Editor’s Note: Today, Carrie is dishing about the wedding photographer that made her change her mind about hiring a pro. I just wanted to take this opportunity to shout this from the rooftops – a professional wedding photographer is ALWAYS worth the splurge. (You’ll notice I said a “professional” wedding photographer. While hiring a newbie or handing the task over your cousin Buzz might save you a buttload of money, we can’t pretend there aren’t risks involved.)
At first we weren’t going to have a photographer. We were convinced we couldn’t afford one and didn’t need one. Some of our friends have dSLRs and we were hoping they would help us out. DIY photography all the way!
But then I got sucked into the world of wedding blogs and Pinterest. I started feeling jealous of these couples I didn’t even know for their gorgeous photos! My BFF strongly advised me that I would definitely regret not having a photographer. I started feeling bad about the idea of asking our friends to don cameras on our big day. Thus I secretly started looking around the web, “just to see what’s out there.” “You don’t need a photographer!” the logical, thrifty side of my brain told me. “But maybe, just maybe, if you could find one that’s not too expensive…” the other side whispered.
And that’s when I stumbled upon Bright Fizz Photo, based in Phoenix, Arizona. “Wow,” I thought, as I perused the website, “These photos are so fun and quirky!”
Although I am normally annoyed when websites start blasting music at me, I actually really liked the songs playing in the background on Bright Fizz’s site. More points for good taste in music!
Plus, Zach and I totally agree with their philosophy! “Our style of photography is not traditional. We like the candid, silly moments that every couple has to offer. We do not like the standard poses with two people smiling at the camera. We create images that really show the style and connection of two people in love. Our style is happy with a little bit of funk.”
“So who is behind these awesome photos,” I wondered, “…and how can we possibly afford them?” I sent an email to Rachel, the wonder-woman behind Bright Fizz. It turns out that she and her husband Nick run the business and they both seem super awesome-sauce. And, amazingly enough, they are AFFORDABLE! (Basic wedding packages start at only $1500!)
I pretty much knew I NEEDED Rachel to photograph our wedding as soon as we talked. So I turned to my parents and asked them if they’d be willing to gift us our wedding photography and they said yes! I guess it’s kind of breaking the rule of paying for everything ourselves, but since Zach’s parents are providing our venue, my parents also really wanted to contribute something tangible. This will make everyone happy!
We haven’t met Rachel in person yet, but we will definitely be doing that before the wedding. For now though, her awesome photos and the personality that shines through her emails are enough to convince me she’s going to do a great job! Wedding photo win!
Did anyone else decide they had to have a photographer after initially not wanting one?