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Monday, January 30, 2012

Should I Book a Professional Wedding Photographer or Get a Friend to do it for Free? A Cautionary Tale… Columbus MS Photographer

Ok, Im going to get serious for a minute since its almost the start of wedding season... its the time when most newly engaged couples start looking for vendors for their wedding... including photographers.

Let me just say that I love being a photographer... its one of the highlights of my life. I love wedding photography and being a wedding photographer, but its hard work. Im just going to be honest here and say it really is hard work sometimes because its all day on your feet, constantly changing locations and lighting conditions... and most importantly, there are no do-overs! A wedding should never be something that a photographer takes lightly.

Its one of the biggest days (if not the biggest!) of two people's lives, and it should be treated with that much respect. I feel honored every single time that I get to be a part of someone else's big day. Its absolutely incredible.

With that being said... yes, wedding photographers/photography is expensive. Let me tell you why. First, weddings are extremely stressful and any number of things can go wrong - you are paying for someone who knows how to deal with it and roll with the punches. It also requires someone who knows their camera inside and out and does not shoot on automatic, and can shoot in low light without flash - most churches do not allow flash during the ceremony and without the right equipment or experience, you just cant get the best results. More importantly, wedding pictures cannot be redone. So not only are you paying for a seasoned professional who can roll with the punches, work with whats available, put you in your best light and capture an entire day... you are also hiring someone to edit thousands of pictures, cull them down to a usable amount, hours and do hours of editing to get the best out of your pictures....

I tell you all this because Ive seen and heard a very popular route to take with wedding photos lately.... and thats to forget the professional and just get a friend or family member with a nice camera to take the pictures

And then I get to hear - personally, mind you - the regrets and horror stories involved with taking this route. And it absolutely breaks my heart.

Dont take this the wrong way... Im not using this blog post to guilt you into hiring me or spending money that you dont have.... all Im saying is do your research - find someone who is fully capable and whose style fits your own.

Your pictures are the one physical thing that you will have after the wedding - the only thing to look back on and remember one of the biggest events of your life... what you worked so hard on and spent so much money on - the pictures will be what you have to keep. Its what you will show your grandchildren.

Your pictures are the first heirloom of your new life.

Ive seen so many things that were wrong at different weddings - the food, the cake, the flowers, even the bridesmaid dresses, but none of that ruined the wedding. But have bad pictures - and well, it will ruin your memories too.

Anyway, nothing speaks louder than pictures themselves... everyone thinks that it cant happen to them, but it can... go here and read this post and check out the pictures and see for yourself. And if you really want to be educated, read the comments - this happens every day, but it doesnt have to!

Later, Ill do a post on what you can do if this does happen to you....

Ok, I gotta here... did anything like this happen to you? Do share... :)

And you can always email me at talleyimages@yahoo.com

Friday, January 27, 2012

Jessica & Russ:the wedding - Reception - Columbus MS Photographer

This reception was the perfect ending to a perfect wedding, so I thought it would be a great way to cap off the week here.... hope you enjoy!

Did I mention there was a 25 foot tree in the middle of the reception... wow, it was gorgeous!Cake!Ok, before we get to far, let me tell you that Jessica's stepfather, Mike, is one of THE most charming men Ive ever met - that old Hollywood type - and he looks like Robert Duvall to me (ahhh, Lonesome Dove!), anyway... Mike also has his own jazz band - how cool is that?!!! And they provided all the entertainment for the reception, so just when you thought it couldnt get any smoother, it did.This is Mike... And the rest of the guys...There are some gorgeous grandmothers in this family... :)Didnt I tell you that people watching is the BEST at receptions!Jessica was a Silhouette at the W, and at the reception, all her sorority sisters gathered in a circle around her and sang to her... sweetest thing ever!Before Jessica left, she said her goodbyes... see, I told you Mike was totally charming.And another wedding for 2011 is in the books. It was amazing and beautiful and totally romantic... thank you Jessica and Russ (and your friends and family)... words cant say how much I loved being a part of every single detail of this day. I wish you only love and happiness!

So glad its Friday, how about you? Looking forward to my first weekend off in forever.

Id love to hear from you, especially some of my brides from the bridal show - how was the show? what did you find the most helpful? the least helpful? Email me at talleyimages@yahoo.com

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Jessica & Russ:the wedding - Ceremony - Columbus MS Photographer

So now it comes down to the nitty-gritty - the actual ceremony... where the bride and groom will start a new chapter in their lives together. Its all so beautiful and I love getting to watch it firsthand.They had 10 bridesmaids and groomsmen... and when each groomsman got to the front, they gave Russ a hug before they took their spot.... :)How cute is this flowergirl?!Here comes the bride!I love Russ' reaction... :)The kiss!I love Jessica's face in this one... :) So excited!And they lived happily ever after... next up is the reception, and since youve already seen the details, you know its not something that you want to miss out on - a perfect way to end the week on... :)

Email me at talleyimages@yahoo.com - Id love to hear from you!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Jessica & Russ:the wedding - Getting Ready - Columbus MS Photographer

Now comes the fun part... the actual wedding day and all the getting ready fun of it. If youve ever had the privilige of being part of the wedding party then you know the craziness involved... if not, then get ready to be a second hand viewer... :)Cutest bride ever... :)This is her grandmother - pinning an antique handkerchief to her dress - every woman in her family has worn it on their wedding day.Love it!Grandparents getting pinned with corsages.Love how the groom (middle) is as cool as a cucumber. (exactly why you have a first look!)Isnt this fun?!!! I am loving it. But you gotta come back the next few days - you definitely dont want to miss the ceremony and reception, right?

I cant believe January is almost at a close... 2012 is already speeding on by and so far, its been good... and Im prone to believe thats its only going to get better. :)

Email me at talleyimages@yahoo.com and lets get your appointment booked!