Posts Tagged 'wedding photography budget'

January 30, 2015
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Wedding Photography Save Me! Photography is your wedding day parachute. Make sure it opens when you need it!

Your Wedding Photography Parachute

Expenses are piling up and you’ve already spent more than you want to. But keep this important fact in mind: Low-budget wedding photography is about as risky a decision as you will ever make. It’s extremely chancy to skimp on something that you want to enjoy for the rest of your life!  It’s like the old joke about negotiating a discount with someone to pack your parachute and then going skydiving–the money you saved won’t mean a thing if that chute doesn’t open!

Well, what should my photography cost? The Knot does an annual survey of brides to find out what they paid for “average” wedding photography. The latest survey results (2014) as published in USA Today show that average wedding photography costs $2,440. If you want above-average photography with amenities such as two photographers, more than 8 hours of coverage and/or a wedding album, then you should expect to pay more than that.

The good news is that paying more for great photography is actually cheap wedding day insurance. Guard your photography budget like a skydiver checking her chute before getting into the plane. Be certain that your parachute will get you safely on the ground. It is far better to spend more that you had planned than to look at those pictures afterward and wish you had spent more. They can never be done over again–there are no upgrades next year. Knowing that as you look at pictures you don’t like is the very definition of heartbreak. At that moment, the $1,000 you saved won’t be worth ten cents.

Looking for the perfect wedding reception location? The Pittsburgh region also has many truly unique venues for your wedding and/or wedding reception. These locations create a super-special experience for you, your family and friends! 100 Venues, 100 Weddings! See a real wedding at the venue you want for your wedding at THIS LINK–all photographed by OvationImages.com, Pittsburgh’s Trusted Wedding Photographer Since 2001.

Please follow Ovation Images on facebook to hear more of our couples experiences planning their weddings.

And follow Ovation Images on our blog for many unique Ovation Images wedding photo ideas!

Want to see a complete Ovation Images wedding? You can see an entire Ovation Images wedding gallery HERE.

Copyright 2011-2015 by OvationImages.com

 Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.

Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Mention our BLOG when you meet with us and receive
Eight FREE 8×10 prints added on to any wedding photography package purchase!
Please also visit the Ovation Images facebook page!  And check out our high school seniors blog!

Photographer? Please join us on PhotoBurrito.com

January 23, 2015
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Cheap Wedding Photography Is Expensive. Do you know why high-quality professional wedding photography costs more? Because it’s worth it! Thousands of couples who got married before you decided they were willing to pay more to ensure better results. And it turns out, they were right!

Why is that true? It’s true because you end up looking at your wedding pictures hundreds if not thousands of times–for many years afterward! Anything you don’t like or that you think may be missing will grind on your mind until you don’t want to look at your wedding pictures again.

Bottom line? Wedding photography is not like chair covers–or even catering! If you decide that don’t like the chair covers–no problem, because you never have to look at them again. If you don’t like the food that your caterer serves at your wedding, well you never have to taste it again. But those wedding pictures stay with you day after day, year after year–forever!

Many professional wedding planners will tell you that wedding photography is not actually a wedding “expense”. They regard it a a lifetime investment, and they often suggest you budget for your photography like an investment that you expect to pay off for years to come.

Sure you have a budget. But don’t use it like a club to scare away all the higher-quality, most-experienced wedding photographers. Be gentle and flexible when you meet with them and you will most likely be met with the same in return.

Good photographers love their clients and their work. In fact, that love is what makes their photography good! When you are choosing a photographer, focus on finding the love–and be prepared to adjust your budget. Wouldn’t you rather spend more than you had planned now to avoid that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach later EVERY TIME that you look through your wedding pictures? “Later” is too late to change it–and too late to figure out that you under-budgeted your wedding photography.

 engraved cake server and knife, wedding details, pittsburgh wedding photography

“Cake, dear?” by OvationImages.com

Final Word: Invest Your Time Too! — Schedule Your Day Wisely. Your wedding photography will be better the more time you allocate to it. Likewise, it will be worse the less time you allocate to it. If you are not seeing each other before your ceremony, then you need at least 2 hours in between your ceremony and reception. No ifs, ands or “but our guests are waiting!” If they love you, they will be glad to wait–they know that this time is the only time you have to create pictures that you will share with your children’s children!  It starts to sound pretty worthwhile when you put it like that, huh? After you have made the money decision, be certain you have also allowed more than adequate time for your photography.
groom removing the brides garter, bridesmaids in the background cheering, willow room wedding photography

“Found it!” by OvationImages.com

 100 Venues, 100 Weddings! See a real wedding at the venue you want for your wedding at THIS LINK–all photographed by OvationImages.com, Pittsburgh’s Trusted Wedding Photographer Since 2001.

Please follow Ovation Images on facebook to hear more of our couples experiences planning their weddings.

And follow Ovation Images on our blog for many unique Ovation Images wedding photo ideas!

Want to see a complete Ovation Images wedding? You can see an entire Ovation Images wedding gallery HERE.

Copyright 2011-2015 by OvationImages.com

 Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.

Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Mention our BLOG when you meet with us and receive
Eight FREE 8×10 prints added on to any wedding photography package purchase!
Please also visit the Ovation Images facebook page!  And check out our high school seniors blog!

Photographer? Please join us on PhotoBurrito.com