My Experiences as a Wedding Photographer based in Sydney over the Last 5 Years!
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This post stems from a conversation I had with my own wedding photographer who makes a living from Editorial Photography, quite a different area to wedding photography but we clearly share the love of this medium and what it brings to our own personal enjoyment.
Since digital photography has entered our world at a rapid pace, especially in the last 5 years, it has been staggering the questions I have been asked.
When film was the only option, I had never heard the term “do you airbrush” (suddenly your not a good photographer if your not airbrushing, why would you want
to look like a porcelain doll?) Its like going to a fruit shop and you only want to eat organic fruit? Airbrushing and organic are two words used far too loosely in my opinion.
I do tell my clients this but they are still under the impression that we need to spend hours on the computer “fixing them up”, the odd blemish here and there I understand but the whole image and 500+ of them, there are not enough hours in the day to “fix you up”. If we have to spend too much time on the computer we have not done our job to begin with.
I certainly won’t deny that digital cameras definitely has its advantages, I’m still amazed when I see guests at weddings looking at their own cameras and thinking they
have the greatest photo on earth! (you know who you are). Just because you can see it instantly doesn’t mean it has the ‘WOW’ factor, that’s what “us” professionals are for.
As weddings are costly and with digital cameras now selling everywhere, the average person or professional amateur as I like to call them can spend $1000 and buy the cheapest digiral slr camera and they think they a professional photographer on the job…but sometimes the bigger the better applies, so the cheapest and smallest of the slr range will not give you the same quality from our bigger and better cameras and lenses.
Also, selling yourself to potential clients who are at the most excited and emotional time of their lives, cheap with NO experience at shooting a wedding and dealing with happy people is not as easy as you think!
The last few years have been very interesting, certainly different to the 5 years previously. I do look forward to more and more of what technology will do to our industry and the questions clients will ask, just when you think you’ve heard it all. Read more in the next edition, stay tuned…