After the last bridal show in Austin Tx, we got together with some friends for dinner and the conversation shifted to the cost of wedding photography and why it can be so expensive. When someone books a 5-6 hour wedding with us they may not be aware that our true time commitiment to our customer is about 30 hours.
We want our customers to understand that a professional photographer does more than “just shoot and burn a disk”. The wedding day is just the beginning. As professional photographers we always photograph in camera RAW format. This means that our workflow after the wedding is a day or so to process the 800-1500 images. Yes, we do check/adjust each image for color balance, exposure, composition etc as part of our processing. Then, we upload the entire wedding to the internet so family and friends can enjoy the photos. It takes quite a bit of time even with page templates and upload scripts to create/upload the 800-1500 thumbnail images, larger images and web proof pages.
The Handfasting is a beautiful ceremony that can augment your vows and ring exchange. It was originated in the 1600’s, in Europe, when very few weddings were being sanctified in the church. It was essentially, a commonlaw ritual, and it makes a beautiful contrast to the more formalized vows that are included in most modern ceremonies.
In the version that I have written , multiple colored cords, (some of which are embellished with beads, gemstones and charms), are draped over the couple’s hands as promises are read. Very often, a close friend. the couples’ children or one of the bridal party will assist in draping the cords; this is a great way to make them active participants.
Your ceremony is the heart and soul of your wedding and will likely be the most personal memory of this special day. So choosing an officiant is more critical than most people realize. Many couples, especially those who do not have a regular place of worship, plan in advance for everything but the wedding officiant! Personal referrals can give you a sense of security but make sure the officiant meets your individual needs and requirements. There are many things to consider:
Destination weddings are becoming so very popular, I thought that I would share a few budgeting tips to think about while planning a destination wedding.
In any wedding workbook, you’ll find a budget page where you plan for all the standard wedding expenses (like your photographer, wedding flowers, music, your wedding dress and the caterer). But what if you’re having a destination wedding? Below are some costs that are specific to destination weddings that aren’t usually mentioned in standard wedding budgets:
Today, anybody out of job thinks they can buy a camera, put together a great website and videotape weddings. Is this what you want for your most precious day and memories?
What to Look for:
It is important to keep in mind that this is YOUR wedding day. Just because a photographer wants you to take pictures at a certain time or a caterer tries to tell you that you "must" serve this, remember that you are in charge. Listen to these experts, but decide for yourself.
Most photographers, for example, will work with you to take many of the key photos before the wedding, so that you don't have to miss your entire reception due to hours of picture-taking.
Planning your wedding? Congratulations!
With all the planning that has to be done, you’re probably feeling a bit overwhelmed. There are wedding invitations and programs to order and send out, a ceremony and reception to plan, food to choose for the reception, and so many other important things to do. However, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing a wedding dress. After all, you want to look amazing for the big day.
Who else would like to know the difference between photojournalistic and traditional style wedding photography?
There is a much confusion surrounding the different styles of wedding photography that professionals are shooting today. Most couples want the style and glamour that they see in magazines. They often don’t know exactly what that style is called and how a skilled photographer can make them look as good as the bride and groom in the latest trend-setting celebrity wedding. Other couples are looking for a more traditional style of wedding photography.
I received a request for information recently and the sender stated, "One of our guests has offered to shoot it for us and their offer is attractive considering your asking price". Although I can understand budgets, it is unfortunate that clients compare professional services with their friends who happen to own cameras.
My respsonse was to ask these questions of anyone, especially friends and family, who you are considering captuing one of the most important days of your life:
As with all things related to your wedding, it is better to be prepared before getting into something.
For the wedding ceremony, here are 5 things you and your fiance should discuss before meeting with your officiant.