Wedding photography prices vary greatly from a few hundred pounds to £1,000.00's depending on what you require.
Is the photographer just starting out and getting a portfolio together? Are they a friend or friend of a friend who just happens to own a camera? Think you'll save money because a friend is taking your photographs? Think again! Someone charging just a few £100.00 for a whole day with an album because they're "just getting a portfolio" together probably doesn't have insurance and certainly won't produce high quality images. Most wedding venues now insist on the Photographer having insurance. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Before choosing a photographer based on price alone, please consider the following:
Are they using professional equipment and not entry level kit? I only use professional equipment and using entry level kit will ultimately affect the quality of the images especially if used in low light such as the evening reception and this can result in grainy images also known as "noise" which can significantly degrade an image. Don't choose your photographer based on the fact that they use a particular brand of camera or lens such as Nikon or Canon - see here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=a06OiVpa9-A
Do they have back up equipment? I always carry two cameras and lenses plus the offer of a second photographer so every eventuality is covered. I also have three on camera flashguns, two of which can also be used off camera for more effective lighting, ten large capacity memory cards and numerous batteries for my cameras and flashguns. Would your "friend" or "friend of a friend" have this backup? Nothing worse than an equipment fail mid shoot and no back up! The very thought fills me with dread. My two cameras are dustproof, splash proof and freeze proof down to minus 10! Three of my lenses are also weather sealed. So when your friend or friend of a friend with the cheap camera is running for cover when it's raining or snowing, I can carry on shooting.
Do they edit their images using professional software? I always shoot in a format known as RAW which is like a digital negative and work from that using Lightroom and Photoshop from Adobe. All cameras will process Jpegs in camera and that's not always a good thing - some will say that large Jpegs are just as good as RAW. I wholeheartedly disagree, RAW files are not processed in camera so do not lose any information such as shadows/highlights etc. People paying a lot of money will expect high quality images.
Has the photographer had training in the art of Wedding Photography? I've received training from The Guild of Photographers - the photographers trade body with over 2,000 members with access to professional training, not just in Wedding Photography.
Do they have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance? I have, plus any second photographer I use will either have their own insurance or be covered under mine as I also have Employer Liability cover.
Are they a member of a recognised Professional body such as the Guild, SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) or MPA? (Master Photographer's Association.)
Do you like their particular style of photography and just as important, can you get on with them? They could be with you for up to 12 hours on your special day after all.
These are just a few points of many as to why you shouldn't choose your wedding photographer based on price alone. The average price for wedding photography in the UK for 2017 was £1,480.00. See here: www.yourperfectweddingphotographer.co.uk/article/real-cost-wedding-photography/ and here are five reasons why you should hire a professional photographer:
Also, consider this quote from Red Adair who was famous for fighting oil well fires: "If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."