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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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


 

Wootton park by west midlands wedding photographer

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)

 

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

Commbe Abbey wedding photography by Mk Wedding photography (12 of 24)

 

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

 

 

 

 

Must have wedding photos

Must have wedding photos

Hello. MK Wedding Photography is a West Midlands wedding photographer who creates stunning wedding photo stories for a wedding couple across Midlands and other areas of the UK. His work, his you can see in many places on the internet. It’s not hard to find MK Wedding Photography in Social Media and www sites. It is worth to spend a couple of minutes to search for him and with a big pleasure look at his work. Here is the link to his main website, where you can find the full story of him – MK Wedding Photography

 

A wedding day

OK. let’s back on the track. Let’s back to the list of photos which every single bride and groom want have in their wedding album:

In case if a wedding photographer attends the event to cover a full day. Will start on the morning bride preparation. It is an opportunity for every single photographer to present some nice shots from “changing” process. Another point in the wedding schedule is a wedding ceremony. The official and legal part of the day. The next step is… usually after the wedding ceremony we – photographers have the time for some photos, and then we go back to the venue, where the wedding party start their meal. Then speeches, cutting the wedding cake, and finally the first dance.

That’s how the day looks like. My job is to pick a few moments only to create a little gallery with MUST HAVE PHOTOS

 

  1. Preparation for the wedding day
  2. Flowers
  3. Wedding dress
  4. Wedding venue
  5. Wedding cake
  6. Groom before the ceremony
  7. Just before the ceremony
  8. The entrance of the bride
  9. The wedding ceremony
  10. The rings
  11. Signing the registry
  12. Confetti shots
  13. Bridesmaids
  14. Gentleman team
  15. Photo session of the bride and groom
  16. Details
  17. Speeches
  18. General life on the wedding day
  19. Cutting the cake
  20. The first dance
  21. Party

 

 

Early stage of the wedding preparation.Commbe Abbey wedding photography by Mk Wedding photography (2 of 24)

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a wedding dressCommbe Abbey wedding photography by Mk Wedding photography (6 of 24)

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wedding cakeCommbe Abbey wedding photography by Mk Wedding photography (16 of 24)

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just beforeKaty & Paul (14 of 33)

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confetti

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partyCommbe Abbey wedding photography by Mk Wedding photography (22 of 24)

MK Wedding Photography based in Coventry, West Midlands, United Kingdom. Who heard about this amazing wedding and portrait photographer based in the middle of England? Definitely many couples across West Midlands, Warwickshire, and other areas he covers but, to be honest, it is only a little percentage of the population lived in the area. MK Wedding Photography is on the market from 2010. It will be 9 years now. As every single person without a big budget who wants to run a business has to find the way how to move from level 0 to the top. The beginning wasn’t easy. A couple of first years was like walking in the fog. You had to go but you don’t know where. Mk Had to find his best niche and then built a reputation. Finally, he got to this point.

At the moment MK Wedding Photography is one of the best wedding photographers in West Midlanda&a (541 of 764)s and Warwickshire. What is important for his clients. He still keeps reasonable prices for his premium photography service. The service which presents the highest standards, and unique approach to the wedding day. In simple words. In the price of a premium smartphone, you can have a great wedding photographer from West Midlands to capture your full wedding story. Natural story with a touch of creativity.

For some samples photos please visit the website:

https://www.mkweddingphotography.com/

For packages and prices description click below:

https://www.mkweddingphotography.com/fees-packages/

MK Wedding Photography has a very natural approach to wedding photography, and always deliver an amazing wedding story which presents the day in the best possible way. During the wedding day, MK avoids posing. MK guides couples, give direction. That’s allowed him to create beautiful photos which are above other photographers.

SEO for wedding photographers in West Midlands… not only.

SEO for wedding photographers in West Midlands… not only.

This article has been written by Mk Wedding Photography, not by professional SEO man, and it is only my subjective opinion about the process. I might be wrong! Info might be not correct. This is my observation, based on some SEO activities. The results may be different in your case… but it is interesting.

 

What is SEO

As you can read on Wikipedia. SEO is the process of affecting the online visibility of a website. In our language, it will be: Where is my website in a search engine if I write a specific keyword, e.g “wedding photographer in West Midlands”  Everybody wants to see their website in the first 3 results. For most website owners it is a dream. For many keywords my website: www.mkweddingphotography.com in on the first google page, and on some of them in the top 3.

Keywords vs SEO

A couple of hours ago I was checking some data regarding my SEO and position in Google ranking. In the last week, my website has climbed up on some keywords regarding West Midlands, Warwickshire but at the same the time my web page dropped down…

I’m thinking about 2 specific keywords. Very similar, nearly identical:

wedding photographer west midlands vs wedding photographer in west midlands the difference in keywords is a word “in” – the difference in the position in Google search engine is big.

The first one is in the 8th position on Google. the second one is far behind. When I create content which should help climb my wedding photography website in SEO, I look after many possible ways…

wedding photographer west midlands vs wedding photographer in west

The only difference between those 2 keywords is a word “IN” for me, and possibly for most of the other wedding photographer is not a big deal. It looks like Google’s robots see in it a huge difference, and they read it like two separate, very different keywords. It will explain why my wedding photography website on one of them is in the first 8 results and the second one is far behind… Have you ever had a simillar situation? (you can write to me via my contact page on my web).

 

Wedding photography in Coventry

Wedding photography in Coventry

Hello, and thank you for visiting my mini wedding photography blog. Today a couple of words about wedding photography in Coventry, Warwickshire/West Midlands.

Some time ago, I have presented you with some wedding photos from Coventry Registry Office but today I’m going to take you to the town centre of Coventry, and the surrounding area…

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Coventry town centre, and one from the most recognisable places in Coventry. Coventry Transport Museum. I had an opportunity to photograph this couple in 2016. They got married at the Coventry Registry Office, and then we have moved to the town centre. Mr and Mrs, me – MK Wedding Photography and a lot of equipment. Cameras, stands, flashes, screen reflector and the best man who worked as my assistant 🙂

You can believe or not but I was the first wedding photographer in Coventry, who took a wedding couple there… (It was 2016, and at the time I didn’t find any wedding photo which has been taken next to Coventry Transport Museum), possibly it has changed now. Because when I published this photo on my Facebook’s profile (here), many local photographers commented on it.

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The most beautiful street in Coventry. And as you can see, a great place for some nice wedding photos. Behind the newlywed, you can see a gate to St Mary’s Guildhall – great gothic wedding venue, and on the left side… ruins of Coventry Cathedral.

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Just in front of BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. It was time for a short rest.  They sat on a bench, and I was packing my cameras to a bag. When I have turned towards them, I spotted this situation… I couldn’t avoid this moment.

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If you found this post, and you are looking for some more photos from wedding photographer West Midlands…

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