How to choose a wedding photographer. part 1

How to choose a wedding photographer – Advice from one from the best West Midlands Wedding photographer. part 1

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Before I start, I have to clarify a couple of things. The post is dedicated to all wedding couples who are looking for quality photos and can spend a reasonable amount of money for a professional photographer.

 

Who I am and why I write about how to choose a photographer.

I am Marek Kuzlik and I am a wedding photographer from Coventry, West Midlands. I have been in the business for years, and during that time, I was able to create hundreds of breathtaking wedding photo stories. As 34 years old polish photographer in the United Kingdom, I have achieved great success on the local market, and after only a couple of years, I became the recognisable person in wedding photography life in West Midlands area.  If you have spare a couple of minutes, have a read what I can say about choosing a wedding photographer.

Meet more than two photographers.

I am aware that the time is money and many of you have no time to arrange a meeting with photographers who potentially may spend with you all your wedding day. In my opinion, this is a mistake.  A photographer still plays a very important role at your wedding day. So, it is good to have the right person with you. It is good to put a lot of effort to book the right wedding photographer.

If you finally decided to meet more than 2-3 wedding photographers from West Midlands… if you are from this area, you can compare their offers, personalities, quality of photos and approach to the wedding day. It might give you a clear vision of what you will need and what you will get.

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My meetings with clients.

Every year, MK Wedding Photography has an opportunity to meet more than 50 fantastic wedding couples every year. Of course, not everybody books me as the wedding photographer because simple, I wasn’t the right person. They were looking for different personality, different style, sometimes different budget. Sometimes higher, usually lower.

Also As one from the best wedding photographers in Coventry, I can say on the meeting that I am the person who won’t help you on your wedding day. And I do this  3-6 times a year. I am honest with my couples. Generally, most of my meetings finish successfully.

It is important to talk honestly with clients and during a chat is good to talk about many aspects of the wedding day.

 

Why couples book MK Wedding photography?

I will tell you that at the next wedding blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One from the best wedding photographers in West Midlands

One from the best wedding photographers in West Midlands


Who loves wedding photos? I’m pretty sure… brides and grooms and their families 🙂  To be honest, and serious, I think everybody loves great wedding photos.

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A photo from a wedding photo session in Coventry town centre West Midlands

 

 

If you would like to read a little bit about a wedding story at Wootton park in May 2019, created by one from the best wedding photographer in West Midlands – MK Wedding Photography, have a click in the link below.

https://www.mkweddingphotography.com/mk-wedding-photography-at-windmill-village-hotel/

 

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Pre-wedding photo session, advice from West Midlands wedding photographer.

Do I need a pre-wedding photo session with our wedding photographer?

Is it worth to spend extra money on photo session before our wedding day?

When to arrange a session with a photographer.

In this blog, you will find an answer to those questions and possibly more.  Please spend a couple of minutes to read the text to the end.  You will find here some tips and possible answers.

I am Mark from MK Wedding Photography and I am one from the best Wedding photographer in Coventry, West Midlands. For more info about my services please visit my website

 

Should I book a photographer for a pre-wedding photo session? Your West Midlands wedding photographer will say yes. For you and for the photographer it is a great opportunity to see how we will behave in front of the camera. It will definitely make your life easier on the wedding day.

Pre-wedding photo session with your dreamed wedding photographer will give you a lot of nice portraits of you. Not the ones which have been taken on your phone on a part, which often are blurred, overexposed or just badly framed. Beside visual effect, you will get some knowledge about the photographer who will spend with you a whole day on your wedding day.

MK Wedding Photography includes a pre-wedding session in some of the full day packages. So the cost of the photos is included in very reasonable price of the package. I add to clear that. Like the one from the best wedding photographers in West Midlands, I keep reasonably priced packages. Premium packages with great photo albums.

If you are still looking for a wedding photographer, I would recommend trying to find the one who will have pre-wedding session included in the price of the packages. It will help to save some money. Which you can spend on gifts for your guests or just for a good bottle of Champaign.

Wootton Park – a wedding story photographed by West Midlands wedding photographer

Wootton Park – a wedding story photographed by West Midlands wedding photographer – MK Wedding Photography


 

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Return to Wootton Park

Experienced wedding photographer based in Coventry, West Midlands came back to an amazing wedding venue in West Midlands/Warwickshire – Wootton Park near Warwick. He hasn’t been at this venue for over 1 year.  Have a look at his achievements during the wedding day.

A photo story from the venue.

Below you will find the link to an article and massive wedding photo gallery from a wedding day at Wootton Park.  (Click here)

 

Wedding photographer in Coventry

Wedding photographer in Coventry – MK Wedding Photography

 

Wedding photography in Coventry.

MK Wedding Photography is the brand established in 2014 and after a couple of years, it became one from the most recognizable wedding photography brands in the Coventry area. Hard marketing work on Social media and at SEO field have pushed MK Wedding Photography to the top.  In 2018 one from local weddings websites has picked me for “TOP 3 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN COVENTRY” – nice.

Anyway, I based in Keresley End, near Coventry where I run a large garden photography studio, and on the side of this, I do wedding photography. This is what I like, and this is what I’m going to do in the next couple of years.

MK Wedding Photography’s coverage area.

I’m one of the wedding photographers in Coventry and I know many wedding venues in the area. Do I photograph many weddings at those venues? No. I cover a large area of the UK and most of my work comes from other wedding venues across West Midlands, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Shropshire, Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes and much more. But I do not cover the whole country.

MK Wedding Photography’s best wedding venues in Coventry.

Well. In Coventry, we can find many wedding venues. Every single one very different from the others and I have my favorite ones.

St Mary’s Guild Hall, a wedding venue in Coventry town Centre.

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The Guild Hall located in Coventry’s town center is my favorite one. From a photography point of view, it is a very interesting place and gives many opportunities for outstanding wedding photos.

Coventry Registry Office, Warwickshire

The main point in Coventry if we are thinking about weddings. I do not want to describe the place in details but “Black Prince Room” is an incredibly nice place. Nice lighting but in some specific conditions, it may be very problematic for some photographers.

The Chase Hotel, Coventry, Warwickshire

The third, and the last wedding venue in Coventry on this list. I love The Chase Hotel because of an amazing staircase. This is the area where I can take all the photos from a wedding day and it won’t look the same.

 

Here is the link to “a wedding story in Coventry”   – for those who are looking for some inspirations.

 

How to find your best wedding photographer in Coventry?

You won’t find me at wedding fairs because I have changed my strategy and since the middle of last year I have decided on online marketing. It works much better at the present time. Across the internet, you can find me easy. You can view MK Wedding Photography’s galleries in many places like the business website, Facebook, Instagram, and many wedding directories. For those who like my work, and can accept investment in my service I’m always available for a meeting and proper chat.

 

 

5 best wedding venues in West Midlands, Shropshire and Warwickshire

5 best wedding venues in West Midlands, Shropshire and Warwickshire

 

Hello, After a long break because it was probably around 2 weeks, your wedding photographer from Coventry MK Wedding Photography came back with a set of wedding venues, where I had a pleasure to photograph in the last year.

Traditionally, it will be subjective “competition” for the best wedding venue. It will be a true reflection about places where I have been, and where I photographed weddings.

OK, let’s start.

 

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Brandon Hall, Coventry, West Midlands

In the last couple of years, I have been at Brandon Hall a couple of times, and as a one from wedding photographers in Coventry, I can say… I know this wedding venue and what is more important, I will be happy to come back there in the future. The venue is located just out of Coventry in a village Brandon.

Wedding photography at Brandon Hall

I was wondering many times why I want back to Brandon Hall? It is not a massive building, green area is not big. Lighting isn’t perfect but I still feel that need to photograph another wedding at the venue. Mabe all challenges I meet there, maybe because of every single time, I can discover new places and ideas for the photos? I don’t know. But is on the list.

Brandon Hall , Coventry West Midlands by MK Wedding Photography

 

NO 4

Nailcote Hall, Coventry, Warwickshire

The venue with a golf course where I can go with my wedding couples. And I think it is the most important point of this place. Interior of the building is also nice and gives me plenty of opportunities for nice photos. Nailcote Hall is located between Coventry and Solihull.

Wedding photography at Nailcote Hall.

It is not a popular place for me. I have been there maybe 4-5 times but always I was happy to photograph there. As I mentioned above Nailcote Hall has the golf course. This is the main place for taking wedding portraits of brides and grooms. Some small lakes, old oaks, and generally many beautiful areas for wedding photos.

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NO 3

Dunchurch Park Hotel, Dunchurch, Warwickshire

Dunchurch Park in village Dunchurch. It will be around 16 miles from Coventry, a couple of miles from Rugby and a couple of miles from Draycote Water, where I will be sailing very soon. I won’t write about this place, for all interested, I will provide links to all venues at the bottom of the post.

In this article, I express my impression as a wedding photographer.

Wedding photography at Dunchurch Park Hotel

Beautiful. I have one word to describe this wedding venue in Warwickshire. Amazing building with a great interior. Big park around with a small lake at the end of the park. Place where every single wedding couple goes with a photographer. I’ve been there as well. And with my off flash cameras, I have created epic images.

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NO 2

Swallows Nest Barn

Nest Barn, located next to M40 near Warwick. I’ve been there once, and I believe I will have more opportunities to photograph weddings there. I feel hungry. I’m aware that in November last year I haven’t done everything that I could but anyway I have created a great job there.

Wedding photography at Swallows Nest Barn.

Small wedding venue located between small hills, which may give some unusual opportunities for creative images in the future. Very quiet place. Place where you can rest, and enjoy a wedding day. Even if you are a wedding photographer.

Wat was important for me? Nice lighting all day round, and great backgrounds.

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The Mill Barns

A wedding venue in Shropshire. If you are getting married and still looking for your wedding venue – have a look at The Mill Barns website. If you are a wedding photographer and the venue is in your range – do everything to get a job there.

Wedding photography at The Mill Barns

Separate preparation room. Big, with many mirrors but bad lighting, the rest is just PERFECT. I think an architect who designs this complex was thinking about photographers 🙂

As a wedding photographer from Coventry, I have to drive to the barns around 1,5 hr but I think I love this place so much that I can travel there every single day. Here is a link to a little gallery from The Mill Barns

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Nailcote Hall 

The Mill Barns

Dunchurch Park Hotel

Brandon Hall

Swallows Nest Barn

 

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How much a wedding cost?

How much a wedding cost?


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Hello and welcome on a new blog where we will talk about wedding inspirations, about wedding photography, and we will give you some tips… about a wedding in UK.

How much a wedding may cost? As a West Midlands wedding photographer, I had an opportunity to photograph over 100 weddings across West Midlands, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Shropshire, Nottinghamshire, London, and to be honest many other locations across the country in the last couple of years. I have been in many stunning wedding venues but I was photographing weddings in social clubs as well.

Cost of expensive and budget wedding for 100 people.

OK. I won’t give you a specific quote specific wedding. it will be my true reflection based on my knowledge, stories heard from my brides and other people in the business. I do not want to give you full names of the suppliers, stores, and other details because I do not have permission… I didn’t ask for it.

The statement will include many points and at the same time you can find out that many are missing. OK, let’s start.

 

Costs of a wedding venue

I believe the starting point of organising a wedding day is to clarify the budget and choosing a wedding venue. Before I have started my journey in wedding photography, I was aware of only a couple of wedding venues in my area where I based. Therefore, I established that weddings may take place in 100’s of places around West Midlands and Warwickshire.

Back to the money. How much you can spend on it? Some time ago I photographed a wedding day near Milton Keynes, where my couple paid £189 p/p  Let’s invite 100 guests for the wedding. This specific venue will cost £18900

The budget place was a social club near Birmingham. I was there in 2014, and my couple has invited around 100 guests. So in both options, we have a similar amount of wedding guests. The total cost of the venue was £1800

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Cost of a wedding dress

The story is from different weddings. In 2017 one from my brides told me that she bought her wedding dress at a wedding store in Birmingham for £2100 The dress was simple and beautiful. It is exactly the same as a dress of my other bride who bought the dress of eBay for £120. I add that there was no difference in photos.

Expensive wedding – £21000 / budget wedding – £1920

Cost of Groom suit.

And again we have a big difference. One from grooms from 2018 has purchased his suit for £1200. In my opinion a lot of money on clothes which you will use once. The other one from the same year didn’t spend any penny for a wedding suit. He has used the one he found in his wardrobe.

Expensive wedding – £22200 / budget wedding – £1920

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Cost of bridesmaids dresses.

On a wedding in 2016 I had 8 bridesmaids and they had dresses worth £2312. As a comment I can add, they were amazing. on the other side… well £0,  ladies have decided to use own dresses. which option was better for me as a wedding photographer? The first one! Some samples of wedding photography in West Midlands here. 

Expensive wedding – £24512/ budget wedding – £1920

Cost of wedding shoes bride/groom

Shoes. The most expensive one which I’m aware of was Prada for £550 for the bride, and for a groom (not the same wedding) around £400  on the other side a bride paid for shoe £24, and let say the groom could spend around £40 (estimated)

Expensive wedding – £25462/ budget wedding – £1984

 

Wedding photographer

That’s my field. I know how much my couples pay for my service but today won’t be about me. In the South West you can find a photographer who will charge you £3500

and you will get full day coverage and around 500 photos. For an album, you have to add a lot of money (from £600). I’m on social media, and from time to time I can see adverts stating: “full day coverage, 2 photographers, 100’s photos, an album…” for £325 – no comment!

Expensive wedding – £29562/ budget wedding – £2609

 

Video

£4000 vs £350 big difference? OK, I know some really good guys who create wedding video, and they work price range around £1200 The effect is much better than the cheapest option and is nearly the same as the expensive option. 🙂

Expensive wedding – £33562/ budget wedding – £2959

DJ

I have met a DJ at a wedding in London. he was from Birmingham, and he charged £1000 The same year, Warwickshire, nice hotel, and DJ for £200 …hmmm

Expensive wedding – £34562/ budget wedding – £3159

Wedding band

If I will get married, I won’t save money on live music. £3000 vs £450

Expensive wedding – £37562/ budget wedding – £3609

 

Rings

Let’s be honest, rings look similar to others, only material which they were made affecting the price. Some brands ask for even more because they are recognisable around the world. And what I spotted at my weddings was… £1400 vs 340

Expensive wedding – £38962/ budget wedding – £3949

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Hairdresser & mua

Above I mentioned about 8 bridesmaids, so lets base on it. One lady and her support (London)charged £120 p/p and it gives us £1080 One lady in West Midlands charge £40 p/p £360 but I was on many weddings where costs were much lower… MUA in the bridesmaid’s team.

Expensive wedding – £40062/ budget wedding – £4309

 

OK, let’s finish at this point. As you can see many things we can add but it is not the point. I gave you 2 different options for a wedding day. I also give some comments, opinions but it is only my reflection and I understand if you do not agree with me.

West Midlands area where I live is not the most expensive in the country and as I read on big wedding portal for brides, the average cost of the wedding in the area is just above £30000

My calculations based on wedding suppliers which I met at weddings across UK (2014-2018)

Expensive wedding – £40062/ budget wedding – £4309