Having photographed almost 500 weddings over the past 30 years, I've been eye witness to a score of changes - some for the better, some not. I've seen Wedding Photography evolve from stiffly posed "formal" portraits to a more realistic, effervescent radiant style. I've seen the size of our tools shrink from the Medium Format heavyweights to the smaller SLR size. And of course I've seen perhaps the biggest change of all: the digital revolution which has supplanted the use of film.
With digital capture, there have been plenty of positive changes including
- Finer detail recorded
- Easier portability
- Automatic features
- Unimagined post-production possibilities
- The ability to "preview" an image after capturing it
Aaaah... the ability to preview the image immediately....
Perhaps no other change in photography has opened the door to allow for a free flow of weekend wedding warriors than the "guarantee" that there will be ... something ... to present to a Bride and Groom after their "Big Day". And sometimes that's a problem.
Last year I photographed Kori's wedding in June. She is the middle of three sisters. When they visited my Studio, they made reference to "the problems they had last year" with her older sister's wedding, and they wanted to make sure that didn't happen again. Not wanting to pry, I let the topic pass.
At Kori's Reception, I was approached by Katie, Kori's younger sister. Katie was effusive in her praise and repeatedly mentioned how relieved she was "after last year". So I had to ask. "Last year", she explained, "the woman photographer came up to the head table just after the toasts and told us 'My battery died. I guess I'm going home'". "My battery" - as in singular?, I asked. Indeed. The woman had taken on the role of Wedding Photographer with (you guessed it) a single camera and a single battery. "What happened?", I asked. "She left. She just left. And mom told me, 'Katie, you'd better get your 'point and shoot' camera and take the rest of the pictures'".
I felt bad for her oldest sister, but accounts like you've just read are all too familiar.
Just this week I was approached by a wonderful woman who teaches Elementary age students. She inquired about the possibility of being able to "work some magic" with the printed wedding images from her daughter's wedding from two years ago, saying "They are simply horrible". I advised her to obtain the original files, since once an image is printed on to photographic paper, there is little that can be done to "rework" an image. Three days later, she texted to say that the photographer had deleted all the images from her hard drive, so the original files were gone.
These two real life scenarios are tied together with same twine: Just because an image appears on back of a camera, it most certainly doesn't guarantee the Quality of the images or Professionalism of the service.
If your Wedding Memories are important to you, check around. RCP has provided a number of blog posts which should make your search easier. http://blog.robertcharlesphotography.com/index/view-post/id/14 And if you have any questions, give us a call. We're here to help make your day ... Memorable!
Until next time.
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