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affordability of wedding photography

the affordability of wedding photography.

You’re getting married, congratulations! I’m very excited. You’re committing yourself to another person in a romantic and noble gesture to society, your descendants, and your families. You’re the stuff civilizations are made of.

I’ve been to a lot of weddings and what I’m about to say will not sound very pleasant unless you keep reading, so keep reading please. All weddings are more or less the same. It’s a celebration to start off a new story, it’s the melding of families, and the joining of communities. How will you do this? You’ll publically state your vows in front of all these people, or maybe just to yourselves and two witnesses. There will be food, cake, some dances, and then some dancing. It will emphatically be one of the most memorable events in your life.

Uniqueness, the “story” that we wedding photographers are relentlessly talking about, the golden heart of the event isn’t the actual wedding. It’s you. It’s the blood and bone humans with distinct thoughts and feelings. The wedding celebration will come and go, and in the morning, on the other side of the celebration night, you’ll have a brand new marriage. The route your marriage takes from that day on will be unique to you, no other two people on this planet will have a marriage quite like yours.

However, I’m hired to be there for the wedding day to photography all its lovely details and environment. I’ll photograph your dress, beautifully; your cake like it’s on The Food Network; I’ll figure out how to hide the scuff on the bottom of your heels because you couldn’t wait to wear them; those decorations on the ceiling too, can’t forget about those. You bet I’m good at that.

But if you watch me, I’m watching your sister’s kids play under the table, and your father’s stiff upper lip when he hugs you. There’s also that crazy aunt who always has a problem with something, and her husband whose imbibed a bit too much and is being hilarious. I’m focusing on a different type of romance, one of real people and not contrived fairy tales.

In the end you’ll have heirlooms, photos that will go into the fire safety box and will still be around in 5 generations. These heirlooms are photos of your families, the kind where you stand in a row and smile, the ceremony and the emotional faces of you and your witnesses, they’re also the portraits of you two that you commonly see on my website and portfolio.

Memories of flavors, outfits, decorations, and places fade over time. This is a scientific fact and not my own conjecture. As a photographer I’m acutely aware of this and take my role very seriously with humility and honor. To be THE person who photographs the kickoff of your marriage is no trivial thing.

Because wedding photographs will be with you for the rest of your life and gaining value as you get older, I consider wedding photography to be an investment. My rates are not cheap by most people’s standards and I’m exceedingly aware that there are a near infinite number of photographers that photograph for a lower rate than I command. This would be time to drop the cliché “but my work speaks for itself”, but really it doesn’t. I speak for myself and I would really appreciate the chance to hear from you.

Contact me today.