Colorado Springs Wedding Photography Frequently Asked
There are many things you should consider when looking for a wedding photographer in Colorado Springs. So here is a list of Colorado Springs Photography Frequently Asked Questions.
Q: How far in advance should we book our Colorado Springs wedding photographer?
A: You should book your Colorado Springs wedding photographer just as soon as you have made a decision as to whom you would like to have cover your event. We book weddings on a first come, first served basis. If you hesitate to book the Colorado Springs wedding photographer you desire to cover your wedding and they are already booked for your date…Then the photographer you end up hiring will always be your second choice in the back of your mind. The only way to be sure and get the Colorado Springs wedding photographers you want is to book them as soon as possible. Those highest in demand will typically book first. Colorado Springs is also considered a destination wedding location. Brides need to consider this as all vendors are in demand not just from local couples but,also from destination wedding couples.
Q: Quality Colorado Springs wedding photography is more expensive than I expected. Why is that?
A: Simply put, quality Colorado Springs wedding photography is only ‘too expensive’ to those who do not believe it is important. Almost everyone knows someone who has had a bad wedding photography experience. They will generally tell you that the money they saved by cutting corners on their photography was not worth it… Especially now that their memories and images of their once in a lifetime day cannot be replaced… ever…at any cost! There are plenty of money saving tips and ideas for your wedding day but, photography is not one of them. Your wedding photos are the ONLY thing that you will take with you as a permanent record of that beautiful day. Quality wedding photography requires a remarkable amount of skill, patience, and people skills. The equipment necessary to provide the quality images we produce must be extremely reliable and of top quality. This equipment must also be redundant so you have a back up in case of failure. Other factors are also involved such as liability insurance, transportation, etc.
Q: Why are some Colorado Spring wedding photographers drastically less expensive than others? A: If a photographer appears to be drastically cheaper than the majority of established photographers,then this is likely due to one or more of the following reasons:
1) They are cutting corners somewhere in their products and services.
2) They are making up for those initial savings on the back end of the deal i.e., reprint prices, digital optimizations, albums, etc.
3) They are not full time professional photographers making their living photographing weddings.
4) They may simply be getting established in the market and are willing to accept a smaller profit margin in order to build clientele.
Q: If Colorado Springs photographers are shooting digitally, then shouldn’t photography be less expensive?
A: Unfortunately, this is a common misconception. While digital capture eliminates the need for film and developing, the difference is negated when you now add the time it takes for the photographer to process all of the images. When using film, you purchased film, photographed, sent it to the lab for developing and printing where the lab took care of color correcting and analyzing. Now, the photographer is responsible for all of the work that the lab used to do. This added workload is tremendous. It results in more man hours needed to process any given wedding (about 40 hours for an average wedding)or event, as well as the extra expense of hiring people to do so. In addition, the equipment needed to efficiently produce digital photography is of considerable expense. Not only are the cameras and associated equipment to perform digital capture much more expensive than their film counterparts, but there is a considerable amount of ancillary equipment necessary. Computers are an important part of the digital photography scenario. With files from professional digital cameras being anywhere from 25 megabytes on up, powerful computers are needed to manipulate these files. With the average wedding consisting of 600 images, this comes to a whopping 15 gigabytes of digital images. Plus, these have to be backed up several times to ensure the security of your wedding photos. Add in high capacity Flash Cards (8 gigabyte capacity or more) and the devices to read them, plus having a powerful laptop computer to take to the event for backup, etc. This translates to more expense for computers with the proper disc burners and processing power in the 3+Gigahertz range with RAM minimum of 1 gigabyte or more. Software to process these images is also pricey Not to mention the necessity for high speed internet to upload files of this size to online viewing and posting sites as well as to the photo labs for prints. In reality, digital photography should probably cost triple what it does!
Q. How many Colorado Springs wedding photographers should be at my event?
This really is your personal preference. If you are having a smaller wedding then one experienced photographer may be enough to cover your event perfectly. Many Colorado Springs weddings require two photographers to get many of the candid moments and details many couples are looking for.
Many magazines will give you a list to ask photographers. Common ones are if we have insurance ( ALL vendors should!) how we dress for your wedding, and what cameras we use. Ultimately, what it should come down to is if you love our work and if you like our personalities. We are the one vendor you will be dealing with more then any other. We stay with you more during the day of your wedding and we will see you before for an engagement shoot and after for album designs and photo choices. We really need to mesh well with you, your wedding party and your family. Do not discount this important factor and of course love our work above all others! There are very creative people out there! There are a host of shows dedicated just to weddings and the splendor surrounding them. Here on my own website I would like to show off some of my couple’s wonderful ideas from their weddings for future brides and grooms. Hopefully, this will help inspire your own creativity.
Here in Colorado there are some wonderful places to get married. It is no wonder that is one of the hottest destination wedding locations! I have also compiled photographs from some of the most beautiful venues and locations for those still looking for a place to say “I do.”