Today we are back with our regular feature ‘Advice from the Married Side,‘ real life wedding planning...
Today’s featured supplier is a company that will be of interest to both brides, grooms and wedding photographers. Choosing a wedding photographer can sometimes be hard, there is so much choice, so many questions to ask and so many different price ranges. Well Wedding Photography Select is the perfect site for you if you are currently having problems choosing the right photographer for your wedding. Wedding Photography Select are a resource site, acting as a directory featuring top rated photographers from around the world. There is a photographer for every style, location and budget and is quick and easy to use! And if you need convincing why not try it out HERE.
(Photo by Andreas Pollok)
We are Wedding Photography Select (WPS). We have the most inspirational wedding photography and wedding photographers you can ever imagine as members of our site. Couples will be blown away by the amazing photographers we have featured. It takes wedding photography to a new level.
We launched just over 2 years ago, we don’t like to count quite a few months due to the mistakes we made (and still making). We use the royal ‘we’, most people think there is a team behind the site but it’s just a 1 man band, and a very supportive partner. Everything you see, from coding to content to server management and the database is me. I generally like to stay in the shadows most of the time.
No matter what kind of photography style you are looking for (or think you are looking for), everyone thinking about wedding photography for their big day should check out Wedding Photography Select. You will find an amazing amount of inspirational images and inspirational wedding photographers that will spark new thoughts and ideas for your special wedding day.
Wedding photography is a very hard job and we’re constantly amazed at the high standard of images submitted to WPS & we can’t thank our photographers enough for their support.
(Photo by Joe Short)
(Photo by Cromatica Photography)
(Photo by Marius Barbulescu)
What made you start your business?
I was a wedding photographer for 3 years and I wasn’t earning a huge amount of money when I got started and thought I would create my own advertising platform. One day I had a conversation with my partner about the idea, we sat down and came up with a name and then I just got started coding the site with no previous web design skills. Like I said above, I got started and made plenty of mistakes. When I get an idea I get a bee in my bonnet.
The site has changed several times over the last 2 years and I’m no longer a wedding photographer.
Our goal is to make money of course, but we genuinely want to inspire people whilst sending work to our members. We’ve worked hard and we continue to work hard to showcase some of the finest wedding photography in the world.
(Photo by Nacho Mora)
(Photo by Cristiano Ostinelli)
Who should visit the website?
That’s the beauty of WPS. It’s for everyone, photographers (new or current), couples or just lovers of photography.
We have a Technique section where a photographer tells us a little story behind an image and how it was shot. Real weddings where visitors can see beautiful weddings from around the world including an interview with the photographer. We feel everyone can find inspiration browsing the site.
Come to the site if you’re planning a wedding in the UK or a destination wedding. We have a range of photographers with all kinds of packages in our UK & International section.
We have lots of plans for the website and it will evolve even more in the next 2 years. We want married couples to tell brides & grooms where to find great wedding photographers.
(Photo by Franck Boutonnet)
What makes you different to your competitors?
In the UK there are many wedding photography directories and ways to find a photographer. What sets us apart are our OUTSTANDING photographers and images, especially our ‘Wedding Photography Excellence Awards’ where we regularly give away £800 in cash prizes and we hope to give more away as the site grows. We really want to reward our wedding photographers for taking part.
Our Excellence Awards are slowly but surely being recognized all over the world. Each image is judged by a panel of photographers and only those images that pass a certain score make the final cut. The last collection we had over 3000 images and only 2% of those were selected.
The site isn’t perfect, but if you break it down, what you’re there for is to find some great images and inspiration whether as a wedding photographer or a couple getting married. We believe we’ve achieved that but we also believe there is so much more room for improvement (on our side that is)
(Photo by Jamie Bott)
(Photo by Jez Dickson)
What should couples look for in a wedding photographer?
We think it’s different for everyone. I think the answer to that question is a question:
(Photo by Jez Dickson)
(Photo by Joao Almeida)
(Photo by Magnus Bogucki)
What sort of geographical area do you cover?
We showcase wedding photographers all over the UK and the world. We are slowly building our US, Canada and Australian sites. We also have a comprehensive international section to. As you can imagine, we are very busy.
What is your biggest achievement so far?
When we look back at everything we’ve achieved with the site, we actually can’t believe or remember how it got to where it is. It’s just a lot of hard work is our biggest achievement. There is still a lot of work to do. Every part of the site has been hard work, but We’ve just kept pushing it. There have been days when we’ve just wanted to give up, but a good night’s sleep usually sorts that out.
(Photo by Marko Dusak)
(Photo by Luigi Rota)
What do you enjoy most about your job?
We can work from home. We used to go to an office for 10+ years. We have a 3year old and a 1 year old and we’ve had the chance to spend pretty much every day with them, which isn’t easy either but we feel very lucky as most parents don’t get to do that. Our little one is shouting random noises at us right now.
We also love all the great images we get to see in the Excellence Awards.
(Photo by Marian Cristea)
(Photo by Dmitry Fedotov)
(Photo by Martin Beddall)
Can you give me some information on your pricing structure?
WPS showcases a range of photographers. We have budget wedding photographers. The more expensive wedding photographers you will generally see winning awards in our Excellence Collection. We don’t want to exclude anyone because we know every couple has different budgets, all we know is if they visit our site, they want to have a photographer and we are here to help.
(Photo by Diana & Rafal @ DR5000)
What is your ideal way to spend a day off?
Well. With 2 young children and 2 step children, it’s all go most of the time. We usually take half a day off during the week and head for the steam room and sauna, then have a pizza in a pub, game of scrabble and head back to work. We’ve deserved it because for 2+ years we’ve been working 12hr days. The computer would be turned off in the office and the laptop turned on 5 minutes later.
(Photo by Rafael Benevides)
(Photo by Aurora Lechuga)
(Photo by Fabio Azanha)
Any Goals For The Future?
We just want to make a success of the site, hopefully to keep inspiring wedding photographers and couples. We want photographers booking weddings through us, winning their 1st WPS Award and feeling proud and just thinking that it’s a great platform for truly great wedding photographers. We want WPS to be on the minds of everyone getting married or shooting weddings. Rome wasn’t built in a day and you’ve got to aim high.
We’d love more photographers too, so if you’re a photographer come and check the site out.
Mainly, we’d like to get more sleep!!
(Photo by Max Pell)
(Photo by Vinicius Fadul)
(Photo by Andreas Pollok)