It’s officially engagement season, and all of the love in the air has me thinking about the importance of wedding photography and videography. Think about your wedding day whether it was years ago, you’re engaged and planning, or you’re dreaming of your day… What is one thing you wish you could have had or one thing that you wish you could have?
It’s all too often that I talk with (newly) married couples, and they tell me that if they could change one part of their wedding day, they would have hired a professional photographer (or videographer) to document their day. This breaks my heart because I am so passionate about what I do, and I know that there are so many photographers out there that feel as though I do and have amazing talent to share. It truly saddens me that couples so often do not have a timeless documentation of their wedding days.
Then, I have couples tell me that professional wedding photography and videography is the best investment. You see, they have had a wonderful experience and value the way in which their day was documented. They know they can relive their day whenever they want to for years and years to come.
As I write this, I am not writing as a saleswoman or as someone that is trying to attract more business for myself. I am truly writing as someone who was a bride once and someone who has an immeasurable passion for what she does.
Yes, I believe that everyone should have quality and professional photography and videography for their wedding day, but I also understand that that is not always realistic. I do not believe that every couple can spend thousands of dollars on their wedding photographer, but I think it is important to look at wedding day priorities to see what is most important for the couple beyond becoming one. Look at what you are spending overall, and see what will work for you as a couple. Photographers all start somewhere and are at so many different stages of their journeys. You can work with a budget – whether is small or large – and have beautiful photographs and wedding day details. It requires a little work, but it is worth spending time researching, reading reviews, and looking at portfolios. You will be thankful so many years down the road!
Someday you will be able to share beautiful quality photos, and video, with you children, your grandchildren, and your family and friends. When I am photographing a wedding, these times are in the foreground of my vision to document your day.
If you find yourself in the position of prioritizing your budget and making big decisions for your wedding day, read the thoughts of someone who invested. Deidre was one of my brides (yes, my sister-in-law, too!), and I was lucky to be her wedding photographer. She kindly wrote and shared this testimonial with me after she and I shared a conversation about investing in wedding photography and videography…
So, I think it’s important to ask yourself… On your first anniversary or your twentieth anniversary, how do you want to remember and relive your wedding day?
P.S. – Want more wedding planning advice + encouragement? Read more here!