I am not sure why photographers wouldn't take a booking for 2018. For the last 3-4 years I regularly get bookings for two to two and a half years in advance.
At the moment I already have 15 bookings for 2018 and 30 for 2017 with appointments set up to meet another 8 couples getting married in 2017 and 4 more getting married in 2018 .
I limit the number of weddings I photograph each year to a maximum of 55 in order to deliver on my promises of top quality and all photos fully edited and ready to view within 4 weeks maximum after your wedding. So based on the last few years I am sure it will not be too long before my diary for 2017 is full and by this time next year 2018 will probably also be fully booked.
I allow 4-5 working days for each wedding between pre-wedding meetings, engagement shoots, photography on the day of the wedding, post wedding editing, album design and layout and delivery of albums etc. So the price you pay with me is not just for the photography on your wedding day (normally 12-14 hours on that day alone), it is for the full service that I offer and because I am fully registered and tax compliant the taxman gets his cut through VAT and income tax.
Fifty to fifty five weddings a year equates to about 250 days, I try where possible to take Sundays off and 3 days over Christmas so that leaves about 60 days a year to deal with emails, enquiries, updating photography skills, attending wedding fairs, updating website and Facebook and hopefully fit in a short break away during the year.
I look at my pricing and fix it in advance so that there are no nasty surprises such as a clause that allows for price increases. The price advertised on my website at the time of booking is the price you pay for your wedding photography and that is confirmed in your contract.
If you are looking for a full time professional wedding photographer that offers a very friendly relaxed top class service to capture the atmosphere, the emotions and the craic of your wedding in a very natural manner then why not check out my website.
The photo below is from a recent wedding.
If you like what you see give me a call to see if I am available for your wedding date and if so we can meet for a chat about your plans.