Since while I am writing this it’s the beginning of the week I’ll start with the wedding that I just did this past Saturday. This bride and groom had been engaged for over a year and they decided to have me as their photographer about three months after they were engaged so we have been corresponding for almost 9/10 months if I remember correctly. The reason is because they wanted to get married at a certain location and that place was really popular and booked up for almost a year so they had to wait until it was the first free weekend. I get that people want to have their wedding at a certain place. Most people feel the location is one of the most important part about a wedding but I totally disagree with that. To me it shouldn’t matter where you get married. The most important part about a wedding is the fact that you’re getting married to the love of your life but hey, that’s just my opinion.
So this bride, her name is Courtney, decided on one of my bigger packages because she wanted as many pictures as she possibly could and at as many different locations as she possibly could, but then after a couple months she decided to lower her package because she realized that she had to pay for other things and she couldn’t afford to have one of the biggest packages that I had. Which is fine with me, I always give my couples a CD of every picture that I take so they are never shorted on a picture and they have their choice of which pictures that they want and I always take more. I never just give them exactly what they paid for. What can I say? I like to over deliver. I am always flexible with my contracts but boy oh boy this one has been a bit much. Courtney has changed her package three additional times since her first choice was made. She lowered her package, she lowered it again and then she raised it and then lowered it and then went back to our medium package. She was driving me insane but this poor girl couldn’t make a decision to save her life. She was never bridezilla, she was never rude, she was really nice and sweet but just majorly indecisive. However, I did give her a deadline that she had to lock down a package a month before her wedding. After the thirty days before she was not able to change it, so a month left her wedding and she finally locked down the medium-size package. I reassured her that she would be really happy with that package and I wouldn’t disappoint. So Saturday comes and I meet her at her moms house so I can get pictures of her and her female relatives and all of the girls that are in the wedding and the we move to the church and I get candid pictures of everybody getting ready and having a good time. I do have another partner who was following the boys around. And of course I get ceremony pictures and after ceremony pictures and then we go to two different locations and take on-site pictures. One of the most difficult parts about pictures after the ceremony and then before the reception is the time involved. Usually we only have between 45 minutes to an hour to go to two different places and to make sure around 50 to 60 people are listening to me, getting in position quickly so we can get done and making sure the guests are not waiting too long. This is the point where I have to be sweet yet very, very firm to everyone because usually these people have been drinking a little. They’re all excited, they’re all happy and no one listens, we actually did pretty good this time. I think we were only about 10 minutes late to the reception. After that is usually one of the easiest things you do as a photographer because everybody’s just having fun and most of these pictures are the candid ones. On top of that, most weddings today include a photo booth which helps capture some additional photos. I have not capitalized on the photo booth trend just yet but I really think I should. I know a lot about it so I think it would make for some nice supplemental income. Maybe I will write a post about that if I ever do decide to follow through with it.
I hope Courtney is happy with her photos. Now I’m just working on getting all of her pictures organized, edited and getting it over to her. I have until Thursday to do all of this so we’ll see. I’ll let you know how it all goes. Thanks everyone for reading.