Our wedding photography industry statistics are based on a survey conducted with over 400 professional wedding photographers in the UK.
46% of Photographers said they would prefer an unplugged wedding.
There were lots of opinions and thoughts on the wedding photography industry, however if there was a common theme, it would be that it is more competitive, hardwork, but above all, certainly worth it! Luis Calow comment sums it up "It's tough but amazing". Below we have included just a selection of comments on the industry from photographers that completed the survey.
"It is very saturated and inevitably there are going to be more and more cheap photographers out there. Many people can take a good photo these days and that's ok. Clients need to look more into the photography service as a whole. I offer beautiful packaging, extra gifts and a professional service from start to finish. I also have a studio which I think helps with professionalism. They also need to look into what their photographer offers after their wedding day. There are so many fantastic products out there and you will miss out on all of this should you book a friend or a cheaper photographer.All in all it is a great industry with some fantastic people. I love how much people on the wedding industry help each other out and I have made lots of life long friends in the process."
"I love the industry that I am in and feel fortunate that I can do a job I very much enjoy. However, it can get very competitive at times and I think that Facebook 'referral groups' are having a definite effect on 'how' couples find their wedding photographer.
"It's as much about running a business as it is about taking beautiful photos. You can take the most amazing photos but if you cannot market yourself and run a business you will not succeed in the industry. I spend as much time on business related activities as I do shooting/editing and when people ask have started calling myself a business woman. Since acknowledging this I've seen an increase in work and bookings…!
"It's growing! And getting more competitive.
"Love it! Amazing job, amazing people and wouldn't do anything else.
"Many photographers moan on forums that the industry is dying and couples don't want to pay for great photography anymore but this is rubbish. We will shoot 51 weddings by the end of this year, it's all about how you sell yourself and all the extras you can give a couple. If you show them you really care about their memories, they will pay for your services.
"Its a tough world with many people believing themselves to be professional photographer – Just because there have a decent camera. A decent camera does not do the job – its the photographer. I mean, would you tell James Martin that he has an amazing oven? When you taste his food?
"Not all photographers are created equal! Take your time to find the perfect one for you – they will be worth every penny as their photographs of your big day will become priceless.
"Wedding photography is a luxury. The options out there are pretty limitless, so don't complain about those out of your budget, you don't have to consider them. However, you do often get what you pay for. Booking photographers who are just starting it is great for your budget and you can come across some hidden gems. But don't expect the same level of experience, service or product that you'd get with a well established photographer.
"There's a lot of competition, so don't follow your pockets, go with who you love and work out the best package from there. It's always worth asking for special deals but most often than not, if you go cheep you'll get cheep. Your Wedding photography is not worth taking risks with. It's going to last you a lifetime and more!!! xxx
"I tend to keep my interaction with the broader 'industry' to a fairly low level and in doing so, have found other photographers to be highly supportive of each other.
"The wedding photography industry has a tendency to homogenise – everyone shooting the same things in the same ways and then editing to the same aesthetic. I think it's good to branch out a bit and pay less attention to what the competition is doing and instead ask the question, what should I be doing, for my clients, and why?
"I love capturing beautiful life moments and feel blessed and privileged to do so for so many wonderful clients. Its wonderful to be around so many others who feel the same and support my work as I do theirs.
"The wedding photography business is going through a big change in the broad sense as much cheaper cameras have allowed a huge increase in competition. Good for the bridal couple on the face of it as competitiveness has dropped average photography prices. However, this comes at an obvious cost. To spend £20k on that special day then choose to document it with an inexperienced novice using a £500 camera is foolhardy. After all, the three things the couple take from the day are a partner for life, the bit of paper to prove it and a set of photographs that will last a lifetime. Having spent all that money I am sure that the couple would actually want to show their wedding shots to there grandchildren, rather than hide them away?
"We will need qualifications / certifications in the future as in our days everybody with an SLR and the word "Photography' next to his/her name can say that he/she is a professional wedding Photographer.
"There seems to be an over reliance on many of the industry awards. I'm not saying recognition isn't good but when they're based largely on the photographers ability to whip up support then I have to question the validity. I think the award organisers benefit the most not our clients.
Thank you to everyone that took time to complete the survey, next year we shall have another indepth look at the undustry and over the next few weeks we shall publish feedback and comments about the industry and areas within.