HOW TO HIRE A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER:

It's time for my annual post and it's the ultimate secret in hiring your wedding photographer and getting the most out of your investment:

HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER THAT CAN SHOOT IT ANY CONDITION OR LIGHTING SITUATION. Period.

I see brides shopping for photographers strictly by portfolios containing pretty outdoor photos taken at sunset. Guess what? ANYONE can go to Best Buy, buy a have decent DSLR and pull off professional looking photos at the "golden hour" if they have a little bit of camera knowledge. 

But what about your RECEPTION? Isn't that 5 HOURS of your day? In a dark hall or barn with horrendous lighting conditions? What if it rains? Or snows? Or if you having a winter wedding and it gets dark outside at 4pm? 

YOU NEED TO HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER THAT IS WELL VERSED IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE DAY AND CONDITIONS. Low light, no light, indoors, outdoors, night-time, daytime, overcast, harsh sun are just some obstacles that face a photographer over the course of a full wedding day. 

If the photographer you are considering is showcasing their work in tough conditions, perhaps they simply don't know how to handle tough lighting? It's very common and probably one of the 2nd biggest mistakes a bride and groom can make regarding their wedding photography. 

What's the first mistake you ask? Hiring a photographer on cheap budget. 

Your photography is THE ONLY part of the day you take from the day. The venue, the cake, the food, the rented tux, the band, the fancy transportation - all forgotten and gone. But not your photography - that will adorn the walls of your home. Be shown to your grandchildren in 40 years. Will be shared with and produce artwork for other loved ones. 

Steven Serge Wedding clients recognize this. They are educated shoppers, understand full day fulfillment of services and quality but most of all, realize that photography is one of the most important aspects of the day. 

I guess that's why we are officially booked for all of 2018 and have limited 2019 dates remaining.

 

 

You're not a bad Mommy. You just don't value family portraiture.

As I wrapped up 2017 and the massive amount of wall art and portraits we created this year, there was a revelation. Not from our current clients or clients that placed orders big and small but from the clients whom I spoke with between summer and holiday sessions who simply had no interest in family portraiture other than "I just need a christmas card pic."

Revelation: You don't value properly displayed family photography. And that's ok...

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Custom photography and portraiture of your children and family displayed in your home is a luxury. But it is not a luxury on the send of a brand new Porsche or $5k designer handbag. It is a luxury in the sense that it takes an investment of both your time and an investment of funds that is surprisingly affordable by any family that has the means of taking family vacations these days. Today's parent that ignores displaying appropriately sized most commonly will blame the "time" factor before the monetary expense of not having images of your family displayed in your home for years to come - and that's ok if you don't value it. For those that do value appropriately sized artwork of your family, our larger pieces of wall art can be bought for a few hundred dollars -  surely affordable by today's mid-level working family that values the time and investment to create it.  But for many, there are some luxuries that are simply valued more than others. Do you value that handbag or shoes more than a framed canvas of your children? Do you value leasing that new 2018 model vehicle more than displaying your family heritage throughout your home? Do you feel that hoarding digital files that never make it to your wall space is the proper way of displaying and enjoying images and moments with your loved ones? Do you realize that those digital images will eventually expire much like floppy disks and old iphones? Or is your excuse the most popular that you simply don't have the time? The hour or two to create something that will be adorned for 20 years?

I'm sure some of you are reading this and saying, "hey, look at my 8x10's hung on the wall - I value photography!" but what you don't realize is that 8x10's are considered desktop display size & not appropriately sized for wall display.

Many people don't value investing the time and energy into preserving their heritage with displayed wall art portraiture and that's ok. Other than my wife assisting me in between her Catholic teaching position,  I am a  sole one man operation. Honestly, if every person in Northeast PA valued family photography as our regular clients, I would never be able to handle the workload. And I am ok with that. I would prefer to work with, design and photo portraits for families who value capturing memories and stages of their children and loved ones and turn them into museum like artwork for their home. Artwork that is appropriately sized for your home and makes house guests jealous when seen for the first time. Making family artwork that will be displayed for years if not decades to come. Artwork that in 30 or 40 years, the children that are in the portrait above your fireplace will be arguing who gets it as an heirloom when you and I are moving on in life.

To my existing and current clients investing in your heritage and making beautiful artwork for display, I cannot thank you enough as it is an honor to be part of that process. For clients that simply don't value your own heritage, that's ok too. We all have our own preferences on what truly makes us happy and if custom photography is an arduous task for you, I completely understand. I just hope you won't regret that point of view in 20 years.

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