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Let’s Refocus The Lens

Let’s Refocus The Lens

So, it’s a big one: your photography on your wedding day. Always a controversial topic, especially with the rise of social media and the trend of ‘unplugged’ weddings. This week it came in to the spotlight due to a Daily Mail couple who were apparently desperately unhappy with their wedding photos after paying a student photographer £150 who they claim spent more time in the photo booth they’d hired than taking the select photos they released to the media.

There has been talk on other major blogs this week too, so you may have already read other people's opinions on this matter, but all of them, for me, have slightly missed the mark. Many of them have claimed the couple are at fault for hiring a student photographer, and that they should have realised what they were getting when they decided to ‘scrimp’ on the cost of the photographer in the first place. I think this is a disservice to student photographers, though. To tarnish them with the same brush is horribly unfair…as is focussing on the price they paid (to a certain extent). If a student has the natural talent for photography, but they’re just starting out, they can’t charge the prices that the quality of their work may usually demand, because they’d probably get no business. Many students start out at a lower rate, and then build it up as their network and portfolio increases. It’s common sense, it seems to me.

The focus shouldn’t be entirely on the price paid, but more on what they should do when choosing a photographer (and I’m surprised I haven’t seen more discussion of this in the past week!). The most important thing to do is to check out their portfolio, to make sure their photos are of the style and quality that you want. Ask them questions that are worrying you: What if it rains? Will you take posed or natural shots? Please can you take a photo of my pug? Being brave and asking these out loud, instead of fretting about them, will instantly solve them, and ensure the photos on the day please everybody. Meeting up with your photographer is always a good idea too: if they’re taking photos of your most treasured and intimate moments, it’s nice to meet them beforehand, to make sure you gel and get the shots that best represent you.

So, don’t be afraid of the student photographer with the seemingly low(ish) prices and the incredible portfolio and back catalogue—you’ve just caught them at a really good time, before they hit the big bucks! Do, however, be wary of the student photographer with nothing to show!

Written by Ellie Kime

Photo via Caters News Agency

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