There are few things in life I treasure more than the photographs I have. Some are on the walls, some in albums and many hundred are in shoe boxes in the cupboard and each one has it’s own story. As I get a little older and maybe a little wiser, the value of these photographs to me has increased. These people, these moments in my life are priceless. And if we had to evacuate due to an alien invasion, they would be amongst the few things I would want to scoop up before fleeing to the safe zone, aside from the wife and kids.
A wedding photographer from New Jersey was recently charged with violating the coronavirus emergency orders. He was photographing a backyard ceremony with a family of six, and he is now facing up to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.
During their career, professional photographers will inevitably run into difficult clients and get all sorts of strange requests from them. But it seems to me that craziest stories come from the field of wedding photography. Such is this story of a mother-in-law who wore a white dress, so the photographer had to change its color.
If you have looked at wedding photography pricing you are possibly aware by now of how expensive wedding photography can be. In fact, the average price for a wedding photographer in 2019/20 is £1,560 (survey from www.yourperfectweddingphotographer.co.uk). It’s a figure that seems to have stayed almost constant for the last five years.
With a wedding photographer being in the top three things to prioritise for a wedding most websites will advise that you should set aside 10-15% of your budget for a wedding photographer.
The coronavirus pandemic has stopped all of us in our tracks. All social gatherings have been postponed, so many people are out of work right now, including wedding photographers. Chris Wallace of Carpe Diem Photography was set to have plenty of work in 2020, but then everything stopped. Still, he didn’t lose his creativity and the desire to shoot. He threw and shot his own wedding ceremony – made entirely from Lego. The photos are amusing and incredibly cute, and Chris kindly shared them with DIYP along with some BTS shots.
If you haven’t heard about this situation, then you might just lose your temper now.
So a couple was having their wedding shoot with their professional photographer.
Photographer Alex Stemplewski , who’s a big TikTok star, barges in and asks if he can shoot portraits of the couple.
The coronavirus outbreak has affected our industry in a number of ways. One of them is pretty weird and probably frustrating for many new couples and their photographers. As you might know, the number of people who can be in closed spaces has been limited in the majority of countries. In Australia, it’s currently five, which also severely limits the number of guests at weddings. In other words – if you want the photographer to attend, he or she will have to act as one of the witnesses.
Kentucky-based photographer Lacy Hilliard recently ran an ad for her business in a local magazine. Little did she know that one of the photos would trigger a reader so badly, that they had to call her and leave an angry voicemail. The photo shows a homosexual couple, and it got the caller so offended, that they called it “ungodly” and “disgusting,” telling the photographer to “rethink her values.”
I’m sure that many of us have been asked to work for free in all sorts of annoying ways. One cheeky couple recently sent an email to a photographer asking for a coverage of their 10-hour wedding. In return, they offered exposure to the incredible number of 300 guests, 117 of them unmarried. What a tempting offer, right?
I have warned people multiple times to do their research before hiring a wedding photographer. However, it seems that sometimes even that isn’t enough. A UK couple reportedly hired a photographer based on her portfolio only to discover that she had used stock photos in it. Their wedding photos apparently turned out so awful, that they had to restage the wedding for another shoot.