For about a month, Mr. Jessebel and I have been in the market for an SLR. We want to take some pretty pictures on our honeymoon, so our little point-and-shoot just won't do. We've always known that SLRs were expensive but Mr. Jessebel didn't realize just how much until the search. Upon his discovery, I reminded the man his appalled response to the rates garnered during our hunt for a photographer. Silence.
The importance of photography needs no explanation. It has come a long way from the drab that haunts our parents' albums. Today, wedding photography is fresh, vibrant, and modern and comes in a variety of styles that are unique to the person at the helm.
It can also cost a pretty penny.
The source of many wedding Os Jose Villa.
This caused a riff between the Jessebels. The man has always been money-conscientious. He likes having a cushion - a really plush one - just in case. I like to live for the day...to a certain degree. When I first started researching photographers, their rates took me aback. In hindsight, I wouldn't say that $4000 is really high but when you go by the random charts provided by the Knot ($1,200 for a $20,000 wedding) it seems pretty steep.
Mr. Jessebel was appalled by anything over $2500. See our differences.
After doing research, I found it quite difficult to locate anyone who fit the bill for both of us, literally. Mr. Jessebel and I argued about it for about 2 months and it seemed we weren't going to see eye to eye on this topic until randomness, once again, made an appearance. A gorgeous knottie bio, and perusing my local Knot Board lead me to our savior - Sarah K. Chen.
It was very apparent from her bio that not only did she have a good eye but also had impeccable taste. My interest was piqued upon discovering she was a budding photographer, so I check out her website. Before getting my hopes up, I contacted Sarah to find out her rates. I was very pleased to discover that they were doable. The other hurdle, besides making sure we were compatible and viewing her portfolio, was hoping that the man was sold. Luckily, he was. We booked her...the first and only photographer we met and locked in her rate at the time. This all took place in December 2007 for our wedding in May 2009. Yes, we were really early but I knew she had some major talent bubbling so it was only a matter of time before her popularity skyrocketed. I'm proud to say I was so not wrong.
I'm gonna go there [sic] and say that with the exception of venue and food, photography is about the only item in the wedding budget whose high price tag makes sense. Yeah, I said it. Why? Because of the equipment. The camera, lenses (which can cost more than the former), the computer actions - it all adds up. Talent is just one (although a major) part. Another thing about lenses, the results from different types is vast, think about it. Those different effects in those pictures adds up. Our own photographer revealed in our first meeting that she had to sell her wedding dress in order to get into the business. Crazy, but the results more than made-up for it.
Last 4 images all courtesy of Sarah K. Chen.
Believe it or not, Mr. Jessebel was not all that happy about spending $2500 but now his tune has changed.
Gotta love a man who can admit when he's wrong...or at least allude to it.