What happens if your wedding photographer cant show up ?
Hello there, this is a bit of a strange post – but its a very important one.
One question that you hear time and time again as a full time wedding photographer is what happens if you get ill or cant make the wedding ? What happens if this happens the night before a wedding ? Well read this and and be inspired !!!!!!
If you read THIS post (the one previous to this one) you will see that recently I was diagnosed with a very serious condition that needed surgery pretty much right away – well after a good few hours of Keyhole surgery I am well on the way to making a full recovery and have started back to work albeit with light duties for the next couple of weeks.
I am a full time wedding and portrait photographer, this is my only job so if I dont shoot weddings I dont get paid and my family dont eat – but this also has the benefit that I choose to only photograph 30 weddings a year – Once I hit my limit of 30 weddings I stop taking any more bookings. This is not that uncommon in the professional photography arena. This actually worked out GREAT for me in two ways and as the story unfolds you will see why.
Without blowing my own trumpet, I am pretty good at what I do and am in quite a bit of demand – most of my photography friends and piers are in pretty much the same boat – and nearly all of them are members of a fantastic network of international professional photographers called
The International Professional Photographers’ Network
Members of IPPN display this badge with pride on their websites.
As a member you join a small select group of professional photographers from all over the world but with the majority of its members based in the UK its a great place to hang out. We have a private members forum where we can ask for help and advice, where we share great learning experiences and new trends in the industry with each other. One of the main features is the SOS board where you can post up asking for help.
The second I knew what was going on and that I needed a serious operation I posted an SOS and received offers of help from some of the top photographers in the UK. Within hours all the weddings I had booked over the 3 – 4 weeks I would be off work for were covered and I started to contact my brides and grooms with the information – Naturally I offered them a choice of photographers or a full refund if for what ever reason they wanted to switch to another photographer.
This weekend (just gone) was the first of these weddings and unfortunately the evening before this wedding, the 2nd shooter (the assistant photographer) had a family emergency of her own and informed John – John Mottershaw (the lead photographer who was standing in for me at this wedding) – http://www.johnmottershaw.com and he put up another SOS with less than 12 hours to go – Well within 3 hours and less than 12 hours before the wedding the assistant photographers position was filled.
The wedding of Niamh and James took place in Leciestershire this past Saturday (I will post up pictures from this in the next post) The two photographers who attended this wedding are actually two of my mentors and photographers who I look up to and whos work I feel is far superior to my own.
They were John Mottershaw from http://www.johnmottershaw.com and Simon Revill – http://www.simonrevill.com/ – who also happens to be the founder of the IPPN. Between the two photographers at their wedding the couple actually received coverage that far exceeded what they would have had with me shooting it – Both John and Simon are full time professional photographers in their own rights and between them have over 50 years of experience in the wedding photography industry. John is from generations of photographers and basically has been taking photos since he was pretty much able to life his finger and press a shutter. If you had to pay their respective fee’s the couple would have to over double their photography budget.
This August I only happen to have 3 weddings, one was the week before the surgery and two were following it – on paper I have 5 other Friday or Saturdays available for weddings in August yet I am fully booked as I have reached my 30 weddings of 2011. Its because of this that I am available to jump in and help out if needed, it so happened that both Simon and John were free this weekend although I believe that both of them had weddings the Friday before. They are also pretty much fully booked but have spaces free where they can help out other photographers in their hour of need.
Naturally I cant thank John and Simon enough but will be trying to over the coming days, weeks and months.
So if your a bride looking at photographers ask them about their emergency contingencies and ask what would happen if they happened to break their leg the night before you wedding – it can and does happen – while your at it ask them if they are members of The International Professional Photographers’ Network
The IPPN does have a Directory of some of its members (its a voluntary directory so some members have not yet got around to filling it in) but why not start your search for a professional wedding photographer in your area by visiting The International Professionals Photographers Network Directory.
If our a professional wedding photographer who would like to be able to offer your couples total piece of mind and would be interested in joining a small but ever growing network of like minded professionals all looking out to help each other grown and develop as photographers then pop along and take a look at with the IPPN has to offer – I should point out however that we (I have nothing to do with the administration or management side) do not just accept any application and members are checked out and voted upon by the leadership team (of which I have nothing to do with) – You can find out all about the IPPN by visiting the main website at http://www.ippn.co.uk/
In the coming weeks several other brides will be having the likes of Simon and John turn up to cover my weddings and provide them with amazing and outstanding photography and professionalism let alone a lifetime of amazing memories.
So special thanks for the time being to
John Mottershaw – Sheffield Wedding Photographer
Simon Revill – Derbyshire Wedding Photographer
and all of the members of
The International Professional Photographers’ Network – http://www.ippn.co.uk/
Studio: 01299 253 844
Mobile: 0759 007 6666