Wedding 101

welcome to wedding photography… congratulations you’re engaged…  you’ve daydreamed about the proposal, the dress, the details. this is the most important day of your life. you need a photographer,  many people think all a photographer need do is arrive, work for a few hours, press some buttons and ( magically) perfect looking, retouched, images appear on a disk.

With that being said,  i have two thoughts: 1. if only it were that easy and… 2. if that’s what you’re friends have received in the past i imagine either their photographer isn’t in business any longer or they weren’t satisfied with what they received.  am i right?

imagine, you get a good deal for your wedding photography.  you also get the “disk of images” that everyone says you must have.  now imagine you’re celebrating your second anniversary by moving into your dream home and you’re planning on finally printing some of the images from your disk to hang on your wall…  wait, where’s the disk?  lost in the move?  you call the person who photographed your wedding but the number has been disconnected–out of business and your wedding is gone, forever. being in the business, we hear horrifying stories like this all the time, it happens. if you simply don’t have the money to hire a true professional, please ask questions and know what you are getting for your money.  remember, it’s one of the most important days of your life… why is it worth paying for? there are numerous websites and blogs that suggest the majority of your budget be spent on the venue, catering, flowers and dress.  let’s put this in to perspective… you, as the bride, are spending thousands upon thousands of dollars for a dress you’ll wear for (maybe) 10 hours, flowers that last a week (during which time you’ll be gone), food that goes to waste, and one of the highest costs, a venue that you’ll spend approximately 12-24 hours at. please don’t misunderstand me, all of these things are important in creating a unique experience for you and your guests and certainly what may be important for one bride may not be for another.  consider, whichever item is most important to you, do you want it captured to remember –forever?

yes, great wedding photography is going to cost.  But luckily, it has a return that far outlasts the others costs for your wedding. if photography isn’t high on your priority list for your wedding, chances are we’re not a good fit for you. if you think we’re a good fit,  by all means hurry up and please click on the contact form!