Peter & Kay’s wedding Rudding Park

Last week I had the pleasure of going to Rudding Park for the first time. It was Kay and Peters wedding. The venue is simply beautiful. From the drive upto the hotel past the grand chapel I was blown away.

We had a really fun day, and this was one of those weddings you don’t forget in a hurry. The weather was great, the only sunny day of the week. Luck? maybe so. Il keep this brief but do have a look at there website. Its also just won the best hotel of the year.

Wedding Prep Photography

I sometimes get asked what do I do for the wedding prep photography. The answer is simply taking photographs of you all getting ready. I observe and document the occasion, not getting in the way or asking for posed shots. Of course you can arrange this if you wish but I can get the images as things happen.
As you can see there’s a posed shot once the make-up is on, and sometimes a couple once the dress is on.
But I know how stressful the getting ready process is, so its a relaxed photography session.
I also usually arrive 2 hours before the ceremony to ensure most of the prep has started and everyone is happy for there photographs to be taken.

These images are great for the groom to see at a later stage when you view all your photographs together and if having a wedding book they help tell the story of how the day started. Although the focus here is on the bride, if the groom is getting ready close by or in the same hotel we can get some of him getting ready too, but the gents don’t take as long and often don’t require this part of the service.

If you want to chat about your wedding day and see if I would be the person to capture your memories please do get in touch, the consultations are free and no sales involved.

Lee

Wedding Photography Q & A – what i get asked the most

Hi, I have had alot of wedding emails lately and a few consultations. There are a few questions that I get asked that I thought would be good to make a little post about.

The first is “Do you travel or are you just a Sheffield Photographer?” the answer is Yes i travel anywhere. I was recently asked to go to Gretna Green Scotland. I love a road trip so I love to go where needed.

“How does a typical day work from the photography side of things?” Well my packages are full day packages, they don’t have to be, but as standard they are. So the day starts with wedding preparations with the Bride. Then its onto the wedding ceremony and I’ll have some time with the Groom and groomsmen, then the Brides arrival and onto the ceremony. After the ceremony its usually the confetti shot then group shots, this is usually at the reception venue, but can be done at the church too. After the groups its time for the 3 of us to go for a walk and get different shots of the Bride & Groom together at different locations. I pose to suit the couple and how they want to look. Usually after this its time for the wedding breakfast and speeches. More Bride and Groom photographs after food if needed then its time for the evening reception. Cake cut photograph then first dance. In between these formalities I do take random shots of everything that’s going on. The details, the venue, people, anything that captures the atmosphere of the day. A few weeks later you get to firstly view your wedding online before getting your High Resolution images. You get them all, none are kept back. If you have ordered a wedding book, you will choose the images and the book will be designed by me, you will view the design before it is sent off to Italy to be made. And that is a quick guide to how a wedding photography day works. I can explain more during consultations.

“How do you prepare for something as important as a wedding” I spend time before the wedding planning the route to get there, the routes between venues, times it will take and go over any info provided by the couple. I charge all batteries and back ups, clean and prepare the camera and lenses. I have a back up camera and lenses too. I like to be more than prepared. I also dress the same as someone attending a wedding, trousers, shirt and waist coat. I can’t imagine why others don’t dress smart for a wedding. (photographers)

“How long have you been a wedding photographer?” I did my first wedding in 2011, I was photographing fitness and families before that. I have since done 100’s of weddings at alot of different venues. I’ve been a photographer since 2009 and had an interest in it since the late 90’s. I’m also fully insured with Liability insurance and Indemnity insurance.

If you would like to discuss your wedding photography with me, please click the contact tab and get in touch. There is no hard sell at all and you will be left to make your own decision.

Lee

 

 

Men & Wedding Cars – Ferrari

This may seem like an odd post, but one of things that is rare at weddings, is the groom arriving in a fancy car. We always see the bride and bridesmaids arrive at the venue or church in beautiful cars, but rarely the groom.

Men and boys have always had a love for cars. We seem to obsess over them from an early age. (women too I know) so it makes sense where possible to hire something super cool for your wedding day. Anyone who does hire out supercars or film based cars please do get in touch by the way. I know of a few car companies who are great, and provide stunning cars, but they dont have super cars or cars from films (transformers) etc.

Here is a little boy from a wedding who loved the Ferrari his dad came in.

The wedding by the way was at The Secret Garden, gringley on the hill. It looks like they have a new website too so pop along and look.

So the groom arrives in this beautiful car. We took alot of shots.. well why not.

 

Thanks for reading..

Lee

Wedding photography – Do I cover your area?

Hi and thanks for reading. Just a quick update today. I often get asked “do you over this or that area” and my answer is “I will cover a wedding anywhere” obviously the rates will increase a little for the travel but it means for those who live in Yorkshire but want to get married in the Lake District, or Scotland etc, you can have a local photographer there. A trusted one.

Although I’m based between Doncaster and Sheffield, I often work in Lincoln, Nottingham, Leeds, York. I really don’t mind.

I was at East Riddlesden Hall in December, great for a winter wedding, and around an hours drive. But I always add an hour to the drive time to allow for traffic issues etc.

Here are the highlights from that wedding.

2019 Dates are going fast..

Just a little update about this year, due to a new contract alot of weekends have been taken, I can only offer a few weddings this year now at the weekend.

If your planning your wedding still get in touch. 2020 is also looking like a busy year, a few weddings now booked in and a few more people to meet. Plus of course the new contract will roll into 2020.

Consultations are free. Get in touch.

regards

Lee

Happy New Year – 2019

Well it is soon upon us so I thought Id get the post done now.

Thankyou to all my customers and those booked for 2019/20. I can’t wait to  be at your Wedding.

Wedding Photography bookings are being taken so if you want to check your date is free just click the contact tab, there is no commitment checking. You will never be pressured into booking. Consulatations are also free.

Have a great New Years Eve, and I’ll see you in 2019. I will be checking emails over this period so you will get a quick response.

Lee

The end of 2018 is near

Well, its been an interesting year here at Lee Archer Photography. I’ve been lucky to secure 2 new commercial photography accounts and secured new shows for 2019.

The wedding season is over for me now. My last wedding was at East Ribblesden Hall yesterday and a few weeks ago I was at Waterton Park hotel. Both lovely places to work at. All is left to do here is some editing and a few small jobs then its a relax over Christmas, although the odd last minute job always comes in.

2019 is going to be busy, as I said above the new contracts for shows has added 3 weekend dates to the diary, I was already covering 6 dates. I also have a few new comiccon events to cover too. This is before I book any more weddings in. Weddings will be limited next year due to these new contracts. The fitness department photo-flex has grown this year again. Lots of gym shoots, shows and a few long trips to Cumbria to do team shoot days.

So I thought I’d just show a few images from the last 2 weddings. Please do get in touch about your wedding if your still looking for a photographer. 2020 dates still available.

Why does Wedding Photography cost so much?

Money is and always has been the main topic of life. Sadly without it we are restricted to what we can or cannot do. Saving money is an every day task now and we do it with nearly everything, Utility bills, fuel, phones etc.

But with some things we like what we like. And the reason is quality and reliability. I travel a lot with my work and I would never stop and buy a cheap £1 coffee as I know it would taste bad and Id not drink it all, but I will pay 3 times that for a quality cup of flat white. And I too do like to save money, but some things are worth every penny.

So when it comes to Wedding Photography, a common reply is “its out of my budget” or “I’ve seen someone doing it for half that price” and I agree there are deal out there which are extremely cheap. And I must add at this stage, I’m not at the high end of the pricing. Now, I know most people wont know a thing about photography, or weddings as its nearly always the first time looking into it. So I do think its about time I explain some reasons why the price is what it is. Its certainly not so I can save for the new Audi R8.

Your wedding starts from the consultation. This is your chance to ask questions, look at books, get to know each other and chat all things photography. We also talk about shots you may or may not like, things that happen on the day and full guide to what I will do before, during and after your wedding. You may have 2 or 3 meetings.

The big day. Most weddings will take 8 to 10 hours to complete. Travel to and from the wedding, reception, home (for the prep) plus the prepping of all equipment, travel routes the days before.

The Editing – post processing. Your wedding goes through a multi stage editing process. 2 different programs are used, the first to sort, colour balance, tweak, and prepare for the main edit. The second program as known to all as Photoshop, is to check every image for anything that shouldn’t be there, skin correction, colours, black and white conversions, and the overall look of the final image. The average wedding is 600+ images so when you look at the time per photograph, the editing time is 10/12 hours. Then your online gallery has to be processed and uploaded. If you have a book package, the design of the book takes me around 2 hours, then time to send the order to Italy and arrange delivery etc.

Follow up emails/calls Communication is key, and this continues well after the wedding. The sending of galleries, USB’s, books. I am always at the end of a phone or email.

Equipment cost Obviously the main tool for a photographer is his/her camera. Now as I said at the start, there are cheaper photographers, some too cheap to be true. My main camera is nearly £4k to buy. Servicing of these cameras and lenses costs a lot of money. Do you think the £300 per day photographer uses a top spec camera? and I know for a fact a lot don’t have a back up camera they can grab out there bag and shoot with in case of emergency, but I do. My back up camera is still a top spec camera. I use Canon L lenses. These are fantastic sharp lenses. The reason I use a Canon 5dk4 with these lenses is I want quality images, in any situation. This is your Big day remember so its just as important to me to get the absolute best of it. When you look back the images will take you on a journey back in time, every moment captured. I carry a full back up of kit, Camera, flash, batteries, memory cards, lenses. Your special day is too important to risk not getting the shots when I need too.

Insurance This goes hand in hand with equipment, but I also have Public Liability, and Indemnity Insurance. This is crucial to any business, but more so to such important work as weddings.

Storage A little known fact and overlooked aspect to photography is the storage of your images. I know some wont store indefinitely saying its not there job. I strongly disagree and feel its my job to make sure there is always a copy of your photographs in case you lose your USB, book or disc due to many of life’s hiccups. It does happen. So I pay to have a storage facility online, and secure away from the office. Your images will exist in 3 safe locations for life.

Copyright You get all your images, and you have shared copyright to do what you like with them, this factors in a loss in print sales or product sales. There are no watermarks or logos on your final images.

Experience I have saved this for last, with 100’s of weddings done and completed your paying for not only great photographs, but the skill to know how a wedding works and runs. How to deal with issues that can arise due to weather, time restrictions, venue or any factor that can happen. The ability to liaise with the venue/church to make sure I can get you what you need. Professional and experienced wedding photographers can tell if a venue is forgetting something for you, and get things done. So in a sense, a bigger role than photographer. Looking after guests, making people feel comfortable having the photographs taken, working with sensitive situations, family issues, all takes a strong and confident person as well as photography skill. Skill on top of all that is the final piece to the puzzle. You want beautiful images and I have knowledge in natural light, indoor flash use and outdoor flash with ambient light. This skill has taken years to build and the cost of training too.

As you can see there is so much more to consider when booking your Wedding Photographer. I do think a meeting is essential at the start, its free and you can ask all the above and see if the person sat in front of you can deliver. Love the work too, then look at the price. I do realise there will always be a budget, but photography is a huge and essential part of your day. The images will out last every other service provider you hired for your day, excluding the videographer of course.

If you want to chat about your wedding, it is free and there is no obligation at all. I have a no pressure sales policy.

Thanks for reading.

Lee Archer.

Mike & Clare Wedding – Beeston Fields Nottingham

Around 5 weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Mike and Clare’s Wedding. This booking was a little different as it was a referral from another professional photographer who was looking forward being a guest for once. As it was his wife’s sister getting married. Well, as a photographer this is a big honour, as referring people is hard. I do refer people to him and we have become good friends over the last 2 years.

Anyway, The Walled Garden is just that, its a beautiful location on the outskirts of Nottingham. Ive been before for a Greek Wedding so this was very different. It has lots of colour and character. This obviously helps with getting great photographs. We had a few sessions of photography with the Bride & Groom. I like to make the most of any opportunity to get more photographs. Between those sessions Im always taking photographs of anything that is going on. For example, people talking, kids playing, fun and games, details of the venue, anything that will create the perfect reminder of the day when looking back.

Ive created the highlights collage as I couldn’t decide what to share, this gives a good example of what I look for in the day.