So this is it! You decided on a date. Now it is time to find all the wedding vendors you are going to need to make your day perfect. An important part of that perfect day will be recording it so that you can bask in its perfection in the years to come! I am truly honored that you are considering Phil Rose Photography to immortalize this day and hope that this page of information will help.
You can call me at any time to talk about any aspect of wedding photography but there are a few things that it might be helpful to know before we chat. Of course, there's no real need to know any of these but it certainly would help in terms of my being able to give you an accurate bid for the shoot.
The date of the wedding. This can make a big difference since I do have to charge more for weddings that happen at weekends and during the summer months since that is when demand is highest. So a wedding on a Wednesday in November will obviously be a lot cheaper than one on a June Saturday.
The number of people you are expecting to attend. This rarely makes a big difference to the price but it is useful information to know.
Number of hours you would require me to be there. I tend to average around fifty usable images per hour so an eight hour wedding might net you about 200-
Things to consider
When planning a wedding it is important to decide how important photography is within the scheme of the wedding. If the look of the photographs is of the highest importance then you would need to consider the photography and some decision-
If your reception or ceremony is taking place indoors you might want to consider what the light is like. If it is a large, dark hall lit with strip lights or very orange lighting this may be impossible to overcome for a photographer and you will end up with photographs that look as though they are photographed in a large, dark hall! This can often be overcome through the use of studio lighting but it is unusual that wedding couples want to have large studio lights with umbrellas and so on in the middle of the ceremony. Again, the choice of location is yours but bear in mind that there is only so much I as a photographer can do to overcome the location. This only refers, of course, to the actual ceremony. For romantic shots and group shots where I am in control of the situation we will find ways to make it work.
With regard to what you receive please be aware that while I will post all the photographs that are worth posting (I'm often shooting at eight frames per second and then afterwards looking for the best expression out of all those images) and they will be of reasonable quality in terms of getting prints there is a difference between every photograph of auntie Bessie and uncle Jim that you will see compared to the fine art work done on romantic images of the two of you. You will also get to choose 20 of the images for me to work up in this style and I always choose some to work up more fully of my own volition. As an example of what I mean please click here to see one full album from one wedding. This shows you a good example of all the images I delivered to this couple. Please note that this location was not ideal since the actual ceremony took place in an underground room with no natural lighting but I wanted to choose a wedding at random to show you. If you click here you will see the smaller gallery of images that the couple chose for me to work up. This is more along the lines of what I would call final finished art pieces. You will get all the images in the first folder and then you will get to choose a selection from that folder for me to finish up in a high art style.
This is a sort of level of quality I achieve at the wedding but the general quality will be very dependent on how much you are prepared to work with me and to make the wedding more or less about achieving high quality photographs. Most people lean towards simply having a good day and the photographs are what can be caught. This is with the exception of a half-
I know this is a lot to go through and think about and please do feel free to ask about anything you would like to know more about. Wedding photography is not an exact science and I will work hard to make sure you get a good range of decent basic photographs of the day as well as a group of fine art style finished pieces. This way you'll have memories of the day as well as some treasured images.
What do you get?
A wedding is a complicated affair. Oh boy. So many things to think about. The caterer, the menu, the rings, the officiant. Choices, choices, decisions, decisions. Let me take on some of that mental hooplah. When you book Phil Rose photography booking not only a professional photographer but also an artist. As such you hire me along with my experience. There will be things I will need to know from you but for the most part you will be up to sit back and let me cover the event. Often a wedding shoot may involve my taking up to 1000 images or even more. I'm often shooting in difficult situations and will usually shoot at eight frames per second. After the wedding I sit down and whittle down these numbers so that you can expect to receive around 25 photographs per hour in the final images. All the dud images are deleted and will not be availabler. I will then use the most modern software to work up your photographs. Many of them will have a more basic look whilst a few which I choose will be given what I like to think of as a more high-
This gallery will allow you to download the images at a size suitable for printing up to 5 x 7 or for sharing on social media. It will also be possible to order prints many different sizes right up to poster size and even canvases, metal based prints et cetera. I'm also more than happy to talk to you about doing a book of photographs from your wedding.As your photographer I will come to your event and shoot who knows how many images while there? Sometimes it can be as many as 1,500. Then, while you are off on your honeymoon or simply relaxing in the pre-
1) Your very own and very lovely wooden thumb drive containing a collection of beautiful finished images at full high resolution. You will then be able to take those pictures to print (though I am more than happy to help with any printing needs you may have, of course).
2) A link to the images on an online gallery containing all those same images. This link will be something simple and memorable such as www.philrosephoto.com/daveandsarah. This link can be shared with friends and family and will allow them to order prints directly through the site. Please note that the first thing I do after a shoot is to go through and remove images which are out of focus/under or over exposed, where eyes are closed and so on. I also often shoot at eight frames per second and am picking the best of any set which means you will end up with fewer shots than are actually taken and these ‘dud’ images are not available to clients.
3) Another link to an online slide show of 20-
So how many images will you receive? That varies, of course but you should probably estimate around twenty five images per hour of shooting so an eight hour wedding might net you around 200-
You can then request three images per hour of shooting (so, for an eight hour wedding you can request twenty four images) be worked up more 'artisinally' (groan along with me at that word!) and in the style of your choosing. So, you might contact me and say 'hey, I like Dave and Sarah 136 but would you work it up in black and white and with a vignette?', something like that. I will then deliver those to you also.
Do please get in touch if any of this does not really make sense. I’m always happy to chat!
Important note for Thumbtack referrals.
This is just a quick note for people who have found me through Thumbtack. I believe that there are many people on the site who are offering very low bids by who are not professional or experienced photographers. I have come across several people who have gone with the lowest bid for their wedding and who have been sorely disappointed because, while reasonably high quality cameras are now very widely and cheaply available, the talent and experience to go with those cameras is less easily accessible. Please take the time to really get to know a photographer and look at his work as well as checking the number and quality of his references and ratings on Thumbtack. Your wedding day is too important to end up disappointed with your pictures for the sake of going with the lowest bid.
|Make a payment|
|Get in touch|
|Other Phil Rose websites|
|How does it work?|
|Other Phil Rose websites|
|How does it work?|