Wednesday, April 16, 2008

What Would You Do?

Fiance and I met with our photographer this last weekend and we have an interesting decision to make and we're kind of torn so I thought I'd open it up to everyone to see what y'all think.

The Situation: My photography package includes an Engagement Photo Shoot, but since we've been engaged for two years we already did engagement photos and don't need any more. We asked our photographer about other options either in cost or in kind.

The Choices:

1) Have a "day after" shoot in Charlottesville (where we are getting married)
Pros: It will literally be the day after the wedding, we will already have all our stuff there, and it should be pretty easy to go around and take photos.
Cons: Fiance and I really don't have any major connections to Charlottesville...we didn't go to school there and we aren't from there originally. So while a photo in front of the Rotunda will be picturesque, it doesn't have the same meaning for us as it does for other couples. Does this matter? We also might have to miss out on the last moments with our family and friends before they have to head back to their home states.

2) Have a "day after" shoot in the D.C. area (where we live)
Pros: We'll get to spend the day after with our friends and family and pictures around D.C. have more meaning for us since we live here and have a lot of good memories from here
Cons: It'll be after the wedding but possibly a few weeks after...which means longer to get photos back. Would it be weird to have it so far after? We'll have to deal with the hassle and cost of getting "permits" to take photos at any of the monuments. Might have to start shooting as early as 8:00 a.m. to avoid the summer crowds and horrible heat.

3) $125 Credit towards an album
Pros: An album credit is what we would prefer most since really how many pics of yourself do you need? I feel like we'll have plenty from our earlier engagement shoot and from the wedding pics so I'm not sure we need "day after" pics. Albums usually cost around $1,000 for the largest kind.
Cons: What's $125 when you're already spending $1,000? It's barely a drop in the bucket. I feel like taking one of the day after shoots is a much more "valuable" credit then $125.

4) Any other suggestions/options?
Let me know in the comments section if you think there is a better option. As an aside I'm not really a big fan of "boudoir photos" or "trash the dress" (maybe I'll blog about this some other time). I've considered doing a traditional bridal shoot before the wedding (like a true southern girl) but not sure how I feel about it...once again how many pictures of myself do I need lying around?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about covering the rehearsal dinner or bridal shower? Maybe they could set up a photo "corner" or "booth" at the reception? Or maybe use the credit towards smaller (and less expensive) parents' albums or get a matted and framed engagement photo to use for a guest book or to hang at the cocktail hour? Just a few ideas... :)

Thursday, April 17, 2008 4:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what we're doing - instead of engagement photos, we're using that credit towards rehearsal dinner pictures.

Thursday, April 17, 2008 7:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of engagement photos, we are getting a second photographer for 12 hours at no additional cost. If you are having a large wedding, I highly suggest a second photographer.

Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I traded something (can't remember what) for a DVD of all our photos. It's come in so handy for picture frames, gifts, scrapbooks & more. Plus, it's more economical and quicker than ordering photos from the photog every time we want one.

Thursday, April 17, 2008 12:02:00 PM  
Blogger didi said...

how about asking for a so-called photo booth? I did this with my photographer, Belathee photography in nyc and it worked out great! they put up a back drop where guests would pose (think funny prom pictures) and had a second photographer acting like a mechanical photo booth snapping hilarious pics....
I only had it during the party and the guests had the best time.

Thursday, April 17, 2008 1:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am a photographer and love your blog, ladies. have you considered asking for a credit toward a maternity or baby session?

Friday, April 18, 2008 12:12:00 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

i think having a photo session so soon after the wedding is a bit anti climactic. Using to an even leading up to the wedding, or a credit for the album of future event like the baby session mentioned.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 6:53:00 AM  
Blogger sedona bride { destination wedding photographers } said...

just from a photographer's perspective... we find that often times the day goes by very quickly and schedules run behind cutting short time for pictures of the bride and groom together... a lot of our couples opt for a day after session so they can spend most of their cocktail hour with their guests. rather than being away for their portraits, we shoot a few quick portraits and then have a more relaxing "day after" session then next day. - katrina

Monday, June 02, 2008 12:49:00 AM  

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