You’re getting married! Congratulations! Now you get to contact your favorite wedding photographer you’ve been following for years… ahem… me! And in case you haven’t been following, here you go! You can sign up for once-weekly (usually less often!) emails HERE, find us on Facebook HERE and on Instagram HERE.
In a perfect world, price wouldn’t matter. I get that. I’ve shopped around too. But please, keep in mind that old adage, you get what you pay for. You’re going to spend a lot of money on your wedding. Make sure you spend it where it counts. Of course, you know I’m going to say photography is the most important thing. You’re going to keep and look at your pictures forever. You need somebody who has experience (Did you know my husband and I are a team with 16 years of professional photography experience?) who has education (oh yeah- we got that!) and the equipment (We joke that our cameras and lenses are more of our babies)! But anyway…
Off of that tangent. In a perfect world, the only thing that would matter is that you have the wedding photography of your dreams. But, in reality, you are going to want to know what your wedding photography is going to cost you. The best way to do that is to let your prospective photographer know everything you already have planned in your initial email.
If you write an email and ask for quotes, you’re going to get the standard quotes. However, if you tell me right up front, for instance, that you and your beloved are both in the military and that you will have 35 guests at your intimate backyard wedding, I’m going to tell you that you probably don’t need to pay for two photographers at your wedding and I’m also going to give you a discount as a thank you for your service to our community. If you tell me you’re getting married on a location on my bucket list, it’s likely I’m going to throw in some incentives. Want to know about my bucket list? Please ask!!
Also, let me know about your strong preferences and loves. If you tell me that you love dark and moody photography, I’m going to tell you that I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness, that I’m not the photographer for you, and I’m going to recommend somebody who will give you the wedding photography you dream of. If you tell me you love the sun more than anything in the world (expect your fiance/fiancee, of course!) I’m going to jump up and down, maybe do a cartwheel or two and share all of my favorite images of shooting into the sun, and sunset pictures and sun reflecting and I’m just going to keep on going!
So, to recap, to get the best possible quote tailored to you and your wishes for wedding photography, make sure you include:
Estimate of number of guests
Things you love and want for your wedding photography
And please understand- I understand that things change! I know that everything you tell me a year before your wedding may change slightly.
Christine and Ryan are the couple on the cover. Click HERE to see their Riverview wedding!
Kate and Brian are the couple in front of the altar. Click HERE to see their Curtis Cultural Center wedding!
Monica and Derek are right below. Click HERE to see their Maneeley’s wedding!
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