"Documenting a wedding is an honor akin to being present at birth. It is a time when hearts open, and souls sing, when adults can be children again, in awe of something larger than themselves. I feel blessed to be asked to capture this magic."

—Micaela Bensko

Wedding Photography Advice

The experience of finding a fantastic wedding photographer need not be stressful, and really bad experiences happen less often than you think. However, there are ways to ensure that the enigma that is the wedding photographer is not necessarily a Trojan horse, but could possibly even turn out to be a lifelong friend.

First and foremost, decide how important photography truly is to you in the overall scheme of your day. How much of your budget should be alotted to photography? On average, 10-15% of your budget for your wedding day should be set aside for the customary photographer. Nowadays the average wedding runs around $28-30,000. So consider that to hire an experienced photographer with a good reputation you should expect to pay around $2800-$3500.

This is usually for wedding coverage only or they may be including products with such a rate. This will vary. One of the most important questions to ask are:

This is just the beginning, but hopefully this bit of information is helpful in your search for the perfect photographer. MOST importantly, if you love photography, if you are inspired by the person's art, an in-person meeting is just as important to ensure the proper chemistry is present between all of you. You are not only interviewing the photographer, the photographer is interviewing you.

Life is precious and short, and this is the most important day of your life, and a day of passion and efforts in the photographer's. The right photographer will "click" immediately. Ask yourself when you meet him/her, would I like this person as my friend? Could I see myself inviting them over for a BBQ? It seems silly, but it's true that chemistry is essential to a positive experience. The bond of loyalty and inspiration is birthed by the connection between all of you. The end result, a wedding day captured not only by a photographer you hired, but by a friend who truly cares about you, your day, your memories....