Choose a Wedding Photographer, not a Wedding Fauxtographer!
Some wedding photographers are more expensive than others in analogy to the way some high-end products/services are more expensive than others (i.e., you get actually what you pay for!). My prices are by no means expensive, and I’d like to think I’m pretty good at what I do (well, other people and industry insiders seem to think so!). If you’re in the market for a wedding photographer, then I’d like to draw your attention to a website about ‘photo stealers’, a website that names and shames people who jump on the photography band-wagon (‘fauxtographers’) and steal the work of real photographers to get ahead. These people try to build a business off the backs of others hard work. I have had my work stolen twice now. You can read about the culprits by following these links:
To find out what steps you can take if your work has been stolen and/or distributed, you can visit this site: http://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/stop-image-theft/.
Over the past 5 years, many so-called wedding photographers have been stealing real photographer’s intellectual property (e.g., pictures and articles), and claiming it for themselves. Theft and plagiarism robs artists and intellectuals of the recognition they deserve. There are no short-cuts in life (except for cases of nepotism!). To be good at something – you need to work hard! Having the latest camera and equipment does not make you a good photographer – just look at what the Magnum photographers have achieved over the years. It’s about knowing what not to capture that counts!
Admittedly, photographers who charge around £500 or less might be starting out in business and have some genuine talent (we all have to start somewhere). But, a highly experienced professional cannot make a living charging these prices. The problem with fauxtographers is that they claim to be highly experienced and lie about their skills/achievements, while charging little money. This may seem attractive, but a quick look at their website and portfolio will help you spot these fakers. A fauxtographers work will have no style or consistency (because they have stolen work from multiple sources). Their website will look amateurish, and offer no insight into their supposed talents. It will showcase very few wedding images (if any at all), mixed in with a bunch of random pictures. A photographer is a person who takes pictures that people want to admire – so book a professional whose work you like, and whose price you can stretch too! I hear stories weekly about people who booked a photographer based solely on price and the promise of decent pictures, only to be let down by a fauxtographer. Don’t let that be you!
Here are a few examples of the kind of photos you should expect from your reportage style wedding photographer.
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