17th February Trenython Manor St Austell

Bowes Photographic Interview


Why should I have a photographer when my mate has a good digital camera.

 Well when your dealing with the lifelong lasting memory of your biggest day, why would you trust an amateur whose work you cant judge until afterwards when its all too late and its forever!
A photographer has professional equipment and has backup kit, so no matter what happens you have lovely photos to show your grandchildren. There is no substitute for experience and the right equipment to be absolutely sure you get your memories captured forever.  Leave your friends to enjoy the day with you and trust someone with experience to document the day.

 Well what kit and why?

The camera needs to be at least 10 mega pixels if you want enlargements of any size. A good flashgun with rapid recharge, a zoom lens  from about 20-200mm and back up of all. The other things are lighting diffusers if the sun shines too bright, umbrellas if it rains, ladders to change the angle. If your mate has got all that then all he is missing is experience of dealing and directing people and anticipating the moment to catch it.

Becki & Gareth St Breok & Bodmin Jail 222its all about kit then is it?

No its an eye for the shot that sets photographers apart and the technical knowledge to capture it with the right balance of light and speed. Experience helps you to anticipate the moments and catch it. You need to share the photographer’s eye for an image. I try not to pose people just move them into a nice setting and let them be themselves. You can tell the posed but if you can get them to laugh you get the real smile you cant fake a grin. So its not all about kit but you have to have equipment good enough for the job and unless you are a professional you are unlikely to have spent £1,000s on camera kit just for fun.

So why does it cost so much?

 Well a professional camera like a Nikon D2x for example cost £3,500 when it came out. The backup Nikon kit about £500 each so another £1,000 for the pair and then the flashguns another £500 so about £5,000 before the bits and bobs. But its not just the kit that costs. An advert in a magazine will set you back £166 for an eighth of a page and a wedding fayre another £190 so  it can cost up to £360 just to meet people. The cost of advertising is a major problem when you want to offer good value.

But even so £3,000 for wedding photography is ridiculous?

Yes I agree my most expensive package is £999 all inclusive all day my most popular deal is £850 and I do jobs for £420. I do all sorts of photographic assignments during the week so I can keep my prices sensible. I cant justify other peoples prices at that level perhaps its a surcharge because they only work one day a week. The bespoke designer albums can be expensive, but even so the maths doesn’t stack up. I thinks some of it is the wedding curse the moment you add the word wedding to a service the price triples.

So what should you look for in your photographer.

Pick some one with enough kit to get the job done. Who has an eye for a photo you like. Who can make you grin and will fit in with your day. Don’t get face ache with a dominant photographer who wants to take over. Save yourself  face ache call 0120878048 Bowes photographic I am Mark come and see what you get for your money. 


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