It will probably come as no surprise to you when I say that finding our wedding photographer was #1 on my wedding priority list. More than anything, I want to have beautiful pictures to look back on and remember the very best day of my life. Being a wedding photographer myself, I know how incredibly important finding a photographer who matches your style and vision is. I’ve also found that in order to really get the best images possible, you really to have to click with your photographer and feel both comfortable around them and confident in their skills and abilities. After all, they will probably be within a 10-foot vicinity of you 90% of the day, so it helps to hire a photographer you truly enjoy being around.
When Mr. C and I first got engaged, probably within the first few weeks, I was already researching local photographers. We had already sat down and made a rough estimate of our budget, so I knew the local ballpark that I had to stay within. While our initial budget was fairly small for everything we wanted from our photographer (all-day coverage, digital copies of images, and print release to name a few must-haves), I was willing to spend a little bit more if it meant hiring someone whose work I truly loved.
After researching prices for some of my favorite Lancaster photographers, sticker-shock set in and I began to get extremely frustrated and discouraged. My top pick’s all-day packages started at $6,000, and as much as I would have loved to hire them, there was no way I could swing that. I started going down the list of photographers whose work I love, only to find out that, again, they were all way out of budget. I finally decided that in order to get everything I wanted from my must-have list while staying in budget, I’d have to search for an up-and-coming photographer. Since I myself was just starting out (and practically begging people to take a chance on me) I wanted to give the same opportunity to another newbie photographer. Of course, I still wanted to love their work, be confident in their abilities, and connect with them on a personal level.