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Affordable is Subjective.

I am in several Facebook groups that are for online swap sites. Basis is people buy/sell used or like new products. Every so often I see posts for people looking for “Affordable” services. Whether it be lawn care, photography, construction work, auto care, etc, I constantly see them say they want cheap, or “affordable.”

Here’s the thing though…

What you can afford is completely subjective.

For example: With the jobs my husband and I have, we can afford a $70,000 house, Two $20,000 vehicles, and trips overseas. However, because we choose those things to spend our money on, I can not afford to buy the tattoos I want.

Now let’s take a doctor for example: A doctor can afford a $500,000 house, a Maserati, and trips overseas. On top of that they love to travel so much they also bought an RV.

There are also the people who use meager means to fulfill their basic and essential needs like a home, vehicle, etc. However, since they don’t use much of their money on “The basics,” they spend their money on whatever makes them happy.

What do all these people have in common? They’re all the same actually. They buy what they want, and they buy what is important to them.

So you see, “affordable” is based solely upon what is important to you. For some people, that could be their house, others-their cars, or another couple value art.

When you go from service to service, don’t expect all services that are similar in offering to be the same price. Some people value their business differently than others.

There’s also the obvious reasons for price difference, such as different cost of doing business. But perspective of their priorities is a HUGE factor.

NEWS: WELCOME TO THE VERSION 2 UPDATE CTMP FANS!!!

THE MOMENT IS HERE!!!

Everything is official!

NEW Logo.

I will start booking with the new update for appointments as of

1/31/15!

What ALL New Clients Will Receive!

1) Free Consultation
We’ll sit down and discuss your needs for photography and what kind of session and collection would work best for you.

The FREE Consultation is JUST that, a NO OBLIGATION to buy or book chance to view our sample products in person as they are meant to be seen, so you can understand the quality difference.

*If you choose to book with me, this also gives us the opportunity to pre-plan your session and take care of paperwork.

Once you book, you’ll receive our NEW Welcome Packet filled with ways to make your session the best it can POSSIBLY BE! You can also view our Portrait Catalog HERE which highlights some of our pricing and session specifics.

2) NEW Session Format!
NO more just show up at this time and this place and “snap a few.” With the Free Consultation, get the perfect location and way to make your session EXACTLY as it should be.

3) NEW In Person View and Ordering Session
View your photos as they were meant to be seen: IN PERSON! Trying to do your own viewing and printing from a disk or USB is a hassle. And if you don’t get it right, can be frustrating. With my new ordering system, let me take the frustration away! The hardest part will be which ones to choose!

4) A Blog about the success of your session as well as some “Gallery Insights” (favorite photos you purchased) and photos of purchased products. This way you can share how it went with your friends and show them your session as well!

5) FREE Installation of Wall Art and Large Format Prints.
Got something that needs hung? Put the tools away! We do that too! I REALLLLLLLY want your session to be AMAZING…and then PROUDLY DISPLAYED. That’s the goal.

6) A long lasting rapport in which I hope to gain a forever fan and advocate.

For my Quad Cities people.

Below are some statistics about Davenport’s economy. I’ve lived in the QC/Davenport area my whole life. I would say those figures are pretty accurate. I’ve also been planning my wedding for the past 3 months. We’ve been trying to crunch and save but our budget just won’t allow a nice big wedding. I was recently looking through my vendor/client connection groups and came across a statistic that said the average wedding costs nearly $30,000. So given the statics below, how are people paying that?!? Do you just set aside ALL your bills to help pay for your wedding?

My mortgage alone is $7,200 a year (and that’s not even with the average cost of a home, we bought one for nearly $40,000 less than the average)! So by time you factor out your cost of living the REAL typical wedding budget may be more like the other way around (say $10,000).

As a photographer I know all too well the cost of running a successful wedding business. And believe me it isn’t for the $400-600 wedding budget. We probably lose more money than we make doing those. Same with other vendors. But I understand both sides.

So where is the common ground? Under these cost circumstances brides and grooms are left to choose which vendors are more important to them. Pay $2,000 for a skilled Wedding photographer and you may end up having a relative have to do the videography simply because you can’t afford one. I cringe when I see other professionals try to explain high prices and say the wedding budgets are unreasonable. Honestly, they’re not unreasonable. The price gap between clients and vendors is what is unreasonable.

I want change. We need to come up with a way to bridge the gap! I’m looking for ideas…

The median income for a household in the city is $40,378 with families earning $51,445.[77] Males had a median income of $41,853 versus $30,002 for females.[77] The per capita income for the city was $18,828. About 10.5% of families and 14.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.2% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those ages 65 or over.

Davenport has a lower cost of living than the national average, in 2010 the average home price was $110,000; Forbes ranked Davenport as the best metropolitan area for cost of living, up from second in 2009.[78][79] CNN Money ranked Davenport as the 16th most affordable housing in the country.[80]
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davenport,_Iowa (Economy section)

Some tips on how to pick your Wedding Photographer

For many people their wedding day is just one day. For others, it lasts several. But one thing is certain, in today’s society almost all weddings cost THOUSANDS of dollars.

In order to address HOW to pick a Wedding Photographer, we need to touch on WHY you would want one.

For myself the answer is simple. Cost. If I were investing THAT much money for a wedding, I would want PHENOMENAL QUALITY photos of it.

But there are other reasons.

You not only put enough money of what can easily be a year’s salary to some people, you also spend months to years (and some plan it for perfection their entire lives), would you really want to trust your special day of photos solely to your guests?

Sure the world of digital cameras, phones, and tablets are so advanced that they often match that of some* pro equipment. But there is something to be said for the countless hours of experience, training, and education in the Wedding Photographer profession.

I believe it’s a good idea to have other cameras at weddings for the moments the Wedding Photographer isn’t hired for, like how your personal family is having a good time at the couples’ event. Couples LOVE to see those photos. Or ones a guest may snag of the couple that the photographer didn’t catch. Those are rarely of the couple during the ceremony, but happen a lot during the reception. I like the unplugged ceremony concept.

Those are just a few reasons WHY to hire a Wedding Photographer.

Here’s some helpful tips in HOW TO PICK a Wedding Photographer.

1) Understanding price is half the battle when coordinating your wedding. And at times, it can be a give and take game if you’re on a slim budget. Let me break down price for your typical Wedding photographer:
~Time
Most of us are there for your entire wedding day: say 8 hours.
What you don’t see is it may take nearly 2 hours or more to prepare, pack, and load our gear for that day. And as many of you have seen, we haul A LOT of gear.
Another time expense you don’t see is editing. This has always been a point of contention between clients and photographers-“why does it take so long to get our photos back?”
Here’s your answer. Say I take 1,000 photos of your wedding day, spend 10 minutes on each. That’s 10,000 minutes=166ish hours. Pretend I spend every minute of a full 8 hour day editing your wedding photos, That’s still a minimum of 20ish days. Now granted, out of 1,000 photos you probably get 200. But I still spend time to see if I can save them. Even at 2-5 minutes you’re still looking at 4-10 days using the same math formula (# of images x # of minutes spent on each image/60 minutes in an hour/8 hours in a day=How many days to get your images back). This formula is relative as you will not spend EVERY minute working on photos.

~Now let’s get back to price.

Say we stick with the 8 hour wedding day and 20-8 hour days of editing. And let’s say we pay a photographer $10 per hour for their time alone. That’s already $1,680. Here, I’ll even low ball the time of the 8 hour wedding and 4-8 hours of editing = $400.

That doesn’t include travel, if we have to rent lenses, lights, stands, ladders, or other expenses to achieve the photos you want.

~Wedding photographers try to make between a $100-500 margin to make up for all the education and other things they had to pay for to get to where they are. And then somewhere in time it will eventually be a profit.

2) So after you understand why Wedding Photographers charge what they do and how you can fit one into your budget, if you’re on a tight budget, consider hiring them for less time or some photographers offer discounts for getting married on Fridays or Sundays.

3) Find a style of Wedding Photography you like. Candid clean edits and shot? Tack sharp close ups? Aerial? Lots of bokeh or sharp backgrounds? Natural light, fill light, fog lighting? Not only do these questions and more determine the equipment a photographer needs to have with them and know how to use regularly but it also helps you not be surprised when the photos come back, and you get exactly what you wanted.

4) View their portfolio!!!!!!!!! Their work speaks leaps and bounds and will determine if the price is worth it!

5) Verbally SPEAK to each photographer you really like! Not just to price hunt. You will weed out a few simply from their phone etiquette and customer service/satisfaction.

Hopefully these lengthy tips have tuned you in to the world of Wedding Photography and can help you find a great quality photographer for a decent price when the time comes.

For more tips stay tuned to Cypresstreemoon Photography’s blog:

https://cypresstreemoonphotography.wordpress.com/

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http://www.cypresstreemoonphotography.com/weddings#!weddings/cazg