Understanding Professional Wedding Photographers’ Costs from Al Ojeda Photography

We got an email from a prospective Bride asking why Wedding Photo Services were so “costly”… I guess she was shopping around and found a variety of pricings from Professionals to Amateurs, not knowing how to difference them, and made her wondered on why such differences… So, we came out with this list of Professional Photographers costs: 1 – Equipment: Professional DSLR Cameras, good quality and variety of lenses, batteries, memory cards, various flashes, Computers, Photoshop or similar software, external hard drives, CDs or DVDs, CDs or DVDs cases, etc. Remember, equipment needs annual maintenance, just like a car and that has additional costs as well. 2 – Websites costs and internet connection 3 – Advertising 4 – Car – gas and maintenance 5 – Insurance 6 – Office supplies (business cards, paper, envelops, printers, ink, etc.) 7 – Mailing costs 8 – Album, prints, proof books 9 – Cell phones And the list goes on an on… Also, the Photographer does not get paid XXXX for X hours of work. The Photographer got paid for X hours of shooting… and a lot more hours of “behind the scene’s” work such as backups, processing, meeting with the couples, traveling, putting up galleries, etc… Finally, the “artistic” view of a Professional Photographer that requires talent, knowledge and experience which is Priceless… Al Ojeda Photography Contact info: ida@alojeda.com – 908 2403240

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Windy City Wedding Planning on a Budget: $10,000 Wedding

Today we’d like you to meet Lizzie and Isiah, the couple behind the great blog, $10,000 Wedding. Without further ado:

Who are you / What’s your story?
My fiancé, Isaiah, and I are a couple of Chicago transplants who landed in Texas. Isaiah and I met at karaoke in our hometown of Aurora, Illinois when we were both in bands and big-headed. I moved to Texas and he to Las Vegas and we talked on the phone for 6-7 hours a day and became best friends. We moved around a bit, trying to land in the same spot. Isaiah’s a graphic designer, rocker-extraordinaire and imported-beer-connoisseur. I’m a PR student who dabbles in design, photography and music. Now we’re about a year away from the beginning of the rest of our lives and we’re in the midst of making all of the tough decisions.

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How Much Will Your Wedding Cost? Wedding Cost Calculator:

Yesterday we came across this helpful wedding budget and estimator resource (thanks to Larry Reeves!) for engaged couples planning their wedding and trying to find a wedding cost calculator: costofwedding.com. Cost of Wedding allows brides and grooms to get an idea of the average wedding budget range for a wedding in their ZIP code, and to determine wedding expenses. We know that budget calculations and estimators can be one of the most difficult aspects of wedding planning, so we were delighted when we came across this useful tool that can hopefully help take the stress out of budget planning for couples.

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How to Find a Wedding Photographer Online: The Price Is Right (or Is It?) (Part 3 of 3)

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In this third and final part of our 3-part series “How to Find a Wedding Photographer Online” we discuss how photographers’ pricing and your personal budget affects your search for the perfect wedding photographer.

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The Plunge Project: A Wedding Blog for Real Brides

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Thanks to Twitter, we recently connected with Nicole VanScoten of
The Plunge Project, a “wedding blog for real brides.” Nicole is engaged herself, and she shares wedding planning and style tips on her blog. Nicole’s also a PR and social media pro. She was nice enough to answer a few of our questions, so read on to learn more about Nicole and The Plunge Project!

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The Groom Says: Irreverent Wedding Wit from a Gent’s Perspective

We recently connected with Madman, author of The Groom Says, a blog about the ups and downs of wedding planning from a male perspective. Madman is a groom himself (he and his fiancée run a photography business: Joanna Wilson Photography). Learn more about The Groom Says below:

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BridePOP: A Wedding Blog for Brides, by Brides

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The most recent blog to catch our attention is BridePOP, a wedding blog written by a group of brides, providing wedding-related content of all sorts – funny, inspirational, noteworthy – for your enjoyment. Learn more about BridePOP:

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