Well it is often said you never stop learning, well that couldn’t be more true for us photographers, there is always a new piece of equipment to get to grips with or a new technique to learn or an old one to hone.
With there being so much choice in wedding photography market (especially it would seem in the Kent area!) every couple of literally hundreds of different photographers to choose from. We pride ourselves on offering a reliable, friendly service from the time we receive an enquiry to delivering the finished product – all beautiful set of images our couples to treasure. We always strive to go that extra mile, which in the past has resulted in us doing things that aren’t technically in a photographer’s remit (repairing wedding dresses and child-minding to name a few), but at the end of the day we want our couples to feel totally relaxed and happy on their special day and we will do anything (well almost) to ensure this happens and the day runs without a hitch.
We provide two fully insured photographers at all our full day weddings which enables us to capture the special day from different angles, for example during the ceremony one of us will be capturing the “action” from the front of the room while the other is at the back or moving round the room capturing the reaction and emotions of the guests which the couple won’t necessarily see on the day. However, we are always looking at ways to improve and differentiate our service so last year we decided to look into the possibility of also capturing aerial images as part of our wedding photography packages by using a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) or drone as they are more commonly referred to.
Stuart, being the original gadget man, was in his element. After much research he decided to build one – “I’ve built a kit car before so how hard can it be?” Answer – quite hard and certainly not a cheap project, but he was pleased with the end result. The next step was to test it out, after a lot of practice, adaptations and upgrades he is now satisfied with the results. As you know drones have been in the media an awful lot in the last 12 months, a lot of the stories have unfortunately been negative stories of inexperienced people using drones in an irresponsible manner. Worryingly anyone can go out and purchase a UAV and with the very small basic models going for little over £200 it’s easy to see how these can get into the hands of inexperienced people (often children) – I am guessing that lots of people may have received them as Christmas presents. However, if you want to use them as a commercial tool there is very strict regulations as to what you can and can’t do, you also need to obtain a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) licence to fly which involves taking a course and preparing an operation manual for your UAV, permission to fly and of course be fully insured. Stuart is currently studying for his CAA licence which he hopes to have Summer 2015.
Once fully licensed to operate commercially and insured we plan to offer aerial wedding images with all our full day wedding photography packages at not extra cost. We will keep you posted with progress in the coming months.