Muslim Wedding Ceremony Nikam
14th February, Valentine’s Day is a wonderful day to have a wedding. I was very honoured to be asked to photograph the Nikam ceremony at a Muslim wedding. Although I have only photographed 10 Muslim weddings, I always feel it’s a special honour to be commissioned to photograph such a special occasion. I was particularly humbled by the fact that the bride and groom, after wading through many photographers’ images, chose me to photograph this wedding on the strength of my wedding photography. The bride and groom were looking for something other than traditional photographs and liked my natural approach with no forced poses and set-up shots.
The ceremony started at 6.00pm and finished at 10.00pm. I was overwhelmed by the colours and the vibrancy of the dresses. The bride and groom received their images 48 hours after the event and after they had viewed them, they contacted me to say how pleased they were and to quote them “the images were brilliant and we are very pleased with how discreet and unobtrusive you were”.
A Retrospect of Wedding Photography 2017
Looking back at wedding photography in 2017, it has been quite an eclectic year. I have photographed Jewish weddings including one in the Queens Hotel, Leeds and a Jewish wedding in Hampshire, a Hindu wedding at Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire, a Nigerian wedding at Leeds Cathedral, a wedding in a brewery and a wedding in Harrogate at which the Harrogate Brass Band played at the wedding ceremony. It has also been a year of LGBT weddings including a Japanese themed wedding.
I have been awarded one of the best photographers in Leeds 2017 (second year running)
The style for 2017 has been less formal than previous years with the emphasis on candid photography. However, there has still been the request for traditional bride and groom and family photographs but this has usually been kept to a minimum. The landscape of professional photography has changed, where less people seem to want professional wedding photographers and opt for amateur photographers. However, a recent poll has shown that when couples do not use professional wedding photographers and have opted for amateurs, they have been disappointed with the results and wished they had made the investment in an experienced, qualified wedding photographer.
I am looking forward to 2018 when I have an even more eclectic mix of weddings including weddings at railway stations in North Yorkshire(!) and donkey sanctuaries(!)
Advice For Choosing a Wedding Photographer
Continuing my previous blogs about choosing a wedding photographer, here’s some more help and advice:
Where possible, it’s important to visit the photographer at his home or studio as I hear of many photographers disappearing off the face of the earth leaving brides and grooms distressed with no wedding photographs. At least if you visit them, you will know from where they operate and have an address that if things go wrong, you can make contact or visit them.
I would recommend obtaining a landline phone number as anyone can operate from a mobile phone number and this offers you little or no security should things go awry.
Insurance is also very important. You should ask to see the photographer’s insurance including personal indemnity and public liability because if the photographer causes any damage at your venue or injures a guest, you may be held personally responsible.
Unfortunately, there are lots of amateur photographers out there posing as professional wedding photographers. One way to differentiate them is by the level of equipment they own. Although, arguably, it’s the photographer who creates the images and not the camera, Lewis Hamilton would not manage to be a world champion driver if it wasn’t for the fact that he is equipped with the best machines. The bottom line is that equipment does make a difference if used in the hands of a professional. As a guideline, cameras used by top photographers include Nikon D5, Canon 1D or Sony A9. Anyone using less than this equipment, I would question whether they will produce the quality of results you will be after.
If I can help any prospective bride and grooms with advice whether or not they are using me, then I would be more than happy to speak to you.