Snowflakes in France

Reflections of a 20-something woman in publishing

Month: June, 2010

wedding world: Photography

A shout out to brides in Louisville. There are not many good blogs for creative/budget weddings in the South. Most of them focus on California. Which is fine until you start talking about vendors. DJs, photographers, caterers, venues, bakeries.

To a lot of people (including me!), photography is a big one. And not many people want to pay for travel costs from LA. Or use the guys featured in Louisville Bride magazine that charge upwards of $5,000. I was really hoping for something under $2,000.

Because I’m a former newsie and know a lot of photojournalists, I first considered using one of my friends. But after much consideration, I really would prefer that my wedding be a fun day for them — not a day of work. But I do recommend them to the wedding world at large.

Brad Luttrell. http://bradluttrell.com – Brad likes families and joy. And it shows. He’s getting married in August, which should add to his knowledge of weddings, although he’s been shooting them for  a while now, working with another friend of mine…

Emily Coovert. http://emilinaphotography.com/ – Emily’s photos are awesome. Every time I look at her photos, I want to be the bride on the other end of her camera.

Reggie Beehner. http://www.beehnerphotography.com — This guy is not a friend of mine, but he may have been my photographer if he hadn’t already been booked. He teaches photojournalism at EKU and lives in Lexington. As I told him, his photos really capture the small moments and the joy.

Shannen Deckard. http://www.deckardphotography.com — My photographer. Ultimately, I wanted someone who could capture candid moments, not just pose people on the other side of the lens. Shannen does that. She also provides a DVD of fully edited photos and gives me the copyright to them so that I can make prints and post photos on Facebook as I please. I’ve seen her work on other weddings and I know she’ll do a great job with mine.

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Panic on Photography Prices

I have sanely tried on bridesmaid dresses that cost more than $300. Took a discerning business eye  to catering proposals with quotes of $12,000. So why is it that photography package prices twist a knot in my stomach and make it difficult to swallow?

$2,000 for a base package, says a photographer, a girl I knew in college. Maybe I was too quick to turn her down. She’s only moderately out of my price range, I realized, when I later came across a photographer who charged five times that.

The problem is, I can tell the difference between good and bad photography. Between joy and static poses. Between a perfect crop and a jumbled scene.

Affordable Photography of Kentucky can take photos and send them to me sans editing for $500. But I want their expertise.

I remember days from the news room. The photogs had taken thousands of photos for a story about a soldier going to war. They narrowed them down to about 30, and hung those on the wall. And stared at them all day. During lunch. At midnight. Moving the ones they liked best toward the top, and maybe back down again. And then they cropped them into tiny pieces of enormous significance.

I can’t do that to 1,000 photos. I don’t have the patience or the vision. Only the appreciation. So I suppose that I should pay them what they deserve and break my crumbling budget in yet another spot.