Wedding photography costs WHAT?!

You’re right-it’s pretty common to have no idea what something like wedding photography costs much less good or great wedding photography. That’s to be expected-after all, this is a once in a lifetime kind of thing so it’s not like you have experience with it. Heck, when we got married, we budgeted $500. Yes, you read that right. Five hundred dollars. 

Sadly, we ended up having a family friend photograph our wedding and to this day regret that decision.  If we were doing it all over, I’d definitely find a way to rework the budget.  Instead, I get sad when I see our wedding photos instead of happy which is definitely not what you want!
What will $2,500 get me?
If your budget is around $2,500 you can expect to find someone talented with 2-5 years experience under their belt.
Who would you recommend?
While I don’t personally know anyone in that range (13 years in the industry means everyone I know has been around since at least 2007 if not longer, assuming they’re still in business), I do think you can find someone in that range.
Where else can I look for a great, affordable wedding photographer?
If you have any friends that have gotten married in the last few years, definitely ask them not only who they booked but who they looked at. You never know what you might find!
Another great resource is finding a wedding blog that resonates with your wedding style and not only looking a photographers that advertise there but seeing who photographed some of the blog posts you like.
Definitely give snapknot.com a try. They allow you to put your budget in as well as request quotes from area photographers that match your budget.  It’s a great resource.
And last but not least-it might be worth a try looking at portrait photographers work that you find appealing. While they don’t specialize in weddings, you might luck out and get someone great for a great price because that’s not their normal thing.

Flowergirls!!!

Here’s just one of the adorable flowergirls from this past season-what do you think, should I do a whole series?  They have some of the funniest expressions and always look adorable!

 

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And another gorgeous photo of the blushing bride Allie, because who can resist?!

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Andrea and Dan’s Up North Wedding // PREVIEW

To say that Andrea and Dan had the perfect, intimate Up North wedding is an understatement.

Not only was the weather PERFECTION, but these two have the most wonderful family supporting them-and a beautiful location to boot!

Andrea and Dan spent all summer reviving the cottage they purchased Up North to transform it into the spectacular place it is. There were a lot of bumps along the way but in the end, it all worked out. They said their vows beneath the tree just behind their cottage on the lake, a place that will always hold special meaning for them throughout the years to come.

I’ll be sharing more from their wedding soon but enjoy this tiny glimpse into their magical fall lake side wedding.

Andrea and Dan Happy Couple Up North Wedding

The Magic of Sawyer

There is something magical about being a part of a couple’s wedding day and then being able to follow their journey as a family into parenthood.  It absolutely delights me and fills me with joy to be a part of such important milestones. To say I’m honored is an understatement-I am truly humbled by the trust my amazing couples give me not only on their wedding day but after!

You might remember Ashley and Adam’s wedding at Greystone just a couple of years back and here they are celebrating their firstborn son Sawyer’s first birthday! Crazy how fast time flies!

Sawyer is absolutely adorable but what I love most is the love I see not only between Ashley + Adam, but the immense love they share for their son. It is remarkable and reminds me of all the good that there is in this world.  I’m so grateful to have witnessed their extraordinary love for him.

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My boring, blah closet

Is your wardrobe as tired and worn out as mine?  I swear, I’ve developed a uniform lately and my closet feels so uninspired!  So much so, I’ve definitely be avoiding going out as much as possible. And avoiding being in front of the camera more than usual.

Getting dressed definitely doesn’t bring me joy-it’s more of a “what is the least painful option” kind of event.  I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready to change that! I’d much rather walk out the door feeling great and ready to take on the world!

Instead, this is pretty much what I look like every.single.day. (Yup, still hiding!)

changing my style for the better

Seriously. Maxi skirt+weather appropriate top. Maybe a scarf now that the weather is turning. Earrings if I remember. This is me, today.

I’d rather look like this, even if I do have a home office:


All of this makes me REALLY excited that I was handpicked to preview Hilary Rushford’s “Style and Styleability”. Having a sneak peek at what’s ahead, I have already learned a few new things that are changing my style for the better.

I’d love for you to get in on these awesome style tips (how have I never heard these before?!), it’s totally free, and Hilary is absolutely adorable!

Even if you’re waaaaay more stylish than me, I think you’ll pick up a thing or two because Hilary is just THAT awesome. She has impeccable style and is one of those people that it’s a delight to learn from.

Come on, we’ll do this together and it will be AWESOME!!!!!!! Really really. :*

Let’s change our wardrobes without buying a new one and feel stylish every day. Hilary says “effortlessly chic” and I definitely want in on that!

Plus I know what we learn will absolutely help you dress your best for your upcoming session-so let’s do this!

Now Booking: Fall 2014 portraits

If you’ve been waiting to book your fall session, now is the time!

ONLY 10 SPOTS REMAINING for mini sessions and 5 for Signature sessions

Call or click to reserve your spot today!

signature portrait session | West Bloomfield, MI

Looking for an affordable way to update your photo collection and send out holiday cards that people will talk about for years? The mini session is PERFECT!

There are 2 ways to do a mini session- all inclusive $350 (includes print release and archive download) or essentials $99 (everything ala carte but you can use up to 4 images with our partnerships with Minted.com and TinyPrints.com

 

2014 Portrait Mini Sessions