Wedding of Jo and Ben - Kingston Country Courtyard - Photography Sneak Peek

by Robert Whetton 30. May 2011 03:40

Saturday saw the wedding of Jo and Ben at Kingston Country Courtyard. Dispite being a windy and sunless day, everyone was great and we got some amazing shots! The evening's Fun Booth when well as well, with everyone being a great sport.

My choice for the sneak peek is this stunning shot of Jo and Ben when we whisked them away for a quick couple of shots after the wedding breakfast.

Jo and Ben Christie - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

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Engagement Session with Jo and Ben in Corfe with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

by Robert Whetton 22. May 2011 02:43

Back in November last year, Jo and Ben contacted me and asked me to photograph their wedding. Ben is the eldest son of Pete Christie so how could I say no to documenting their big day?

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

I made an appointment to meet with Jo and Ben to talk to them about their big day and to make sure that we gelled, its important that you get on with the couple who are asking you to photograph this one off event. If you don't get on well with the couple, then your photographs aren't going to be everything that they are hoping them to be. You won't be able to bring out the best in them on the day because they won't be comfortable with you or the camera.

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

We spent a long time talking about the day, their expectations, experiences etc. I think they were ready to book me on the spot, but i said that it would be a good idea to meet with a couple of other photographers to see if they got on better with them than me. But after meeting with a few other photographers, said that had they not met with me first they would have had no idea what kind of questions to ask at the meetings and felt most comfortable with booking me.

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

The Wedding and Reception is being held at Kingston Country Courtyard, which was a nice surprise to me as Rachel and I had our reception at the same venue nearly 5 years ago. It was a great venue back then, and I could only hope that with time it had matured into an amazing venue! 

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

The reason for an Engagement Session or e-Session is so that the couple can get in front of the camera with their photographer which will allow them become comfortable with working with the photographer and camera. The Courtyard overlooks Corfe Castle which in itself is a great location so it only make sense that we do the e-Session around the castle as well. It helps that Ben grew up just down the road and so knew some great locations for us to shoot.

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Like his dad, Ben is very comfortable in front of the lens, and Jo quickly warmed to the camera. The choice of locations were spot on as you can see in these photographs. We had a great couple of hours together and got some amazing photographs and I can't wait until next week to cover their big day!

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

We had a great time, plenty of laughs all round. I could have gone on shooting Jo and Ben all evening, but we had to let them go and have something to eat!

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Engagement Session with Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

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Professional Photographers - Cost of a Photoshoot

by Robert Whetton 27. April 2011 16:39

Why does Pofessional Photography cost so much? 

This is the age of digital cameras, scanners, and home photo printers, I get this all the time: Why do you charge £XX.00 for an 8x10 when they only cost me £2.00 at Jessops? Well, Jessops don't pay for my time and expertise. You're just paying to have an image printed by a machine (the print doesn't cost £2.00 to produce from the machine, but Jessops also have to cover their running costs).

Let's take a look at the actual work involved:

Average 2 hour Photoshoot

  • Travel to the session.
  • Setup, preparation, talking to the client, etc.
  • Shoot the photos.
  • Travel from the session.
  • Load images onto a computer.
  • Back up the files on an external drive & DVD.
  • Culling the photos to select the best ones.
  • 2-4 hours of re-touching time, which includes colour correction, removing blemishes and spots, and backing up edited photographs.
  • 2-3 hours to talk to the client, answer questions, receive order and payment, order their prints, receive and verify prints, package prints, schedule shipment, and ship.
  • Possibly meet clients to review photos and place order. Meeting and travel time average 2 hours.

Portrait Session with Professional Photographer

You can see how a two hour session easily turns into an eight hour or more day from start to finish. So when you see a professional photographer charging a £260 session fee for a two hour photoshoot, the client is not actually paying them £130 per hour.

The eight hour wedding

A wedding photographer will typically meet with the bride and groom several times before and after a wedding. It’s not uncommon to end up with 1-2,000 of photos, much more than a portrait session. Many photographers spend between 20-30 hours working just on one wedding, if you look at the time that is truly involved. Again, when a wedding photographer charges £2,000 for eight hours of coverage, clients are NOT paying them £250 an hour!

(Don’t forget that the photographer runs the wedding day to some extent. A comfortable, confident wedding photographer can make a wedding day go more smoothly.)

Portrait Session with Professional Photographer

The expertise and cost of doing business

Professional photography is a skill acquired over years of experience. Even though a Digital SLR now costs under £500, taking professional portraits involves much more than a nice camera.

Most personal photographers take years to go from buying their first camera to making money with photography. In addition to learning how to use the camera, there is a mountain of other equipment and software programs used to edit and print photographs, run a website, etc. And don’t forget backdrops, props, rent, utilities, insurance, etc!

Professional photographers also need to have people skills to make subjects comfortable in front of the camera. Posing people to look their best is a skill in itself..

Portrait Session with Professional Photographer

Portrait Session with Professional Photographer

The in-shop photo studio

Shop photo studios do have their place. For a very cheap price you can run in, shoot some quick photos, and be done with it. But you get what you pay for.

Consider the time and effort that a personal photographer puts into photographs, compared to a shop studio. Shop sessions last just a few minutes, while a personal photographer takes the time to get to know the people, makes them comfortable, makes them laugh. If a baby is crying at a chain store, they often don’t have the time (or the patience) to wait because everyone is in a hurry.

Many chain store studios lose money. The shops count on a client coming in for quick, cheap photos.. and while you are there, spending £200 extra on other things. They are there to get you in the door.

Portrait Session with Professional Photographer

The real deal

Professional photographers are just that — professionals. No different than a car mechanic, dentist, doctor, or an electrician. But a personal photographer often becomes a friend, someone who documents a family for generations with professional, personal photographs of cherished memories.

Here's another way to look at it: A pair of scissors costs £2.00 at Boots. Still, majority of people will gladly pay a lot more to go to the hairdresser and have a trained professional cut their hair.

Portrait Session with Professional Photographer

The added attention and quality that a personal photographer gives is worth every penny.

Conclusion

Hopefully those who have taken the time to read this page will have a better understanding of why photographs, created by a professional photographer cost more.

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Caroline and Simon Wedding at the Vineyard, Newbury - 2nd shooting for Boundless Photos

by Robert Whetton 6. April 2011 21:37

This is late in coming, I was so tied up at the end of last year in trying to get the new blog up and running, that I forgot to post 2 weddings from October. The first is Caroline and Simon's wedding in Newbury. This was a special wedding for Boundless Photos because Caroline is Nick's cousin. No pressure then.. The day started looking promissing with the weather holding (rain had been forecast). But as I travelled north, the clouds closed in and it started to drizzle. Simon was staying at the Vineyard just off of the A34 in Newbury.

Shot of Simon with his Mum, Dad and Sister.

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

The rings.

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

Like many Grooms, Simon had difficulty figuring out how to tie his cravat. I think I need to charge extra to show the Groom and his Groomsmen how to tie these.

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

Simon's mums hat rather suited him.

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

Groom and his men outside the Vineyard.

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

Simon and his sister inside the church.

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

The most amazing and colourful flowers.

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

All of Nicks family are all photography mad!

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

Caroline looked stunning.

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

Caroline and Simon held hands all the way through the cerimony.

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

The kiss.

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

Simons dad and sister.

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

What's a wedding without children?

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

Although not allowed in the church. Caroline and Simon's dog waited patentialy outside. But what's the expression? Don't work with children or animals?
Luckily the sun came out to play for the rest of the day.

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

Everyone was keen to throw their confetti.

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

A stunning Jag for the wedding car.

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

The cake topper was amazing! really impressed by the amount of detail.

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

Caroline and Simon having a little 'alone time'.

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

First Dance.

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

Newbury Wedding Photography - second shooting for Boundless Photos

This was a great day and thanks again to Nick for allowing me to 2nd shoot for you and your family!

See more from the Wedding over at Boundless Photos' Blog

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Dorset Events Photographer in the UK. Portraits, Weddings, Events, Gigs, Sports and Photo Re-Touching.
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