Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Mansion House, Jesmond, Newcastle

The Mansion House

Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Having have the delight of photographing many weddings here over the years, we took this opportunity to shoot a little video blog. If you are hosting your wedding celebratins here do please watch the video for a special discount code! Oh, and we woul dlove it if you gave the video a thumbs up.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

The Danger Zone and How to Stay Out of Trouble

The "Danger Zone", I thought this was a blog about wedding photography! Well, of course it is. And although a bit dramatic, we wanted to give all you brides, grooms and other interested parties some advice.

What is the Danger Zone, Duncan?

I'm glad you asked. The Danger Zone is an area of wedding photography where you must proceed with caution, and double check the credentials of the photographer you book. This area lies between £0 and £700. Couples booking a photographer offering a price in this region must be alert to any danger signs.

We are not saying that all, or even most photographers whose price lists include a package in this price range are dodgy, but the fact is SOME of them are. Infact here at portrait wedding photographers, we (dependant upon season) have packages in this price region.

Why do we have to be careful?

Many photographers, I use this term losely, when starting out, offer most of their services in this price range. Everyone has to start somewhere and wedding photography is a great profession to be in. But there is so much more to it than being able to take a nice picture. Number 1 skill is being able to relate, and build relationships with the wedding party. You have to be naturally outgoing and jolly! Ask a groom to smile more than 3 times and you are likely to get a deserved punch on the nose. There are way to make people smile, without actually asking them to do it!

Equipment: Having one camera is dangerous! Our photographers usually take 3 along to a wedding, 2 flash guns, spare memory cards, spare batteries. We even have a spare photographer!

But my friend booked a new photographer with one camera and got some good photos:

We're not saying dont book a photographer if you have a budget up to £700, just be careful. Weigh up the risks against the cost advantages. Is it worth the risk of losing all your pictures if the camera fails, or that photographer is ill or has to work over time?

What should I look out for?

1. Is the photographer full time? Try calling at different times of day. Is there only a mobile number?
2. Consultation. Ask to see 5 or 6 sample albums, and ask if it is their own work - while looking in their eyes!
3. For Gods Sake do not pay with cash! You're only chance of getting any money back, should something go wrong is to pay with a debit or credit card.
4. Is the material they send you professional, if you get a letter and price list, folded in 3 and stuck in a small envelope with a second class stamp on it, what does that tell you?
5. Ask them what systems they have in place should anything go wrong with their equipment on the day, or with the images on the memory cards/computer.

If you are satisfied with their answers and you get along with them, part with your booking fee and make sure you get a written receipt!

There is an Easy Way:

Our photographers are full time, you can call us anytime between 8 and 8. We have landline numbers and mobile numbers. At the consultation, we usually take along 7 or 8 different albums and even a slideshow on a tablet PC. You can pay by cash, cheque, or debit/credit card. Our information is handed to you in an A4 sized glossy folder and it is printed on heavy weight glossy paper too. We have spare equipment on the day and as soon as possible your precious images are backed up on computer, external hard drives and DVDs.

Contact Us:
Tyneside: 0191 499 0096
Durham: 01325 244 796
Teesside: 01642 699 018
North Yorkshire: 01904 360 251
Europe & USA Enquiries: +44 1429 282 724
Home Counties: 020 3292 0632
Mobile 1: 07795 681 507
Mobile 2: 07980 412 752

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Rushpool Hall Wedding venue

Hello everyone, here we are today outside a slightly windy Rushpool Hall near Saltburn.

Because of the immense popularity of our photographers with brides worldwide, you can imagine that our schedule gets filled up rather quickly. We recommend that you contact us as soon as possible for additional information or to request a consultation. Getting in first gives you the best guarantee of securing the best wedding photographer for your Rushpool Hall Wedding.

: 07795 681 507
David: 07980 412 752

Web: http://www.portrait-wedding-photographers.co.uk/

Email: info@pwpuk.co.uk

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wedding-Photographers/165183700160077

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

QR Codes???

If you believe all the hype, apparently most of us will be accessing  the internet, through mobile devices in the future. One of the "things" that might help us access certain web pages is the QR code. A bit like a bar code, but if you have a smart phone and an app that reads these codes, the simple act of scanning can take you - as in the code above to our facbook page. Or if you were to scan the one below, our main website:

So in a nutshell thats what a QR code is. They can also be used to generate mobile numbers, texts, etc.

Should you find your way to our facebook wedding photography page via a QR code or other more convential link, it would be great if you added a comment and liked. Cheers for now.