Hi folks, I’m Mark. Here is a very quick introduction in as few words as possible, I know how much you have on your plate right now so I’m doing my best to keep this short. Click on my social media icons. What will you discover? Over a decade of experience as a professional photographer along with details of international awards (not just school, fete, local village or flimsy photography group competitions…. International!)) and huge companies whom I’ve been commissioned by. Wagamama & Barclays plc, and the people Ben Fogle and Ray Mears, heard of them? Worked with them all.
Below are a handful of ‘cropped for display’ images from a recent wedding shoot on the Northern coast of Tenerife. I travelled 13 hours to reach the destination. I dropped my bags then explored the local village and sought out fun places for the big day.
‘Mark what experience do you have?’
At this point I used to prattle on about ‘how great I am’ and how awesome I’ll be on your day, blending in to the background etc. etc. but let’s be honest, when you’re paying upwards of £1,500.00 for your wedding photographer you’re expecting professionalism, quality and consistency.
One very important thing to note, ‘I am a full-time professional photographer’. I am not a weekend wedding photographer with an alternative full-time career Monday to Friday, I make my entire living from photography. This includes weddings, events, portraits, landscape commisisons, commercial and corporate shoots, magazines and property portfolios.
’Mark I found someone who will capture our full day for £795.00!’
Wow! Awesome! Sounds like a bargain right?
Facebook is now alive with ‘wedding photographers’. Whilst there is no regulatory body protecting our brides and grooms from ’give it a go’ wedding photographers, please do exercise caution…. It’s a bridal mine field out there. So is it worth the gamble? Maybe! Ask yourself, would you take the risk with your food or your venue? If the answer is a resounding ‘No, of course not!’, then my advice would be to apply the same ethos with your photographer.
If professional photography isn’t something you are concerned about on your special day, I would personally suggest asking your guests to capture as many opportunistic photographs on their smart phones as possible. Then have them review and delete anything they don’t consider to be ‘a fantastic photograph’. In that dark mine of wedding day images there’ll be a handful of diamonds. Once you’ve selected your favourites all you need to do is send them across to a professional for final editing and processing, or whack an Instagram filter on it, post it, and bask in the ensuing flood of love.
That being said, if high end professional images are going to be part of your day, followed by professional processing and editing over three to four days, plus any additional costs incurred by the photographer, then by being sensible you will be looking at spending upwards of £1,500.00.
Your Wedding Shoot
Having captured the preparation, the fun and laughter, the arrival at the wedding venue, the ceremony itself followed by the friends and family group shots, the reception and speeches, all rounded up with an evening revelry, love and laughter I’ll bid you both farewell. I’ll quietly slip away and head back to my studio. With memory cards uploaded on to two separate hard drives I can rest.
The following three to four days will be spent reviewing, editing and processing the RAW ‘undeveloped’ camera files.
All being well my aim is to have your full portfolio of wedding images processed, edited and ready for you to enjoy within 7 days..... I know right!
I don’t believe any bride and groom should have to wait weeks to see their wedding photograph. So let's not do that.
Boring but Important
On the day I'll be carrying a minimum of two cameras and three lenses. I travel with spares of everything including memory cards and batteries.
Cards do fail, batteries can be temperamental, camera's do play up.... It's your big day, we want everything to be perfect don't we!?
I also have the necessary public liability cover for all my photography commissions.
Like I said, boring.... But important.