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WEDDING by KRISS on 11 february 2016

YOUR PERFECT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER Yesterday, my dear google alert informed me of the latest survey on wedding photography and of course I had to read the very interesting article.
Besides I am a bit nerdy I guess and I love it when there are graphs and figures to illustrate an article (maybe I’ll even do that myself one day when I grow up if I am not too lazy).

Ok, the survey appears on the website www.yourperfectweddingphotographer.co.uk and was conducted by them it seems.
First of all, the name of the website is brilliant, surely it lands a lot of people on it.
Basically the website lists photographers that pay a yearly fee to appear in their listings.
I am actually considering it but need more facts about the return over investment otherwise we would be broke and on every listing and magazine that sells advertisement.

Back to the survey, there are a few figures that caught my attention and left me wondering.

28 weddings would be the average number of weddings UK based photographers shoot per year.
Considering there are 52 weeks a year and that most of them are winter season, this average seemed pretty high to me and actually difficult to deliver.

Then, photographer admit to spend about 70% of their time editing against a mere 5% to 10% of their time shooting.
Ok let me stop right there and put that figure together with the 28 weeks thing.
Considering a wedding shooting requires a full day shooting and this happens 28 times during the year, the time spent editing these 28 weddings would require 7 to 14 times more time which adds up to 196 days best case scenario, 392 days worst case but this does not fit into a single year timetable.

Then only 46% out of 400 photographers would rather have an unplugged wedding (a dream wedding for a photographer when guests would go back to the time when smart phones didn’t exist and their job wouldn’t be made a living hell by enthusiast guests who keep blocking them from doing the work they have been commissioned to do).
This means that more than half of the photographers who took the survey don’t mind the annoyance of ipads in their framing, frantic crowds attracting the bride’s eyes on the right and the groom’s eyes on the left when you are right in the middle.
I am a bit septical about that figure.

55% of photographers have a Canon and 45% have a Nikon.
Yes surely, Canon photographers are the true wedding photographers, and there are none shooting Sony for instance.
I would have been a lot more interested in knowing how many shot medium format, or how many shot film.

Finally the money spent : an average of £1520 per couple for their wedding photographer.
If I keep adding the average, this adds up to 28 x 1520 = £45560, in euros as of today this is about 55000€ per year.
I work as a photographer full time, so does my wife and we raise a 5 people family with this.
I wish we made 55000€ on wedding photography every year, but then we don’t have the over 365 days years that go with it.

So I am not saying the survey is wrong or biased or anything.
I have never conducted a survey and maybe photographers answered in good faith of what they though to be true but they didn’t really added up the figures when they answered.
Or maybe all this is right and I am just so 2015 ! Both cases, I am just an average reader and this survey really caught my attention because I don’t think it reflects the reality of working as a wedding photographer in 2015 or 2016.
But prove me wrong !

#wedding #weddingphotography #photography #survey

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