The Problem with “Reasonably Priced” Ottawa Wedding Photographers

The Problem with “Reasonably Priced” Ottawa Wedding Photographers

I recently read an article by Burgh Brides and couldn’t help but relate to the entire article, regarding ‘reasonable’. Everything that they mentioned is SO true! So, I decided to write about the problem with “Reasonably Priced” Ottawa wedding photographers.

I see so many requests on Facebook groups of couples looking for ‘reasably priced’ photographers, or a photographer ‘that won’t cost an arm and a leg’. I have to say that most photographeres find this insulting. Basically, what that implies is that we’re either not worth the prices we charge, or our prices are higher than they should be.

Most couples think that whenever a vendor hears that something is for a wedding that they automatically hike their prices. That’s not true. We don’t just hike our prices to try and gauge more money from a couple planning their wedding. Nope. There are so many reasons why wedding vendors charge what they charge to perform a service for a wedding.

The cost of doing business

For myself, I have quite a few extra costs involved when I shoot weddings as opposed to shooting a regular portrait session. I hire a second shooter, rent an extra lens, have a company colour correct my photos (I do the rest of the post production work myself), make a custom USB with case for each couple. There’s also gas to pay (which includes me scouting all locations prior to your wedding day), parking, misc items. Then there’s also the cost of buying extra equipment (multiple camera bodies, lenses, flashes and memory cards). There’s also the cost to get a tuneup for my equipment (FYI, Nikon charges $400 per lens/camera body to have it serviced.)

Think of your actual investment

The most expensive extra cost to me is hiring a second photographer to shoot with me the entire time I’m there. This not only makes it possible to cover two different locations for getting ready photos. It’s also a great way to ensure:

  • Having an extra set of photos from the wedding day is the perfect backup plan. Why? In case something happens to my own wedding images (knock on wood).
  • Everything is covered during our shooting time. Sometimes things fall behind. Or, there isn’t enough room in the tight timeline for me to take photos of everything myself. (This happens a lot). For example, one wedding didn’t allow enough time for me to shoot reception details or guest pictures during cocktail hour because I was shooting the formal portraits during that time. So, my second shooter was in charge of shooting photos of the guests and detail shots.
  • Different perspectives of the same event are captured. With two photographers, one can capture the expressions on the bride’s face, while the other gets the expression of the groom’s face during the ceremony or first look, etc. It’s also nice to get different angles of the same event.

I hope this explains more about where wedding vendors are coming from with their pricing. Are you currently looking for a wedding photographer?If so, I’d love to hear from you. Contact me, and I’ll email you my wedding photo pricing guide.

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Kind words from an Ottawa wedding client

Ottawa Wedding Client Testimonials

I’ve been meaning to share some kind words from an Ottawa wedding client of mine whose wedding I shot this past summer. It was a pleasure to work with Laura and Mat. They were fun to work with during their engagement shoot as well as their wedding day.

You can check out more photos from their wedding at Mill Street Brew Pub as well as their engagement photos at the Ottawa Arboretum.

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I’d love to hear from you if you’re newly engaged and looking for a wedding photographer. I shoot weddings in and around Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec. Be sure to send me a quick email and I’ll be sure to email you my pricing guide. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Ottawa Newborn Baby Girl Photos

Ottawa Newborn Baby Girl Photos

So, last week I shot some Ottawa newborn baby girl photos with this young family. I shot their Ottawa pregnancy photo session just before Christmas. It was a SUPER cold day and I was freezing my butt off outside. Luckily, since I was shooting the entire photo session indoors, it was fine once I got all of my equipment inside. That’s the beauty about having your newborn photos shot in the comfort of your own home. I will travel to you.

I always look forward to seeing how the nursery will be decorated. I like the knit map of the world and the boat mobile. They didn’t know the sex of their baby until she was born, so there’s a mixture of what you would call ‘traditional’ boy and girl items spread throughout. That’ll work great for if they have another child, whether it be a boy or a girl.

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I hope that you enjoyed viewing these photos of this lovely little family. I’d love the oportunity to photograph you and your family. If you’re looking for a newborn photographer, I’d love to hear from you. Contact me to book a portrait session, whether it be newborn photos, family pictures or cake smash photos. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Ottawa Wedding Client Testimonial

Ottawa Wedding Client Testimonial

Over the last few months I’ve been getting some nice online reviews from my wedding clients. I’m so grateful when my clients choose to share their satisfaction with my work online for others to see. Word of mouth works really well and so do client testimonials, because potential clients can see how happy past clients are with working with me. Here’s an Ottawa wedding client tesimonial that one of my sweet brides wrote on my Facebook business page:

You can view Erica and Jason’s Ottawa wedding photos at the beautfiul Billings Estate. You can also check out their engagement photos at the Ottawa Arboretum.

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If you’re getting married in or near Ottawa, Ontario, I’d love to hear from you. Contact me to get a copy of my wedding photography pricing guide. In the meantime, be sure to check out other Ottawa wedding client testimonial that I’ll be posting on the blog.

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Michael and Melanie’s Ottawa Winter Wedding

Michael and Melanie’s Ottawa Winter Wedding

Michael and Melanie’s Ottawa winter wedding day was a day to remember. As with any winter wedding, you have no clue of how cold the weather will be or if there will be snow or not. We were all hoping for the best, but it ended up being the worst. Their wedding day weather was a doozy, like a temperature of -22°C with the wind chill factor. I think it actually felt colder than -22°C at times when the wind really picked up mid-afternoon.

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The ceremony was short and sweet, having been married by Mike’s pastor from his childhood. After the ceremony, we deaded to the museum for some outdoor photos. We had actually allotted an hour to do outdoor photos. However, with the severe cold, I shot their outdoor photos in 13 minutes from start to finish. My second shooter, Michelle, had to hold a golf umbrella over me in order to try and keep my cameras from getting too much snow on them.

It was cold!

Even though Michelle and I were bundled up in snow pants, hats, and mitts, that wind still hurt something fierce. I could only wear the mittens with the bare fingers sticking out, so that I could still press the buttons on my cameras. Within that 13 minutes of shooting outside, two of my fingers had gotten frost bite. Kudos to the entire wedding party–especially Mike and Mel–for braving the cold without coats, hats or gloves. They all did well for their outdoor photos. As you can see, there was a lot of snow blowing everywhere.

Good food. Good fun.

Aftwards, everyone went inside to warm up and then take some indoor photos. The reception went well. The food was great. And many old school beats were played by the DJ, which got everyone of all ages up and dancing. Even the little ones were up and dancing the backpack kid dance. (My eight-year-old does the floss and it always entertains me.) Mike and Mel, it was a pleasure to be able to document your special day for you. All the best to the both of you in 2020.

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Their wedding day was brought together by the following vendors:

Did you like Michael and Melanie’s Ottawa winter wedding photos? If so, please take a peak at some of my other photography work. And, if you’re looking for a wedding photographer, I’d be thrilled to hear from you. Contact me to request my wedding photo pricing guide.

Michael & Melanie’s engagement session

Finally, take a look at their Ottawa engagement photo session, which we shot this past summer.

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Ottawa winter wedding sneak peek

Ottawa winter wedding sneak peek

Almost two weeks ago I shot Mike and Mel’s Ottawa winter wedding at the Aviation Museum. So, here’s an Ottawa winter wedding sneak peek from one of their outdoor winter wedding photos. More photos to come soon. Stay tuned!

I’d love to hear from you if you’re searching for a wedding photographer. Fill out my little questinnaire on my contact page and I’ll send you my wedding pricing guide. All of my wedding photography packages include two professional photographers, professionally edited digital files in a custom USB case. I hope to hear from you soon.

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One Response to “Ottawa winter wedding sneak peek”

  1. Michelle

    Gorgeous, you can’t even tell it was super cold!