Today’s wedding took place at Lothian Chambers Registrars Office in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Wedding enquiries are often just as interesting as weddings themselves and when I was presented with the challenge of taking the first good photos of Martin and Frances, who have been together many years I knew straight away I’d enjoy their wedding.
So many couples say they take horrible photos, look awful in front of the camera and have a general lack of confidence when it comes to having their photo taken. I take photos of people professionally and I love it but in my own photos I look like a serial killer (trust me, I’m not!) so I know where people are coming from but that’s why people hire me.
This brings me onto a wee rant which I’m sure the vast majority of photographers out there will share and hopefully people will understand. Everyone nowadays is trying to save money but more and more people are making initial contact with me then they will say somewhere down the line they don’t wire to hire a photographer because a friend or relative has offered to photograph their wedding. Even the most basic modern digital cameras have absolutely fantastic picture quality. Prior to switching over to Nikon earlier this year I had been using a Canon 1d3 as my primary camera since 2007 and when I bought it the photo quality was amazing. Just several years later even the most basic SLRs were beating my 1d3 for basic photo quality alone so of course people think “wow my camera is great, I can be a wedding photographer”. What people fail to understand is yes one’s uncle/auntie/brother might take fantastic street/landscape/whatever photos but they won’t have the experience to instruct people what to do in their photos. At least twice this year couples have contacted me, declined using my services then come back to me later on said “I wish I had hired you as we only had a few good photos”. So yes I completely understand saving money but how important are your wedding photos to you?
But back to Martin and Frances’ wedding, they only hired me for one hour as they were really afraid they wouldn’t take any decent photos so in the space of just over an hour I took around 200 photos and they turned out really great. I mentioned before that I really used to dislike the McIntyre suite but now I have ultra wide angle lenses I love it. The whole wedding party was really nice and friendly and everyone including Frances and Martin were up for bit of a laugh which really came through in the group shots and especially the couples and confetti shots. The original plan was to just take photos within the chambers but everyone seemed to be having good fun and the weather on the day was lovely so we quickly ran over the road afterwards to take some photos on Victoria Terrace and this worked out perfectly.