(If Jedi's Cousin's Friend were to change her mind again and want to photograph the wedding we would use her too--- Which would be awesome!)
The photographer I found is new to the business. I've tried for 20 minutes to upload some of her pictures and as you may be aware, photographers are notoriously protective of their pictures, and I can't! So, you'll just have to imagine them! For the most part, her pictures are lovely. I would say that 3/4ths of the pictures I've seen are good... (Which is a better ratio than some of the other photographers I've seen that charge $2000 for 3 hours whose pictures looked like something my grandpa could take.)
It *is* a little nerve-wracking having her test out her skills on us-- this would be the first wedding she's done professionally-- for the most part she does kids and family portraits-- but the deal is so good I can' t pass it up.
$1000 for 10 hours + an engagement sitting session + all pictures in both B&W and Color in digital.
Not bad, huh? Ok, I'll admit, if you haven't been comparison shopping for wedding photographers lately that seems in-freaking-sane. Believe me, I would have thought it was before I started hunting around. My original photography budget was $200.
Bwahahaha! (Yes, I invite you to laugh at me as well.)
So, I invite you to take a look at some wedding photographer websites and take a look at the prices. Go on. I'll wait.
No, really, go on.
Have you keeled over from sticker shock yet? Do you realize what a good deal I'm getting? Not just the cost in general but TEN-FREAKIN-HOURS of coverage?
Keeping my fingers crossed that this one works out! I may still hire a student to complement the photographer (between the two I would think that I would get a good selection of images to use.)