Has your wedding photographer cancelled your booking
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I'm getting more and more calls about this happening, it's become a disturbing trend.
Sometimes there may seem to be a valid reason but sometimes it might well be that the wedding photographer that you booked at a bargain price has got another booking for a bigger price.
The result is that anything from four months to four days before the wedding, you are looking for another photographer!
Regardless of the reason, it's inconvenient, distressing and I think unscrupulous. If you book me. The price we agree is the price you pay.
I DO NOT dump your booking just because someone else tries to book me with a better offer.
How to avoid your wedding photographer cancelling
There is no guarantee other than the morals of the photographer but there are some signs to look out for that might alert you.
Does the "professional" photographer use a digital camera? If so, do they have a camera, computer monitor and printer that are ALL calibrated to show the colour that was captured? Without it you might see a clause in their terms and conditions stating that they "cannot guarantee" to match the colours you want to use will be on the prints you get! It's a poor excuse and any GOOD photographer should be using good equipment. Apple or PC, without calibration, neither of them is as good as they should be.
Test it, ask them to photograph some material and show you the results on screen and in print. Yellow tint?
Is the price too good to be true? Then it probably is!
Watch for clauses in the contract which allow the photographer to cancel without the responsibility of finding you a replacement!
While on the subject of contracts, does the photographer have get out clauses for the quality or colour rendition of the photographs or other mistakes they may make?
Is the photographer who is taking the pictures a member of a professional organisation? There are many, some insist on a standard of workmanship, others no more than that you pay a subscription
Make sure that the photographer you talk to is the photographer that will be taking the pictures and that an inexperienced novice isn't going to be substituted!
How many cameras will they bring? What happens if their main camera fails?
DSLR cameras can be divided into two types regardless of manufacturer. hobby and professional
The professional cameras, as well as being better quality are more resilient and therefore less likely to fail at the most unfortunate moment!
Lenses, it doesn't matter how good the camera, or how may megapixels the camera has, if the lens in front of it is less than ideal, the images will be less than ideal too! Sigma and Tamron make great lenses I have several but for professional (eg important) work I only use my professional Nikon lenses.
If you have found this page then you may well have found out how unscrupulous some so called "Professional wedding photographers" can be.
I'm really sorry if that has happened to you.
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