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!

What is professional wedding photography worth to you? _D4V5728_D4V5728

 


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


Texas Country Weddings in the Fall

October 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

MDP_3063mdp-1Moment AloneTaken at Marquardt Ranch

The Fall Season is extremely busy for Texas Wedding Photographers, including us!  The fall is popular for a number of reasons: Most likely more comfortable temperatures for outdoor ceremonies, bridal portrait sessions, fall colors, etc.

A couple things to keep in mind when you are planning your Autumn Wedding:

  • Will the outdoor venue for your ceremony accommodate the number of guests you are considering to invite.
  • If you are planning your wedding after the first of November, remember that you may be impacted by the "Fall Back" Time change, returning to standard time. This will have the sun setting an hour earlier, around 5:45PM.  So if you want outdoor group formals following your ceremony, you may want to consider a 4:00PM Ceremony.
  • Many of the ranch type venues are accessible only by poorly lit dirt roads leading into them. Consider the safety of your guests.  It will be dark when they leave, with Texas deer lining the pathway of their exit!

We love shooting weddings in the fall, and just when we think we have covered a wedding at every area country venue, we learn of another!

 


Wedding Packages - Don't Get Boxed In!

October 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Usually the first question of a prospective wedding bride when contacting us, "What are your wedding packages?"

One Size Doesn't Fit All Needs

Many photographers will price packages on hours of coverage, and a preselected group of products to remember your important day.  But what if your wedding day is unique?  What if the package choice is for 4 hours of coverage or 8 hours? Your wedding only needs a photographer for 6 hours.

Important questions to ask when interviewing a photographer:

  1. What if I need you longer than your package price?  What will be the cost for an additional hour or two?  Is that for two professional photographers or is one of them an assistant?
  2. What is the quality of the album included?  Is it top of the line, or a discounted book?
  3. What if I don't want the eight 8x10s, but instead just a couple?  How much will the difference be?

Matrix Digital Arts Photography Collections

We learned a long time ago, that each bride and each wedding is unique.  Every bride already has in mind what she would like to have for her wedding day, and about how long she would need coverage.

This is why we don't sell packages.  Instead, we believe the bride should have the option to choose how long photographers should be shooting, and also the size, type, and number of pages in her album; whether her digital images are delivered on a DVD disc, or a USB Drive Stick.  When we have a consultation with a bride-to-be, we present all of our available products and options, and help the bride on her choices where necessary. Then we bundle her choices together into a "Collection" and provide a package discount price.

Another unique difference with us: We don't charge for Pre-Ceremony Shooting. (The bride getting ready, and the groomsmen's last minute preparations.) Our agreements include that time automatically, even though we don't start the "clock" until the ceremony begins.

Things we like to give the bride a choice on, and should be considered when consulting with any professional photographer:

  • What about an engagement shoot? How long will it take, and what can you get?
  • How about the Bridal Formal?  The one of two times you will be wearing your wedding dress.  Do you have a choice of the shoot location? What will you get in return?  A Kodak 11x14 print or a professional Fine Art 16x20?  What are the options on shoot locations?
  • When does the ceremony begin, and how long do you want the photographers to stay during the reception?
  • Digital Images - What if you want them printed by a professional lab rather than a discount store. How is that handled?
  • Do you want a professional wedding album or a hard bound published book, commonly called a "coffee table book?"  How many pages do you think you would like? 

This is just a small sample of questions and choices.  But whatever you choose, make sure it is what you want!  After all, it is your wedding day and it's your choice on how you want to remember it by!

 

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