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Seek the advice of a wedding photographer!!!

Wedding Chat Forum – Friday 20th October 2006 has introduced live chat forums. The chat forums provide future brides/grooms with the opportunity to receive instantaneous expert advice online from our wedding experts.

Peadar from Freelance Photography was one of our wedding experts who kindly shared his expertise with many of our brides to be.

Please find below a summary of some of the questions that brides had asked Peadar, hopefully this information will be of benefit to you.

Hi there all - Peadar Curran from Freelance Photography, if I can be of any help to you today please feel free to ask any questions

Can you tell me on average how much it costs for wedding photography?
Average cost is a difficult one - you get what you pay for - There are part-time amateurs doing weddings for £300 and professionals doing weddings for as much as £5,000
Personally I would average my weddings at about £1000 but have prices from £575 upwards. All photographers will work with you on your package and price. I prefer to tailor my prices to meet the needs of the client as everyone’s needs and tastes are different
It will depend on wedding style and coverage. Some clients only want basic coverage whereas others will want the full day covered
There are a whole range of extras which people can pick and choose from also i.e. parent albums, smaller digital photobooks, a dvd slideshow of the fulls days coverage, canvas prints, framed prints, presentation prints, etc

Do you cover weddings all over Ireland?
Yes I will travel to different destinations. I am based in Castlewellan but do weddings in Dublin and as far west as Donegal.

Can you explain what style of photography brides generally go for?
In my experience the traditional style and digital style are both popular but what most people want now are more candid, informal, reportage style images as well as the traditional posed shots. This gives a better record of your special day. The images I shoot at all weddings are taken in this format. We take as many as 500 images. It then depends on how the individual wants them presented.

How many images do the couples have out of those 500 taken?
The digital style albums will generally hold more images per page and still present well. On average a 30 page digital style album will have 4 images per page which would be 120 in the album. The traditional style album with 30 pages would have an average of 50-60 images.  You can view samples on my website at

In your experience are there any particular venues that you believe to be better for taking photographs?
The venue provides the setting. If you like natural relaxed style shots then a natural environment is best suited, i.e. a park with floral arrangements, old castles or buildings, bridges and so on. If you prefer more modern images then use a more modern setting such as a modern style building or hotel.

I was just wondering which colour schemes for the reception are best in terms of photographs. Like flower colours, etc
I think it is best to have the reception scheme fit the overall theme of the wedding.
In terms of colour for photographs I think subtle is better. I done a wedding recently in Cabra Castle where they had the reception all done in Black and White with White Tulips on the tables and this was very classical. I think most brides carry the theme through from the wedding attire i.e. bridesmaids dresses, etc.
I like deep red flowers with white and matching table dressings i.e. cloths and napkins.
Try and tie it into a theme which focuses on the colours you like as it is YOUR day. The hotel you are using should be able to set up a couple of samples for you to choose from.

I had thought about a red theme as my bridesmaids dresses are red, but do you think this would be too strong a colour?
I have seen it done where bridesmaids wear red and have white flowers and the bride wears white and has red flowers. The men also wore a white flower and the groom wore a red flower, so you could take ideas from this.

Is it possible to get the wedding photographs in digital presentation style?
Yes. I offer a free personalised web gallery with all my packages. This means that friends and family can view your wedding photography online. Again, you can view samples of this on my website

Freelance Photography, Peadar Curran
18 Bann Road
Tel: 028 4377 0975

Freelance Photography is owned and operated by Peadar Curran from a home based studio and office located just outside Castlewellan, County Down in Northern Ireland. Peadar prides himself on offering a highly personal and professional service tailored to the individual needs of every client. Freelance Photography specialise in contemporary wedding photography that combines a wide range of styles, from reportage to traditional and classic, allowing you to tailor the style of your portfolio to your preferred approaches. Aside from the must have family and couple shots they blend into the background of the wedding and capture your memories without interfering with the proceedings of the day. The images they capture are full of style, creativity and artistic flair giving you a spectacular collection of photographs to remember your wedding day by. Working in this photojournalistic way also creates a stunning storybook feel to your portfolio.

‘You only get one opportunity, so don’t leave it to chance’
They offer a full range of packages and prices to suit everyone.

You will find more details on Freelance Photography within our
‘Wedding Directory’  or why not view their website 'Freelance Photography'