For weddings that is! The time when photographers who specialize in weddings go absolutely sideways. That time of year when ordinary women turn into “Bridezillas” and “Mother of Bridezillas”. I’ve come to the conclusion that it just can’t be helped. It’s the biggest day of their lives and they want everything perfect. Who can blame them. But it really doesn’t have to be that way. I have been watching Craig’s List and Mineeds and Wedding.com as the season starts to ramp up. I’m getting hit with multiple requests daily for quotes. The only problem is almost all of the contain this phrase in one form or another “Must work cheap”. And by cheap most of the time they mean “I’m only gonna pay a couple of hundred dollars.” Why? Why cheap out on the only lasting memories of your very special day? When the day is over you’re not going to have any of the meal left. None of the booze. You might have a piece of the cake that you throw in the back of your freezer to find again a year or two covered in ice and drier than a fist full of sand. Oh you’ll have the video too. That might get played a couple of times the first year and then again on your anniversary or when friend’s who weren’t there come over to visit. But that too will be forgotten as time moves on. To this day my parent’s have their respective wedding day pictures on their dressers. 51 years later!!!! So why trust your special day to an amateur or Uncle Henry or a student? These images will last your lifetime and beyond. Do yourself a favor. Cut out your Aunt Helen’s third cousin twice removed and her family from the guest list and splurge for a good photographer. You won’t be disappointed. I promise. A professional photographer is going to spend the time with you to make sure that your wedding is captured the way you’d like it. They are going to take the time to meet with you and maybe even come up with some nice creative ideas to take advantage of the venue, to coordinate the formal portraits and most of all make sure you have some incredible images. Today I’ve included a little PDF that my late friend Reid put together that he would give out to his prospective wedding clients. It’s short and to the point. And I think every bride should read it before hiring a wedding photographer.