Black Avenue Productions

Rating
1 5 5.0 (29 reviews) 
Service Area
Melbourne & Surrounds including Mornington and Yarra Valley
Business Hours
7 Day By Appointment
Phone
0411 155 410

Expert Advice

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Can you explain why wedding photography is so expensive?

If you are looking for the highest quality professional service, who know what they are doing, with professional equiment and friendly attitude, price is what you pay for all the great values.

A lot of bride doesn't understand why some photographers charge so much for "just a few hours to take some photos", let me explain to you our work flow:

Time:

  1. - You found us on google? Because we have spent time on blogging and updating social media for each past wedding (5 hours)
  2. - Enquiry, quoting, meeting, design your timeline & booking stage - not all enquiry will end up as a booking (10 hours)
  3. - Once you are our client, we will start planning your wedding, giving you tips & support until your wedding day (10 hours)
  4. - Photographing your wedding day with 2x photographers (10 hours)
  5. - Post productions - look through all photos, select the best 1,000 for editing, photoshop each of them, savings, transfering to USB, uploading online (40 hours)
  6. - Delivery - mail out or meet up to drop off your USB box set; send you all the online links, after care customer service email to ensure you are happy (5 hours)
  7. - We spend an average 80-100 hours on each client (extra 50 hours to add videography)

Cost:
Our equipment, editing software, marketing material & advertising, insurance, travel, data storage, USB, prints & albums, postage tax (lots of taxes)...

Numbers of weddings per year:

Most wedding photographers doesn't shoot wedding everyday.
Wedding photography specialist will only photographing weddings, there's a limit of number a year we can work, because they want to focus purely on weddings to master their skills and give you their 100% full attentions. Weddings is all they do.
There's only 6-8 months of good weather in Melbourne, there's a limited amount of weekends a year, roughly 32 good days.


Some photographers also offer other photography services such as portraits, family, maternity, babies, pets, commercial head shots, events and products photography during off seasons, their price can be lower but they may not be able to spend that much time on customer service or wedding planning.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to what is your priority.
What is your choice on how you want to spend your budget to what you think it's most important.

If you want a cheap photographer to capture your wedding, you can get a cheap photographer to capture your wedding.
But something must compromise for a cheaper price, you can get a burger from McDonald or from Jamie Oliver's restuarant, both can ease your hunger.

There's always someone who can match with your budget, if you are lucky, you could get a great photographer who doesn't know their worth and under charge you. But the old saying "You get what you paid for" is still true in most cases.

You only get married once, hiring a dude with a camera who likes to as a hobby could ruin your speical day, so make sure you ask lots of questions to find the right fit to do this important job.

Same goes to most professional photographers, it's our honoured to be invited to capture one of the most important day of someone's life, creating long lasting memories via our lenses, these images will be share for the next generation to come, we do not take this task lightly.

I hope this will give you some insight on why wedding photography is so expensive!
Good luck on finding your right fit! :) 

Lowina from Black Avenue Productions (Melbourne)

Does the photographer drive themselves to the locations?

Would the photographer come with us or drive themselves?

Yes, it is easier for the photographers to drive themselves  so you don't have to worry about their transportation. For us at Black Avenue Productions, we usually shoot wedding as a team of 2 to 4 crew members (photography + videography), it is much easier for all of us to car pool in one car as we normally have lots of camera gears at the back of our cars too.
Hope this helps. :)

do i specifically have to tell my photographer what shots i want, or should i trust them

ive read heaps of forums with brides saying their photographer missed the 'dress hanging up shot' etc. to avoid this happening to me, should i be making a list of shots i want for my photographer?

If you have any specific "MUST HAVE" shots that you don't want to miss, be sure to tell your photographer. Communication is key.
We always ask our brides if they have any "important shots" they really like; or if they have any gifts / items that they would like to include them in photos; if they like "staged / posed" photos or prefer all "candid"; if they have any type of style that they had in mind and send me their research photos, so we are all on the same page.

Some brides have a specific list in mind and we will discuss closer to the weding date.
Some brides are happy to let us do our job.
Professional photographers should have experiences + skills to capture all the details to create your love story of the day.

if im not hiring a flash car, can i ask my photographer to not take any arrival pics?

Yes of course!
We will for sure take photos of things that our brides has spent time, energy, heart and money to.
If car is not an important part of the day, we won't take photos as per request. :)

Lowina from Black Avenue Productions 

do photographers already know the good photography opportunities at your venue?

what if they havent been there before? wont we just waste lots of time looking for the best place to take photos? is this the kind of thing they should research prior?

What I would do and as should most professional photographers would is, if we haven't already been to that venue before, we sould first google the place, look for any previous wedding photos, any spots near that location for cheeky portrait.
We would also pay a visit to check out the actual spots and the lighting and so on, before your wedidng day.
If the place is too far to visit, we would go there earlier on your wedding day to take empty shots of the venue, and figure out good spots & lighting, so we are well prepared and ready to go.

Research research research! :)

Will cold weather effect my wedding photos?

my date is set for the middle of winter. i'm not talking about rain or wet weather here, i'm talking about bitterly cold weather! will it effect my photos if we pose outdoors? like will my skin be all goosebumpy and ruin the photos, and does a cold expression come across on wedding photography??

Hi Alexina,

Very brave of you to have a winter wedding!

Without knowing the exact weather conditions/location of the wedding it's hard to guarantee the cold will have no affect, however, generally speaking good looking photos is dependant more on lighting then temperature. It can be a freezing cold day, but if there aren't dark clouds and lots of wind then your photos could still come out fine.

In terms of how your skin may show through in photos on a cold day, generally speaking you should be fine unless we do a lot of close up shots and you are feeling really cold at the time. We will also add on skin enhancing when editing your photos, which will smoothen out your overall skin texture.

My advice for you is to keep warm by wearing thermo thighs and even boots underneath your dress (you can change to high heel for photos that will show your shoes).You can also get heat packs from Daiso for $2.8 (I survived so many winters by sticking them all over my body :P)

There're many ways to ensure your Winter wedding photos looks as great as Summer wedding photos, feel free to chat with us if you need more advice :)

Best regards,
Lowina from Black Avenue Productions


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