I know that couples put a lot of care and planning into their wedding day. I recognize that they are looking for many things when selecting their wedding photographer.
Some of the comments from couples, family and friends when photographing a wedding are: I wish I put more emphasis on wedding photography, pictures will be the most important thing to remember my wedding day, I will always cherish my wedding pictures, I love my wedding pictures. My goal, in working with all couples, is the last two comments.
When I first meet a couple I try to let my wedding images and albums do the selling. I am not a salesman but a photographer in the business of selling my expertise and vision. I tell couples to evaluate the style and quality of wedding photography. Evaluating photography and all artwork is a very subjective experience. Every couple will have a different idea of a style of wedding photography and how it will fit their wedding day ideas and wedding venue. I explain the quality and value of my photography. Pricing quality photography is a tricky business. I price my photography to give couple a good value and fill my wedding season calendar. Value, or the bottom line, is always going to be important in every couples wedding budget.
I do not charge extra for time or charge for blocks of time: four, six, eight hours, etc. Throughout my photography career, I have never taken pictures on the clock. Getting good pictures and capturing the special moments takes time and patience. A wedding photojournalist cannot force a couple into documenting the wedding in blocks of time. Rather than enjoying your wedding day and just letting everything flow, your now watching the clock.
I offer couples my wedding photography along with my expertise in the post-production of the wedding photos. This means I edit and enhance a select number of images (Usually 200 to 450) with Photoshop. Every digital image that comes out of the camera needs work. The process may be as simple as a minor tone adjustment to more advanced color correction and sometimes extensive use of Photoshop to remove a background item and more. My goal is for a couple to have a beautiful collection of wedding pictures. A collection of edited images that starts when getting ready to the last moments of the party.
I also provide a wide selection of wedding albums and books. After a couple selects the pictures I design the wedding album. Designs can be traditional, modern or bold. I work and fine-tune the design with the couples input every step of the way. Again, my goal is to have the best pictures I can take designed into a high quality wedding book that will last forever.