The Challenges of Hiring Your Wedding Photographer

September 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 I was recently reminded by a client's review on TheKnot, what goes through the mind of a bride when interviewing photographers for the wedding. A couple of the points I took notice of:

  • Very stressful part of the planning process.
  • Important, because those pictures are forever.

These were her words, and I could add a couple more points which she mentioned:

  • Genuiness of the photographer and presentation
  • Quality of the work
  • Advantages of two professional photographers
  • No hidden costs

I was happy to read her perspective of our work, and how relaxed she became while interviewing us for her special day.  With over 400 professional wedding photographers in the San Antonio Area, it can be very overwhelming to decide which ones to consider, interview, and then eventually decide to commission.

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We have all heard the ole phrase, "You get what you pay for!" Unfortunately, too many brides choose the price over quality.  Additionally, some of those low budget photographers are low budget to attract business to fill their calendars.  Then, there is the occasional "no show" photographer, or the one that fails to provide what was promised.

How do you make the decision while protecting yourself?  For starters, they should be rated by the Better Business Bureau, like ourselves, members of professional photography associations, and last but not least, able to provide referrals directly, or indirectly via website reviews.

Here is a link, to tips on how to select that professional wedding photographer by Expertise.com to assist you in that "stressful part of the planning process."

Six Pointers for Picking  the Perfect Wedding Photographer

Michael Holeda

Executive Director and Photographer

Matrix Digital Arts Photography

 


A Reminder from Hurricane Harvey

September 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

With the recent horrific damages and interruptions to our lives resulting from Harvey, I wondered how many weddings were ruined.

The cancellation of long-awaited and planned for wedding this time was a result of nature.  But one thing is quite certain.  Deposits for the venues, caterers, among other things, were lost.  Most of the vendors today keep your money, regardless of the reason you may give them.

So the question begs....

  • What could you do to prevent the financial loss as a result of unforeseen bad weather?
  • Or a groom that backs out at the last minute?
  • Food poisoning from the caterer?
  • Accidental damage to the venue?
  • A photographer that disappears after the wedding, never to be heard from again.  Or worst yet, fails to even arrive at your wedding.

Although during the wedding planning, one never thinks of these possible unhappy events happening to you!  But they do happen!  Everyday to some bridal couple across the country.

What can you do?

Buy wedding event insurance!  It's very low cost!  So low in fact, you wonder why everybody doesn't purchase it.  Everything from liability to reimbursement of costs associated with the items already mentioned, plus much more.

There are many insurers available.  Our recommendation is WedSure! Check them out and enjoy your special day with the peace of mind you deserve.

by Michael Holeda

Excecutive Director and Photographer


First Looks

August 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

    First LooksTop- the Groom sees his bride begin to walk through the door out to the courtyard, and then becomes overwhelmed with the emotion of it all. Bottom - Staged, The bride walks down the steps to the first landing, and calls out to her fiance to turn around. Priceless!

One of the critical shots for us is "First Looks."

Now there are two types:

  1. Staged - The bride wants to set up a scene where the bride and groom are alone, and he walks up to her, and she turns around.  He gets to see his bride for the first time in her wedding dress before the ceremony.
  2. Candid - This is the most common and why having two photographers is so important for a wedding ceremony.  In our case, one of us has a camera trained on the groom while he stands at the front awaiting her entrance.  The look is priceless when she appears, and many times there may be some emotion with a tear or two.  Of course, we capture that!  The other photographer is trained on the bride as she makes her entrance, and ensuring we get her expression as she glances up to see her "soon-to-be-husband."

Think about which way you would like it.  It's one of the things we discuss during your consultation.

Michael

Executive Director & Photographer


$28,000?

May 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

What?  $28,000 is the "average" cost of a wedding in the San Antonio Area!  Surprised?

So how much is for professional wedding photography?  For many brides, it's the last item on their list.  By the time a venue is rented, the caterer is secured, flowers, cake, (don't forget the Groom's cake too), wedding dress, the bride-to-be finds herself looking for a budget photographer!

There are 2-3 things that should be the first to secure:

  • Where will you get married and celebrate with your friends?  Most churches and venues are booked a year in advance.  Too many are disappointed after paging through wedding magazines, and searching on websites, to find that their first choice is already taken.
  • Who will capture one of the most important days of your life to remember forever?  Most reputable professional wedding photographers, like us, are booked 12-18 months in advance.  So commissioning a photographer should be one of the top items on your list.

Of all of the professional vendors a bride-to-be hires for her wedding, it's the wedding photographer that will be spending the most time with her. From the Engagement shoot, Bridal Formal, and the Wedding Day, the average professional wedding photographer will have invested 40-60 hours of labor into ensuring the wedding day is captured to look back upon many years from now.

So what is the accepted amount you should invest in a wedding photographer?  The industry standard is 10-15% of your total wedding costs.

Too often, we get leads from brides who indicate their budget is $500.  But they are spending, on average $25 per plate for 150 guests, $3,750 for food, $2,500 on the hall rental, and on average $800 on the wedding cake.  Three things that will not exist the day after the wedding!

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Senior Portraits

March 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

DSC_0183DSC_0183 It's that time of year, when we get that sudden RUSH for last minute Senior Portraits.  For the most part, gone are the days of wearing the cap & gown.  Although when we get called, we suggest that the parents take their own pics of their senior on graduation day in the gown.  Much more meaningful then posed pics a week before or after!

We love shooting seniors.  It gives our photographers a chance to be a little more creative, going to unusual locations and shooting on site. Wearing their sports attire, or standing next to their most important thing in their life - their car! 

Give us a call if you have a senior coming up.  It's not too late for 2017!  And we won't charge extra for the last minute RUSH!

GAS_1562_ppTimothy - Class of 2017Shot at Brackenridge Park

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