Last year we started our wedding photography industry survey, and we have conducted it again this year. With over 400 professional wedding photographers taking part we look for changes in the industry and how it is going.
Last year this was 28, so there has been a slight drop.
This has increased from 53% last year.
Last year this was 32%
55% of photographers would prefer to capture an unplugged wedding.
Last year the average spend was £1,520.
55% of Photographers said they would prefer an unplugged wedding, up from 46% last year.
Within our survey we asked for the thoughts and opinions on the wedding photography industry, how they are finding it and any concerns of worries they have. Below is a summary of a few responses, we shall be publishing a more in-depth articles in the next few weeks.
"Average prices have dropped steadily over the past 10 years, as more and more newbies enter the scene. However, my main concern is the fact that "digital only" has become the norm, so as we are no longer getting our photos printed, many thousands of wedding images will be lost forever, as its so easy to lose, corrupt, or never look at again. Photo albums guaranteed a treasure to pass onto grandchildren, but digital in 50 years time is unlikely to be still accessible."
"I enjoy being part of the industry very much. There are times when things can get over-homogenised however so I love it when I meet couples who want to do things slightly differently and I encounter venues who are open to those differences.."
"Stripped back to the bare bones I love it. What I hate is the surge of tat aimed at wedding professionals simply to make money. Meaningless awards, meaningless "Best of the Best" style directories etc"
"There are some amazing new photographers out there challenging the established pro's. There are also some exciting developments with VR, video and drone photography which will add to the offerings available to couples."
"It's an industry of two halves - one half is harmonious, with photographers helping each other out and supporting each other, trying to provide the best services they can, while on the other side there is tension, I hear stories of conflict and price wars and back stabbing behaviour and those that provide poor service and leave couples upset and jaded about the rest of the industry. I can only try to be the best photographer that I can, I try to make client experience the most paramount thing I offer and I can only hope that this is recognised!"
"The industry is amazing, everyone is super helpful and once you build up trust in others, people are always willing to give advice and even recommendations! I love the industry!"
"The standard is getting better each year and there are more and more very good photographers out there. Competition is fierce and it's getting harder to be found."
"It's very competitive but I try to stick to my own style, it's all down to the bride and groom and what they want from their photographer! I think styles are changing, more boho & vintage styles are coming through which is great, lovely colours and lots of smiles!"
Thank you to everyone that took time to complete the survey, over the next few weeks we shall publish feedback and comments about the industry and areas within.