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    Hello - My name is Ben and I'm the photographer & owner behind Touch Photography (see random pic). Here you can find my latest wedding photography shoots & pre-shoots and occasionally some personal photos or interesting commercial shoots; with the odd random thought, insight or anything else that may tickle my fancy.

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Pre-Wedding Shoot – Nicola & Ferdeen – Islington Town Hall & Smithys

This is probably a little different intro to the usual wedding pre-shoot I post… but bear with me! …I’m sure other brides to be will find it useful & perhaps other aspiring photographers out there too?

Nicola only contacted me a few months ago – about their forthcoming wedding this December 2010! …So not typical of most brides & couples I meet who book a year or so in advance, but then again I loved her laid back relaxed approach to planning the wedding and keeping it low-key.

After the initial info email I sent out confirming availability & wedding brochure price list etc…

She also mentioned in her email that the wedding ceremony was at Islington Town Hall at 4pm and that she had a budget of £800 and would I consider negotiating or if there was anything I can do for that price?

Below was my reply… (edited for pricing privacy)

Hi Nicola,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you – I was just cooking dinner.

In regards to the price… The ‘Simplicity plan’ is already reduced from the summer by xxxxxxxxxxx.

I don’t ever negotiate on price, so xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ……I realise that this is above your budget of £800.

So whether or not I’m even a consideration at this point, I hope you don’t mind me giving you some friendly advice to bear in mind when looking at other photographers in a cheaper price bracket.

The sunset is at 15.51 on the day of your wedding, which means there will be no daylight during the majority of your coverage, just bear in mind when looking at photographers portfolios that they are not all summer weddings in glorious sunshine etc.  Having no daylight isn’t a problem for an experienced pro – you just have to think slightly differently and outside the box. The normal rules do not apply.

This entails using and worth checking if other photographers have the following:

Full frame cameras – makes for a cleaner less noisy image when the ISO is pushed up really high (must also have a back-up camera of equal merit too – absolutely essential!)

Prime lenses & not just zooms – which allow for a lot more light to enter naturally – capturing the ambience of the venues with out the need to always resort to blasting everyone with flash etc.

The art of using off-camera flash to create more dynamic, powerful portrait images.

I’ve attached a few current ones – I’m working on at the moment, to illustrate my point. The outside ones are shot in pretty much near darkness – using an off-camera flash technique. While the inside shots are using a prime lens taken with no flash – just being lit by the ambient light in the room, using flash would ruin these pictures in my opinion – and you would loose all the warmth & atmosphere that was present.

These prime lenses obviously cost a lot more than your average cheap basic zoom, which start at around £1300 upwards – which speaks volumes – if a photographer has a few of these – then you know they are (probably) seriously committed to their profession and are not likely to be a an uncle bob looking for work on the side.

I hope it’s been at least a little bit educational and put you on the right track in finding your perfect winter w-day photographer.

On the other hand, if you do decide to raise your budget for photography – then I will be only too happy to meet up with you both. If you need any other advice – I’m happy to help.

Kindest regards…… Ben

These were the images I attached…

So I’m pleased to say we met up a week or so later… and we instantly all clicked – even talking about non wedding stuff for ages! – plus the following emails between us all, has at times – had me literally in stitches – mainly because Ferdeen is bloody hilarious!

We then met for their pre-shoot – and while we had a few strobe issues (which have since been ironed out!) and despite being ridiculously cold outside – I feel we created some powerful dramatic night shots, certainly some of the b&w images have a real ‘film-noir’ feel to them – so who says night time photography can’t be just as good!

See you guys soon!

Love & night-time hugs… Ben x

Here’s just a small selection of my fav’s……

(Edit to add) – You can see the wedding here

 

  • Ferdeen01/02/2011 - 09:20

    Those people seem like a really nice couple!ReplyCancel

  • David Fenwick17/02/2011 - 07:31

    Hi Ben,
    Hope all is well. I’ve sent out very similar emails to clients to explain to them the challenges that winter weddings can present and why the chap who can offer all day coverage for £400 might not be the ideal choice. I also never give out quotes over the phone anymore – I always like to put my prices into context and explain all the effort and expertise that’s involved. I love the images above (in the style popularised by Damien Lovegrove). Are you using the new PocketWizards (miniTT1 & flexTT5) with your Speedlights?
    All the best,
    DavidReplyCancel

  • Iain Gomes05/07/2011 - 20:44

    very well said and cracking images to back up your email to the couple.ReplyCancel

  • Paul17/06/2014 - 08:23

    Lovely set of pictures, I like the dinning room best the artwork and bride have made for a great image, but I do like your use of Speedlight’s/flash on the outside images too.ReplyCancel

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