I have to remind myself how awesome it is to wake up on beautiful summer mornings. Wisconsin winters seem to be about 9 months long, and we are about three weeks in to a five-week summer…Life is good.
This morning I was asked an awesome question. How can I save money for my engagement photos? I am not a “save my money expert,” …ask my husband. But I am definitely not in the “waste my money” camp, either. I believe that sometimes it pays to spend big for quality, and sometimes, the Dollar Tree does just fine. When it comes to engagement pictures, I come down somewhere in the middle. My threshold for tacky has always been pretty low, and Lord knows that you can usually see a quality difference between your co-workers’ husband and a professional.
Firstly, there are a lot of options online of available, local, experienced photographers. I know that on my neighborhood Facebook mom group, there are at least 20 moms who have home businesses doing portraits. And they do quite well. I recommend looking around your circle, asking friends, family, and neighbors who they went with. This is a good feeler to let people know you are looking, and the truth is, if people are proud of the work they have paid for, they will be happy to pass along a recommendation.
Here’s the other thing. You are beautiful. Your spouse-to-be is beautiful. The people looking at these pictures love you. They are going to love them. That’s just the way it is. The opportunity lies in your creativity. When Jay and I got engaged a few years ago, we wanted our friends and family to see where we live. We wanted to see Milwaukee come through in the pictures, they were going to be attending a wedding here soon anyway, right? Jay and I both wanted Milwaukee to feel like a part of our big day, and bringing that theme in for our engagement pictures just made sense. This isn’t a new or novel ideal. People all over this big beautiful country are taking pictures in front of landmarks, on beaches, and cities that showcase their love.
What we did that was different was… show the city differently…Instead of taking our pictures in front of the gorgeous Milwaukee Art Museum, we found a location in a neighborhood known for its “Cream City” bricks, a local architectural novelty, to star in the photos. We also live next to Lake Michigan, literally blocks away. It showed who we are, and where we are. There were no fees for shooting in these locations, and our photographers were friends who went to Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. All said and done, we spend less than $200. And it was a ton of fun!
Take a look around. What inspires you???
Beauty without expression is boring. – Emerson
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