We have updated our wedding photography services

22 01 2011

For all of you looking for a wedding photographer in the UK, you would do well to speak to Wedding Elegance by National Photographer.

Wedding Elegance is a professional wedding photography service that is focused on you and your wedding day, top professional photographers who give you a relaxing, high quality photography & customer service for your wedding.

Set up by the international award-winning photographer and consultant Rory Witham, each wedding is personally looked after. We give a personal touch to your wedding photography and wedding albums to match your style and ideas which is unique to your wedding and also the personality of you both.

Our wedding packages and prices have been updated, check our services out and do not forget to contact us about our bespoke wedding services that can be matched to your budget.


Appreciate the cost of wedding photography

10 11 2010

It is a wonder wedding Photographers get up in the morning with so many half-wits butting in on wedding photography to offer a unsustainable business model, for brides surely this means if a low cost cheap wedding photographer offers a cost that is a “steal” they will be out of business even before they get to print your album?

We of course we have all heard about the bride and grooms who have not had their wedding albums or the photographer is bankrupt or the job that the so called professional was so bad they cried for weeks after the photographer wrecked the wedding and their memories are ruined. But is it a case of you get what you paid for?

those out of work people who are quick to see where they can make a buck over their dole Giro from a weekends work of quick snap and go to Asda for the wedding prints, they  are all over wedding photography and I would guess more than 50% of the wedding photographers you will find are up to it. 

Let set aside the buying and selling points of wedding photography and the professional photographer from the weekend uncle bobs who offer mediocre performance and quality work to work out the costs of real wedding photography, let us see if you’re willing to pay the costs the real wedding photography. I have made this very simple for those wishing to check the prices themselves with the links  next to the information, so that you can see the real world costs of your wedding photographer and photography.

We will start with the cost of Camera hire. as many people who hire photographers forget, cameras are not free and must be purchased. Professional Cameras also need Len’s to make use of the cameras body which are two separate things. Of course we should have TWO of the camera bodies just in case anything happens and we cant stop the wedding to wait for a replacement.

£127.66  http://www.hireacamera.com/cameras/detail.asp?model=158

Of course a Camera isn’t any good without lenses and they are everything when it comes to quality and style.

£38.00 fish eye http://www.hireacamera.com/cameras/detail.asp?model=198

£21.28 Close up macro lens http://www.hireacamera.com/cameras/detail.asp?model=228

£23.83 Wide angle lens http://www.hireacamera.com/cameras/detail.asp?model=208

£26.38 Long lens http://www.hireacamera.com/cameras/detail.asp?model=213

£17.87 Flash http://www.hireacamera.com/cameras/detail.asp?model=228

Basic kit cost so far: £356.00

We will then need:

Memory cards to store the photos and some  lighting

£4.26 8 Gig CF and we will need a few to cover the day: we will have 5 of these (£21.00) http://www.hireacamera.com/cameras/detail.asp?model=252

£45.00 Portable lighting kit http://www.hireacamera.com/cameras/detail.asp?model=233

 A portable lighting kit is ideal for those weddings where it may rain and the photo shoot has to take place indoors.

Of course we need to have the right insurance to cover both the photographer and the wedding in the event something should go wrong:

http://www.photoguard.co.uk/home.asp?promCode= its about £17.80

https://www.jltonline.co.uk/secure/quote.asp?product=Indemnity&promCode=&transid=16318928 £204.00

This is correct, there are two types of insurance that a photographer needs to have, with £5million pounds cover the photographer can work and be covered in a number of venues and areas, these are broken down to public and professional liability.

We also need to get to the wedding: Car hire from the Friday to the Sunday so that the car is ready loaded on the morning of the wedding and can be returned the following morning after the wedding.
Often overlooked by wedding clients and anyone else, cars are not free and nor is the day today running costs and maintenance costs.

 £78.00 http://www.europcar.co.uk/DotcarClient/step2.action

We also need fuel £15.00

The concurrent costs are now £736.80


We then need to pay the photographer who will not work for free for you because you have a nice smile and they have bills to pay, I’m sure you wouldn’t go to work all week for free, or would you?

£15.00 per hour, is a good rate of pay for a professional that is an expert in their Field of work, Car mechanics are paid around £45.00 and shelf stacker’s are paid around £6.80 per hour,   on the basis that they could be booked all day regardless if a client is booking half a day or not we need to cover the costs.

From 08:00 – 22:00 is 14 hours and covers many of the wedding preparations and the disco later on in the evening reception, this wage amounts to £210.00

We also want a second photographer and assistant thats £6.80 x14 hours £95.20

For those who would say we can do away with the assistant, please come to visit to hold my camera bag for twenty minutes, most people struggle holding the camera for 2 minutes. yes there is a weight to be carrying for 14 hours, plus I’m sure that you are aware that you would want a photographer taking photo’s not moving equipment around all day.

Total wages for the day costs £305.20

Retouching and post production

When the wedding day is over the photographer need to make your images stunning before making the on-line gallery for you to select your photos. Most photographs from Pro SLR cameras is never spot on and as you may notice from your cameras, lighting changes so the images have to be balanced so that they look even though the album.

Typically this post production work  is around 3 times the time that the photographer was hired taking the photos. This would amount to around 42 hours we will reduce the rate of pay to £10.00 for the professional job they do giving you a total cost of £420.00

They need a computer to do this post production and an Internet connection as well as a hosting site for the gallery. So we need to factor these costs into the wedding photographer’s costs:

Computer and monitor £48.00 http://www.the-it-zone.co.uk/pc-hire.htm

keyboard and mouse £16.00

Internet £17.99

A telephone line also costs £11.50

Hosting and domain £55.00

These of course run off electricity and therefore would cost around £10.00 to run.

The Total IT costs are then: £158.49

Dealing with orders and albums

Once your wedding gallery is on-line you may wish to order an album, at cost (what the photographer pays) a good album on average costs £300.00

They of course do not magic themselves together and though has to go into the layout of the album, this is called design work and takes around 20 hours, we will use the same rate of £10.00 per hour so that gives us a total of £200.00

As you would want the album shipped to you  and be covered by insurance just in case it is lost or damaged this adds another £18.60

This brings the total album cost to £518.60

Adding it all up.

The wedding day £736.80

The wages on the day costs £305.20

Post production and album £1,097.09

Wedding total cost £2,139.09

 Less – Marketing and advertising costs as well as National insurance and Income tax payments.

Capitalist wedding photography verses communist wedding photography

As we live in the UK we are a capitalist society meaning that a business should make a profit, this makes perfect sense that any business should make a healthy return, this works out as: money into the pockets of investors, or money returned into the business to make the business grow. The communist business would be to charge just as much as it costs to do the work. However we don’t live in that world and so 25%  should be added. And with income tax, National Insurance payment being liable to the photographer which equals around 21%, you will soon see that this adds 46% to the total costs.

Just so that you can follow this, so you know this is not made up, take your wages before deductions and take off 21%, you will find that this is about correct. also in consideration that there is no employer for the photographer there is no sick pay or maternity pay, and also no guarantee of work each and every two weeks.

If we look at the wages – which is the actual money the photographer sees, and take into account that there are 52 weeks in the year, they may be ill for two weeks and go on holiday for two weeks this gives us 48 weeks, divide that by two to give us the maximum clients the annual wage for the photographer would be

£630.00 per wedding x 48  = £15,120 Less tax and National insurance.(£11,994.80)

Of course these figures are based on a photographer being able to sell all 24 weddings each year, and with competition growing many photographers fail to reach 15 weddings each year. It is these photographers that go out of business and simply cannot afford to live. incidental 15 weddings a year is £9,450.00.

Being unemployed living in a family home would net £12,162.00+, so as you can see the photographer is marginally above the poverty line working at these rates that I have stated.

 So, now you see the real rates and costs of wedding photography and can appreciate the work, time and costs of wedding photography, needless to say these figures are firmly based on factual figures of the world we live in and everyone has the need to live and enjoy life.

Wedding Worries: will your photographer be in business?

14 10 2010

For many brides planing their big day the economics  add undue stress.

For the past two years we have heard stories of wedding venues going bust and the administrators have turn up closing down the  perfect wedding venue that the bride and groom have selected for their special day.
There are still a growing number of businesses that offer wedding services, but will they be around when it comes to your wedding day? Read the rest of this entry »

Cripps Barn Bibury

29 09 2010

After some of the comments on the Cripps barn wedding album which is posted here being “a little rubbish”. We revisited the wedding to design a new album using our style of design and our choice of images.

One of the problems with some of the albums that we preview on the wedding elegance website and on the blogs is that people often think that we designed the albums like they are; Often our clients design their own wedding albums and as we offer a fully flexible meet all your needs wedding photography service; we don’t say no.

Simply the have a download which gives them a number of layouts and template designs, all they need to is select their images,  write the image numbers and template numbers down and then send it to us, we then design the album based on this information.

Here is the specifications of the designs we made:

Photography style and Hire – Basic cover with preparations, traditional style, but a little relaxed.

Total photo’s taken – 477

Max images used 42 (part 2)

Album design – Part 1  Reportage – Part 2 Director

Binding – Graphistudio

Album design – Grafixphoto

Preview enhanced – NO low resolution images throughout.  Only 4 images added for the slide show.

Notes: two images sharpened, one black and white conversion, 6 recured and 3 airbrushed ( power lines).

Aprox album costs £195.00

Sorry about the blog…

18 09 2010

I know that many people some on the blog looking for inspiration and to see  the latest wedding shoots, but last year we spent a lot of time on R&D and doing other things. This has meant that we were not booking as many weddings and of course the recession also played a part in reducing bookings for all pro photographers around the world.

If you take a look at the wedding elegance website, you can see that we have changed it a few month ago to a different format, and recently it had a redesign, now its more like a blog and website combined. This has made it easier for us to mix up the use of the website with other info on how wedding photographers work.

The sad fact is that most of the time, clients looking for wedding photographers do not consider the work that is done and time that goes into weddings, so part of the wedding photographers job is to show clients what we actually do.

Simply; it costs a photographer 3 weeks wages a £300+ for a wedding album and also the business costs and camera kit costs all add up on top making photography expensive.

The first point of 3 weeks wages really get people,to them its only a day or its only a few prints, but when you work out that there is post production and all that entails, then it starts becoming clear!  it takes 3 working weeks to complete a wedding regardless of if you want ten prints or 100 we still have to shoot more pictures so you have a choice..So doing the maths it all adds up..

So what we have been up to is looking at the wedding albums and previews. This is due to the changes in wedding album design, in many ways the designs of many of our wedding albums are down to the clients choices and the individual weddings, to make use of full retouching and editing of the images and “going to town on them”.  What we have done is gather the images and redesigned some of the albums..

Also at National Photographer, we don’t only shoot weddings, we have boudoir photography. This website has recently had an over-haul which took just over a week to complete.
We also have a stock photography image website which is new to us as we haven’t had a national photographer one before.. so this was again around 2 weeks of work completing this website and ironing out the little hitches.

Other websites have also been updated and other photography has been done.. you could say we have been very busy…

Wedding photographers wanted

16 09 2010

Wedding photographer are WANTED..

Professional wedding photographers are wanted by City Photography for uncapped self employed work across the UK.

Wedding photographer

A simple applications to make sure you meet the quality standard required for the clients and a one off fee is all you pay to City photography on an annual basis.

The city photography network is owned by National Photographer and has a great number of websites for localised photographers with towns and cities near them. The popularity of the websites has grown due to the year long R&D carried out by National Photographer.

The websites are pretty simple and you don’t need to touch a thing, as they are all managed..
Unlike wedding directories you wont be in competition with lots of photographers, who offer a lower quality service and no guarantees.
Unlike directories, the city websites also come up first in both local and organic results in search engines.
Unlike other listings you get to have your say, list images and details in full without small box introductions.
Unlike owning your own website, you supply standard text content and images and they are uploaded for you (small fee applies)
Unlike carrying out your own SEO, its all managed and done for you.
Unlike working for an agent you get all the money paid
Unlike working as a sub contractor, you get paid and its your name on the copyright.

Once you are accepted, you can gloat in the knowledge that we think your photography is of a marketable quality. If you’re not accepted, we suggest you look at undertaking a new hobby.

If youre a professional ( that’s a real pro not wannabe pretend, just started outs) up for a challenge, and your prime goal is being the best photographer around as well as offer your clients the best possible service..

Contact us Directly to find out more..

National Wedding Photo Services

16 09 2010

National Wedding Photo Services is not related or has been or n anyway connected to National Photographer or its wedding photography services..

Just the other day I was called by a person looking for National Wedding Photo Services and their albums which they hadn’t got from their photographer who came from National Wedding Photo Services.  Of course National Photographer Wedding Photography service may seem like the un-abv of National Wedding Photo Services, which of course it’s not.

While we do sympathise that your photography service has not been of the quality and standards provided by National Photographer, we do not have contact details nor know of the business.

We are NOT also:

  • Elegance Wedding Pictures
  • Wedding Elegance Wedding Photography
  • Elegant Wedding Photography
  • National Elegance Wedding Photography
  • National Wedding Elegance Photography
  • Elegance National Wedding Photography
  • National Wedding Photographer
  • National Wedding Photography Service

We are not connected to any other company using Elegance in the leading part of their wedding service.

We simply are: Wedding elegance by National Photographer, or just Wedding Elegance Photography for short.

Dealing with Our professional quality services for your wedding photography, you will find that our photographers are members and offer a high standard of both photography and customer service.

Like all great service providers, and in the spirit or normality, the saying “no news is good news” is possibly why you wont find reviews on the web about us.

You will never find someone posting “I have to warn you about the great service” on forums or else where on the net. However when something is bad, it spreads like wild-fire..
On that note I am happy to say that our clients enjoy their services and we have had no complaints or issues. Trying to get our clients away from their albums and slides shows to write the good review is always a problem..