September 6, 2015
One of the most popular questions I get during an enquiry meeting is “How many images do we receive” So I thought I would do a quick post on this topic as I know that the amount people receive can be what star a couples photographer choice in a different direction.
For my couples (all photographers vary) I aim to give between 400 and 500 images (amount depends on the length of time I shoot). Over the years I have found this to be the magic number and here is why…
Have you ever heard the phrases “Quality, not quantity” or “Less is more”? These phrases are very relevant to Wedding photography. When looking through your special day after you have returned from your honeymoon you want to remember all of the good and also the unseen moments so this is what your photographer will pick out for you.
All double chins, blinks, squints and unrecognisable facial features are instantly dismissed because after all, who wants these images to bring down the final quality or the overall collection of images?
Next all duplicates are dismissed, again for the same reason. If you sit down in front of a collection of images and you are flicking through 4, 5 or even 6 frames of the same thing, the meaning of the images is lessened and you also become bored of looking at your images….which is something you and your photographer do not want.
I see a wedding day as chapters as I shoot with a story in mind. Chapter 1 is Preparation for both Bride and Groom. It starts with the finest details; the shoes, dress, perfume, accessories etc. All of the little bits that get locked away in a box, in a cupboard are captured to be forever remembered in your album. Then the overall vibe and feel of the mornings festivities is captured so that you both can see how the other was feeling prior to seeing them at the ceremony. Its also a great chance to capture everyone at the picture perfect moment before the fun begins.
Chapter 2 is the Ceremony where those words of love and devotion are spoken in front of all your friends and family. Your first encounter with each other as man and wife and that very cherished first kiss. This part of your day is full of smiles and tears of joy which will be captured in time.
Chapter 3 is the reception. The point of the day which is full of congratulations, hugs, laughter and all things joyful. Every emotion from pride to embarrassment is captured during this part of the day and it is also the beginning of a fun filled evening.
The 4th and final chapter is just for the two of you. The portraits that show you both in love, surrounded by romance and happiness bring your collection to the end of the start of your new life together.
So when you think about choosing your photographer, don’t be put off by how many (or few) images they offer you. Think about your special days images, when you receive your USB and album, ask yourself this…..do you want a special collection of the perfect images, showing the day as it was, perfectly….. or do you want an abundance of images, many of them duplicates and the double chins and blinks ruining the rest?
Remember, Its quality that you should look for, not quantity.