With my own nuptials rapidly approaching, choosing a wedding photographer was a vitally important part of the preparation for the “big day”. Now I know you can go to a £3-400 pile ‘em in stack ‘em high type photographer, but…we are a little more discerning and we wanted something special. And we were prepared to pay for it as well.
So, we talked to Yvette Craig a wedding photographer in Kent as to what we should be asking, and indeed, expecting from hiring a quality service for our ceremony and reception.
Yvette is a “Northern Lass” who moved down to Kent about 12 years ago, and started her business from scratch. She has a gritty determination about her, that’s for sure. But, it’s when you look at her pictures that it becomes easy to see how she has become a high quality, top end photographer.
So, I asked Yvette what the difference is in paying for a high end service, I then sat back and listened…here’s a precised version of what Yvette had to say!
The bottom line is you get what you pay for! If you only want to afford a small amount you will get poor quality pictures, not well presented and the chances are you will not be happy with the end result. A cheap photographer will not be able to afford to spoend time with you planning your day. Find out what is important for you, getting to know you and most importantly finding out what sort of photographic styles you like or want for your portfolio. I believe this is vitally important.
O.K, I do charge a high price, but all of my clients love my work and tell me they think it was worth every penny.
Why do they think this?
It’s simple. I do not even allow them to hire me until I have qualified what they want on the ‘phone, checked they are happy with the ball-park price and it is only then that we arrange to meet. This “pre-qualification” is so important. Because I do charge upwards of £2,000 for a wedding I can’t afford to spend time with “tyre kickers” who are only looking to pay £300. That may seem aloof, but it’s not. I work with discerning clients who want the best, it is in everyone’s best interest that I qualify the fact that we are right for each other.
Once qualified I will then have an extended meeting with the couple. During this meeting I will give them full access to me entire portfolio (if they want) and take as long as it takes to decide on styles and nature of shot. We’ll discuss the venue in detail and I’ll try to understand their families and characters I am likely to encounter on the day.
Most importantly I will build a relationship with my clients. This relationship is vital and we must both like and trust each other. I am going to be an integral part of the biggest day of their lives. I help to “oil the wheels” of the day. I help the couple top enjoy the photo part of the day as much as possible, all while aiming to get the best shots possible.
I like to get those intimate moments, I like my pictures to ooze the love and enjoyment of the day. I love to get those candid shots that show the realtionships between people. I am an expert in the effects of light and I use this knowledge to deliver some stunning backdrop shots for the couple.
How do I do this? I invest heavily in the most up to date digital equipment. This is absolutely necessary in thse hi-tech days. I have twelve high spec digital cameras. I’ll always have at least four with me at any given wedding and I run image capture in tandem. That means I save the images to two discs, just in case one gets corrupted. I also upload to my cloud storage within minutes of returning to my studio after a shoot.
Finally, I go the extra mile. I offer a pre-wedding shoot and quality albums and methods of presentation. This is going to be the way most couples remember their wedding day. It is vital it is exactly what the couple want…vital. I also have some “trade secrets” that I employ that can really help the day go with a bang, but that’s for my clients’ to know.
It was really interesting to talk to Yvette and I was mega impresssed by her attention to detail and her commitment to the couples she works with.
So, if you’re looking to hire the best wedding photographer in Sussex or Kent, then check out Yvette’s site, you can find her at www.yvettecraigphotography.co.uk