Firstly, I got super lucky finding an excellent photographer who also didn’t charge an arm and a leg. I spent a week getting quotes and recommendations. I have to say the prices I was quoted for engagement photos and wedding day photos were insane. On average I was quoted $2,500. I understand the pricing if I were asking a “wedding package” which includes: bridal shoot, engagement shoot, wedding day photos, digital copies, a photo album, and most times a canvas. Thing is that was pretty much my whole wedding budget right there. The wedding is also not a huge affair. Finding a photographer that would just do photos alone and digital copies was a pain. None was willing to work with me on price and insisted on doing the package. However, my photographer found me through a website for bookings. She was more than happy to give me a fair rate for just what I needed. Even showed me where to get prints for the best price and quality. So, I only ended up paying $650 in all, I also had a print make canvas prints for me as a surprise.
For the shoot we wanted classy. I did some research on locations and found a beautiful bar call The Grouse Room located in Lafayette, LA. While we waited for the bar to open we took some outside shots and some in an awesome bakery called Indulge.
Without further ado, here are the photos:
I have to say Chaz is an excellent photographer and a great, fun person to work with. She was more than willing to go the extra mile for a great shot and made us feel comfortable. It was a lot of fun with her. I really hope to work with her again in the future. I had to cancel my bridal shoot though because the weather is awful right now, we’re getting a good bit of Hurricane Patricia in my area. I believe it was downgraded to a tropical storm last night when she blew through but I’ve seen my share of hurricanes and tropical storms living in LA and this was damn near a hurricane still. Anyway, the forecast showed rain until the day after my wedding pretty much. Only in Louisiana can we go from a burn ban to flooding in a matter of hours.
My thoughts are with those affected by Patricia. Hurricane Katrina, Rita, and Gustav wreaked havoc on Louisiana in past years. It’s devastating and terrifying to experience. I’m fortunate enough to live far enough inland that we don’t get it too bad. Gustav was pretty bad for us but nothing compared to Katrina, Rita or Patricia.
I’m planning a post on the makeup from the shoot soon.
Bee Beautiful. Bee You.