A Thousand to One

August 02, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
How many photographs do you need to tell the story of your wedding? 
 
A thousand? 
A hundred? 
Ten? 

...One?

Could you pick just one picture? Is that even possible?
And what sort of picture would it be? Would you choose a person? A moment? A detail?

Can you imagine if wedding photographers didn't give you hundreds of images, but instead had to chose just one? 

That one image would have to be mindblowingly good wouldn't it?!

You bet.

So, where am I going with this?

Well, I think the old saying 'less is more' is fitting here. Think about this: would you rather see ten OK pictures of you having your hair done, or one exceptional one? Six average pictures of you walking down the aisle, or one that's spectacular?

Quality not quantity, in other words.

The world is full of average-to-appalling digital photographs, and you certainly don't want to receive any like this from your wedding photographer. Although, funnily enough I did from mine. From a massive 750 images sent to us on disc, we culled 300 right off the bat for either being out of focus, inappropriate or just plain rubbish. Plenty more images needed colour correction and further editing. This was not what I expected to have to do and it really put the photographer in a bad light in my eyes. Did it mean he wasn't bothered enough about our wedding to take the time to actually study the pictures carefully, or did he just think by providing all the images he was doing us a favour?

You don't walk into an Apple store and see old tatty iPods and iPhones, packaging on the floor or day-glo sale signs. That is because a sense of quality resounds through everything they do, from the chirpy 'hello' to the last play with the latest Mac Air before you leave. You are happy in the knowledge that you are being provided for, looked after and that the product is completely worth investing in.

I think that wedding photography should be the same: you should love the photographer's work, have a good connection with them and be shown that they care about you and your day.

Every wedding I shoot has my complete and utter attention. I want the end result to be genuine happiness from the Bride and Groom at seeing their day captured just how they envisaged, and sometimes a little better.  I want my couples to value each and every photograph I give them. Each will have it's place.

Deciding on what makes the final disc is a long process for me. I need time to consider and think carefully about the story of the day and including relevant pictures and culling the chaff. But it is completely worth it. This is obviously all pointless if you don't have great photographs to choose from to start with! 

The title of this blog is 'a thousand to one'. These are odds that you could bet on and retire happy but if i rejig it a little and swap a word... you get 'one in a thousand'. This saying could relate to your photographer, your dress, your other half (oops, they should be at least one in ten thousand) but essentially it means that you've chosen something or someone so special that it isn't going to be matched easily. 

I'm aware of how many thousands of photographers there are to chose from, but I'm safe in the knowledge that none of them are exactly like me, or have my unique passion for wedding photography, and of course none can beat me at welly wanging (and if you think you can then head to the World Welly Boot Throwing in my home town of Wellington in September and challenge me!)

If you would like to find out more about what makes me special, as it were, then pay me a visit at Simon Biffen Photography.







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