Scamming in wedding services is nothing new. However, over the last five years, I have seen a big increase and in particular two massive ones. On both occasions, couples were booking their weddings services basically through what I would call a 'middle man or woman'. This week I have become so annoyed and frustrated I had to write some simple steps to employ to avoid finding yourself in this situation.
Here are my SEVEN hot tips to help you avoid some of those pitfalls when booking a wedding a photographer .
- Never EVER book your wedding through a middle man. Firstly they take a cut, secondly, your photographer's contract will be with them, so you are not the photographers client, the middle man is. Imagine this middleman hasn't paid their photographer? Would you work for free or would you want your contracted fee before releasing the images? As your contract was with someone else and the photographer did not have a contract with you, you have to chase the middle man.
- Meet your photographer preferably at their home or workplace. I laughingly joke with my couples that at least then they know where I live so there is no hiding. Fortunately, I have never been chased down on the doorstep by an unsatisfied client!!
- View their albums, talk about your day and the feel yo want. Make sure this is the person you feel comfortable to spend most of your wedding day with.
- Book an engagement shoot. There are some photographers who have not actually done a real wedding and their portfolio is built up on training days. This means they may not have the skills needed to deal with a real life wedding. Horrifically, some have even stolen images from other photographers websites!!!! Having an engagement shoot kills two birds with one stone. You get to see how you get on with your photographer and you get to check out the finished photographs BEFORE committing to a huge investment.
- Ask if they have public liability and professional indemnity insurance and ask for a copy. Many reputable wedding venues do ask to see this insurance from us before allowing a photographer to work on their premises.
- If they are plugging in any equipment at a venue they need a PAT test for each piece of equipment such as lighting. Again ask for a copy
- Please, please take out your own wedding insurance I have always recommended John lewis, but there are many different options.
OK I LIED - there is one more. If it looks too good to be true it IS!! For full day wedding photography you are looking for something over a minimum of £850 and that is from someone who is either starting out, has a second income or is giving you less hours for your money and not a flu wedding service.
If you are looking for a wedding photographer who is experienced, understands the flow of a wedding day and will capture those wonderful moments in beautiful images contact me to arrange a consultation at my home, just so you know where I live. ;) x
COULD YOU HELP COUPLES WHO HAVE FALLEN FOUL TO THE LATES WEDDING SCAM
Wedding Photography & Video UK also known as Leeds Stills Photography.
PLEASE ALL BE VERY CAREFUL THIS IS SUCH A HUGE FINANCIAL AND EMOTIONAL COMMITMENT