I’m going to start this with a bit of honesty…. I’m proper tight when it comes to spending money. Given I’m in charge of the budget for the upcoming Harrison-Davies nuptials, I’m trying to keep costs as low as possible by cutting out all the non-essential items. I mean, come on, what more do you need than a ceremony, some food, music and plenty of booze?
One of the things Mark and I keep to-and-froing on is whether or not we get a wedding photographer. As with anything that has ‘wedding’ in front of it, you add a load of zeros to the cost of a normal service simply because it’s your big day.
I’ve had a look on the internet at some of the offerings in Yorkshire, but they are either thousands of pounds (I could get Matt Crumpton Videography to make ‘Ruth Harrison-Davies The Movie’ for less than some of them) or, those that are under the £1,000 mark, well, I could get my grandad to take photos like that on my iPhone. I wouldn’t though, because my grandad needs to be in the photograph too.
You see some really wonderful photos where folks don’t know there’s a camera pointed their way and they all look super natural and glamourous. Is there anyone with a relaxed and spontaneous style who is capable of capturing the spirit of fun and doesn’t cost the earth? I mean come on, give me the photos on a USB if it’s going to save me a few hundred readies.
Before you all say “you work in the motorsport media!” Yes, I know a load of superb snappers but they specialise in capturing a racing car flashing past at 100mph, so me sashaying down the aisle at a snail’s pace isn’t something I can see Jakob Ebrey jumping up and down to do.
Granted, there’s a handful of snappers who are experts at photographing ‘people’ in the press room, but considering I won’t be wearing skin tight lycra and a low cut top on my wedding day, the less said about that, the better.
So what do we do? Bite the bullet and have someone we don’t know at the wedding and pay them a fortune, or rely on our nearest and dearest to snap away with their camera phones and SLRs and hope we get a good enough selection to make our own photo collage? Mark says “it’s up to you,” but this decision is proving harder than choosing a wedding dress.
Married folks (and photographers). Help?