Chances are if you are in the Chicagoland area or the surrounding suburbs you are expecting to have to fork up an arm and a leg for a local Chicago wedding photographer to photograph your wedding day. No matter where you are located, the decision factors should stay the same.
Today, there are many studios that specialize in event photography. They range from small one-man home studios to multiple franchise-type operations. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Your first decision to be made is if you want an individual photographer or a larger multi photographer studio to photograph your wedding.
One reason you may opt for hiring the independent photographer is because they are known to put personal care and attention to detail into their work. However this is not guaranteed to be the case. The best reason to have a one-man operation shoot your wedding would be because a friend referred him or her and you love his/her work. If a friend or family member did not refer this photographer for you, check for references or online reviews. The disadvantages of a one-man studio are that you are not guaranteed to have the security that a larger, more established studio may have. It is extremely important that you make sure the photographer has back-up equipment and a back-up photographer in case something unforeseen comes up and the photographer cannot make it to your wedding. It is very important that you read the contract to make sure that you will get all your money back in the case that no photographer ends up showing up.
The main advantage of hiring a larger, multiple photographer type studio to shoot your wedding is security. They have the experience of running a business to keep customers happy as well as the responsibility of their photographers. Your money is usually safer (larger business cannot just take off so quickly). They usually guarantee a substitute photographer in case something happens to your assigned photographer and should always guarantee that their photographers carry back-up equipment.
The quality of the photography itself, strictly depends on the photographer. It makes no matter if it is an independent photographer or a photographer from a large studio. You are never guaranteed to have a better one at either operation. Always ask to see a sample wedding of the work of the photographer you are hiring.
Never assume that the price you pay is in any way related to the quality of the photography. Quite often the most expensive studios are only so expensive because they have to pay so much in advertising to keep up their “high-end” photography business. They also have huge overhead costs as they have to pay for many employees and high rent. Keep in mind, it could very well be that the individual artist photographer will shoot weddings for a lot less because he is more interested in being an artist than in running a business. In other words, expensive does not necessarily mean better!
Recently, we at Jolie Images realized that we’re actually in a prime position to offer all of the advantages of both small and large studios! We wanted everyone to be able to afford beautiful wedding photography so we’ve strategically priced out our wedding photography packages to start at only $595.00 so that our brides & grooms get the most value out of our services. We hire the experienced artists that have a true passion for what they do. They don’t have high business expenses so they are willing to shoot for us for less. Our photographers are true artists. We do not dump tons of money into advertising costs or fancy brochures. In fact most of our brides are referred to us by their happily now married friends. J With no outsourcing and low overhead, we are able to bring you all the wedding products and wedding service at the lowest prices around (at least in the Chicagoland area). You can also expect the personal care and attention to detail that’s known to come with a family owned and operated business. You will get the best of both worlds…
We at JolieImages have a saying: “because memories should be priceless, not expensive…” If you are in the getting married anywhere in the Chicago metropolitan area and need a wedding photographer, check out our pricing page and portfolio on our main website at: www.JolieImages.com
Jolie Images is based in Illinois and serves the entire Chicagoland area.