Do you feel comfortable with them, can you have a laugh with them? Also remember at some point you are going to be half naked in front of them (if you want photos of you getting ready that is). (2) Have a look at their work, both on the net and large A4 style photographs. If the photos look good at A4 size then there shouldn’t be much to worried about. (3) Ask to speak to some of their clients (it’s not all about their work, but how easy and fun they are to work with). (4) Let them know what it is that you want from them. I recently did a wedding where the Bride wanted lots of photographs of her kids, not a problem. But if she hadn’t told me I wouldn’t have taken as many photos of the kids as I did. So don’t be shy about what you want. (5) Find out exactly what you are getting and for how much. Find out what happens if you have to change the date or worst still, cancel it. (6) Ask whether or not they have a back-up photographer in case they fall ill or have an accident. (7) We live in an every increasingly litigious society, so make sure your photographer has Public Liability insurance. Consider the time of day you will be having your photographs taken. It is a general rule that the hours between 10am and 2pm are the least desirable for getting nice flattering photographs. This is because it is when the sun is at its highest point and the light is the harshest. Another consideration might be what time sunset is so you can take advantage of it should you get a nice one. And remember to factor in Daylight Saving if its applicable. If you head over to my Wedding Resources link you will find all the information you should need. For more information you might find my Hints and Tips link helpful. Ask about what camera equipment they use. Do they have a back-up camera just in case their main one fails, same goes for a flash, memory cards, batteries. Basically a good photographer will have double of everything, just in case. This last point is why you don’t want a family member or friend to photography your wedding. It really isn’t fair on them. Being the photographer is a full time job, so how can you expect them to do that and be a guest? The pressure on them isn’t fair either, they can’t be expected to be detached enough to tell people what they need and they certainly can’t be expected to have all the back-up equipment. Imagine how they will feel is something goes wrong…. I say this in all sincerity, not just trying to drum up business. Make sure they shoot with a Digital SLR (whilst Canon and Nikon seem to be the preferred, any of the known brands should be fine). Whilst its not all about how many megapixels a camera has, generally the more the better when it comes to DSLR. The next point, which shouldn’t be a problem, but is worth remembering, is how you will get your photographs supplied to you. Just make sure you will get your photographs in full resolution and not a reduced resolution. If the photographs are taken on a 15MP camera, then that is the resolution you want them supplied to you. If you really want to get involved and know how to and want to play with them yourself at some later stage, ask for them in RAW format. Any photographer that doesn’t shoot your wedding in RAW should be approached with some skepticism in my humble opinion. And if they don’t know what RAW is, run for the hills. Lastly, but not least, make sure you know who the actual photographer will be shooting your wedding. It might sound silly, but the person you speak to may not be the person who will be photographing your wedding. I can’t stress this point enough and any good Photographer will insist that there be one, and that’s a rehearsal. Even if you don’t think it is necessary, you really should have one. When you do, try and make it around the same time of day as the actual wedding so you can all get a feel for what it will be like eg: where will the sun be and which way will you be facing, how much light is available etc. Now is the time to find any last minute problems and make any minor changes. When it comes to the type of photography you want there are two main types. The first is the Formal type (the sort your Grandparents did) and the second is Reportage (a more casual style as the name implies). Whilst the trend is towards Reportage nowadays, I would recommend a bit of both. You at least want a couple of the formal group shots. In the months leading up to the big day start looking in the wedding magazines and on the the net for some photo ideas that you’d like to emulate. It will make it a lot easier for the photographer and give them some idea of the type of photos you want. I like to photograph the Bride getting ready first as it takes the longest (sorry girls, but its true). Usually its the hair first, then the make-up and then getting dressed. Depending on the time constraints and the location of the Groom/Groomsman, I like to try and photograph them in the lead up to getting ready (ie: having that nervous drink) and then dressed. This is something you need to think about. If you definitely want this photographed then you will have to either leave enough time for the photographer to get then, do their thing and get back to you, or go for the second photographer option. That’s if you want some shots of you fully dressed and/or getting into the limo etc. If you don’t want these later shots of you then the photographer can go with the Groom to the church of ceremony location to be ready when you arrive. Consider the second photographer option. It not only makes my day easier, but the additional photo opportunities are considerable. One of us can stay with you and the other with the Groom. One of us can get photos of you walking down the isle while the other takes photo from behind showing all your guests looking at you, not to mention showing off your dress … just something for you to consider. Do you want the official photographs to be taken between the ceremony and the reception, which is the traditional custom, or as some are doing, having them taken prior to the ceremony? The later allows the couple to go straight to the reception, especially convenient if they are in the same location. You may even want to talk to your photographer about the locations you are considering to have your ceremony and reception. Your photographer should be a good source of ideas that you might want to consider. No offence, but we have been to a lot of weddings and have seen the best and the worst that can happen. Now this is where the rehearsal comes in handy. It is not uncommon for the nervous Bride to get out of the car and almost sprint into the church and down the isle. I know you’re keen to get to your man, but think about us poor photographers. Somehow we have to beat you down the isle, all whilst taking nice photographs of you and your Father. So please, just slowly walk down the isle (savour the moment) to give us and all your guests the opportunity to see you in your stunning dress and get the odd photo of you. AND don’t forget to look up and smile! I hope this helps you and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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