Now that we’re past the holidays, and the New Year, I feel like I can hit the ground running. Our wedding is in nine months! In the last week, we’ve finalized paper choices for our DIY save the dates, completed our registry and hired a photographer.
Let’s talk about wedding photography for a moment, shall we?
One of my largest struggles throughout this process has been finding a photographer. Wedding photography prices are simply through the roof. I come from a service-based industry — I understand the value in a service and what a challenge it is to convince someone you’re worth a particular amount of money. I also understand that wedding photography is a luxury item. I was surprised, however, at the lack of photographers who offer no lower cost options at all. My assumption is that the whole day is shot (har, har) whether they have booked three hours or 10 hours, so they simply don’t offer three hours, which, from a financial standpoint, makes absolute sense.
From (a nightmare) bridal show to online inquiries, photographers in my area were providing pricing for their lowest cost packages in the $1400 range. It was discouraging. I started kicking around the idea of reaching out to the local art college to see if any photography seniors would be interested in shooting our wedding, even though I knew that wasn’t what I wanted. I was at a loss for what to do.
Everyone wants nice pictures from their wedding. Long after your flowers have died and your dress has yellowed, your pictures will still exist in a nice frame in your house, or on your desk. I didn’t want to be disappointed by bad composition, bad lighting or bad timing each time I glance at our wedding photo.
We had a pretty specific type of photographer in mind which narrowed the field even more. Not only are we looking for someone reasonably priced (a.k.a. within our budget or at least in the ballpark), but also someone who deviated a bit from traditional wedding photography. When it comes down to it, we both hate having our picture taken. We want the posed shots kept to a bare minimum and a photographer with enough experience and artistic talent to take it upon themselves to creatively capture moments in time.
That’s what wedding photography is, after all, isn’t it? You’re capturing priceless and fleeting moments in time from the best day of your life. It’s an important thing.
Lo and behold, after a few months of discouraging searching and procrastinating, I came across Big Sky Photo. I don’t remember how, or from what Google search or website. Not only was he probably one of the friendliest guys you’ll ever meet, but the photos he brought that weren’t posted to his website or Facebook page were so well composed, artistically thought out and exactly what we were looking for.
I was so relieved when we left. This has been the biggest struggle for me so far; not my dress, not the venue. The photographer.