Why do you say wedding photography is an investment?
A photographer can help make your memories last, but a great photographer will make the memories happen. A great photographer isn't an interruption, they're a welcome addition. They know how to be assertive, like when directing people into position for group shots. They know when to be a ninja, like during the vows. They bring guests together, amp up the energy, and reveal the best in people. With a great photographer, everyone feels comfortable and relaxed–even that uncle who claims he “hates” having his picture taken will have a great time.
Photography is an important investment for any wedding. Weddings are incredible events filled with love, laughter, and happy tears–oh, and stress. You know what makes that day way less stressful? A great photographer.
My cousin/niece/brother's-best-friend is instagram famous, should I have them take my wedding pictures?
It might sound like a good idea to ask a family friend who likes taking pictures to lend their time to be your wedding photography. Or you might think it’d be fun to have guests to take their own pictures and tag you on social media. This is one of those–sounds good on paper and doesn’t work in real life–ideas. You want each of your guests to actually attend and enjoy your wedding, not be processing it from behind a camera lens. And when they are enjoying, they’re not going to focus on taking pictures because they’ll be in the moment experiencing your celebration.
What does a wedding photographer do?
Wedding photographers manage timelines, direct large groups of people, troubleshoot all kinds of issues (like weather troubles, lighting concerns, and permit issues), know how to make their subjects look incredible by suggesting poses and capturing the best light. They already know all the shots to take, so you don’t have to worry over what moments are being captured.
After the big day is over, wedding photographers become editors and meticulously go through every image of the day (which can be hundreds of pictures for every hour!). They choose the best and they fine tune the details, so your photos will not just be a time capsule to what your wedding looked like but they'll bring you back to what it felt like. They format the images and make them ready for you in whatever the agreed upon delivery method is.
I have a limited budget, can you still help me?
Don't fret, what we want most is to enhance and capture your memories. If you're getting married, we want you to focus on your once in a lifetime moment, and not on making sure you have the money to pay your photog at the end of the night. Before the big day, we will collaborate to arrange the payment methods and dates. Surprise costs aren't a thing because we'll have a clear and easy to understand contract in place so you can be assured that there will be no shocking unexpected bills from us filling your inbox.
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