Mark Boyd Wedding Photography
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 keeping it short. I think it’s of the utmost importance that you know all there is to know about your wedding photographer. With this in mind you can find all there is to know about me by clicking on my social media icons. What will I find out? For starters over a decade of experience as a professional photographer, my knowledge in the field (and the church!) along with details of international awards (not just school, fete, local village or industry awards) and huge companies whom I’ve been commissioned by. Wagamama, Barclays plc, Ben Fogle and Ray Mears, heard of them? Worked with them all. Below are images from a recent wedding shoot on the Northern coast of Tenerife.
‘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?
But think carefully before biting his/her hand off and choking on their camera. Facebook and free websites are alive with ‘wedding photographers’ nowadays. Whilst there is no regulatory body protecting our brides and grooms to be from incompetent would be wedding photographers caution should be exercised…. ‘Photography is my/has always been a passion’ and so on….It’s a bridal mine field out there, so is it worth the gamble? Would you do it with your food or your venue? Unlikely. So don’t do it with your photographer.
If professional photography isn’t something you are concerned about on your special day, I’d suggest asking your guests to capture as many opportunistic photographs on their smart phones as possible. Then before sending them to you, get each one to review and delete anything they don’t consider to be ‘a great photograph’. In that mine of images there’ll be a handful of diamonds. Once you’ve selected your favourites send them across to a professional for final editing and processing.
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 £1,400.00.
Your Wedding Shoot
Half and hour after you’ve enjoyed your first dance I’ll slip away. I'll bid you both farewell, then head back to my studio. That same evening all the memory cards will be uploaded on to two separate hard drives. I call this 'belt & braces'. Thoroughness is imperative.... I have golden memories brewing on these little cards. 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 a full set of images processed, edited and ready for you to enjoy within 7 days..... You shouldn’t have to wait weeks to see your wedding photographs?! So let's not do that.
The Boring, but Important Stuff!
On the day I'll be carrying a minimum of two camera bodies. An Olympus OMD combined with two lenses, one portrait and one telephoto. The second camera will be either a full frame Canon 5D MKII combined with a Canon 1.4L 50mm lens or a full frame Sony A7RII combined with a Canon 1.4L 50mm lens. I travel with spares of everything - memory cards, batteries and lenses. 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.