Brides Magazine Recommended Photographer

November 19th, 2009

Just a lit­tle update before I con­tin­ue; my lap­top is being repaired and will take between 7–10 days. Mean­while, I can edit no pic­tures or send out con­tracts. Not good! So I’ll con­tin­ue to answer emails and write blogs from my trusty iPhone. 

Right then…

On Mon­day, I received a very nice phonecall from Condé Nast pub­lish­ing, the com­pa­ny who pub­lish all your favorite mag­a­zines such as Vogue, Glam­our, GQ, Easy Liv­ing, Van­i­ty Fair, House and Gar­den, and also Brides magazine.

The gen­tle­man that spoke to me was the man in charge of Brides Mag­a­zine media pro­mo­tions (or some­thing along those lines)
In the June/July issue of Brides mag, a CD will acom­pa­ny it and inside will be a well pre­sent­ed list of recep­tion venues, bands and photographers.
I have been offi­cial­ly asked to be the only rec­om­mend­ed pho­tog­ra­ph­er for my county!
It was such a huge hon­or to be asked and also to have that lev­el of recog­ni­tion from a very well known publication!

On a com­plete­ly unre­lat­ed mat­ter, I have polite­ly, but not regretabi­ly declined the offer. 

“Why?!?” I hear you shreek!
Well, Jes­si­ca and myself were talk­ing about it and aggreed that I don’t actu­al­ly need to be list­ed on this free CD.
At the moment, we have enough work com­ing in so that I can give care­full atten­tion to each cou­ple so that I get to know them as peo­ple, rather than pound signs.
I feel that each of my cou­ples is now my friend.
You might think that sounds corny, but they’ve asked me to be present on the most impor­tant and hap­pi­est day of their lives. To become their friend isn’t real­ly an option, it’s a neces­si­ty. A very easy one at that!

Anoth­er rea­son I declined their offer; they want­ed a very large amount of mon­ey from me.
Mon­ey that if I spent on get­ting my name list­ed would indeed be an invest­ment, but not an invest­ment where I was sure of the out­come. I’d rather invest my mon­ey in oh, I don’t know, Rent??

Anoth­er reason.
I googled some­thing along the lines of: “brides mag­a­zine rec­om­mend­ed pho­tog­ra­ph­er” and looked for pho­tog­ra­phers who had also been asked by Brides Mag to be a fea­tured photographer.
I rang 6 pho­tog­ra­phers then I gave up.
100% of the pho­tog­ra­phers I spoke to had indeed all paid very large amounts of mon­ey (but fun­ni­ly enough, all a lot less than what I had been asked to pay)
100% of the pho­tog­ra­phers I had spoke to had received NO book­ings from being featured!
And they were all pret­ty bit­ter about it too!

My very nice gen­tle­man friend who had asked me to be fea­tured accept­ed this shock­ing rev­e­la­tion and made lit­tle effort to defend who­ev­er it was he was sup­posed to of defended. 

So thank you Brides Magazine.
I hon­est­ly do appre­ci­ate the offer, I felt like just the offer alone of being the only rec­om­mend­ed pho­tog­ra­ph­er for Avon did my con­fi­dence the world of good! And for free too!

And look! I’m going to tag this blog with “brides mag­a­zine rec­om­mend­ed pho­tog­ra­ph­er” so that not only brides stum­ble across my blog (for free) but also oth­er photographers!

  1. Yvonne November 20th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Joseph your tal­ent speaks vol­umes and you are a huge suc­cess with­out the recog­ni­tion of pub­li­ca­tions like Brides mag­a­zine. You rock!

  2. Debby November 24th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Wow! Stick with the rec­om­men­da­tions and your thor­ough, per­son­al and spec­tac­u­lar­ly tal­ent­ed approach and I think you will go from strength to strength!

  3. Ric Latham November 28th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Joseph,

    Join the club ;-)

    I was asked to be the offi­cial “Brides Mag­a­zine Pho­tog­ra­ph­er for Greater Manchester”.

    I too declined the gen­er­ous offer!

    best wish­es


  4. Jan December 8th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Well done you! We too were asked to be the only rec­om­mend­ed pho­tog­ra­ph­er! Also for a very large sum of mon­ey! We also declined!
    Best wish­es and good luck for 2010!

  5. Tom Klatmoniz December 8th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    excel­lent, well done for recog­ni­tion! cant wait for you to do my wedding

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