Wedding Photography FAQ 2019
From Wedding Fairs to online enquiries, from previous clients’ referring us to venues where we are preferred suppliers sending us the newly engaged – we meet a lot of couples who are embarking on that daunting journey of organising a wedding. Whilst many questions stay the same, there seem to be trends in new questions that we get asked a lot – and to help out we’re going to answer the most common new FAQs about your wedding here.
1. How do I pick a good photographer when there are hundreds listed in my area?
Once you’ve got a few favourite photographers, narrow it down to a handful of favourites, and set up a time to meet them. Make sure you’re meeting with the person who will be wielding the camera at your wedding, not a sales consultant or studio owner. You have to, like, trust and get along with your photographer — that way you can leave the magic of photo making in the photographer’s hands. Not only should you like their images, you should also like them! You’ll be spending many hours with them during your wedding day.
2. How many photos do I get?
This can be a little like “How long is a piece of string’ but from 8-10 hours coverage our clients tend to receive an average of 600-800 images.
3. I love those photos with the blurry backgrounds. How do you do that?
Whilst more and more you can get smartphones that fake this look (with varying degrees of success), this comes from using professional lenses that have what we call ‘shallow depth of field’. Basically by using big glass and focusing on a subject, the light from in front and behind ‘bends’ more in the glass of the lens creating that pleasing blurry effect. The quality of that blurriness is referred to by a Japanese name of ‘Bokeh’, and here at Mykey Day Photography we bring special lenses to your wedding that are bought specifically because they are ‘bokeh-licious’.
4. Lots of Photographers I’ve seen have photos that look soft and pastely, and others that are dark and filmy. Yours look vibrant, colourful and clean – do you use different cameras?
That’s an amazing question, because you’re noticing the artistic differences between different photographer’s style of photography and this is paramount in choosing the wedding photographer who is right for you.
We’ve got a whole blog post (see below) that begins to explain the difference between different styles of photography of which the editing style is a big part. But in a nutshell, there are different types of editing software and presets that photographers can use to imbibe their style into the imagery they produce. Similar to Instagram filters, many photographers batch process all their imagery to have the same style and consistency.
The pastely soft looks tend to come from low contrast editing presets, whilst the ‘filmic’ look can be similarly purchased with a set of VSCO or similar presets. Here at Mykey Day Photography we have taken the creative decision not to use these presets, as we prefer our vibrant fine-art style of more natural editing. Our further reasoning is that the presets can quickly become ‘dated’ in their style and look, and also there’s a big supply of lots of photographers on the market emulating these styles – and we cater for those clients who want something different yet timeless…
5. Why is wedding photography so expensive?
Well things are only worth what you’re willing to pay for them, and as they say “you get what you pay for…”. Of course we’re going to be biased about this one, but basically when you take into account the various costs of a full time wedding photography studio, such as: training, insurance, taxes, products, equipment, travel, repairs. Software licensing, second shooters, etc… we feel like we are competitive at the prices we’re at. When you consider all the costs involved, you have to genuinely wonder how the cheap wedding photographers make a living (many, in fact, don’t…)
Furthermore when you spread out the time invested in each wedding: the prep time, shoot time, editing time, travel, etc… all the unpaid time in training, networking, and marketing, not to mention the time money we spend on advertising and marketing to meet our clients in the first place, these days it’s considered a win if we’re making minimum wage!
6. I’m worried about how I look in photos – what can you do about that?
Sure it’s our catchphrase, but it’s true that “we have a blog post for that!”
But a few quick tips for you:
- Hire an awesome Hair and Make-Up-Artist, don’t trust your big day to an amateur or unknown quantity…
- We know it’s easier said than done, but ensure you get plenty of sleep the night before. Drink lots of water and not too much prosecco before your big photos!
- Ensure you have enough time to relax and look awesome in your wedding portraits, build in lots of cushion time to your wedding day timeline.
7. I’ve heard of “shoot and burn” photography, is that something I want?
Not really. The only advantage of shoot and burn photographers is that you receive the images virtually immediately, usually unedited (or with minimal editing) and on USB or digital download. At this point the wedding photographer washes their hands of you. There is one wedding photographer in Kent who actually edits the photos during your wedding reception and hands you the disk at the end of the night.
“So what’s the catch?”
Well we pride ourselves on taking amazing images in camera that require minimal editing, and our turnaround times are typically under 2 weeks – but honestly editing your entire wedding in less than a few hours? Either you’re not getting the full quality of a good edit, or you’re not getting many images, or both!
Furthermore, a truly professional wedding photography studio should, in our humble opinion, be there to guide you after the wedding. Whether it’s deluxe albums handcrafted in Italy with album layouts designed in-house, or museum grade quality canvases, we feel that photographers have a duty of after-care to ensure their images are treated like the art work they should truly be.
8. How far in advance should I book a wedding photographer?
It will vary massively based on your location, budget, and desires – but assuming you’re looking for a top quality wedding photographer they tend to get booked out 12-24 months before the wedding date. Here at Mykey Day Photography we already have a handful of bookings for key dates in 2022 (it’s January of 2019 as of writing), and whilst we still have some availability for this coming year – virtually all the key dates are gone.
9. You can Photoshop that, right?
Well yes and no. We do offer basic beauty edits and corrections as standard in our editing service, but the goal is to achieve everything ‘in-camera’. Why? Because this is both more ‘real’ / ‘natural’ and simply looks better than even the subtlest of photoshop edits. Often moving a chair, or covering an arm in real life has far better beauty inherent to the picture.
When it comes to more convoluted edits, like photoshopping absent family members into group photos, or editing out all those laser dots from your Wedding DJ’s god awful laser light show, then most photographers charge extra for this service. Why? Because it’s extremely complicated and time-intensive, with each image possibly taking up to a day or more each! As such it is often outsourced to professionals, which Is a cost not normally expected with the majority of weddings.
10. Should I tip my photographer?
This question comes up more often than you think, our policy on this is that tips are never expected but always appreciated. More often than this we also receive thank you cards and gifts, so to save you the awkwardness of asking – Mykey’s favourite drink is bourbon Whiskey 🙂
London Wedding Photographer With All The Answers – Mykey Day
Your Wedding Day will never be as important to anyone else as it is to you, but trust us when we say – your wedding will be crucially important to us as well! Please browse our website for examples of our work, and we look forward to making your wedding photographs special too.