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Wedding photography is often a miscalculated cost for brides

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New survey shows brides wished they had spent more on wedding photography

Courtesy of The Huffington Post – Wedding photography is an important part of every bride and groom’s big day.  The photographs from the wedding will be the lasting reminders of the ceremony.  You’d think wedding photography would be a top priority when soon to be married couples are developing their budget.

Unfortunately, though, wedding photography tends to be put on the back burner.  Brides and grooms splurge on a variety of other expenses, thus leaving the important factor of wedding photography high and dry.

Wedding photography is often a miscalculated cost for brides

(Some brides take their wedding photography very seriously, but the magazine New York Weddings has released info from a survey showing others regret not spending more on that service. / DSmithImages)

New York Weddings” recently conducted a survey with 100 newly married brides.  The survey dealt with the regrets the brides had throughout their wedding planning.  Two of the big questions asked were “What do you regret splurging on?” and “What do you wish you had spent more money on?”.

The magazine released the results in an infographic that can be seen by visiting: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/18/wedding-do-over_n_2903683.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

The results were telling.  44% of the brides surveyed regretted splurging on things past the traditional aspects of wedding photography, flowers, cake, dress, and other items.  In regards to the other question, 21% of the brides surveyed wished they had spent more money on their wedding photography.

One telling quote from was from someone regretting not using a professional videographer: “My uncle recorded us and wiped out the whole tape.”

You can visit the website for New York Weddings at http://nymag.com/weddings/

MY THOUGHTS

I’d like to think that for all the brides who regretted not spending more on their wedding photography, there are professional photographers out there wanting to tell them, “I told you so”.

Every time I get a potential client interested in my work, only for them to back away with the claim, “Well, we’re just going to get a friend to do our wedding photography”, I cringe.  I cringe not because I lost a job, but because I know they are setting themselves up for potential disaster.

I’m also obliged to tell them the potential hazards and dangers they face by not using a dedicated professional.  Just because someone might have an expensive camera body and takes photos for a hobby doesn’t mean they know how to photograph weddings.  The best analogy I use for that is, “I might have a good stove, but that doesn’t make me a world class chef”.

Wedding photography is so much more than just taking pictures.  It involves so many details to consider before you even take the first photography.

I could go on a long winded rant about this, but you’ve all probably heard it before.  I’ll just say to those considering their options for wedding photography:

PLEASE USE A PROFESSIONAL.  PLEASE USE SOMEONE WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING.  PLEASE HELP STAMP OUT THOSE WHO ARE CHEAPENING THIS LINE OF WORK.

It’s not that much to ask.  I’m not even saying you have to use me, although if you are interested – you can check out my wedding photography details by visiting http://dsmithgalleries.com/dsmithimages-wedding-photography-information/.

-David
DSmithImages
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David Smith

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