Re blogging as a timely reminder to those getting married in 2017 and beyond: Wedding photography prices vary greatly from a few hundred pounds to £1,000.00's depending on what you require.
Is the photographer just starting out and getting a portfolio together? Are they a friend or friend of a friend who just happens to own a camera? Think you'll save money because a friend is taking your photographs? Think again!
Before choosing a photographer based on price alone, please consider the following:
Are they using Professional equipment and not entry level kit? I only use professional equipment and using entry level equipment will ultimately affect the quality of the images especially if used in low light such as the evening reception and this can result in grainy images also known as "noise" which can degrade an image.
Don't choose your photographer based on the fact that they use a particular brand of camera or lens such as Canon or Nikon - see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a06OiVpa9-A&feature=em-uploademail.
Do they have back up equipment? I always carry two cameras and lenses plus a backup camera and three other lenses in my bag. I have two flashguns plus a spare, eight large capacity memory cards and numerous batteries for my cameras and flashguns. Would your "friend" or "friend of a friend" have this backup? Nothing worse than an equipment fail mid shoot and no back up! The very thought fills me with dread.
Do they edit their images using professional software? I always shoot in a format known as RAW which is like a digital negative and work from that using Lightroom and Photoshop from Adobe. All cameras will process Jpegs in camera and that's not always a good thing - some will say that large Jpegs are just as good as RAW. I wholeheartedly disagree, RAW files are not processed in camera so do not lose any information such as shadows/highlights etc. People paying a lot of money will expect high quality images.
Has the photographer had training in the art of Wedding Photography? I've received training from The Guild of Photographers - the photographers trade body with over 2,000 members with access to professional training, not just in Wedding Photography.
Do they have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance? I have, plus any second photographer I use will either have their own insurance or be covered under mine as I also have Employer Liability cover.
Are they a member of a recognised Professional body such as the Guild, SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) or MPA? (Master Photographer's Association.)
Do you like their particular style of photography and just as important, can you get on with them? They could be with you for up to 12 hours on your special day after all.
These are just a few points of many as to why you shouldn't choose your wedding photographer based on price alone but also have a look at this: Average Cost for Wedding Photography. The average price for wedding photography in 2015 was £1,520.00 and the link explains why.