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:
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?
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!
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:
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!
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:
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:
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!
We will provide useful information in this new series for the newly engaged couple to consider while reviewing all of the vendor opportunities. This week, we will start off with the "Ceremony Location."
Once you have made the commitment to get married, a lot of choices and decisions need to be made. One of those, of course, is the location of your ceremony. But first, you must decide if it will be a traditional church wedding, or a simple ceremony at a park or wedding venue.
If you choose a church, there are a few things you might want to ask the wedding coordinator at the church. Among these is:
Try to keep in mind for your planning purposes, the length of time between your ceremony and the reception. The photographers are going to charge you from the very start, like pre-ceremony detail shots of the bride's preparation, to the wedding couple exit after the reception party. If your ceremony is at 1:00PM, and your reception begins at 6 or 7PM, you have a few hours that the photographers will not really be doing anything, but you will still be charged. We try to compensate for this time lag by capturing the limo ride, or going to the reception venue early to capture detail shots of the table decorations, cake, and your arrival.
We hope this small article has provided you with useful information to consider when choosing your ceremony locations.
As us for our detailed timeline list of the things you need to consider when planning your wedding day!
From the desk of Michael Holeda, Executive Director and Photographer for Matrix Digital Arts
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